Naples Cruise Port Info
Naples, Italy is a huge sprawling city in the shadow of the great Mount Vesuvius, which dominates the horizon. It lacks the touristy charms of other Italian cities, but if it's a real Italian city you're after, warts and all, then Naples is it.
It's gritty, urban, fast and furious, a city that has rebounded from near destruction during World War II and ongoing drug and crime problems. It has an incredible cultural heritage and a unique vibrancy.
If you don't fancy Naples itself, its the gateway to Pompeii and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and nearby islands. Any of these are easily do-able in a day if you make plans.
Walking around the winding streets on your own with a map in hand is an easy way to explore.
For those who want to relax and take a bus through Naples there is a Hop-on Hop-off Bus.
Piazza Plebiscito is a good start, with nearby Galleria Umberto, Teatro San Carlo, and Castel Nuovo. This one small area of Naples can be your entire day. It is a beautiful area!
Piazza Bellini - an ancient Greek site housing shops, cafes and bars.
Centro Storico - the historic centre of the city, with the Palazzo Reale, the churches of Gesu Nuovo, San Lorenzo and Santa Chiara - a beautiful Gothic church also housing an ancient Roman gymnasium and bath.
Capodimonte Museum - the main art museum of Naples.
Catacombe di San Genaro - an impressive catacomb site.
Villa Floridiana - a lovely house with a ceramic museum. Great gardens for a picnic with views over the bay of Naples and Capri.
Napoli Sotteranea - take a tour of the underground ruins.
Castel Sant'Elmo - a medieval castle overlooking the city. Great views.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale - the main archeological museum housing many artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum.