NaplesItaly

With classical architecture, unbeatable pizza and round-the-clock vibrancy, Naples remains one of Italy’s most exciting cities to visit.

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.

Where to stay in Naples

San Lorenzo Maggiore showing a city and a house

Naples City Centre

3/5(330 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Naples City Centre. Top attractions like Port of Naples and Naples Underground are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Porta Nolana Station or Piazza Garibaldi Station to see more of the city.

Naples City Centre
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie e Di Storia della Medicina which includes a park

Historical Center

4/5Very Good!(898 area reviews)

Piazza del Plebiscito and Port of Naples are top sights in Historical Center, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Toledo Station or Dante Station to see more sights in the area.

Historical Center
Castel Sant\'Elmo showing a statue or sculpture and a square or plaza

Vomero

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

The restaurants and museums are just a few things visitors like about Vomero. Castel Sant'Elmo and Phlegraean Fields are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Vanvitelli Station or Quattro Giornate Station to get around the larger area.

Vomero
Posillipo which includes general coastal views, heritage elements and a coastal town

Posillipo

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Posillipo. You might want to make time for a stop at Lungomare Caracciolo or Parco Virgiliano.

Posillipo
Chiaia featuring heritage elements

Chiaia

4/5Very Good!(33 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Piazza del Plebiscito and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Chiaia. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Naples Piazza Amedeo Station or Piazza Amedeo Station.

Chiaia
Old Agnano Spa. The seemingly abandoned buildings reek of history. Also the surrounding towns and area are a wonderful reminder of the history of the area.

Fuorigrotta

3/5(14 area reviews)

Get to know Fuorigrotta and its many features like its parks and theme parks. You might want to explore sights like Stadio San Paolo and Teatro Palapartenope, and you can jump on the metro at Edenlandia Zoo Ferrovia Station or Campi Flegrei Station to get around the city.

Fuorigrotta

Top Hotels in Naples

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 46, Naples, NA
The price is $169 per night

Located in Historical Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Lungomare Caracciolo. Castel dell'Ovo and Via Chiaia are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (702 reviews)

"The location is a dream. Overlooking the castello d’ovo and the little port"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
Artemisia Domus
Artemisia Domus
13 Via dei Carrozzieri a Monteoliveto, Naples
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night

This family-friendly Naples guesthouse is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Santa Chiara and Sansevero Chapel Museum. San Gregorio ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Perfect location and great service

"Great hotel and customer service! We were having trouble finding the hotel so we called the front desk. The woman working there was so helpful- she even called us back 20 min later to check on us. My husband loved the jacuzzi in the room!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Artemisia Domus
Hotel Real Orto Botanico
Hotel Real Orto Botanico
4 out of 5
Via Foria 192, Naples, NA
The price is $53 per night

Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Botanical Garden of Naples, Spaccanapoli, and Naples National Archaeological Museum. Naples ...

3.5/5Good! (298 reviews)
Naples

"Near to the flagship Napoli museum. Rooms are dated but typical to Italian standards as observed in other Italian hotel. Rooms are big and staff are Friendly. Would definitely recommend if you want a hotel outside of of the tourist trap!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Hotel Real Orto Botanico

There are plenty of ways to get around Naples. The city’s subway system, the Naples Metro, connects the Central Station, airport and historic center, but otherwise you probably won’t use it much. It’s well worth boarding the funicular railway, though, to hilltop attractions like the Castel Sant’Elmo. An extensive bus and trolley network also serves the city.

Popular places to visit in Naples

Port of Naples
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Port of Naples

4/5(198 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Naples with a trip to Port of Naples. Take in the fascinating museums in this culturally rich area.

Herculaneum
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Herculaneum

4.5/5(391 reviews)

Learn about the history of Herculaneum, one of the top monuments in Ercolano. Discover the area's rich archaeological sites, or seek out its local tours.

Piazza del Plebiscito
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Piazza del Plebiscito

4.5/5(119 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Naples when you make a stop at a well-known site like Piazza del Plebiscito. Take in the fascinating museums in this culturally rich area.

Castel dell'Ovo
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Castel dell'Ovo

4.5/5(268 reviews)

This coastal stone castle in the old fishing village of Borgo del Marini offers panoramic views towards central Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Mount Vesuvius
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Mount Vesuvius

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Mount Vesuvius, a popular spot to commune with nature in Ercolano. Visit the area's rich archaeological sites or amble around its seaside.

Castel Nuovo
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Castel Nuovo

4.5/5(208 reviews)

Get a glimpse of what Italy was like in medieval times, admire ancient architecture and enjoy the stunning views from this iconic Neapolitan building.

Top things to do in Naples

Underground Naples & Roman Theater Tour with Pizza Lunch
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Underground Naples & Roman Theater Tour with Pizza Lunch

$36
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Guided Tour from Sorrento
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Visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Guided Tour from Sorrento

$84
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full-Day Tour
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Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full-Day Tour

$83
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Pompeii & Mt.Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting from Naples
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Pompeii & Mt.Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting from Naples

$63
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Pompeii & Capri Island Day Trip
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Pompeii & Capri Island Day Trip

$103
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples
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Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples

$95
Per adult

Reviews of Naples

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
249
5 - Excellent 26.774193548387096%
4 - Good
368
4 - Good 39.56989247311828%
3 - Okay
219
3 - Okay 23.548387096774192%
2 - Disappointing
71
2 - Disappointing 7.634408602150538%
1 - Terrible
23
1 - Terrible 2.4731182795698925%

2/5 - Disappointing

M

Mar 7, 2020

Naples itself was sketchy, dog poop all over the streets. I hope it was dog poop. I watched a man pee all the way up an escalator in front of us. I watched a woman yelling at her partner while digging in her pockets and throwing trash into the ocean.

4/5 - Good

Charles

Feb 27, 2020

Rich, vibrant city and surroundings — people, history, food, geography, architecture — offers more than can be quickly appreciated. Would love to return!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Naples is only for people who like a bit of chaos and throngs of people and laundry hanging from the streets. For me, I think its great but probably not what I would suggest for a first timer to Italy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Naples is a fantastic city, much different than northern Italy and Rome but a must see for anyone visiting Italy.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

Enjoyed the food, particularly pizza

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Would love to return. Visiting during the off season (February) gave us plenty of space and time to explore.

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