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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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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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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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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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One of Naples' more interesting religious sites is the church of Gesù Nuovo in the city's historic center. Its spiky stone facade overlooks the wide open Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, a popular spot for Neapolitans to meet, mingle and enjoy the fine Mediterranean weather.The piazza used to be one of the main entrances to the city of Naples, while today it is notable for the two churches that face onto the square and the spire at its center. The 15th-century church of Gesù Nuovo, as mentioned, has an intimidating stone facade that belies its ornately decorated interior. The 14th-century church of Santa Chiara is a monastery and also houses an archaeological museum.The center of the Piazza del Gesu is marked by an ornate statue called the “Guglia dell'Immacolata,” or Spire of the Immaculate Virgin. It was commissioned in the 17th century to ask the Virgin Mary to protect the city from the plague.More
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Galleria Umberto I

Galleria Umberto I

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One of the most beautiful buildings in Naples, the 19th-century Galleria Umberto I marks the center of the historic downtown like a huge, glass-ceilinged cross. This elegant shopping arcade set between Via Toledo and the San Carlo Theater is included in a number of food and sightseeing tours. It’s the perfect spot for a quick espresso break.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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Spanish Quarter (Quartiere Spagnoli)

Spanish Quarter (Quartiere Spagnoli)

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With a warren of narrow alleyways and roughly cobblestoned streets, crammed with small stores, barber’s shops and dimly lit bars, the Spanish Quarter (Quartiere Spagnoli) is one of Naples’ most atmospheric local districts. Built to house troops during the Spanish occupation, the historic quarter might be somewhat rundown these days, but it still buzzes with life, with colorful laundry flapping from the balconies, residents sipping espresso on their doorsteps and motorbikes juddering by at all hours of the day and night.Despite earning itself a rather unsavory reputation in recent years due to an abundance of petty crime and pickpocketing, the Quartiere Spagnoli is still one of Naples’ most characteristic areas and makes a unique addition to a tour itinerary. As well as offering a unique glimpse into everyday life in the city, it’s home to landmarks like the Baroque church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the 18th-century Palazzo Serra di Cassano.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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Top activities in Naples

Pompeii and Capri Island Day Trip

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Pizza and dough lesson: choose between marinara, margherita or fried.

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Daily Capri Island Tour from Naples all inclusive

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Pompeii Amalfi and Positano Private Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

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Fantastic
Sandy, Oct 2020
Naples Underground Guided Tour
Our tour was in English and I recommend.
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Outstanding tour with best tour guide
Marcello_Petrone, Sep 2020
Naples City and Pompeii Half Day Sightseeing Tour
Elisa is incredibly knowledgable, speaks perfect English, Spanish and of course her lovely Italian.
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Great
LucaC, Sep 2020
Vesuvius: Half Day Trip from Naples
I had the chance to visit Mt.
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Vesuvius, Pompeii and Wine Farm
Phil, Feb 2020
Private Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii with Lunch and Wine Farm Experience
Vincenzo spoke good English and chatted, providing local information and advice at each stop.
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Recommended!
freykr, Feb 2020
Pompeii, Sorrento And Positano - Deluxe Group Tour
We had a short stay in Naples and were able to see three beautiful cities in one day.
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Naples street Food Tour
885tonybennett, Nov 2019
Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert
This tour covered the basics and was an enjoyable way to visit the historical area of Naples.
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All in one
Jkpendo, Nov 2019
Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius Private Guided Tour
Great tour to see the three main sites around Naples.
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With Locals guide, Gennaro, was fantastic
Safari49124201533, Nov 2019
The 10 Tastings of Naples With Locals: Private Food Tour
It’s a great way to see the city and try some of the local cuisine favorites.
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Excellent tour and great introduction to Naples
Cla1reS, Sep 2019
Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins
The others in the group were good company and I would really recommend this as a great way to see just some of what Naples has to offer -:there's lots more - and a good way to get your bearings for further exploring.
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Fantastic tour
Curious63540701171, Sep 2019
Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert
Great way to see Naples and enjoy the fantastic food.
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Charming boat trip
Anna B, Aug 2019
Explore Naples by Boat - Small Group Tour
Very beautiful trip with a very charming guide Valeria - great opportunity to see Naples from the sea side - absolutely recommended trip!
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Amazing experience in Napoli!
498bethanne, Jul 2019
Private Shore Excursion from Naples to Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano
My family booked a private excursion while on a Royal Caribbean cruise to see Naples/Pompei/Positano and it was spectacular!
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Great day!
lahirschi, Jul 2019
Daily Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Tour from Naples
We had only one day in the port of Naples to see the sights.
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Take the stress out of getting to Pompeii and Capri
Michael A, Jul 2019
Pompeii and Capri Island Day Trip
We could have easily spent more time at both locations if we were on our own, but it would’ve been stressful to do both attractions on our own in one day.
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Best of Naples
Soma Y, Jun 2019
Full-day Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii Day Tour from Naples
The tour covered the best attractions in Naples.
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Worth it!
ren69671, Jun 2019
Naples Airport to Sorrento Private Arrival Transfer
Spoke English (although I speak Italian).
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Highly recommend
Passport20618385720, Jun 2019
Private Transfer from Naples to Positano or viceversa including 2 hrs stop in Pompeii
He gave us all the tips on what to see in Pompeii.
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Best day ever, Capri is incredible!
Jet21635896489, May 2019
Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
Our tour guide Paolo was amazing and we were able to see all of Capri and Anacapri in one memorable day.
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Great way to see the sites and get around
Matt E, Sep 2018
Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum - Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii
We booked this private tour to allow us to see some sites along our transfer (with luggage) from Positano to Naples and Fabio did just that for us.
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Brilliant day out!
saragJ6547YQ, Jun 2018
Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples
The trip was well planned making sure you were able to see all of the highlights of the Amalifi Coast within one day which is exactly what we wanted.

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.

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