Naples

Travel Guide
Galleria Umberto I showing interior views as well as a large group of people
With classical architecture, unbeatable pizza and round-the-clock vibrancy, Naples remains one of Italy’s most exciting cities to visit.

Naples is a modern Italian city with a fascinating history, which can be traced back to its founding by sixth-century B.C. Greeks. The city has decadent royal palaces, art nouveau architecture, fashion boutiques, stylish restaurants and churches rich with religious art. Start your visit in the Centro Storico, Naples’ historic old town. Its narrow, cobbled streets are abuzz with scooters and tourist chatter while market traders sell curios such as instruments and antiques.Stunning architecture abounds the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) and its immaculately preserved furnishings present the finest example. Naples’ former military prowess is shown in its two main castles, the Castle of the Egg (Castel dell’Ovo) and Castel Nuovo. Visitors interested in religious art could fill several days wandering the many fine churches the Gesu Nuovo Church and the Capella Sansevero are good places to start.A trip to nearby Mount Vesuvius provides the perfect break from the city center bustle. Enjoy the views across Naples at the volcano’s 4,000-foot (1,200-meter) summit. Visit the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were buried in ash and lava when Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. After centuries of excavations that are still ongoing, the towns provide a time capsule of Roman life. Naples invented pizza! Specialist pizzerias in town squares, back streets and shopping malls throughout the city will cook some of the best pizza you’ll ever taste. Traffic in the city is notoriously busy. Driving is best left to locals. A good subway network covers much of the city. If you stay near the city center you may find that despite Naples’ large size, you can reach many of the most interesting sights on foot. Taxis are a safe, but expensive, way to get around too. Historically Naples had a reputation as an unsafe city. While you should take the same precautions as you would in any other major city, you needn’t be over-worried about crime in the Naples of today. Winters tend to be wet. If you visit from March through October you’ll have a good chance of enjoying the warm, Neapolitan sun.

Where to stay in Naples

San Lorenzo Maggiore showing a city and a house

Naples City Centre

3/5(70 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Naples City Centre. Top attractions like Port of Naples and Molo Beverello Port are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Garibaldi Tram Stop or EAV - Capolinea Porta Nolana Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Naples City Centre
Pontificia Reale Basilica di San Giacomo degli Spagnoli featuring a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Historical Center

4/5(171 area reviews)

Molo Beverello Port and Port of Naples are top sights in Historical Center, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Toledo Station or Municipio Station to see more sights in the area.

Historical Center