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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 15 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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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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Posillipo

Posillipo

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Perched high above the chaotic historic center, Posillipo Hill is one of the most elegant residential neighborhoods in Naples. This tiny hillside on the northern coast of the Gulf of Naples offers sweeping views over the city and a more urbane atmosphere than the teeming warren of streets below.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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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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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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San Carlo Opera House (Teatro di San Carlo)

San Carlo Opera House (Teatro di San Carlo)

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Neapolitans boast that the historic San Carlo Opera House (Teatro di San Carlo) was opened in 1737, predating the opening of the famous La Scala in Milan. The opera house is Italy’s largest public theater and one of the oldest in the world, with an opulent interior of gold leaf, red upholstery, and frescoed ceilings. If making it to a performance is not feasible, tours taking in the exterior and exploring the interior are more than worthwhile.More
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Gesú Nuovo Church (Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo)

Gesú Nuovo Church (Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo)

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Beyond the facade of pyramid-shaped stones fronting Gesú Nuovo Church (Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo) lies a brilliant baroque interior. The building’s imposing shell was part of the fortified Palazzo Sanseverino before it was converted into a church in the 16th century. Inside are three elaborate naves, 11 chapels, and religious art by Cosimo Fanzago and Luca Giordano.More
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Sansevero Chapel (Museo Cappella Sansevero)

Sansevero Chapel (Museo Cappella Sansevero)

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Giuseppe Sanmartino’s unbelievably realistic sculpture, Veiled Christ, is the unfailing draw to Sansevero Chapel (Museo Cappella Sansevero). The Naples chapel is a riot of baroque sculptures, religious art, and Masonic-inspired design. In an underground chamber, allegedly preserved human circulatory systems display local taste for the occult.More
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Procida

Procida

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Capri may be the favorite among the yacht set and Ischia a popular spa destination, but the authentic atmosphere and few tourists on Procida make this sleepy island in the Campanian Archipelago a singular delight. Visit its colorful fishing village, pristine beaches, and picturesque coastline on a day trip from Naples or Ischia.  More

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Top activities in Naples

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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Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip 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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Pompeii Private Tour from Naples Cruise Port or Hotel pick-up
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Private Transfer Naples to Positano or viceversa
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Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour from Naples
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Neapolitan pizza lesson, dough and tasting of typical products
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Daily Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Tour from Naples
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Daily Amalfi Coast Group Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

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Incredible View & Wonderful Experience!
Thomas_J, Aug 2022
Half-Day Trip to Mt. Vesuvius from Naples
This was a great way to see Vesuvius with lunch and a wine tasting.
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Great tour and awesome food
Alexandra_K, Aug 2022
Naples Street Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience
It was an awesome way to see Naples in the time we had available!
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Fantastic trip to Sorrento and Amalfi Coast with the best driver in Naples!
Brendan_M, Jul 2022
Private Day tour from naples to Sorrento & Amalfi coast
Excellent way to get to see Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast from Naples.
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A worthwhile tour!
Katherine_W, Jul 2022
Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples all inclusive
A very convenient way to see Pompeii from Naples.
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Bike ride Naples countryside and wine tasting
Alexander_J, Jul 2022
Scenic E-Bike Ride with Vineyard Wine & Meal
Other route back uphill to downhill and Great English explaining of cultural things.
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Excellent tour , great views and wonderfull wine
Lesley_G, Jul 2022
Scenic E-Bike Ride with Vineyard Wine & Meal
Its a great way to see a different side of naples, the guides are very helpfull, the food and wine tasting was excellent and the bike equipment is excellent quality.
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Camillo's a great guy!
Tam_N, Jul 2022
Private transfer from Naples to Amalfi with tour stop in Pompeii (2 hours)
He doesn't speak English too well, but he has a translator app and you can text him via WhatsApp.
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Don't miss this tour
joni1740, Jul 2022
Naples Underground Guided Tour
We took the English speaking tour with Alessandro.
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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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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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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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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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Fantastic Food Tour
Paul_B, Aug 2022
The 10 Tastings of Naples With Locals: Private Food Tour
Nino really was the best guide, even suggesting restaurants for dinner and sights to see which we hadn’t considered, these proved to be excellent recommendations.
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A brilliant day out!
Luke_B, Aug 2022
Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour from Naples
A fantastic way to see the Amalfi Coast.
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Mike F. Was GREAT!
Kristin_O, Aug 2022
Transfer from Naples to Positano
We made a 2-hour stop to see Pompeii and the tour guide he recommended was amazing!
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Fantastic day touring the Amalfi Coast
Lizzie_I, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast up to 8 people with Mercedes
I would highly recommend this tour as a great way to see the Amalfi Coast in a day.
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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

People Also Ask

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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