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Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

1. Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

Explore one of the oldest cities in Europe with your guide and cross the heart of the historic center of Naples from Piazza Bellini, where you still find visible portions of Greek walls. Skirt the Conservatory of Naples, with the chance to hear the rehearsals of young Neapolitan musicians. Continue to Via dei Tribunali, the Decumano Maggiore of ancient Neapolis, but also one of the liveliest and richest streets in Naples.  See the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta, with its ancient Romanesque bell tower, and the mysterious church of Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, an Angevin jewel, and the Duomo, which preserves the miraculous holy blood di San Gennar, beloved patron Saint of the city, will be waiting for you a few steps away. Back to Spaccanapoli, the lower decumanus, you will stroll through the teeming and characteristic Neapolitan shops. Discover the wonderful Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore, with its square of the same name that makes the scenery unique. The last stop will be the precious Sansevero Chapel: the vision of the Veiled Christ, together with the story of your guide, will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

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

See enchanting scenery unfold before your eyes in a secret place full of history and atmosphere on a guided tour of Bourbon Tunnel in Naples. Choose the Via delle Memorie tour option to enrich your trip by walking the historic underground route. 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, the tunnel 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: find handwritten messages of wishes 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. Add the option to walk the Via delle Memorie, an extraordinary underground route that takes you on a special path carved out of the tuff rich in history and curiosities. See a filled cistern from the 600s and places transformed to house thousands of Neapolitans during World War II.

Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

3. Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

Discover downtown Naples and explore the San Severo Chapel on a guided walking tour. Follow your guide through the lively Spaccanapoli street and admire highlights, including San Domenico Maggiore. 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 into two halves with shops, restaurants, and alleys. Be amazed by the San Domenico Maggiore church with a perfect overlapping of different architectural styles and the pearl of Naples, the Chapel San Severo. See the famous statue of the God of Nile river, Piazza St. Gaetano, and the churches of Naples, San Lorenzo, and San Paolo Maggiore. See the 13th-century baroque cathedral of Saint Gennaro at the heart of the Neapolitan faith. Here the blood of the saint patron St. Gennaro is preserved.

Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

4. 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.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket and Pemcards

5. Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket and Pemcards

Visit the Naples National Archeological Museum with your day admission ticket and marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Charles III of Spain founded the museum in the mid-18th century.  The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of the collection comes from the Farnese Collection and includes engraved gems and the Farnese Marbles. You can also see the museum’s best-known collections as well as new displays including the history of coins and the celebrated Secret Cabinet.

Naples: Palazzo Reale Entrance Ticket & Pemcards

6. Naples: Palazzo Reale Entrance Ticket & Pemcards

Explore the primary royal residence of the Bourbon kings with a full-day entrance ticket to the Palazzo Reale in Naples. Home to the Bourbon rulers in the first half of the 18th century, the Palazzo Reale was designed by one of the most prominent architects of the day, Domenico Fontana. The palace is situated on the elegant Piazza Plebiscito, the largest square in Naples.  Inside, discover a beautiful double staircase that leads you up to the royal apartments, now home to the palace's museum of furnishings and art. Admire a huge 18th-century nativity scene in the Cappella Reale (Royal Chapel). Learn about the vast collection of texts in the National Library, including thousands of papyrus scrolls found at Herculaneum, and the remains of a 5th-century Coptic Bible.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Guided Tour

7. Naples: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Guided Tour

See the best of the Archeological Museum of Naples in the company of a guide on a walking tour. With skip-the-line entrance privileges, make the most of your time. Admire the art and artifacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and more up close. Start the tour at the museum's ticket office and be led by a professional guide and archaeologist. Cruise past the long waiting lines with your skip-the-line entry tickets. Discover the hidden treasures of one of the oldest and richest museums in the world. See the Farnese collection with ancient statues of Hercules, the 2 Tyrannicides (tyrant slayers), the majestic group of Toro Farnese, Greek gods, and Roman emperors. Get up close to some of the best-preserved frescoes and mosaics from nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum. Walk in the gallery's wings to admire the Roman collection with artifacts that survived the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. Be inspired by the finest masterpieces of classical art along with artifacts, coins, and wall paintings from throughout ancient history, learning about their origins from your guide.

Naples: Capodimonte National Museum Ticket and Pemcards

8. Naples: Capodimonte National Museum Ticket and Pemcards

Visit the National Museum of Capodimonte, located on a hilltop in Naples from which you can admire the incredible views over the city and the sea. Discover how the palace began its long royal connection in the 18th-century as a hunting lodge to King Charles, the Bourbon king of Naples and Sicily. As you stroll through the museum, admire the stunning interiors which were designed by Charles of Bourbon. These rooms were the former residence of the Bourbon family and now houses the family’s art collection, including masterpieces by Titian, Parmigianino, Carracci, Borgia, and d’Avalos. Head to the Porcelain Gallery on the 2nd and the 3rd floors and see the famous porcelain cabinet in the Royal Apartments.

Naples: Castel Sant'Elmo Ticket and Pemcards

9. Naples: Castel Sant'Elmo Ticket and Pemcards

Visit the star-shaped military fortress of the Castel Sant'Elmo at the summit of Vomero Hill. Take in the fantastic views of Naples and its stunning surroundings from the rooftop. Explore the magnificent building at your own pace. Discover its interesting history, from the original church dedicated to St. Erasmus, to the current structure as a unique example of 16th-century military architecture carved into the city's famous tufa rock. Designed by the Viceroy Don Pedro Alvarez de Toledo and Pedro Luis Escriva, a military engineer from Valencia, the roof-top terrace covering the perimeter of the castle is without a doubt a stand-out feature. After enjoying the views over St. Martin's Charterhouse (Certosa di San Martino), admire the various views of the city and the gulf. Don’t miss the cultural activities and events that often enliven the spaces of the castle, from ancient art through to more contemporary styles.

Skip the Line in Herculaneum - Half Day Group Tour

10. Skip the Line in Herculaneum - Half Day Group Tour

The tour departs from Naples every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The driver will pick you up from the main hotels of Naples city center. After the pick-up, meet the guide at the train station of Naples to take the train to Herculaneum. Reach Herculaneum in only 20 minutes. Skip the line with the assistance of the guide. Just as if you had a time machine, you will walk through the history of all the buildings of the ancient roman town that was buried by the ashes of the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii and can be visited in 1.5 hours which makes it perfect as a visit for those who have little time. Visit also the Termopolium, the Sannite House, House of the Relief of Telephus, House of the Black Hall and the House of the Wooden Partition. After the tour, the guide will take you to the train station of Herculaneum to get the train back to Naples. Once in Naples, a driver will drive you back to the morning pick-up point.

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What people are saying about Naples

The tour was enjoyable and well organised. There were a lot of people on the streets but the guide tried to extricate himself as best he could. I thought the tour was articulated on more routes than those covered but perhaps there wasn't the time. We moved very slowly through the crowd. The supplied earphones have favored (and not a little) listening to the guide. The guide also entertained us with pleasant and curious Neapolitan ideas. The visit to the Veiled Christ required the entire "ticket" by itself.

The guides are prepared and during the visit they concentrate all the information to better appreciate the experience. In particular, this visit allows you to take a journey into the past, from the 16th century to the post-war period. Also recommended for kids (my kids are 12 and 14 years old)

Definitely worth the extra cost having a guided tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. The group was small so had no issue hearing. The site was amazing and went almost had the place to ourselves in January.

Very well. Once the pass has been purchased, you will receive a message during the day (on WhatsApp for me) with the identifiers to connect to the NaplesPass application. Easy to use, no problem for us!

Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a lot of interesting stories. Highly recommend!