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Welcome to Naples

Set along the Tyrrhenian Sea with views of Mt. Vesuvius to the east and the sparkling Bay of Naples hugging its shoreline, Naples is a busy, often frenetic city that serves as the main gateway to southern Italy and some of the country's most beautiful beach destinations. Nearby is Pompeii, the largest archaeological site in Europe; the ancient lava-trapped city can be visited on a day tour, as can Herculaneum, another town fossilized by Mt. Vesuvius. The treasures of Pompeii (including a one-million-piece floor mosaic) and other rare antiquities can be viewed at the National Archaeological Museum, easily visited on guided tour. The colorful seaside resorts of the Amalfi Coast—including Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello—are two to four hours away by train or bus; while the lovely islands of Sorrento and glamorous Capri are just quick 45-minute boat trips across the Gulf from central Naples. Take a trip to the island of Capri to see the glowing light of the Blue Grotto on a private boat tour. In Naples itself, spend an afternoon tasting pizza made in the city where it originated, visit historic castles, tour the underground ruins of the ancient Greek and Roman settlements, and revel in year-round Christmas with Naples' well-known nativity-scene shops.

Top 10 attractions in Naples

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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico)

Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico)

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by Naples, a vibrant city that often seems about to boil over into chaos. Look past the streets teeming with scooters, vendors, and Neapolitans, however, and you’ll spot signs of the 2,500 years of history that makes the UNESCO-listed Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico) one of the most fascinating in Italy.More
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Naples Underground (Napoli Sotterranea)

Naples Underground (Napoli Sotterranea)

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You can hardly turn over a spade of soil in any Italian city without uncovering centuries of history, and Naples is no exception. Beneath the teeming modern center, Naples Underground (Napoli Sotterranea) takes you through the remains of the ancient city’s infrastructure covering almost two millennia.More
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Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito

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The grand semicircular Piazza del Plebiscito is named after the referendum that united southern Italy with Piedmont under the House of Savoy in the 19th century. A miraculous swath of peaceful public space in raucous Naples, the piazza is the site of two top monuments: The Royal Palace and San Francesco di Paola Church.More
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Via San Gregorio Armeno (Christmas Alley)

Via San Gregorio Armeno (Christmas Alley)

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It’s Christmas all year round on Via San Gregorio Armeno, in the heart of Naples’ charmingly chaotic historic center. This unique alley, one of the most popular attractions in the city, is lined with artisan workshops showcasing displays of the handmade figurines used to populate the city’s elaborate traditional nativity scenes.More
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Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro)

Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro)

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One of the most important churches in southern Italy, the impressive Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro) was commissioned in the 13th century by King Charles I of Anjou and completed in the 14th century under Robert of Anjou. The Gothic cathedral was built on and around the paleo-Christian Basilica di Santa Restituta and is dedicated to the city's patron saint, St. Januarius. The duomo sits above fascinating catacombs containing archaeological remains of ancient Greek, Roman, and early Christian civilizations.More
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Piazza del Gesù Nuovo

Piazza del Gesù Nuovo

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Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, named after the ornate church located on the northern end of the square, is the heart of Naples’ vibrant historic center. From here, it’s a few steps to the Santa Chiara Monastery with its famed majolica cloister, and an easy stroll down the length of Spaccanapoli, one of Naples’ most atmospheric streets.More
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Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

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Castel Nuovo, known locally as Maschio Angioino, has the imposing stone walls, soaring turrets, and crenellated ramparts of a storybook medieval castle. Built as the new royal residence between 1279 and 1282 by Charles I of Anjou, it is one of Naples' most striking buildings and home of the city’s Civic Museum.More
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Castel dell'Ovo

Castel dell'Ovo

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Castel dell’Ovo, the imposing fortified castle on the island of Megaride in the Bay of Naples, is one of Naples’ most famous monuments. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, the castle—home to the Museum of Ethno-Prehistory—offers sweeping views over the city and Mount Vesuvius in the distance.More
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Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale)

Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale)

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A treasure trove of Roman antiquities, Naples’ National Archaeological Museum is home to more than 3,000 artifacts, including bronzes, mosaics, and papyri recovered at Pompeii and Herculaneum; the Farnese Collection of classical gems, semi-precious stones, and sculpture; and the Egyptian collection.More

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Top activities in Naples

Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
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Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples all inclusive
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Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi Day Trip from Naples
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Mt. Vesuvius - Herculaneum - Pompeii
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Day Trip from Naples: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
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Naples Underground Guided Tour

Naples Underground Guided Tour

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Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
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Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip
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Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour from Naples
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Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples
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Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples

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Capri Island Boat Tour from Naples
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Pompeii and Capri Island Day Trip

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Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples
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Neapolitan pizza lesson, dough and tasting of typical products

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Daily Amalfi Coast Group Tour
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The 10 Tastings of Naples With Locals: Private Food Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

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Getting out of the city
Susan_C, Jun 2022
Panoramic tour of Naples between secret streets and panoramic stairs
He took us to see views of Naples, the island of Capri, the coast of Sorrento and through the Spanish quarter.
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A Great Tour
Kayla_H, Jun 2022
Naples Underground Guided Tour
A great way to see the underground of Naples.
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Wonderful time
Ed_G, Jun 2022
Naples Underground Guided Tour
Would definitely recommend the tour to visitors to Naples.
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Great Tour!
SabeenHabib_M, May 2022
Full-day Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii Day Tour from Naples
It was a lovely experience, we were able to see Amalfi coast,Pompeii and Naples comfortably .
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Very nice Tour, I...
Anna_S, May 2022
Tasty Naples Street Food Tour of MustEat Gourmet Specialties and MustSee Sites
And Alex was a excellent and funny Guide who speaks english fluently!
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I had a wonderful time...
Candyce_K, May 2022
Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert
After the tour several of us wanted to see the underground tunnels in Naples and we went together!
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Awesome driver - made the experience so much more than just a ride!
Adena_W, Apr 2022
Transfer from Naples to Sorrento or Sorrento to Naples
He had lots of information for us about Italy and suggested great spots to see when we arrived.
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A must do for foodies
Guy_S, Apr 2022
Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert
Our guide Alex was extremely knowledgeable and his English was superb!
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Educational, fun, unmissable tour
Alice_R, Apr 2022
Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins
Really recommend for anyone visiting Naples who wants to see the city in a way you might otherwise miss!
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Funny yet educational
Callum_P, Jun 2022
Naples Underground Guided Tour
It was really interesting to see all of the underground and go through the tunnels.
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All-encompassing and stress-free
Amy_B, Jun 2022
Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
He was able to show us more of the island in one day than we would have ever been able to see on our own.
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Value-for-money tour with fantastic service
Steffi_T, Jun 2022
Positano, Amalfi and Ravello - Group Tour
Highly recommend this value-for-money tour for those wanting to visit the coastal towns on a tight schedule, or if you're based in Naples - having a good driver is a must to get to these areas if you don't want to wait for the slow trains.
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Food tour in Naples
Maredith_D, Jun 2022
Naples Street Food and Walking Tour
After visiting Naples a few times as a jumping off point to see other towns, our family, including four girls ages 8-20, decided to try a food tour in Naples.
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Excellent communication and service - Received more than we had hoped for!
Andrew_C, Jun 2022
Private Transfer Naples to Positano or viceversa
His English and Italian are excellent and we had great conversation with him on the journey - he shared lots of litalian history with us.
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Great guide, interesting history, not enough focus on food
Jake_L, Jun 2022
The 10 Tastings of Naples With Locals: Private Food Tour
We only had 24 hours in Naples, so this was a great way to see the city and learn a lot.
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Robert_C, Jun 2022
Scenic E-Bike Ride with Vineyard Wine & Meal
all in was about 20mi biking and got to see city, countryside, coastline, active volcano heat/sulfur release in a parking lot and lucked out with a overcast day that kept it cool.
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A great way to discover Naples
David_M, May 2022
Naples Food Walking Tour
If you are uncertain about what to do or where to eat, book this tour!
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Beautiful day trip to coast from Rome !
Christie_M, May 2022
Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour from Naples
Long day but worth the money to see the coast !
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Friendly Tour Guide and Professional Service
Jagadeesh_M, May 2022
Transfer from Naples to Sorrento with a stop at Pompeii and Mt.Vesuvius(1-8 PAX)
As a result, I was notified with too short notice on the trip, and was unable to see it.
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Jackie_R, May 2022
Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip
A trip to Pompeii and a drive along the Italian Coast are fun things to do for a day's outing from Naples.
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All about Naples

When to visit

Naples is a winter sun bolthole (December through February is considered peak season), but spring is a sweet spot for moderate temperatures, sunshine, and uncrowded beaches. Stone crab season begins in mid-October, which kicks off a calendar of events including Stone Crab Festival as well as Naples International Film Festival, making autumn a popular time to visit this Florida city.

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+39
Language(s)
Italian

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What is Naples, Italy, known for?

Brash, animated Naples is the birthplace of the modern pizza, with venerable old-school joints churning out the beloved pies in the same fashion for generations. The ruins of Pompeii and the glittering Amalfi Coast and Island of Capri are just outside the city—and close runners-up.

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How do I spend a day in Naples?

Start with coffee and a sfogliatella pastry at the historic Gran Caffè Gambrinus. From there, visit the Royal Palace of Milan, San Carlo Opera House, and Galleria Umberto I before strolling up Via Toledo to the Naples National Archeological Museum. Dinner is at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele on Via Cesare Sersale.

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What is a must-see in Naples?

Inside the Sansevero Chapel you’ll find Giuseppe Sanmartino’s Veiled Christ. The realistic marble sculpture of a shrouded, lifeless Christ is thought to have been created by transmuting cloth into crystalline marble. Lines are notoriously long—booking advance admission tickets is absolutely crucial.

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What is considered rude in Italy?

Some habits to avoid in Italy: turning up as a guest without a pensiero, a small gift; blocking tailgaters from passing on the left (fast) lane on highways; and entering churches with exposed shoulders or knees. While not rude, ordering cappuccinos after breakfast or cheese on seafood are faux pas.

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What do locals do in Naples?

Between April and October, Neapolitans swim in the Parco Sommerso di Gaiola, a secluded marine reserve with submerged Roman ruins. Year-round they take part in the afternoon passeggiata—ritual, leisurely walks along either the lungomare (promenade) or fashionable Via Toledo, which leads to Port’Alba and the dense historic center.

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Is Naples expensive?

No. Hostel and guesthouse stays, terrific pizza and street food, and affordable museums and attractions make Naples the least expensive metro on the Italian mainland. Travelers can spend days simply walking through the liveliest neighborhoods—those searching for la bella vita can visit exclusive Capri or the Amalfi Coast.

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