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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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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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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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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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Mitigliano Beach (Cala di Mitigliano)

Mitigliano Beach (Cala di Mitigliano)

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This pristine pebble beach along the coastline of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula is tucked in a tiny cove enclosed by steep cliffs, making it both extraordinarily scenic and refreshingly remote. As it can only be reached by land via a steep footpath, Cala di Mitigliano is a favorite swim and snorkeling spot on boat tours from Sorrento.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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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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Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip from Naples
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Day Trip from Naples: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
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Capri & Blue Grotto Boat Trip-Prime Experience with max. 8 guests from Sorrento
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Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour from Naples
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Pompeii and Capri Island Day Trip

Pompeii and Capri Island Day Trip

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Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples
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Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples

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Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples
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Full-Day Capri Island Cruise from Sorrento
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Boat tour to Sorrento coast, Capri and Blue Grotto - Fun & Swim
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Naples Underground Guided Tour
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Naples Underground Guided Tour

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Capri Island Boat Tour from Naples
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Neapolitan pizza lesson, dough and tasting of typical products
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Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

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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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Naples Underground
Breda_D, Apr 2022
Naples Underground Guided Tour
Very interesting tour about the underground city in Naples but was difficult to hear and understand the guide - who was obviously very knowledgeable - but his English was very accented and the mask did not help or other tours going on in the rooms beside us.
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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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Great experience!
Beatrix_B, Feb 2022
Naples Underground Guided Tour
Simone was a great guide, he explained everything well in fluent English and was really funny.
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Great Experience!! Strongly recommended.
Pushkar_B, Dec 2021
Neapolitan pizza lesson, dough and tasting of typical products
One of the best things to do in Naples.
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Forza Napoli!
Jack_A, Dec 2021
Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert
He also gave us lots of really helpful advice about other activities in the city.
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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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See the Amalfi coast in a day!
Michael_L, May 2022
Amalfi Coast Day Trip from Naples: Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello
What a way to see the Amalfi coast without having to deal with the driving!
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Read the details of the outing carefully
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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Excellent guides, gorgeous views, delicious food, interesting information. Just remember to reapply sunscreen!
Clarissa_T, May 2022
Scenic E-Bike Ride with Vineyard Wine & Meal
To be honest, the whole experience (including the falling) was awesome and I really enjoyed it!
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a day on the Isle of Capri
Joseph_D, May 2022
Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
Michele arranged the tour so that we could spend time in Anacapri, which in our estimation is a better place to visit than the town of Capri.
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Great, short tour around the historical district
Judith_d, May 2022
Historical Naples Tour: Origin, Cults & Legends
Our guide was very knowledgeable about naples/napolitan history and we got to see a variety of spots in the historical district.
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Excellent tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius.
Mark_B, Apr 2022
Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Mt. Vesuvius - Herculaneum - Pompeii
Pompeii and Herculaneum were both fascinating to see and explore.
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Mama Mia!
Nidia_D, Apr 2022
Pompeii Amalfi and Positano Private Tour
He spoke perfect English and had a great sense of hummer “Mama Mia”.
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Nice experience
Milo_G, Apr 2022
Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi Day Trip from Naples
Definitely good choice if you want to see this part of coast and these cities.
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Martina: guide extraordinaire
Elizabeth_A, Mar 2022
Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi Day Trip from Naples
The entire trip was better off for having Martina as our guide, and we would 110% recommend this tour/her specifically to anyone looking for things to do in the Naples area.
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Excellent Experience
luv2runinwi, Feb 2022
Scenic E-Bike Ride with Vineyard Wine & Meal
Absolutely wonderful way to see some of Naples’ sites.
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Don't think, just book it!
Christina_R, Jan 2022
Naples City and Pompeii Half Day Sightseeing Tour
She would speak in both English and French to accommodate her audience and she did it so effortlessly!
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This tour made me love Naples!
Lady_C, Dec 2021
Street Food Tour of Naples with City Sightseeing and Top-Rated Local Guide
It’s not too long, but you will know more about the city and what to do for the rest of your visit.

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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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