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Naples Neighborhood Guide

Naples Neighborhood Guide

The feisty port city of Naples stretches from the coastline of its eponymous bay to the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, and its vast area and relentless energy can be overwhelming at first glance. Sample the city in smaller bites, exploring one neighborhood at a time to appreciate the unique vibe of each. Here are our picks of the must-sees.

Historic Center (Centro Storico)

The pulsating heart of Naples is its historic center, stretching from Castel Nuovo on the bay to the National Archaeological Museum, and from Via Toledo and the Spanish Quarter (Quartieri Spagnoli) to the Porta Nolana fish market. Here is where the city’s most important historic and cultural sights are concentrated, beginning with the Spaccanapoli thoroughfare dating from Roman times and ending with the San Carlo Theater (Teatro di San Carlo) and Plebiscite Square (Piazza Plebiscito), built in the 18th and 19th century. The focal point of the centro storico is New Jesus Square (Piazza del Gesù Nuovo), home to the New Jesus Church (Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo) and Church of Santa Chiara, with the artisan shops of Via San Gregorio Armeno nearby. 

Spanish Quarter (Quartieri Spagnoli)

To get a feel of an authentic Neapolitan neighborhood, stroll through the Quartieri Spagnoli on the edge of the centro storico. This warren of narrow lanes, thick with shops open to the street and lines of colorful laundry flapping above, is wedged between Via Toledo and the San Martino hill. Neighbors have animated conversations between balconies, housewives lower baskets on a rope from upper-floor windows to haul up the day’s shopping, kids kick soccer balls in the street, and mopeds roar by day and night. In addition to its gloriously gruff charm, the neighborhood is home to the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and Palazzo Serra di Cassano. 

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Santa Lucia and Borgo Marinari

Today these two historic fishing hamlets are home to more yachts than nets, but locals and visitors alike enjoy walking along pedestrian-only Via Mazzuro Sauro and Via Partenope to enjoy the view across the bay toward Capri. The time-capsule atmosphere is particularly charming across the bridge in Borgo Marinari, the tiny islet that is home to a clutch of historic buildings at the base of Castel dell’Ovo, many now home to excellent fish and seafood eateries that are delightfully romantic at night.

Vomero

Getting to the elegant hilltop neighborhood of Vomero is half the fun, as the easiest way to climb the hillside is with the Funicolare Centrale. This historic cable railway has been transporting passengers from the historic center to Piazza Vanvitelli in the heart of Vomero since 1928. Once at the top, you can take in the tony shops and restaurants and enjoy bird’s-eye views stretching over the city rooftops to the bay. The most striking sight in Vomero is the massive Certosa di San Marino, a former monastery that is now a museum dedicated to Naples’ art and history from the 15th to the 19th century.

Posillipo

Catch the scenic funicular from the Mergellina neighborhood to the top of Posillipo Hill, one of the most well-to-do neighborhoods in Naples. Meander past beautiful villas, landmark restaurants, and luxury shops and boutiques to savor the view across the bay to Mt. Vesuvius. Halfway down the hillside, the Posillipo Archaeological Park beckons with remains of an ancient Roman villa and theater directly over the coast, accessed through the Grotta di Seiano tunnel. 

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Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

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Get a true taste of one of Italy's culinary capitals on a food and sightseeing tour of Naples. Spend some time exploring the city, stopping at the city's main squares and basilicas, as well as at hidden eateries to sample traditional dishes. Learn the history of Naples as you make your way from one mini-feast to the next, dining on everything from zucchini flowers to ragù, baccalà, and pizza. Come hungry: the tasting tour is a meal in itself.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Naples City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Naples City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Enjoy a panoramic view of Naples from the open-air top of a double-decker bus and a hop-on hop-off ticket good for 24 hours. With more than 30 combined stops to choose from on three different routes, including major attractions like the Archaeological Museum, Capodimonte Museum and Piazza Municipio, these buses make it easy to discover Naples at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes
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Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

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Discover Naples during a half-day guided walking tour through the historic city center. Your informative guide shares highlights such as the San Carlo Theater, Plebiscito Square, Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace, and ancient underground ruins, along with artisan shops, cafes, and churches. The tour includes one hour of free time to shop and purchase lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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Naples Guided Tour by Bike

Naples Guided Tour by Bike

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Get to know the southern Italian capital in a unique way with this 3-hour guided bike tour of Naples. Ride through the historic city with a professional guide, learning about Naples' archaeological, cultural and culinary history. Stop frequently for photos, including a coffee break along the way. Ideal for cruise passengers or short-break tourists.
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  • 3 hours
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Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

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Stroll past Naples’ top attractions on this walking tour. Led by a local guide, see the bustling Spaccanapoli promenade, the Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest opera house in Europe. As you walk through the city center, learn the history behind the palaces, churches and monuments from your guide. Top off your tour with a piece of Italian cake at a local cafe in Piazza San Gaetano.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

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See Naples like a true Italian on this 4.5-hour Vespa tour. Led by an expert driver, hop on the back of a vintage scooter and soak up the city’s history, architecture and old-world charm. Pass top attractions including the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Naples, Parco Virgiliano and Castel Dell'Ovo, hopping off to relax at a local cafe with a cake and coffee (own expense). Enjoy an intimate look at this southern Italian city before returning to your original departure point.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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CSTRents - Naples Segway PT Authorized Tour

CSTRents - Naples Segway PT Authorized Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Naples, southern Italy’s largest city, on aaples Segway tour. With a professional guide, cruise the vibrant streets on a smooth and self-balancing Segway and receive a fascinating introduction to Naples’ rich history. Admire popular landmarks like Castel dell’Olvo and the Church of San Francesco di Paolo. Absorb the lively atmosphere surrounding monuments like Piazza Plebiscito and the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale). Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only eight people.
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  • 3 hours
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Naples Skip-the-Line San Martino National Museum and Charterhouse Ticket
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Naples Skip-the-Line San Martino National Museum and Charterhouse Ticket

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Widen your sightseeing net while making the most of your time in Naples with skip-the-line entry to the San Martino National Museum and Charterhouse. Save time with priority admission to this 14th-century monastery complex, perched on a city hilltop. Admire the cloisters and stunning religious art and architecture; trace Naples’ history through the rich museum collection; and enjoy sweeping views from the terraced gardens.
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