Naples is a modern Italian city with a fascinating history, which can be traced back to its founding by sixth-century B.C. Greeks. The city has decadent royal palaces, art nouveau architecture, fashion boutiques, stylish restaurants and churches rich with religious art.
Start your visit in the Centro Storico, Naples’ historic old town. Its narrow, cobbled streets are abuzz with scooters and tourist chatter while market traders sell curios such as instruments and antiques.
Stunning architecture abounds; the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) and its immaculately preserved furnishings present the finest example. Naples’ former military prowess is shown in its two main castles, the Castle of the Egg (Castel dell’Ovo) and Castel Nuovo. Visitors interested in religious art could fill several days wandering the many fine churches; the Gesu Nuovo Church and the Capella Sansevero are good places to start.
A trip to nearby Mount Vesuvius provides the perfect break from the city center bustle. Enjoy the views across Naples at the volcano’s 4,000-foot (1,200-meter) summit. Visit the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were buried in ash and lava when Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. After centuries of excavations that are still ongoing, the towns provide a time capsule of Roman life.
Naples invented pizza! Specialist pizzerias in town squares, back streets and shopping malls throughout the city will cook some of the best pizza you’ll ever taste.
Traffic in the city is notoriously busy. Driving is best left to locals. A good subway network covers much of the city. If you stay near the city center you may find that despite Naples’ large size, you can reach many of the most interesting sights on foot. Taxis are a safe, but expensive, way to get around too.
Historically Naples had a reputation as an unsafe city. While you should take the same precautions as you would in any other major city, you needn’t be over-worried about crime in the Naples of today.
Winters tend to be wet. If you visit from March through October you’ll have a good chance of enjoying the warm, Neapolitan sun.
Museums, Cafes and Historical Buildings
Learn more about the local history when you visit Herculaneum, a well-known historical site in Ercolano. Stroll along the marina or visit the rich archaeological sites in the area.
This coastal stone castle in the old fishing village of Borgo del Marini offers panoramic views towards central Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
Get a glimpse of what Italy was like in medieval times, admire ancient architecture and enjoy the stunning views from this iconic Neapolitan building.
Take a walk through this beautifully preserved royal building with its gold ceilings and opulent furniture.
Find cafés, fashion boutiques and one of the finest interiors in the country at this late 19th-century shopping arcade.
Tour one of the world’s most majestic opera houses or splurge a little and attend a concert here to listen to famous Italian opera singers.
Explore the ancient city of Pompeii, one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world, and enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Amalfi Coast. With your local driver leading the way, soak up the charming atmosphere of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
Explore Pompeii, one of the world's most visited archaeological sites, and enjoy a drive up to the crater of Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the city and preserved its ruins in ash in 79 AD. A glimpse of ancient Roman culture and panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples await you.
Explore the enchanting island of Capri on this full-day tour from Naples. See Roman ruins and designer boutiques as you stroll through the town's narrow streets. A delicious lunch at a local restaurant completes your unique experience.
Discover the beauty of the Sorrento coast and the island of Capri during this day trip. Admire the fascinating sea caves around the edge of the island, colorful harbors, light sand, and the fascinating Faraglioni rocks.
Drive along the Amalfi Coast passing spectacular views and rolling hills on your way to visit three of the most beautiful villages in the south of Italy—Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Enjoy leisure time to explore at your own pace and roam narrow streets lined by centuries-old buildings.
Activity Summary: Drive along the scenic roads of our mythological coast, protected by UNESCO! Land of remote history and legends, the villages nestled in the cliffs offer breathtaking views, ancient remains and lively alleys full of local shops and cafes.