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Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

1. Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

Discover downtown Naples on a guided tour. 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: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

2. Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

Start your tour at the entrance to the Cathedral of Naples. Discover a prime example of Neapolitan Gothic and Baroque architecture, which houses the relic of the Blood of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city.  Explore some of the oldest streets of Naples and make your way to the archaeological area of Carminiello and Mannesi. Learn about the ancient ruins discovered in the area after a bombing raid in 1943. Continue to the basilica church of San Giorgio Maggiore, which has a history dating back to the 4th century AD. See evidence of its early-Christian origins, such as the ancient apse that later became the entrance of the current church.  Make your way along Via San Biagio Dei Librai, colloquially known as "Spaccanapoli." Take in the scents, colors, and sounds of the long narrow street that runs through the heart of the historic center of Naples. On Via San Gregorio Armeno, the historic site of the craft workshops of the city, enjoy a short coffee break in one of the most famous bars in the area. See a lock of hair of Diego Maradona, an icon of Napoli's football team. Next, see the Nile God Statue located in Piazza Nilo, which is dated from the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Arrive at the scenic Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, named after the Dominican Basilica that surrounds it. Discover one of the most beautiful and largest churches in Naples, which remains a reference point for the chronological, political, and artistic history of the city. Last stop will be at Sansevero Chapel, which houses one of the most remarkable sculptures in the world, the Veiled Christ. Admire the stunning intricate detail of this marble sculpture created by Giussepe Sanmartino in 1753 to finish your tour of Naples.

Naples: Sightseeing Tour by E-Bike

3. Naples: Sightseeing Tour by E-Bike

Get a better appreciation of the historic city of Naples and its impressive monuments on a guided e-bike tour. Start with a ride down Spaccanapoli in the historic heart of the city to arrive at Piazza del Municipio, where the 13th-century Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino) is located. Ride onwards to Piazza del Plebiscito and marvel at the colonnades of the Royal Palace and the oldest active opera house in the world at the Real Teatro di San Carlo. Next, cycle in safety along the bike paths of the promenade to Marinaro, home to the Castel dell'Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples. Learn about some of the legends associated with the fortress, such as the myth of the siren Queen Partenope. Look closer at the old settlement of Monte Echia, considered the first area of Neapolis settled by the Greeks. Travel along the magnificent coastline of the Gulf of Naples with impressive views of Vesuvius and the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida at almost every turn in the road.

Naples: Origins, Cults, and Legends Historical Tour

4. Naples: Origins, Cults, and Legends Historical Tour

Do not miss a walk through the historic center of Naples with an expert archeologist guide. Start the tour from Piazza Bellini right in the heart of Naples and see the most remarkable historical and artistic spots in the city, with a particular focus on uncommon locations off the beaten track. Stroll through the Greek and Roman layers of Naples while listening to your expert guide detailing the history, culture, cults, fun stories, and facts. Walk through the ancient streets of the Decumani and Spaccanapoli, with stops at beautiful Gothic and Baroque churches and cathedrals.   Pass the unique nativity scenes in the artisan quarter of San Grergorio Armeno and see the exclusive Banksy mural as well as tons of street art along the way. Discover the Neapolitan Cult of the Dead church. Enjoy a stop for coffee in a bar with a shrine to footballer Diego Maradona to talk about Neapolitan culture. Your guide will also have some excellent suggestions on local food spots and where you can spend your evening.

Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

5. Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

Immerse yourself in the intriguing charm of Naples. From the coastline, enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Naples and the views to the island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. Visit the oldest part of the city and wander its narrow streets, filled with character and vivacity. See the church of Gesù Nuovo and its masterpieces, the monastery of Santa Chiara and walk through the most famous "Spaccanapoli" with its outstanding Baroque and Renaissance palaces, countless charming little shops, coffee bars and pizzeria. Explore the underground Roman ruins, buried beneath the city. See the monumental part of the city with its most famous landmark — Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle, the Royal Palace, the Teatro di San Carlo and the Galleria Umberto, an elegant 19th-century shopping mall.

Naples: Guided Underground Tour with an Archaeologist

6. Naples: Guided Underground Tour with an Archaeologist

Embark on an archaeological journey through the vast underground 40 meters beneath the streets of Naples. Move through time past ancient cisterns, aqueducts, and World War II-era air raid shelters. Start your tour at Piazza San Gaetano. Go through Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the oldest churches in the city, to find the entrance to the underground. Go down to the ancient Greek cisterns carved into the hard stone. Arrive at the lowest point on the route and walk through the tunnels to the ancient Roman water collection tanks. Move along a trail used by the Knights Templar during the Middle Ages before entering air-raid shelters from the 1940s.

Naples: Private Food Tasting Walking Tour

7. Naples: Private Food Tasting Walking Tour

The food tasting walking tour will take you to discover the city of Naples by trying its real local gastronomic excellence. Departing from the meeting point, you will walk in the old and lively street market of Pignasecca, full of flavors and calls from the hawkers and through the well-known Spaccanapoli, where you’ll reach the historic center. Guided by our city trainers, you will have access to the best pizza places, fry places, taverns, confectioneries and bars. You will fall in love with Naples before you know it. Get access to places where food is made and which are usually not accessible to the public. It will be a unique chance for you to walk on by churches and palaces of the historic center, taste genuine food and have a word with chefs and pizza makers, they may even tell you some of their secrets. “Cuoppo” di frittura (a “cone” of fried food), Buffalo mozzarella with Parma ham, Taralli (small bagles) with almonds and black pepper, Parmigiana eggplant, a good glass of typical red wine from Campania, Pizza Margherita, Babà, Sfogliatella and Neapolitan espresso will accompany the most culinary day of your vacation. You will walk along the Decumano Inferiore (lower decumanus), better known as "Spaccanapoli" because it's a long road that literally cuts the city into two parts. You will visit the Church of Gesù Nuovo and will discover fascinating legends and the magic of the mysterious alchemist symbols on its facade, before entering in the Church of St. Clare. You will reach the Square of San Domenico Maggiore and will walk through the Christmas Alley with entry in the most ancient workshop where they make the famous Neapolitan crib to discover an art old as modern, between the historical personages of the ancient Neapolitan crib and newer ones like Michael Jackson, Pope Francesco or Lady Gaga.  Through the pedestrian alley of Via d'Alba with its shops selling music instrument, books and restaurants, you will reach Piazza Bellini and will cross Port'Alba, the remnant of one of the city gates in Naples that leads to Piazza Dante, where the tour ends.

Naples: Panoramic E-Bike Tour

8. Naples: Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Start from the ancient street of Spaccanapoli located in the heart of the historic city of Naples to reach Piazza del Municipio where the castle Maschio Angioino is located and then head to Piazza Plebiscito with its royal palace and San Carlo theater. Proceed to the promenade along the cycle path where you will stop at the ancient village of Marinaro which houses Castel dell'Ovo, the oldest castle of Naples and source of ancient legends like that of the siren Parthenope. In front of the castle, you will see Monte Echia, considered the  first settlement area of Neapolis by the Greeks. Your tour will then continue crossing the magnificent coastline by the splendid gulf setting characterized by Vesuvius, the Sorrento Peninsula and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Your next stop will be at Virgilian Natural Park from where you can easily climb the hill of Posillipo. From here, you will leave to cross the former industrial area of Bagnoli and visit the North pier (a walk of 1000 meters over the sea and a work of industrial architecture that was the old pontoon of ILVA). Finally, return to the center through the west of the city.

Walking Tour of Naples

9. Walking Tour of Naples

The best way to discover Naples is with a guide walking through its famous streets. Discover the most important places that make Naples unique. This excursion will allow you to visit three different areas of the city: Monumental Naples exploring Piazza del Plebiscito, Gallery Umberto I, The Royal Palace, San Carlo Theatre, The New Castle (the famous Maschio Angioino). On this tour, you will enjoy the heart of the city, historic Naples, and stroll through the famous street called "Spaccanapoli" which divides Naples in two, where Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara's churches and all the most famous pizzerias and pastry shops are located. Admire Panoramic Naples, strolling along the picturesque seaside of Naples up to the spectacular Castel dell'Ovo, where you will finish the tour.

Naples: Full-Day Bike Rental with Delivery

10. Naples: Full-Day Bike Rental with Delivery

See more sights and cover more ground during your stay in Naples by renting a bicycle for a day. Enjoy a relaxing ride through the city and its surroundings as you peddle past ancient monuments, through charming piazzas, and along historic roads, visiting any site that interests you along the way.  Benefit from having the bicycle delivered directly to your doorstep with the convenient hotel drop-off service. Save more time and get set up for your day of adventure without the hassle of having to find the bicycle shop in the morning. Rental includes a helmet, lock, insurance and a high-quality bike with front suspension and thick tires ideal for the city's diverse terrain. As you ride through the city, enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples, cycling along the seafronts of Caracciolo and Mergellina. Soak up the best views of Mount Vesuvius from the posh area of Posillipo.  Alternatively, visit the spectacular islands in the Gulf of Naples including Capri, Ischia, and Procida. If you prefer, pick up and return the bike directly at the seaport, permitting you to board the ferry directly with no hassle.

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What people are saying about Spaccanapoli

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,082 reviews

Excellent tour to do at the start of a visit to Naples! We covered so much ground that we would not have seen otherwise on foot or even in a large tour bus. We saw many sites and different areas of Naples. The electric bikes were easy and comfortable to use, and we were especially happy to have them for the climb up the hill to see the beautiful views over the Bay of Naples! It was no problem! Our guide Cesare was knowledgeable, friendly and informative. We never get unsafe even in heavy traffic. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the tour (possibly due to the rainy forecast - although we had nothing but beautiful sunny weather!) so it was like having a private tour! Highly recommend this tour!

The proposed tour is interesting. Short but intense. Very valid the guide that has proved to be prepared and sober in the exposure also satisfying the requests of the group.

Perfect tour both in terms of content and timing ending with the wonderful Veiled Christ not to be missed!

Very interesting visit. The guide Carlo, very pleasant full of anecdotes and good advice

Our guide was great. It was a quick and nice discovery of the City.