Naples is the capital of the Campania region and it is Italy’s third largest city. Also one of its oldest, Naples is a significant historical city home to numerous archaeological treasures, from castles and churches to underwater cities. Due to the volcanic soils, the area is rich in food, serving the best pizza and pasta. Despite its bad reputation because of the Mafia, Naples is a vibrant city with plenty things to see and do. Worth-visiting and definitely worth-exploring!
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When to Visit
January & February Low season; no big crowds and big discounts on flights and accommodation in Naples. The Amalfi Coast is empty and some businesses close up for the season. Room rates are at their lowest.
March – April Best time to visit Naples; mild weather and not so thick tourist crowds. In early March, the Confagricoltura Napoli Food and Wine Market offers a variety of local food and wine products. May is the best month to visit the Amalfi Coast due to its lack of tourists and the low travel rates.
June – August Hotel rates are not bad this time of the year in Naples. The Pizzafest gives the chance to the visitors to taste the natural Italian pizza of all types. The Amalfi Coast is very hot and crowded but full of festivals such as the Ravello, an annual music and arts festival.
September – November In Naples, hotel prices are slightly higher these months. San Gennaro Festival is the most important religious festival of the year. It is the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast due to the few tourists that remain here and the discounted hotel and airfare rates.
Located in central Naples, the Royal Palace, or Palazzo Reale, is one of the most glamorous royal courts in Europe. Built in the 17th century by Domenico Fontana, its primary intention was to host King Phillip III of Spain. However, the king never came and the palace became the Royal Residence of the Austrians and the Bourbons who followed. It is now home to the Royal House Museum and the largest state library in Southern Italy, the Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III. Opened in 1919, the museum displays collections of Neoclassical and Baroque furnishings, paintings and decorative object.It is also home to great art works such as Masaccio’s Crocifissione, Botticelli’s Madonna col Bambino e due angeli and Bellini’s Trasfigurazione.
Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Sunday 09:00AM-08:00PM (Last admission 07:00PM)
Price: €4/reduced ticket €3
Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III (https://www.bnnonline.it/)
For more information about the Biblioteca Nazionale call at (+39)0817819111.
Locally known as the Maschio Angioino, Castel Nuovo is an imposing medieval castle situated in Piazza Municipio, in central Naples. Charles I of Anjou ordered a new castle when the capital of the Kingdom moved from Palermo to Naples in order to house the court. It served as an important cultural center where intellectuals and artists used to gather. This architectural landmark of Naples houses a collection of Neapolitan paintings of the 17th and 20th century. Visit this place and admire the impressive landscape paintings by Luigi Crisconio and Carlo Vanvitelli.
Open: Monday-Saturday 08:30AM-07:00PM (ticket office closes at 06:00PM)
You can also have a drink or eat a meal at the café nearby, named Caffé Roma. For more information call at (+39)081 795 7722.
Built in the 12th century by the Normans, Castel dell’ Ovo is a seaside castle whose name comes from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil. Translated in English as Egg Castle, it is said that Virgil buried a magical egg there, warning that when the egg breaks, the castle will fall. Fortunately, both are standing till today. Naples’ oldest castle is located on Megaride peninsula facing the sea. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk on the castle’s ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking view!
Sunday 09:00AM-01:00PM (depends on the season)
Price: Free entrance
For more information and details about the current opening hours call at 081 795 4593 or visit the official website www.castel-dell-ovo.com.
We advise you to buy a Campania Artecard, Naples’ tourist discount pass in order to save money. Ideal if you are interested in visiting some of the many expensive attractions in and around Naples. For more information visit the website.
Reminiscent of the Roman Pantheon, San Francesco di Paola dominates the city’s largest square, Piazza del Plebiscito. The church was ordered by the Bourbon ruler Ferdinand I in 1817 dedicated to the saint of the same name. This neo-classical basilica sits at the center of a semicircle of 38 columns and consists of a 53 meters high dome.
April-June daily 06:30AM-07:00PM
July-August daily 06:30AM-08:00PM
September October daily 06:30AM-07:00PM
Price: Free Entrance
For more information about the cathedral visit the official website www.santuariopaola.it.
Widely known as the Cattedrale di San Gennaro, in honor of Saint Januarius, Duomo is a Roman Catholic cathedral was built by the Angevins. Its construction began in the 13th century under the order of Charles I of Anjou but it has been restored many times due to the repeated earthquakes.The main attraction of the interior is undoubtedly the Cappella di San Gennaro (Chapel of St Janarius) as well as the frescoes by Domenichino and Giovanni Lanfranco. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro located nearby!
Monday-Saturday 08:30AM-01:30PM & 02:30PM-07:30PM
Sunday 08:00AM-01:00PM & 04:30AM-07:30PM
Price: Free Entrance
Archaeological Area and Baptistry
Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday 10:30AM-05:00PM
Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro
Monday-Friday 09:00AM-04:30PM (last admission 04:00PM)
Saturday 09:00AM-05:30PM (last admission 05:00PM)
Price: €6 (online ticket)
For more information about the museum as well as for reservations call at +39 081 294980 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the richest monuments in Naples, Certosa di san Martino used to be a monastery complex built in the 14th century and located on Vomero hill. The monastery was closed under French rule in the early 19th century and it is now serving as a museum. Beautifully decorated with Lanfranco frescoes, the monastery’s architectural design is very interesting. Marble paneling, woodcarvings and floor mosaics created by famous artists of the 16th and 17th century adorn the interior of the building.
Open: Daily 08:30AM-07:30PM (except Wednesday)
Price: €6/reduced ticket€3
Keep in mind that the ticket office closes at 6:30pm. There is an excellent place located next to Certosa di San Martino that offers a delicious meal and a wonderful view of the city at the same time. You can call at +39 06 399 67 050 in order to buy admission tickets.
Situated on the Bay of Naples, Castellammare di Stabia is a port town famous for its thermal baths. Known for its springs since ancient times, these amazing natural spas offer therapeutic treatments. Castellammare di Stabia lies next to Stabiae, the ancient city which was destroyed by the Vesuvio eruption in 79 AD. You can also visit the remnants of the aristocratic villas, Arianna and San Marco, located nearby. Castellammare di Stabia is a great place for a relaxing vacation due to its strategic position, next to famous tourist places such as Pompeii and Sorrento.
Built in the 16th century, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples is one of the world’s top museums of ancient art. It originally served as cavalry barracks, then as the seat of the University of Naples and it finally became a museum during the 19th century. It houses beautiful and priceless objects from the Greek, Roman and Renaissance era. Colossal Greco-Roman sculptures, mosaics from Pompeii, various paintings from the Farnese collection as well as Egyptian artifacts are only some of the unique collections displayed in the museum.
Open: Monday-Sunday 09:00AM-07:30PM (closed on Tuesdays)
Price: €12/reduced ticket€6
Free entrance on the first Sunday of each month
Be aware that the ticket office closes half an hour before. For more information please visit the official website of the museum.
Situated in Ercolano, Villa Campolieto was one of the spectacular projects of Vanvitelli, an Italian engineer and architect. The stupendous villa dates from 1755 and opened in 1984 as part of a project of the Vesuvian Villa consortium. Some rooms have been restored to the original decor and are nicely maintained. Visit this Bourbon era villa and view the lovely panorama of the bay!
Designed by Emanuel Rocco, Galleria Umberto I is a must-see for every traveler to Naples. This shopping gallery is situated opposite the Teatro San Carlo and it was built between 1887 and 1891. Named after the king of the Kingdom at the time of the construction, Galleria Umberto I is a notable architectural achievement. Its four floors are filled with high-end shops and places to eat, as well as with interesting sculptures, mosaics and paintworks. Don’t miss the opportunity to shop at one of the world’s finest shopping malls while admiring the glasswork above.
From Naples it is easy to visit Pompeii, only 28 kilometers away. Considered as the most significant archaeological site in Europe, Pompeii is a must-visit for those who are interested in exploring Roman civilization. The city is an open source of information about the customs, art, architecture and the Greco-Roman life in general. Built near modern Naples and at the southeastern base of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was unexpectedly destroyed by the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Buried under the ashes and lava, the eruption kept the site lost for about 1,500 years until it was discovered in 1599. Due to the lack of air and moisture that was caused by the thick layer of volcanic material that covered the city, the buildings as well as the objects inside them have been preserved for centuries. These artifacts remain as unique historical evidence of the Roman civilization and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
April-Octoberdaily 09:00AM-07:30PM (last admission 06:00PM)
November-March daily 09:00AM-05:00PM (last admission 03:30PM)
Price: €13/reduced ticket €7.50
There is a train line connecting Naples with Pompeii, called the Circumvesuviana.
For information about the tours you can visit www.pompeiisites.org.
Best known for its eruption in 79 AD, Vesuvius is an active volcano that rises above the plain of Campania next to Naples. It has erupted many times and despite the fact that the last eruption occurred within the last hundred years, experts say that it could happen again at any time. This is very dangerous since around 3 million people live in the area nearby and on its lower slopes. Do not miss the opportunity to go for hiking or have a tour at this amazing place! For more information on the sight and the guided tours that it offers visit www.vesuvioexpress.info.
A trip to Naples is not complete if you do not board the ferry and visit the idyllic island of Capri. This legendary isle, located on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, is considered as an earthly paradise. The town of Capri is the island's main population centre, with Piazza Umberto I, or else Piazzetta, being a fabled meeting point filled with chic bars and restaurants.Crystal-clear waters, abundant vineyards and beautiful grottoes are only some of the reasons why you should visit this charming place.If you are an adventure-seeker, we advise you to rent a kayak and explore the island’s coastline areas. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!
There are ferries departing from Naples and Sorrento to Capri Island. During the summer months, there are also ferries departing from Positano, Salerno and Ischia. Vehicles are prohibited from embarking for the island, unless you are a resident. But don’t worry because you wouldn’t need your car on Capri. For further information visit www.capritourism.com.
At 589 meters above sea level, Monte Solaro offers the most breathtaking panoramic view of the island as well as the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. It is also interesting to explore the lush flora and fauna of the mountain, inhabited by numerous species of vegetation and birds. A preferable way to get to Monte Solaro is by chairlift but you can also get here by bus from Marina Grande or Capri.
Price: €11return/€8 single/children under 7 ride free on their parents lap
The chairlift for Mount Solaro departs from Piazza Vittoria and it only takes 12 minutes to reach the top. We do not recommend the chairlift for children due to the fact that the safety bar can be easily lifted. Also, keep in mind that the chairs on it are made for a single passenger.
Located at a higher level than Capri, Anacapri is also a beautiful town of the island. If you are looking for tranquility and relaxation away from crowded places then this is the place for you. Three kilometers southwest of Anacapri, there is an active lighthouse named Punta Carena. Built in 1886, it is the second tallest lighthouse in Italy and its initial purpose was to protect Capri from invasion. You should definitely visit the beach in front of the lighthouse; famed for its crystal-clear waters, there is a beach bar, a snack bar and a restaurant ready to satisfy every visitor.
For the romantic travelers, the Gardens of Augustus is the ideal place for you to be. Regarded as one of the most romantic spots in the island, these botanical gardens offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the Faraglioni rocks, the bay of Marina Piccola and Mount Solaro.
At the end of Viale Amedeo Maturi, on the cliff’s edge, Tiberius built his villa in the first century B.C. due to the privacy and security of this spectacular location. Villa Jovis, or the remnants of it, offer an amazing view of the seascape and the Bay of Naples.
One of the most magical destinations in the world. The Amalfi Coast is a unique place whose charm attracts thousands of visitors each year. This dramatic coastline stretched on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf, is undoubtedly an outstanding representation of the typical Mediterranean landscape. With villages clinging to cliffs, idyllic beachscapes, pastel-colored houses and splendid villas, the Amalfi Coast is a must-visit for every traveler and our guide will help you arrange the ideal trip to its beautiful places.
Clinging to a cliff that overlooks the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a beautiful town and a popular tourist destination. Being an ideal resort filled with grand hotels and restaurants, the town offers amazing beachscapes and panoramic views of Naples. It is also a popular attraction among celebrities who often visit the place, such as Pavarotti and Caruso.
Surrounded by dramatic cliffs, Amalfi is a petite town known for its small beach and historical buildings. This place used to be a maritime superpower with a huge population; however, most of the old city was destroyed due to an earthquake that occurred in 1343. Today Amalfi is a picturesque little town that can be walked easily from one side to another.
Whether you are keen on hiking or not, do not hesitate to admire the breathtaking panorama that offers the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of Gods). The name of the footpath indicates the spectacular scenery of this route. Linking the tiny town of Agerola with Nocelle, this 3-hour hiking route is easy and a must-see and a must-do for every visitor.
Situated in Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi Cathedral (in Italian Dumo di Amalfi) is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew. It is a 13th century Roman Catholic Church full of interesting sights. On its left, a bell tower with a majolica drum on top rises. A part of the church serves as a museum due to the Byzantine, Gothic and Baroque elements that were gradually added to its interior. A separate entrance gives access to the Cloister of Paradise, a tiny cloister surrounded by 120 columns, famous spot for weddings. The cathedral is also adjoined with the 9th century Basilica of the Crucifix whose steps lead into the Crypt of St. Andrew.
November-February 10:00AM-01:00PM & 02:30PM-04:30PM
A museum not like the ones we are used to, Museo della Carta, or Amalfi’s Paper Museum, is housed in a historic rugged paper mill. Nicola Milano, owner of the paper mill whose family was working in the paper production, founded the museum in 1969. Museo della Carta preserves the original paper presses and it offers tours that will explain to you the production of paper and its evolution.
March-October Daily 10:00AM-06:30PM
November-February 10:00AM-03:30PM Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday-Sunday
If you need further information about the museum you can call at 089 830 45 61 or visit www.museodellacarta.it.
Known for its beautiful gardens and stunning views, Ravello is Amalfi Coast’s most peaceful resort. It is an increasingly popular destination that has served as a place of relaxation for artists, musicians and writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf, Leonard Bernstein and many more.
Villa Cimbrone, whose origins date back to the 11th century, is a historic building famous for its scenic Terrazzo dell’ Infinito (Terrace of Infinity). The villa and its gardens were later renovated and expanded by Ernest William Beckett, a British nobleman. Today it serves as a private five-star hotel, but the gardens are open to the public.
Price: €7/Children €5
For further information about the Villa call at +39 089 857459 or send an email to email@example.com.
Originally belonging to the wealthy Rufolo family, who had a great power in the commerce field, Villa Rufolo has inspired a lot of visitors. The German opera composer Wagner was so impressed by the beauty of the villa that he modeled the garden of Klingsor on them. The Arab-style building offers magnificent panoramic views from its terraced gardens. Many concerts take place on the terraces usually during summer.
Open: 09:00AM-05:00PM (last admission 04:30PM)
For more information please visit www.villarufolo.it.
Situated across the valley from Ravello, Scala is a small town that sits on a rocky hill. Regarded as the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast, it is the perfect destination if you are looking for peace and quiet. Visit this tranquil place and enjoy its natural beauty while hiking or experience the locals’ simple life.
Colorful buildings, fashionable boutiques, excellent restaurants and splendid coastal views are enough to make you want to visit this place. Home to tiny steep streets and steps, Positano is Amalfi Coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town. Compared to the rest towns of the coast, this one is more expensive and needs payment even for the sunbed and the umbrella. Positano is a popular destination for romantic couples as well as for families who want to stop by for a day tour.
Situated on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the city may not seem very interesting but it is actually historically significant. Even though it has been ignored by tourism, the city invested on the restoration of its historic neighborhoods, which features a sea-front promenade regarded to be one of the most picturesque in Europe. The Romanesque Duomo is also evidence of the significance that the city used to have while being a capital of southern Italy during the 11th century.
Baia was an ancient Roman town located on the northwest shore of Naples. It was the most sumptuous resort for centuries in antiquity filled with many impressive buildings that can be visited in the Parco Archeologico delle Terme di Baia. Due to constant earthquakes in this area, much of the land is now underwater, creating a unique city that can only be explored by dives or by boat. There is also a castle that houses an archaeological museum, named Castello di Baia, while a crater lake in the north, Lago d’ Averno, was said to be the entrance to the Underworld.
Parco Archeologico delle Terme di Baia
Monday-Friday 09:00AM-01:00PM & 02:00PM-05:00PM
Price: €4/reduced ticket €2
For reservations or further information about the archaeological area call at +39 06 399 67 050.
Procida is the smallest island in the Bay of Naples and a less popular tourist destination compared to the rest of the isles. It is definitely an ideal place to visit for those who want to combine tranquility with cultural tradition; women pushing prams and fishermen clutching fishing rods. Procida doesn’t have any particular attraction, but you have to visit it as a day trip in order to enjoy the pretty views and the delicious harbourside meals that are offered here.
Keep in mind that you cannot drive in most of these towns; you have to park your car 4-7 kilometres far from the town. Be prepared to explore the beauty of these places on foot!