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Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Enjoy a unique underground experience with the official Underground Naples guided tour. Your guide will take you through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “womb” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological, and geological point of view. The tour includes a visit to the Greek-Roman Aqueduct, the remains of the Roman Theater, and the Summa Cavea, a new fragment of the Roman theater just brought back to life.  The guide will speak English or Italian, or you can follow the visit in other languages, thanks to the free multilingual app that you can download at the beginning of your visit.  In addition, a brochure in several languages is always delivered in order to follow the visit better. You may also take pictures along the way. Choose the tour and pizza option to enjoy some tasty pizza at the end of your tour of the Naples Underground.

Pompeii: Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

2. Pompeii: Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii with an optional audioguide. Expereince the thrill of walking down streets that were preserved by volcanic ash. Discover its temples, theaters, elegant villas, and public buildings. Roam comfortably thorugh the site with free luggage storage. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. Audio guides can only be picked up and returned at the park's official audio guide desk in Porta Marina Superiore. On the morning of August 24, AD 79, the Vesuvius eruption took Pompeii's 11,000 residents by surprise. The dramatic event killed the inhabitants and the city was buried beneath ash. Feel the thrill of seeing where Romans picked up lunch in the market place. View the intricate mosaics in the public baths. View Hellenistic places like the House of the Faun. Imagine sitting in the audience at the amphitheater or admire the frescoed Villa of the Mysteries. Stroll to the temples of Venus, Apollo, and Jupiter. Capture picture of the city with Vesuvius looming in the background. Have time to explore the site at your own pace and skip the stress of booking tickets to this popular attraction.

Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

3. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

4. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own. Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

5. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and visit the surrounding shops and cafes. Choose the lunch option for a three-course meal consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and one drink. Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano. From there, step out and make your own way to the crater’s edge on a 30-minute ascent. On the way, you may come across an official alpine guide who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you. Arrive at the summit where you can enjoy and photograph the unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples. The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

6. Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Visit the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Naples. Take in Sorrento from the sea. Visit Amalfi and Positano, with the option of exploring Ravello too. Admire incredible scenery worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. From the convenient meeting point in Naples, you will transfer to the port of Torre del Greco. From there, set sail to Sorrento, enjoying the amazing Mount Vesuvius in the background and learning about its tragic history from your expert guide. Admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline: the panoramic terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the Protected Sea Area of Punta Campanella. When you arrive at Amalfi, you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the cathedral of Saint Andrew. Depending on the option chosen, you can also visit Ravello, a resort town, where you can see the Villa Rufolo and its serene garden, which offers a breathtaking panorama over the entire Gulf of Salerno. Then you will depart for Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its narrow streets, small shops, and colorful pottery. You will have some free time here to explore before relaxing on board for the journey back to Naples.

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

7. 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 up to an hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get approximately one 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, enjoy up to an hour and a half of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

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

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried 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.

Naples: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

9. Naples: Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Experience the flavors of Naples on a guided street food tour. Follow your guide through the winding streets of the historic center and savor delicious local specialties. Visit a limoncello factory and enjoy a gelato. Meet your guide in Piazza Bellini to start your journey into the flavors of Neapolitan cuisine. Follow your guide down 2 of the main streets of the historical center, telling you the legends and stories of one of the city. Enjoy the taste of pizza a portafoglio and the unique pizza fritta.  Try frittate di pasta and arancini. Stop in Piazza del Gesù before sampling taralli and some delicious babà and sfogliatelle – dishes that originated in Naples. Pass by the Santa Chiara Church - made famous all around the world by Anne Radcliffe in her gothic novel The Italian - piazza Bellini and the Conservatory of San Pietro a Maiella.  Enjoy the taste of the fresh mozzarella, served in the salumeria - a small shop of typical products, where you will be captured by the smell of the fresh cheese, ham, salami, mortadella and more! Sip a limoncello shot while visiting a limoncello factory and choose to end your tour with a gelato. You will enjoy this tour bite by bite.

Naples: Authentic Italian Pizza-Making Workshop with Drinks

10. Naples: Authentic Italian Pizza-Making Workshop with Drinks

Roll up your sleeves and take part in a pizza-making workshop in the former Margherita's Salon in Naples. Learn about traditional cooking techniques with a local chef leading the way. Get an authentic taste of local ingredients and enjoy a drink with your own homemade pizza. Arrive at the pizza workshop, located in the former Margherita's Salon, the first Chantan café in Italy. It is named after the queen, to whom they dedicated the pizza. Enjoy cooking in a place of historical and cultural value, located in the Palace of the Umberto Gallery in Naples. Begin the class by receiving your apron and creating the dough. Follow along the process of creating the dough while learning about ingredients and techniques. Cut the dough using a traditional 600-year-old technique called mozzatura. Savor a local starter with organic products like tomato from Vesuvio, homemade bread, and fried arancini. Hear about the benefits of cooking with quality ingredients as you stretch your pizza dough and add the sauce and toppings. Put the final touches on your Margherita pizza, then pop it in a Neapolitan oven to crisp to a golden brown. Finish your day by enjoying your fresh pizza with a drink. Receive a personalized pizza diploma to take home after the class.

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What should I do on my first trip to Naples?

Head to the main square, Piazza del Plebiscito, where the Royal Palace and the Royal Basilica are located. Visiting the Royal Palace is one of the best things to do in Naples and is good for a rainy day. Also, check out the San Gennaro Catacombs for a fascinating tour of the labyrinth-like passageways underneath the city. While not in the city of Naples itself, don’t miss out on visiting the fascinating archeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum nearby. Covered in ash from a volcanic eruption in the first century, these sites have been continuously excavated since their discovery in the 1700s and a tour of the 2,000-year-old city is fascinating.

What are some hidden gems to see in Naples?

Nominated for Europe’s most beautiful transit station, the Toledo Metro Station is a gorgeous work of art. This station is covered in mosaic tiles with a different color theme for each floor. For great views over the Bay of Naples, amazing art, and a stroll through a lovely garden, visit the Monastery and Museum of San Martino. If you have time, you can also check out the Saint Elmo Castle next to the monastery.

How much time should I spend in Naples?

Three days is a enough time to spend in Naples. You can take in the major sights in the first two days and enjoy one of the incredible day trips from Naples to places like Pompeii, Herculaneum, or the lovely island of Procida on the third day. If you only have two days in Naples, you could spend one day doing just the main highlights of the city and Pompeii on the second day. Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours are a great way to see the city, and Pompeii is a short train ride away (around 30 minutes).

What food is Naples known for?

Naples is hailed as the birthplace of pizza, so getting pizza here is a must. Two of the most famous pizzerias in the city are L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and Gino e Toto Sorbillo. The lines here are usually long, but there are many delicious places to grab this famous Neapolitan dish. Sweet tooth? Try a sfogliatella. This traditional Neopolitan treat is a shell-shaped pastry with many flaky layers filled with ricotta-based cream and candied citrus.

What is the best way to get around Naples?

Naples is relatively compact, so it is easy to get to most places you want to see without relying on transportation. It’s fun to take in the sights and sounds of the city along the way. Naples is infamous for its traffic and buzzing Vespas, so take care if you decide to drive (or cross the road). Metro and buses are available, but they can sometimes take longer than going by foot. When planning your route, consider whether you want to prioritize your time or effort.

What are the best months to visit Naples?

While you can definitely visit Naples any time of the year, the best times are the shoulder seasons of March-May and September-October. The weather is warm and there are fewer crowds. Winter is an excellent option for the least number of tourists, although there is an uptick during the holidays when there are beautiful decorations and Christmas markets. Summer is hot and quite crowded, as that is when most people are on vacation, but is great for warm beach days.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Naples?

The heart of the city is the Centro Storico. Wander through the narrow but bustling alleys, pick up souvenirs, grab a drink, and people-watch as you marvel at the stunning old churches tucked between the tight lanes. Vomero is an elegant neighborhood on a hill in Naples, with gorgeous views over the city and bay. Get a little bit lost as you walk past laundry strung out to dry and people selling produce along the streets of the Spanish Quarter, said to be the most authentic neighborhood of Naples.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

There are tons of spots for great shopping in Naples. For souvenirs, stroll down Spaccanapoli, where cute shops are interspersed with great street food outlets. Don’t miss Via San Gregorio Armeno, a cool street renowned for selling all things Christmas. For a luxury shopping experience, head to the Chiaia neighborhood. For trinkets and antiques, visit the Resina Market. For a mix of everything, head to the Galleria Umberto I, a shopping mall within a beautiful arcade.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Naples?

If you want to be in the heart of the city near the main attractions, book a room in the Centro Storico. If you want a quieter neighborhood within reach of the main sights, stay around the Piazza del Plebiscito. It’s an excellent option for families with children. A little further out, Vomera has a comfortable residential atmosphere but still has great nightlife.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Naples?

Spark your kids’ imaginations at Naples’ fascinating historic sites, such as Castel d’Ovo or the underground tunnels. If they need to stretch their legs, head to open spaces like Piazza del Plebiscito or Capodimonte Park, where they can run around and play. Or take a pizza-making class in the city where it all began — fun for any age.

What is the best thing to do in Naples for solo travelers?

Naples is full of delicious foods, and a local-led food tour is a perfect way to sample a wide variety of dishes and learn some insider tips. It’s also a great way to meet people an. You can enjoy time wandering throd get recommendations for the rest of your trip. Don’t miss the different galleries and museums in Naples, including the Archeological Museum, the Catacombs of San Gennaro, and the Royal Palace — all perfect for a solo visit.

What is the best thing to do in Naples for couples?

Go on a wine-tasting tour with your partner in Naples. There are a variety of options for this romantic activity, including some tastings held at vineyards on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius or including a cooking class. If you want to get away from the hubbub of the city for a bit, take a day trip to the gorgeous islands of Procida or Capri. The boat ride there is as stunning as the island itself.

What are the best annual events in Naples?

If you’re a pizza fan, don’t miss out on the Napoli Pizza Village festival in June. For nine days, you can sample the best pizzas in the world, see live demonstrations, attend workshops, enjoy entertainment, and wait to see who is crowned the World Pizza Maker Champion. During the holidays, Naples has wonderful Christmas markets and events. February is the lively carnevale season, with parades, concerts, and special treats only made during carnevale.

What are the best things to do around Naples?

Don’t miss out on discovering Naples’ looming neighbor, Mount Vesuvius. Designated as a National Park, it is open for visitors to hike in the area. The trail up to the volcano’s summit is about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). The right footwear, water, and a hat are needed as there is no shade on the trail. The panoramic view from the crater is stunning, and the hike is a nice way to get outdoors and explore the natural landscape near Naples.

What are the best beaches around Naples?

One of the most popular beaches in Naples is La Gaiola beach. It is free to enter, though you will need a ticket to get to the Underwater Park area of the beach. It’s best to go early as it can get rather crowded. Another great place to swim and lay out is on the gorgeous beaches of Capri. This requires a day trip to the island, but it's worth the effort. The island has many beautiful beaches to relax on, such as Marina Piccola or Bagni di Tiberio.

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We were picked up promptly by out driver Gennaro at 7.30 from our hotel and then drove around Naples picking up other guests, then off to Pompeii. Expert driving around the congested street of Naples! Our tour guide nuncio kept us informed on the journey with a narrative on the road, then in Pompeii we joined a larger group for excellent (if compact- we will need to go back to see the amphitheatre!) walk around. Swift lunch near Vesuvius, and then about an hour and a half to climb to the top (30 minute walk); have a look round and head back to the coach. Home around 4.30. Would thoroughly recommend- slick outfit and excellent guiding. Food (margarita pizza) was as expected, and meal included drink and lemon tart dessert.

We found the tour to be a great introduction to our visit to Pompeii. Our guide, Tony, had a lovely balance of sharing facts, anecdotes and comedy and the two hours flew by. He was also able to answer all of our questions and direct us to where we might want to go when the tour finished. After that, we were free to continue exploring the city - which is a sprawling maze of streets. Pompeii is definitely worth a visit, even without the tour, although we found the information from our tour guide added a lot of value to understanding what we were seeing and how life would have been back then.

This was an amazing tour lead by an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide names Rosella (she even booked for us, on our request one of her favourite resturants in rome to eat after the trip which was also amazing called Osteria Al Vicolo 9 which i would also 100% recommened). It was wonderful to see the treasures of Pompeii and its museums. The guide provided indepth background info on Ancient Rome and the history on Pompeii. It was wonderful to skip lines and gain to access to everywhere quickly, would 100% recommend.

Very good experience for a single day. Both the guide (Rob) and the driver (Giulio) are excellent, and very prudent, they take care of you at all times, they are very attentive and very friendly and fun. Also my guide in Pompeii, Willy, the visit was very good, Pompeii is very big and we only saw 20% but it is a good introduction. Worth it.

If you choose this city for a visit, it is an amazing experience to discover the underground.