Ways to Beat the Crowds in Naples
With its vibrant mix of sights and sounds, Naples is one of Italy’s most captivating cities. However, paired with the crush of both Neapolitans and visitors, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips for beating the crowds in Naples.
Reserve tickets for the top sights in advance.
Much of the charm of Naples lies in exploring the warren of lanes in its historic center, but there are a few headline sights that you won’t want to miss. Book skip-the-line admission tickets to the National Archaeological Museum, Royal Palace, and Capodimonte Museum to save hours of waiting in line.
Set sail across the bay.
The coastline south of Naples encompasses the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. Leave the crowds on land and book a boat tour or day cruise to take in the views; tours typically stop for a secluded swim and moor at a waterfront seafood restaurant for lunch.
Head for the hills.
The residential neighborhoods above Naples offer a welcome break from the chaotic city center below, and have the added bonus of tree-lined streets, restaurants, high-end shopping, and city views. Explore Posillipo or Vomero by taking the scenic funicular lines from downtown Naples.
Enjoy Naples by night.
With its colorful street vendors and lively markets, Naples by day is a festive sight. But evening brings the departure of tour groups and the city adopts a more languid pace. Take an evening tour to admire its squares and castles when illuminated, and then stop for an authentic pizza napoletana.