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Naples

The vivacious hometown of the pizza reels you in with its panoramic bay views and archeological wonders.

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Catacombs of San Gennaro Skip-The-Line Entrance Ticket

1. Catacombs of San Gennaro Skip-The-Line Entrance Ticket

Travel back in time and explore the Catacombs of San Gennaro to learn more about the patron saint of Naples. Discover what lies beneath street level as you see stunning frescoes and Byzantine paintings from the 9th to the 10th century AD. Explore the history of the paleo-Christian burial site with an English or Italian-speaking guide. Get explanations about the 4th-century expansion following the transfer of the remains of St. Agrippinus to the underground basilica dedicated to him. See the large baptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who took refuge in the catacombs in the 8th century during iconoclastic struggles. Get a closer look at the details of the upper catacomb, decorated at the beginning of the 3rd century in the so-called Pompeian style, and now home to some of the earliest Christian paintings in southern Italy. Be amazed by the precious Crypt of the Bishops and its 5th-century mosaics, including one depicting the Bishop of Carthage, St. Quodvultdeus.

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Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

2. Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Skip the long lines and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Take advantage of an audio guide service to see houses and everyday items that are still almost intact. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire.

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Naples Underground Tour Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

3. Naples Underground Tour Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples. After, enjoy pizza if the option is selected.

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Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

4. Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

Naples is a mixture of colors and perfumes, be enchanted by the warmth of its people and the sounds of daily life. Begin at Piazza Bellini to see the remains of ancient Greek walls. Continue to Piazza del Gesù, one of the most famous squares of the city a few steps away from the historical center. Visit Spaccanapoli, a long and narrow street that divides the old Naples in two perfect halves with shops, restaurants and alleys. Be amazed by the San Domenico Maggiore square with a perfect overlapping of different architectural styles and the pearl of Naples, the Chapel San Severo featuring the statue Cristo Velato by Giuseppe Sanmartino. See the famous statue of the God of Nile river, Piazza St. Gaetano, and the churches of Naples, San Lorenzo and San Paolo Maggiore. The baroque cathedral of Saint Gennaro dates back to the 13th century and is at the heart of the Neapolitan faith. Here the blood of the saint patron St. Gennaro is preserved. It becomes liquid during the so-called Miracle of St. Gennaro.

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From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

5. From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour by minivan or car of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Stabian Baths, a brothel, the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poet, and more. Then, drive up Mount Vesuvius with a volcanologist guide. After visiting Pompeii, take a half-hour break before beginning the second part of the tour. Head off on a drive to the top of Mount Vesuvius through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a walk with a volcanologist guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions.

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From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

6. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for 1 hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get an hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, get 1.5 hours of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

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Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

7. Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

Come and see enchanting scenery unfold before your eyes in a secret place full of history and atmosphere. This emotional journey conducts visitors through the new section of the underground of Naples. The Bourbon Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of the rebellion, asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was not completed and, during the Second World War, was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit. The war left its mark even in the subsoil where we find handwritten messages of wish and desolation of those who lived there. In the tunnels you will also find statues dating back to the fascist period and a unique exhibition of many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years and then freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc along the route.

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From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

8. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

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Pompeii: Half-Day Tour from Naples

9. Pompeii: Half-Day Tour from Naples

See Pompeii's most intriguing points on this half-day tour. Get picked up at 8:00 AM or 1:30 PM and visit the famous Roman town, one of the most famous archaeological sites. Join a VIP small group tour (8 people), a small group tour (up to 18 people), or a regular group tour (up to 40 people). Upon arrival, discover this well-preserved Roman city with paved streets, luxurious villas, and temples. Feel the presence of ancient Romans. Visit the thermal baths, theaters, forums, and the famous Vetti’s house and “Lupanare." See natural body casts, preserved by volcanic ash nearly 2,000 years ago. The visit lasts for about 2 hours before heading back to the drop-off point.

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Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius

10. Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius

Your tour will begin from the historical city center of Naples, from where you will head to Mount Vesuvius. This tour provides you with a unique opportunity to reach the most characteristic locations of this historic region. After about 1 hour of driving through the city, you will begin to pass through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. You will ascend to 1,000 meters in your bus, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater. Once here you can admire breathtaking views, and learn more about local geology from your volcanological guide. You can listen to explanations about the many transformations of the mountain due to its volcanic nature from a professional alpine guide, who will provide great insight as to how and why this great nature force was able to destroy Pompeii and Herculaneum. You will then have time to walk around and take pictures before re-boarding your bus and returning to Naples.

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Frequently asked questions about Naples

What top attractions are a must-see in Naples?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long should I stay in Naples?

    Four days or so should cover the basics - take out whole days for trips outside of Naples, such as to Pompeii and Herculaneum.

  • How walkable is Naples?

    Pretty walkable, especially in the city center. There is also a transit system serving the whole metropolitan area, including a funicular taking you up into the hills.

  • When should I visit Naples?

    All year round, but go between October and March to avoid crowds and very warm weather.

  • Anything else I should know?

    In Italy, some stores and other attractions are closed at lunchtimes or in the afternoons, so double check before you set out somewhere.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    All year round, but go between October and March to avoid crowds and very warm weather.

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What people are saying about Naples

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 25,520 reviews

Our experience was wonderful Francesco was amazing and very enthusiastic gave us a brief history on our way to Sorrento and Almafi Coast. He was patient gave us plenty of time to visit and explore the town made us feel very comfortable and welcome from a welcoming song to laughter. All together we a beautiful tour. Ana our archeologists at Pompeii was very knowledgeable and her passion towards Pompeii was nice to see. Love the history given about Pompeii and she cover the main points as she mention it’s a big site so not everything can be cover or seen but she makes sure we get to learn the main interest and informative point about the history of Pompeii. Thank you for our great and amazing experience.

Luciano Leone was a very special guide. He made sure everyone’s questions were answered and he made a point to keep the several young children on our tour interested. I’m so glad I paid for the tour rather than visiting the site on my own.

Very good experience, the tour guide was very professional by him giving explanation of the beautiful place Pompeii

Pompei tour guide was excellent. The pace of the tour was perfect and, her knowledge of the site was impressive.

it was great! punctual, very friendly, great car, profesional guide