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Naples [18] (Italian: Napoli, Neapolitan: Napule), in Italy, is the capital of the Campania region. The city is the third most populated municipality (city proper) of Italy, but the second metropolitan area, after Milan. It was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries BC by the Greeks and was named Neapolis, which means new city. The historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city.

Sure, the city has a bad reputation concerning the Mafia, trash crisis (the worst is actually over) and many parts of the city are impoverished and really dangerous, but if you look even further than that and by excersising lot of caution, you will find a vibrant city with plenty to see and do, a city where the large influx of tourists like in Rome, Venice, Florence etc... have not happened (for now) and have thus allowed the city to retain much of its original culture, allowing you to visit a hidden gem just 2 hours south of Rome. Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples (but also Mount Vesuvius, the music, etc.) is arguably one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.


Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius
Naples is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.

Naples used to be divided into 30 quartieri (neighbourhoods), however today these neighbourhoods don't hold much administrative use but are still used by locals to refer to parts of the city. Nowadays the city is divided into 10 municipalities. However this page will divide Naples into 5 districts and regions on the point of view of the traveller.

Central Naples[edit]

Naples' regions on the point of view of the traveller
Centro Storico (Historic Centre)
A labyrinth of history built in several layers of one period over the other and Naples prime tourist attraction. With excellent pizzerias, barouque churches, underground greco-roman ruins, famous streets like Spaccanapoli with shops selling traditional Neapolitan nativity figures, mozzarella, costumes and souvenirs and a vibrant night-life and atmosphere makes this free-of-charge living museum a must see among the must sees of Naples.
A volcanic crater famed and favoured by the Romans and the Greeks for its hot springs, now one of the centers of Neapolitan fun with one of the city's largest discos and one of the biggest sporting centres of Naples. Also to be found within the area are thermal baths, ruins of Roman baths, la Grotta del Cane a mofetta and home to numerous vulcanic phenomenons and the Astroni crater a WWF oasis.
Posillipo and Chiaia
With Roman ruins both on land and underwater, the famous view of Naples, a walk by the sea with dark blue water contrasting with seagulls perched on white skerries, Norman castle Castel dell'Ovo, barouque churches, palaces and gardens make this one of Naples' most charming destinations.
Arenella and Vomero
A nice neighbourhood dotted with trees, more churches and castles and villas.
San Carlo all'Arena
Nice neighbourhood with piazze a graveyard and the largest monumental palace of Naples, the Ospedale L'Albergo Reale dei Poveri (Bourbon Hospice for the Poor).


Zona Industriale (Industrial Area)
Centro direzionale
The business section in the city, filled mostly by skyskrapers designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. The largest cluster of skyskrapers in southern Europe.
Northern Naples
Eastern Naples


Both Naples and the locally Italian Napoli are acceptable; either way, it's a derivative of the ancient Greek name Neapolis, which means new city. The Greeks first established the city and inhabited the region long before Roman times.

The most widely spoken language in Naples is Italian or a mixture of Italian and Napulitano (Neapolitan). Neapolitan is sometimes described as an Italian dialect, but may be considered a separate language and can sometimes be unintelligible to the general Italian speaker. Neapolitan does not enjoy any official status, but it does have a rich literary tradition and it is still thriving in Campania and adjacent parts of Lazio, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Molise and Calabria. This said, the official language of Naples (as of all of Italy) is Italian and everyone speaks it. Neapolitan has strong Spanish and French influences originating from their occupation of the area. Therefore, more Spanish and French words are understood by the locals than in other parts of Italy. English is the most commonly spoken foreign language, although the average knowledge of English is far from excellent.

Like in the rest of Italy, Catholicism is the religion of the majority of its citizens, with pockets of minorities such as Christian Orthodoxy (mostly practised by immigrant communities from Eastern Europe), Islam and Buddhism (Naples hosts one of Italy's biggest vihara). However, unlike much of Italy, Catholicism in Naples has notoriously a much more outward form of devotion, with shrines and sacred icons being a ubiquitous sight throughout the central districts, and the cult of San Gennaro being especially visible. Neapolitan devotion however needs to be seen not much as fanatic religiosity but rather in the frame of the larger "superstitious" attitude that historically characterizes the locals, much of which is rooted in pre-Christian practises. In fact it is not uncommon to see icons of saints juxtaposed for sale or for worship to more "profane" amulets and lucky charms such as the neapolitan corno.


The city of Naples is thought to be one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on the planet, but its recorded history began when Greek settlers established colonies in the area during the second millennium B.C. Later, another colony, called Parthenope, was founded by more Greek colonists from the Aegean island of Rhodes during the ninth century B.C. Parthenope eventually declined, however, and the true beginning of Naples (as such) was found in the new Greek settlement called Neapolis during the sixth century B.C.

Neapolis became of major importance within the Greek Mediterranean empire called Magna Graecia (Greater Greece) and an important center of trade. It allied itself with Rome against Carthage during the Punic Wars and again during the war with the Italian Samnite tribe. Ultimately, Naples (Neapolis) became a Roman colony and a key portal through which Greek culture entered Italy and merged with Roman culture.

After the Western Roman Empire fell to the Germanic barbarians in the fifth century A.D., Naples fell first to the Ostrogoths, then to the Byzantines, and then became an independent duchy. By 763, it had fallen under Papal control but regained its independence around A.D. 800. Naples then engaged in numerous local feuds with adjacent kingdoms, until in the 11th Century, when it hired Norman mercenaries to gain the upper hand. By 1137, however, the Normans took control of Naples itself along with much of the Italian Peninsula.

Around 1266, Naples became united with Sicily as part of the new Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and soon, it was made the capital of the new kingdom. Sicily and Naples were then divided and reunited several times over the next few centuries and were, at points, under the Iberian Kingdom of Aragon. Around 1501, Naples came under Spanish control, but after passing again through numerous masters, it was finally again the independent Kingdom of Naples. Naples later became a strong proponent of the Italian unification movement, and joined modern Italy in 1861.

Much of the cityscape of modern Naples was built under Mussolini's fascist regime and also during the reconstruction era following World War II. Although Naples never revolted against Mussolini, it was the first city in Italy to rebel against the Nazi occupation and was also the most-bombed city in all of Italy. The city was liberated by American and British forces on October 1, 1943.

Between 1950 and 1984, Naples received financial assistance from the Italian government under The Fund of the South, to help it rebuild. Since then, Naples has continued to build: it constructed a massive business district, a highly advanced city transport system, and a high-speed rail link to both Rome and Salerno. It has also boomed economically and seen unemployment drop. Naples now has the fourth-largest economy of any urban zone in Italy, has one of the busiest sea ports in the Mediterranean, and with a GDP of about $84 billion, ranks as the 103rd most wealthy city on the planet.


The climate of Naples, Italy falls within the category of “Mediterranean,” meaning that its winters are mild and rainy while its summers are hot and dry. Naples also qualifies as a “subtropical” climate since its average summer days register a mean of 23º C.


The warm season in Naples lasts from June through September and has monthly highs ranging from 26º C to 29.5º C. The lows range from 15º C to 18º C. The cold season runs from November though March, with lows ranging from 4ºC to 7.5º C and highs varying from 12.5º C to 17º C. The hottest month of the year is August and the coldest January, while May, June, September, and October have have pleasantly mild temperatures.

Sea temperatures near Naples are coldest in February at 14º C and warmest in August at 27º C . For warm-water swimming, snorkeling, and diving, one should ideally plan for July through September.

Precipitation and Humidity[edit]

In an average year, 1,007 mm (40 in) of rain falls on Naples, and 89 days of the year are rain days. The three driest months are: August, which receives 42 mm (1.6 in) on four rain days; June, with 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain also on four days; and July (the driest month), which gets only 24 mm (1.0 in) of rain on two days. October through January are the wettest months, all receiving over 100 mm (four to six inches) of rain, and the wettest month is November, with 162 mm (6.4 in) of rain. Snow is not common in the city center. The last significant snowfall was in February 2018 after many years.

Sunshine, Clouds, and Wind[edit]

Naples receives 2,375 total hours of sunlight during an average year, the sunniest month being July (313 hours) and the least sunny month being December (105 hours). May through September have over 200 hours of sunshine each, while November through February have less than 130 hours. The length of the day varies greatly during the course of the year, from nine hours and 14 minutes of daylight on December 21st to 15 hours and six minutes on June 20th.

Wind speeds typically vary from a dead calm to six meters per second (a “moderate breeze”) during the day. They rarely exceed 10 meters per second.



In 2015, the population of the city of Naples was 975,000, though Greater Naples' population was much higher at 3.1 million. This makes the Naples Metropolitan Area the third most populous in all of Italy after Rome and Milan. Historically, Naples grew from 621,000 in 1901 to 1.2 million in 1971 but then declined to its current number as many city residents began to move out into the suburbs. Naples is the most densely populated metropolis in Italy, having over 8,000 people per square kilometer.


Naples' population is relatively homogeneous, with foreign-born population accounting for less than 10% of residents. According to a 2017 survey about 55,000 foreigners live in the city, and their most common countries/regions of origin were as follows: Sri Lanka, Ukraine, India, China, Romania, Philippines, Bangladesh and Poland and newer immigrants from Northern Africa and the Middle East. These estimates however tend to exclude recent moves and immigrants who do not hold yet a stay permit. Unlike other foreign communities in Europe, most citizen of foreign origin tend to speak Italian, even within their community.


Some significant demographic figures that help to characterize the city of Naples include:

  • 19% of residents are under 14 years old, compared to 14% in Italy generally. Only 13% are over 65, compared to 19% nationally. Thus, Naples is generally a "young city."
  • Naples has significantly more females than males: 52.5% as opposed to 47.5%.
  • Naples has a relatively high birth rate at 10.5 per 1,000. The birth rate in Italy as a whole is 9.5 per 1,000.


In the past, Naples was a center of agriculture-based industries but has recently converted to a service-oriented employment structure. In 2003, a survey of the Neapolitan Province found the following jobs-breakdown: 31% public services, 18% manufacturing, 14% trade, 9.5% construction, eight percent transport and seven percent finances. A 2002 survey found a quarter million businesses, but only 15 with 500 workers or more and just 70 with over 200.


The people of Naples enjoy a per capita GDP of $18,749, which is the fourth-best in Italy as to purchasing power. Although unemployment, corrupt politicians and organized crime have haunted the city for decades, Naples has managed to see significant economic progress in spite of these problems. One of the main sources of Naples' economic importance is the Port of Naples, which is one of the largest and busiest in the Mediterranean Sea. A second major driver of the local economy is tourism. Naples has been a major tourist destination since the 1700's and is today sees hundreds of thousands of people visiting the city's landmarks and enjoying its warm, Mediterranean climate every year.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Naples is served by Naples Airport, also known as Capodichino Airport (IATA: NAP) [19]. Works are underway, but for the moment the airport is not served by any rail system.

From the airport you can take a bus for €5 (called Alibus) which has two stops only: Stazione Centrale (Central station), where there is a subway station, and Piazza Municipio, near the main ferry port (molo Beverello). You can buy your ticket on the bus. Further connections are listed on this page of the official website of the airport: [20]. Some notes: The Alibus ticket is €5 if you buy it from the driver on the bus. Bus stop location [21] - this stop is used for both the Airport and Molo Beverello (port) bound Alibuses. Ask the driver / check the signs to make sure you board the correct bus. Schedule [22]

If you have time to spare, you can take the 3S bus that will take you to the same stops as the Alibus for a cheaper price. The difference is that the Alibus has limited stops but the 3S will take you to the backstreets leading to the Stazione continuing all the way to the port and a shopping district. Also, the Alibus is airconditioned whereas most 3S buses are not.

Beware of illegal, unauthorized taxis and of anyone who may approach you directly. Authorized taxis are clearly visible at the exit; fixed fares exist for a number of destinations, and must be clearly shown in the cab. Make sure they are before getting in the cab and threaten to call the police ("polizia") should the taxi driver try to push back.

By train[edit]

The main station is Napoli Centrale - Piazza Garibaldi Station, connected to the Naples subway system. The buses R2 or 601 from the Piazza Garibaldi in front of the train station will take you within three blocks of the ferries at Stazione Marittima. Other stations include Mergellina, a magnificent Art Déco building and Campi Flegrei. The costs of trains from / to Rome vary a lot, ranging from a 10.50€ 3-hour regional train to 1-hour 10-minute high speed FrecciaRossa starting at 29€ [23]. The new high speed train Italo [24] (provided by the private company NTV) offers competitive prices (booking in advance the price can be just 19€).

By boat[edit]

Cruise ships dock at Stazione Marittima, a large terminal located right in the city center, near Piazza Municipio.

  • Tirrenia Navigazione [26] operates an overnight ferry service that has two separate routes, one to Sardinia (Cagliari) and the other to Sicily (Palermo).

By car[edit]

Naples is directly connected with Rome by the A1 highway, and the trip takes generally less than 2 hours. Due to traffic jam and parking shortage in city center, it's advisable to leave your car in a parking lot near the motorway exit or your accommodation, and to use public transportation

By bus[edit]

Many national and international private bus services operate in Naples, generally stopping at Piazza Garibaldi or Piazza Municipio.

Get around[edit]

Be forewarned: Traffic in Naples may be extremely heavy, just to compare: very similiar to New York or Bangkok. Traffic around the train station is nuts. Before attempting to cross the street, observe the locals. The idea is to spot a gap in the traffic and start across and hopefully people will stop.

There are several ways to see Naples and the surrounding area. These include by taxi, train/subway, bus.

Taxis are the quickest way to see Naples, but also the most expensive. Before getting into a taxi, make sure it is licensed. Licensed taxis will have a city crest on the door and a taxi number. Also, make sure it has a meter. By law, licensed taxis must display a list of pre-agreed fares in a number of languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish). Check the presence of such fares and agree to them before starting the journey.

You will be surprised how easily you can get around on foot, too. Interesting spots are almost on every corner and most distances – especially in the (historic) centre – are small and can easily be walked in a matter of minutes.

By public transportation on land[edit]

It is fairly difficult to get a clear picture of the public transportation system in Naples, since different lines are operated by different companies. Nonetheless, one can buy a daily pass for € 3,60 valid on all vehicles. With a € 1,30 ticket, instead, you can travel for 90 minutes on as many lines as you want (Bus, subway, funicolare). This pass is under the Unico Campania [27] banner which has great integrated maps of the various lines in the city on their website.

  • Metropolitana di Napoli [28]. There are three lines of underground subway in Naples. Many subway stations are regarded as fine examples of contemporary architecture and artistic urban decoration, being part of the Stazioni dell'Arte project. They are generally safer than the other public transport, because they are always monitored by cameras and security officers. But the subway does not run frequently, so do not rely on it if you are in a hurry. The most important ones:
  • Linea 1, built recently, connects the city center to the hill quarters, like Vomero and the hospitals area.
  • Linea 2, much older, connects the three main train stations to Pozzuoli. The tracks are shared with the ordinary railway
  • Linea 6, a new light subway connecting Fuorigrotta to Mergellina.
  • Funicolare[29]. The subway company also operates four cable cars: three of them connect the city center to Vomero, the last connects Mergellina to Posillipo.
  • Trams [30]. ANM operates three tram lines (1, 2 and 4), of which one goes along the shore of Castelnuovo - Garibaldi (Central Station).
  • Buses [31]. ANM also operated all bus lines within Naples, most of which are circular. Naples suffers from a serious problem of traffic jam and usually buses are overcrowded, so if you can (unless in the evening or on the weekend) try to avoid them. Another point to note is that unlike in Rome, tickets are not sold on buses. The bus company assigns staff to check if a passenger has a ticket. The staff members are notorious for targeting at tourists who are unfamiliar with the ticket-selling system. Once they see the tourists get into a bus, they will ask to see a ticket. No matter how much you explain, they will insist on getting your passport first and then requiring you to pay a penalty of 41.2 Euro. If you do not pay, they will threaten to call the police. Again, if you can, try to avoid taking a bus.

There are three different regional train services that operate in Naples and the surrounding areas. They are listed here:

  • Circumvesuviana. The Circumvesuviana railway operates from "Napoli Porta Nolana - Corco Garibaldi" and stops at the lower level of the central train station at Piazza Garibaldi and has six routes that service the local Naples area. One route goes from Naples to Sorrento with several stops in between, including Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Pompei Scavi (Pompeii) for the ruins. Another route travels around Vesuvius. Other routes go to Acerra and Nola-Baiano. The Circumvesuviana website [32] has more information on timings, routes and cost of tickets. When buying tickets please note that the Circumvesuviana is run by EAV so the Trenitalia machines around the station will NOT work for your tickets so don't waste your (and other people waiting for the machine's) time - you need to line up and buy your ticket from the windows near the platforms. If you are going to Sorrento be careful to check the display announcing train arrivals and departures to be sure you are boarding the route to Sorrento and not Sarno!
  • Cumana. This railline that operates from Montesanto in Naples and follows the coastline for approximately 20 km before ending in Torregaveta (Bacoli). The Cumana runs the urban centres of Montesanto, Fuorigrotta, Bagnoli, Pozzuoli, Arco Felice, Baia, Fusaro before reaching Torregaveta.
  • Circumflegrea. This railline also starts in Montesanto and ends in Torregaveta. However, it runs along the western edge of Naples through the districts Soccavo, Pianurat, Quarto Flegreo, Licola and Cuma. It also approximately seven kilometers longer than the Cumana. because the Cumana and Circumflegra start and end in the same places one can quickly transfer from one train to the other. Both services are owned and operated by the same company and more information can be found at the S.E.P.S.A website [33].
  • Regional Trains. In Addition to the aforementioned trains, Trenitalia operates regional trains from Naples to Salerno.

By ferry/hydrofoil[edit]

There are several ferry/hydrofoil services that connect Naples and local ports/islands. Ferry and hydrofoil services leave from either Molo Beverello, Mergellina or Pozzuoli. Some then of them are listed here:

  • Metro del Mare [34] has several lines that connect Naples and Sapri; Bacoli and Salerno and Sorrento; Monti di Procida and Salerno; and, Amalfi and Sapri. Besides the main stops the ferry service also connects many smaller communities. The Metro di Mare webpage has schedules, timetables and location of ticket counters.
  • L.N.G. [35] has a hydrofoil service that connects Naples with the island of Capri, along with Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. Schedules and timings can be found on its website.
  • AliLauro [36] has a hydrofoil service that connects Naples with the islands of Ponza, Ventotene, Prochida, Ischia, Capri and Eolie, and the towns of Formia, Castellamare, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. Alilauro operates from both the Molo Beverello and Mergelina.
  • L.N.P. [37] operates both hydrofoil and boats lines. It connects Naples with Sorrento and has other lines connecting Capri, Sorrento, Castellamare, Salerno, AMalfi and Positano. Schedule and timings can be downloaded from the L.N.P. website.

Just a note: the ferries to Capri can be over rough seas. Get on a ferry with an outside deck, take gravol or something similar before you sail. Nothing like being on a boat for 70 min surrounded by people who are vomiting to get your day off to a bad start.

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Castel dell'Ovo
Castel Nuovo or Maschio Angioino
the Royal Palace from Piazza del Plebiscito

In Naples, some may find the actual conditions of many buildings and streets, and the rampant graffiti, off-putting. Others claim this is "the immense character and culture of Napoli...and even the dirt and grime has its own flavor...a Neapolitan recipe for reality, and great fun". Naples' peculiarity is that the city centre is not the elegant part of the city. Just do not expect in the city centre the pristine conditions of many other major European cities, since the historical centre, unlike most European cities, is not the "downtown". If you want to visit the elegant part of the city, you can walk around the wonderful lungomare (the Riviera di Chiaia or Via Francesco Caracciolo), and visit Via dei Mille and Vomero hill (main shopping areas).

A 1999 state law gives the right to European Union citizens under the age of 25 for a reduced ticket throughout Italy. Also EU citizens under 18 enter museums and sites for free. Entrance is free for everyone on the first Sunday of each month. Most sites in Campania (including Pompeii) accept the Campania Artecard (campania>artecard The whole region) for tourists. Some cards [38] also include a pass for the city or regional public transportation.

  • Acquario - Villa Comunale A park near the shore with Europe's first public aquarium in its centre. Nearby is the Cortes Museum of Applied Arts. La Casina Pompeiana in the park is home to changing exhibitions focusing on photography.
  • Castel Capuano
  • Castel dell'Ovo at Porto Santa Lucia Naples' known port with the Egg Castle on a small peninsula. The castle currently houses the Museum of Prehistory. The entrance is free and has magnificent view of the gulf of Naples from the top of the castle.
  • Castel Sant'Elmo
  • Castelnuovo (Maschio Angioino) A huge medieval castle at the shore which houses the main city museum featuring various collections, but most importantly a picture gallery (with focus on 19th Century Italian painting). From the roof, you can get one of the best views of the city.
  • Catacombe di San Gennaro Medieval catacombs on Capodimonte hill. The entrance is on the left of the Basilica del Buon Consiglio (Via Capodimonte, 13). Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Tickets: Adults 9€, under-18 5€, students/over-65/law enforcement 6€, under-6/disabled free, accompanying person 6€.
  • Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Napoli [39] Naples' cathedral with two luxurious chapels (one is dedicated to the city's patron St. Gennaro. His blood liquefies on September 19, the so called Miracle of San Gennaro, which is a big celebration in Naples. If the blood does not liquefy it is believed to bring very bad luck to the city). Underneath it you can find excavation of a Roman site. Near the duomo you can find the St. Gennaro Treasury Museum, with arts exhibits from the duomo and another heavily frescoed chappel. It is said that St. Gennaro's treasure is worth more than London's Crown Jewels. Entrance to the duomo is free, but the tickets for St. Gennaro's treasure cost 6€ for everybody. The treasure museum is daily open from 9am to 4:30pm. Sundays and holidays open until 6:30pm.
  • Certosa e Museo di San Martino, Largo S. Martino, 5, 80129 Napoli, Tel. +39 081 229 4503 A Carthusian monastery at the top of a hill near the city centre.
  • Citta' della Scienza [40]
  • Fondazione Pagliara
  • Galleria Umberto A shopping passage from the 19th Century with wonderful marbles and a glass roof.
  • Grotta di Seiano - Discesa Coroglio 36. An artificial cave underneath Posillipo. It leads to an ancient Greek theatre overlooking the sea. Although it is a bit far from the historic center, it is well worth visiting due to the spectacular scenery. Must book in advance.
  • Lungomare Caracciolo - This is the seafront promenade.
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale [41]- It is the biggest roman archaeological museum in the World, even bigger than the National Museum of Rome. Its collection is astonishing both considering the quality and the quantity of the objects on display. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples houses wall paintings and different objects removed from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other excavation sites in the area. In addition, you can admire the Farnese collection of Roman sculptures (including the famous sculptures of the Caracalla Baths). €12 for admission (or more by exhibitions), children get in for free. If you are a EU-citizen, under 25 you can get in for the reduced price of €6. There is also an audio guide available talking about the statue collection on the first floor, however most of the amazing artifacts such as original Roman murals of mostly Greek mythologies are not covered. All descriptions of the exhibits are in English and in Italian. It is a must-see, an incredible collection of artifacts. The Museum also contains the well signposted "secret room" containing the erotic sculptures, paintings and murals from Pompeii. Daily: 9:00 to 19:30 (closed: Tuesdays, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December).
  • Museo Capella Sansevero-Via Francesco de Sanctis 19/21. There's a chapel- museum dedicated to works by Raimondo di Sangro, polyglot, occultist, artist and inventor compared sometimes to Da Vinci. His stunning art is still a mystery for scientists. There's also an anatomical hall where you can see plastinated human models.
  • Museo Civico Filangieri [42] Used to be a private collection mainly of applied arts.
  • Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina [43] Contemporary Art: displaying works by: Sol Lewitt, Francesco Clemente, Richard Long, Mimmo Paladino, Jannis Kounellis, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Giulio Paolini.
  • Museo del corallo e del cammeo Neapolitan typical jewellery
  • Museo del Mare (Naval Museum) [44]
  • Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte Via Miano, 2, 80131 Napoli. Napolitan National Gallery, a must-see! Displays the Borgia, Farnese and Borbon collections with mainly Renaissance and Baroque Italian painting. Among the famous artists on display: Caravaggio, Tizian, Giovanni Bellini, Annibale Caracci, de Ribera and Giordano. A beautiful park surrounds the museum. Palace closes every Wednesday, December 25th, and January 1st. Gardens are open on Wednesdays but closed on December 25th, January 1st, and April 17th. Open from 8:30am to 7:30pm, last admission at 7pm.
  • Museum of Music History at the San Pietro a Maiella Conservatory. Exhibits important manuscripts of the Scarlatti family.
  • Napoli Sotterranea Underground Naples - Official and Self-Guided Tours, Piazza San Gaetano, 68, 80138 Napoli, [45]. The ancient Neapolitan aqueduct, 2400 years of Greek, Roman and Medieval history. The tunnels served as shelters during WWII.
  • Palazzo delle Arti Napoli - PAN Via dei Mille, 60, 80121 Napoli [46] Contemporary art exhibitions.
  • Parco Virgiliano A nice park with a stunning view of the surrounding area. It is about half an hour off the city centre, but certainly worth the effort! Not to be confused with the Park in which Virgil's Tomb is found. Entrance is free.
  • Piazza del Gesù and Piazza S.Domenico Maggiore The New Jesuite Church is among the most extravagant Baroque churches in the world! Across the street you will find the Santa Chiara Monastery [47]. It is worth a visit for its beautiful garden decorated with frescos and colorful columns. If you continue towards S. Domenico Square you will pass by the St Angelo on the Nile Church with its Donatello's altar. The Sansevero Chapel nearby is also well known for its marble sculptures of veiled figures.
  • Piazza del Plebiscito Naples' main square. Surrounding it you will find the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale - open to tourists), the San Carlo Theatre and the Galleria Umberto. Trivia: stand close to the Royal Palace and face the Church of San Francesco di Paola (opposite side of the piazza), try to walk in a straight line with you eyes closed. Locals say you will not be able to walk straight. While doing so, have a friend walk close to you to avoid bumping into other tourists or statues.
  • Pinacoteca della Accademia di Belle Arte [48] Mainly features 19th Century Italian painting.
  • Pio Monte della Misericordia [49] A church and a picture gallery both belonging to an old charity organisation. The gallery mainly displays a Caravaggio painting and Neapolitan Baroque paintings.
  • Piomonte di Pieta' in Palazzo Carafa A Manierist church and a picture gallery. Open only on weekends.
  • Quadreria dei Girolamini A beautiful small art museum mainly of Italian Baroque painting and some works of famous De Ribera. Free of charge and just across the street from the Duomo.
  • Raccolta Mura - Museum of the Napolitan Song
  • Teatro San Carlo [50] Naples' famous opera house. The oldest continuously operating opera house in the world (1737). Tours are available, no need to dress up. However, if you wish to attend a performance, it is highly recommended to dress up. From Monday to Saturday (except for holidays) visitors can have a guided tour to the theatre main hall, the boxes, the Royal box and the two Foyers. You can complete the tour including the MeMUS, the Multimedia Museum of Teatro San Carlo, buying an extra ticket. Booking is warmly recommended. Guided Tours basic languages are Italian and English. Other languages are available upon request. From Monday to Sunday 10:30; 11.30; 12:30; 14,30; 15:30; 16:30. Guided tours last 45 minutes. Entrance fee for San Carlo Theater only 7€ (reduced 5€, schools 3€). This is a must-see.
  • Textil and Clothing Museum Elena Aldobrandini
  • View of Mergellina (from via Orazio or via Petrarca)
  • Villa Floridiana Seat of Duca di Martina Museum of Ceramics and Marchese di Civitanova Museum of Carriages.

Do[edit][add listing]

Naples has an abundance of attractions and activities that await its annual tourists. There is no way to list them all here, but below are some of the most popular things to do in Naples:

  • Stop by the Piazza del Plebiscito, which sits near the Gulf of Naples and between the Royal Palace to the east and the Church of San Francesco di Paola to the west. Colonnades stretch along its edges, and there are many famous buildings within short walking distance. Occasionally, open-air public concerts will be held in the piazza.
  • Visit Lake Agnano, which is not a lake but once was. The lake, which occupied the crater of the now-extinct Agnano volcano, was drained in 1870. On the southern rim of "the lake," you will find natural sulphur-vapor baths and a cave called Grotta del Cane nearby.
  • Attend a football (soccer) match at Stadio San Paolo, the home field of the local team, called the Napoli. The stadium was first constructed in 1959 but renovated in 1989 to host the 1990 World Cup. It is the third-highest capacity stadium in Italy, holding over 60,000.
  • Relax in the Villa Comunale, a park on the bay built on land reclaimed from the sea. The park dates back to the 1780's and was originally the royal garden of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. The park has much greenery, a playground, a mini roller rink, and the Anton Dohrn Aquarium, which was built in the 1870's.
  • Another park to relax in is the Villa Floridiana in the Vomero Quarter. You will find plenty of trees and flower gardens along with a neoclassical house dating from 1819. The park is named after Ferdinand I's wife who was Duchess of Floridia. On the grounds, you can also visit the Duke of Martina National Museum of Ceramics.
  • The Centro Sub Campi Flegrei is a diving/snorkeling center set on the shore of the Gulf of Naples. It is not far from the offshore Phlegraean Islands and lies within the bounds of the Archaeological Park of Baiae, which is the site of underwater archeological finds known as the submerged Pompeii. The diving center is open all year round.
  • Attend the Open Air Cinema Festival during the summer in the Viale del Poggio di Capodimonte. It is "cinema beneath the stars" that takes place in an amphitheater surrounded by an artificial lake.
  • Take a guided tour of the city or nearby locations, either on foot, by limo, by motor scooter, by private car or by bike. There are urban routes to the historic center, the panoramic Vomero Quarter and throughout the city. There are day tours based in Naples that go to nearby Vesuvius, Pompeii, the ruins of Herculaneum and along the beautiful Amalfi Coast. You can also take an underground tour of the Catacombs of San Gennaro, to see the remains of ancient Christian tombs.
  • Visit Naples and the surrounding areas at your own pace, [1].  edit



Buy[edit][add listing]

Naples is famous for its outdoor markets and small shops (the city has an impressively high number) and that is where many tourists prefer to spend most of their shopping time. However, it also has other retail establishments of note, such as shopping malls and wine vendors. You can find expensive, upscale items, rare antiques, handcrafted clothing and souvenirs, and just about anything else you are looking for in Naples — and much of it at prices much lower than in Western European nations.

A selection of some of the most popular and worthwhile places to shop while touring Naples is given below:

  • La Torretta Market, located within blocks of the U.S.. Embassy in the Mergellina district, is a covered market with both stalls and adjacent shops. You will find an abundance of fresh produce, specialty cheeses and meats, fresh seafood, a pasta store called Casa del Tortellino, a bread store, and a chocolate store at the entrance. You can also pick up flower bouquets, wine and cleaning supplies.
  • Via San Gregorio Armeno is a narrow alleyway in Naples' Centro Storico that English tourists frequently refer to as Christmas Alley. Here you will find the famous Neapolitan nativity sets for sale; exquisitely crafted figurines of wood or terracotta and handmade manger-cribs. You can also find other craft items like representations of Pulcinella and Neapolitan Tambourines. The via is open year-round, and is very popular among tourists.
  • Poggioreale Market is the largest market in all Naples, having a total of 566 stalls. It gets rather crowded, but if you arrive early in the morning, you can shop "with more elbow room." The most distinctive attraction here is footwear, and the market is often called Shoe Alley. There are good deals to be found on shoes, boots, and handbags. Should you feel faint from hours of hard shopping, it is good to know that vendors are on-site selling water, coffee and various snack foods.
  • The Naples Antiques Market runs along Naples' seaside promenade known as Lungomare, which is a foot-traffic-only street traversing one of the most beautiful parts of Naples. You will find an incredibly extensive array of antiques that can literally take hours to fully explore.
  • The Naples Flea Market is open only twice a year, typically once in April and once in November. It is located in the very large Mostra d'Oltremare convention center.
  • The Scriptura Leather Shop, on Via San Sebastiano, is a traditional-style seller of Florentine leather products, including laptop bags, albums, diaries, wallets and belts.
  • I Coloniali provides you with fine Italian wine and chocolates, while Grangusto both sells wine and serves it, along with full meals, at its bar and restaurant.
  • On Via Toledo, you will find shops selling the most fashionable of Italian clothing brands. On Spaccanapoli, there are many high-end outlets selling shoes, suits and jewelry.
  • The number one mall in Naples is the gigantic Centro Commerciale Auchan on Via Argine. Here, you will find a nearly exhaustive array of goods all conveniently brought together under one roof.

Eat[edit][add listing]


The real Pizza Margherita!

Pizza comes from Naples. Look for pizza margherita, the original one, with nothing more than fresh tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and a little olive oil. Eating a pizza in Florence or in Rome is not the same as eating it in Naples! Here the dough is thicker (than in Rome, for example) and is a little chewy.

In Naples every pizzeria makes a decent pizza. Some places display the label “Vera Pizza Napoletana” [“True Neapolitan Pizza”] with a Pulcinella mask baking a pizza in a stylized Vesuvio, which indicates that the pizzerria follows the standards of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana [True Neapolitan Pizza Association] [51].

If you want to try “the” authentic Neapolitan pizza, go to Pizzeria Brandi, where the pizza margherita was born (a stone is exposed outside the restaurant explaining the history of the first pizza). The pizza dough and tomato sauce are perhaps a little more delicate here than in other places, and it certainly offers a nice escape from the madness of the Quartieri Spagnoli or Centro Storico, but there is better pizza and far more reasonable prices to be found elsewhere in the city. And really, the “gritty” and irregular character of the dough in this town are what make Pizza Napoletana what it is!

Today the best choices would be Trianon or especially Da Michele. Both these pizzerias make authentic pizza Napoletana, but are located near Forcella, which some might not be comfortable walking around at night. In particular, Da Michele has a unique feature: they only do pizza Margherita or Marinara (just tomato, garlic and oregano, and a splash of oil, of course!). They say that these two kinds are the original pizza: if you add too much toppings you’ll lose the real taste of the pizza, which should be very simple, made only of a good, thin base, good tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Note that there is usually a queue at these restaurants.

Some other places that are very popular among the Neapolitans are almost all the pizzerias in Via dei Tribunali, in particular Di Matteo, Il Presidente [Dec 2013: closed?], Sorbillo, and his sister, a few doors away (informally known as “la vecchia” [the old lady], from the owner of the pizzeria, a very small place with only 4 or 5 tables, that looks like a pizzeria of 50 years ago — very hard to find, but it’s worth it!)

In general it is easy to find a good pizzeria, just look for one without tourists! If there is a long line, remember to approach a waiter/waitress and tell them your name and how many people you are - they will call your name when a table is available, so stick around!

  • Da Michele. Via Cesare Sersale, 1–3 (Centro Storico). Get a numbered ticket from the waiter at the door when you arrive. Expect long lines, does not take reservations Tel. 081 553 9204.
  • Pizzeria Brandi. Salita Sant’Anna di Palazzo, 1–2 (just off via Chiaia on the end closer to Piazza del Plebiscito. The Margherita Pizza was invented in this pizzeria). Tel. 081 416928.‎
  • Pizzeria di Matteo. Via dei Tribunali, 94. Tel. 081 455262.
  • Pizzeria Gastronomia Nennella (not to be confused with the trattoria of the same name) is your window to fantastic pizza in the buffer zone between Quartieri Spagnoli and Chiaia. Almost only locals eat here — or have their pizza delivered on a scooter — despite being just up the hill from via Chiaia. There is a table and two stool-chairs outside the window you receive your pizza from if you prefer to “eat in,” but in the early evening the local scooter culture can make dining on this corner somewhat unpleasant. Marinara for €2.50, margherita for €3. The ortolana bianca is fantastic here, and there are a few other excellent vegetarian options. Via Santa Caterina da Siena (Gradoni Chiaia) at Vico Mortelle.
  • Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo. Via dei Tribunali, 32. Also see the blog run by the owner, Accademia della Pizza[52], dedicated entirely to La Pizza Napoletana. Tel. 081 446643.
  • Pizzeria Trianon da Ciro. Via P. Colletta 44/46 (Centro Storico, just in front of Da Michele). Tel. 081 553 9426.
  • Pizzeria D'e Figliole. Via Giudecca Vecchia 36. Tel. 081286721. They only serve fried pizza. Many locals regard this place as the best pizzeria for fried pizza. They recently renovated the restaurant, but before it looked like the traditional tiny hole in the wall that you would expect from Naples, it was almost the kind of "dirty, but welcoming" place where the food (served by old ladies) is unbelievably good. Now they are still excellent, but the place looks more modern. Does not take reservations. During week days it is recommended to go early, as they may close earlier if they don't have many customers.
  • La Masardona. Via Giulio Cesare Capaccio 27. Tel. 081 281057. Another very good place for fried pizza.
  • 50 Kalò. Piazza Sannazaro 201/B. Tel. 081 1920 4667. This pizzeria is fairly new, but has had great success due to the good quality of products. Expect long line and slightly higher prices than a normal pizzeria.
  • Pasqualino. Piazza Sannazaro 79. Tel. 081 681524. This pizzeria is on the opposite side of Pizzeria 50 Kalò. Pasqualino has for decades been a safe bet for Neapolitans in case other pizzerias are closed or full and if you don't want to wait too long to get in busier pizzerias. Service may not be the best in the world, but the food is good and cheap.
  • Fresco. Via Partenope 8. Tel. 081 658 2823. This pizzeria is on the waterfront street. You can eat a decent pizza while enjoying the great sight of the Gulf of Naples. Due to it being in a touristy area, expect slightly higher prices than other pizzerias.
  • Gino Sorbillo. Via Partenope 1. Tel. 081 1933 1280. This is another location of the same owner of the homonymous pizzeria in Via dei Tribunali. As with Pizzeria Fresco, expect slightly higher prices due to it being in touristy area and having scenic views of the bay.

General Cuisine[edit]

Neapolitan cuisine in general features much seafood, befitting its status as an ancient and still functioning port. You will find many sauces based on garlic sauteed in extra-virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and local red wines. Some of the more popular sauces are arrabbiata (“angry”) or fra diavolo (“Brother Devil”), which means they will contain hot pepper. It’s great cuisine. Enjoy!

  • Hosteria Toledo offers antica cucina Napoletana in a friendly family-like environment. Excellent food and very tasty limoncello made by the chef. Vico Giardinetto, 78a (Quartieri Spagnoli, parallel to Via Toledo). Closed Tuesdays. Tel. 081 421257.
  • Nennella is a trattoria that is fairly calm for the lunch service but in the evenings becomes a full-blown theatre piece, giving what tourists think is the “authentic Italic dining experience.” Do not let yourself get seated inside unless you are completely desensitized to screaming, plate smashing and other forms of sonic violence. But can be great fun if you are in a group, perhaps not the ideal place for a first date. Tips go in a hanging metal bucket and provoke a hearty “GRAZIE!!!!!!” from the entire staff in chorus. Decent food at fantastic prices (which are indicated nowhere), e.g. half a litre of wine and two spaghetti al pomodoro for 11 EUR. Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo, 105 (Quartieri Spagnoli, 3rd parallel street to via Toledo). Tel. 081 414338.
  • Valù (same owner as Hosteria Toledo, almost next door) offers a great menu of different risotto dishes, with lots of vegetarian options, including pistacchio. Vico lungo del Gelso, 80 (Quartieri Spagnoli, parallel to Via Toledo). Closed Sundays. Tel. 081 038 1139.

Mozzarella is also typical of the region, you should not miss the opportunity to taste the fresh real one!


The city and region are also famous for their pasticceria (pastries), including:

  • babà — found in virtually every caffe, bar and pasticceria in town
  • jaka pastiera — typical sweet of Easter (but found all year long), made of ricotta cheese melted with steamed corn and sugar, and then baked
  • sfogliatella — often filled with ricotta cheese (riccia) or cream with citrus flavor. The best sfogliatella is served at Pintauro in Via Toledo 275. As you enter the bakery, notice a sign stating "Qui nel 1785 nacque la sfogliatella" ("Here in 1785 the sfogliatella was born")
  • roccocò and struffoli — typical Christmas sweets
  • zeppole

Pretty much anywhere that serves coffee will have some pastries, nutella-filled croissants or other sweets available. Among the best places to try these pastries are:

  • Pasticceria Scaturchio [53] offers old typical pastry of Naples. Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, 19 (just east of Piazza del Gesù). Tel. 081 551 7031.
  • Gran Bar Riviera has very good sweets, from zeppole to sfogliatelle passing through babà. Riviera di Chiaia, 181. Tel. 081 665 026.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Naples is becoming increasingly popular with a younger generation of both Italians and foreigners. In spite of false and stereotypical reports of adverse conditions, they flood into the city and lend renewed vitality to its nightlife. The hippest scene is around the bars and cafes on Piazza Bellini, Piazza Santa Maria la Nova and Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, becoming busy after about 11PM. You should also try the area around Piazza dei Martiri, expecially Vico Belledonne a Chiaia, where you can find many crowded bars, a winebar and lots of young people, expecially at weekends. However, if you are looking for a American/English/Northern European drinking establishments you may be hard pressed to find what you are looking for as that culture is frowned upon in Naples. There are a variety of small drinking establishments but if you're looking for a crowded beer hall, Irish pub, or an American college-style dive bar, you'll have trouble finding one.

If you're in Naples and wondering what local beverages to try, the first answer is that Naples is as famous for its extra-strong, semi-sweet coffee as it is for its pizza, and you can try some at places like Gran Caffe Aragonese with a little ice cream floating on top or at Caffe Gambrinus, which also serves cake and cocktails. Amazingly, coffee is so thoroughly Neapolitan that it is commonly sold at local bars as well.

For those who would like to try the local beer and wine, there are an abundance of options. Beer bars were once rare, beer being traditionally sold with and consumed in pizza parlors, but now they are more common. Wine bars are classic in Naples, which is not surprising since it is the capital of Campania, a major wine-producing region. There are many local varieties of wine you may wish to sample, but the Aglianico is peculiarly appropriate. Aglianico black grapes are grown throughout southern Italy, but Campania provides them with their ideal soil and growing climate.

Some of the main areas of Naples where bars and cafes serving beer and wine are concentrated include:

  • On Piazza Bellini, Piazza San Domenico, and Piazza Santa Maria La Nova
  • On the street called Vico Belledonne a Chiaia, particularly on weekends
  • On the outskirts of town, near the port and the boardwalk called Pozzuoli

Some of the best beer and wine bars in Naples include:

  1. Enoteca Belledonne, a wine bar in the middle of the famed Chiaia Quarter. It has an excellent selection of wines, reasonable prices and two or three appetizer dishes served every night. It was formerly only a wine cellar, but two brothers carried on (and extended) the family wine business by transforming it into a modern wine bar in 1989. This is one of the most popular establishments with locals and tourists alike.
  1. Cap'alice, set on the Via Giovanni Bausan, has a large selection of local Campanian and Sicilian wines. You will also find excellent seafood, fresh Italian bread and smoked and cured meats known as "charcuterie," which is meant to be consumed along with the wine. Cap'alice is also located in the Chiaia Quarter.
  1. Les Belles Choses is the place to go if you want to sample from a large selection of local beers. Additionally, the pub is quite popular for its sandwiches.
  1. Cammarota Spritz is a lively bar with "budget-level" prices. It is situated in Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo n.31 right next to a pizzeria, which makes it convenient to get a meal to go with your drink.
  1. Frank Malone Pub is a little bit of Britain in the midst of Naples, on the Vomero hill. Here, you find hearty food and beer done in a way familiar to British tourists. Another pub of the same basic description is Morrigan Pub, located in the city center of Naples but providing beer and pub meals that make you feel as if you were right in the middle of London.


Besides the bars in Piazza Bellini, Santa Maria la Nova, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, Via Carlo Poerio, Vico Belledonne a Chiaia there are also plenty of great nightclubs and beach clubs outside but not far from the historic center of Naples.

  • Arenile di BagnoliWebsite. Via Coroglio 14B. Tel. 081 570 6035. This is perhaps the most famous club in Naples. It is located on the beach in a former industrial area of western Naples. Club-goers can dance to all types of music (techno, hip-hop, R&B, reggaeton, EDM, pop, etc) during the day or night while enjoying the nice sight of the sea and palm trees. It is recommended to check their official website and Facebook page to find out what type of party or which DJ will be playing. Often, there is no entrance cover. However if a famous DJ is playing, you will have to pay to get in. Early-mid 20s.
  • Club PartenopeoWebsite. Via Coroglio 144. Tel. 081 570 4407. This is another big nightclub on the same street as Arenile - the setting is similar, beach and palm trees. Many famous techno DJs play here, like Nina Kraviz, Jamie Jones, Martinez Brothers, Joseph Capriati, Deborah De Luca, Solomun and many more. Other genres of music are also played, from Trap to Reggaeton, and from 90s music to Jazz). Check official website and Facebook page to see who's playing next. Some nights you can enter for free, but if a famous DJ is in town you will have to pay to get in. Early-mid 20s.
  • Yama Club. Via Coroglio 122.
  • Neasy. From Via Coroglio, take Via Nisida and then to the right on Arena S. Antonio. This is an exclusive beach lounge bar mostly active during summer.
  • Golden Gate. Via Campana 233, Pozzuoli. This club is in Pozzuoli, about 20 minutes from Naples. It is another big club for those who don't count bars as nightlife. Early-mid 20s.
  • Duel Beat. Via Antiniana 2a, Pozzuoli. Another big club in Pozzuoli. Good for techno, house, dance, and hip-hop.
  • La Mela. Via dei Mille 40. This is a smaller but posher club in one of the most elegant streets of Naples. It is close to Via Carlo Poerio.
  • Il Fico. Via Tasso 466. This is another smaller but posh club with beautiful views of Naples from an affluent part of the city.
  • Privat 1. Via Antiniana 59. Posh club in Agnano district of Naples. This venue is in front of Duel Beat Club.
  • Nabilah. Via Spiaggia Romana 15, Bacoli. Tel. 081 868 94 33. This is a more exclusive beach club. There is a swimming pool next to the beach. Although it is in the outskirts of Naples, it is a very nice venue if you are into beach clubs with palm trees. Greater activity during summer months.
  • Lost Paradise. Via Castello 95, Bacoli. Tel. 081 5232534. Another exclusive beach club in the outskirts of Naples. This is a nice resort-like venue with scenic views of the bay of Pozzuoli. Greater activity during summer nights. During the day, this venue is used as a beach with restaurant, lounge bar, and swimming pools.

If you wish to try something outside Naples, during the weekend Pozzuoli is packed with bars around the old port (mainly, but not only on Largo San Paolo and parallel streets) and main square (Piazza della Repubblica), where you will find hundreds of young people hanging out in front of bars loudly chatting with their friends along with some drinks.

Bacoli and Miseno also have some great venues where young people like to go. In Miseno there are some lounge bars on the beach, like Beach Brothers, Blue Wave (Via Dragonara 22 and 25, respectively) and Lido Turistico Beach Park (Via Miliscola 21) which are popular during summer weekends.

Also in the outskirts, in Sant'Antimo, there is a very big nightclub called Joia (Corso Europa 45, Sant'Antimo).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Accommodation in Naples is normally cheaper than in Rome or northern Italian cities, but quality may vary a lot. It's not uncommon to encounter hot water shortages, short power outages and less than luxurious bed and bath linens. Also don't expect a full-sized bathtub in reasonably priced hotels. You may not even get a shower stall in the bathroom, but a drain hole that is in the center of the bathroom with a toilet, a sink and a shower head along the plain tiled walls. Breakfast may include weak orange juice (tasting more like powdered orange drink), hard rolls and an assortment of hard meats and cheeses. Nothing mentioned here is meant to discourage, but to help you view your experience as an adventure in Italian culture.


  • 6 Small Rooms, Via Diodato Lioy 18, 80134 Napoli, +39 081 790 1378 (), [2]. Hostel & Guesthouse with rooms right in the middle of the historical center of Naples. Clean, cozy and friendly. Cooking facilities, English speaking staff, DVDs, fridges, book exchange, tourist info and maps. It can be difficult to find, so give them a call.  edit
  • Dei Decumani, Via Duomo n.187 - 80138 Napoli, +39 081 440 648, [3]. One of the best bed and breakfast in Naples located right in the historical center of ancient Naples.  edit
  • Donna Adelina, Piazza Nolana 13, 80142 Napoli, +39 081 554 0075 (), [4]. The Bed and Breakfast is situated in an old building near to the old city doors. Cool and comfortable, is good for everyone (travelers on budget, workers or couples!). All rooms have a private bathroom.  edit
  • Garibaldi Napoli, Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 11, 80139 Napoli (Hotel a short distance from Naples Central Station - Piazza Garibaldi), +39 081 563 0656 (, fax: +39 081 563 1750), [5]. checkin: 11:00; checkout: 11:00. Budget Hotel  edit
  • Giovanni's Home, Via della Sapienza 43, 80138 Napoli, +39 081 195 65641. A great little hostel with 1 female dorm and 1 mixed dorm right in the middle of the historical center of Naples. Clean, cozy and friendly. Cooking facilities, English speaking staff, fridges, book exchange, very useful travel tips and maps.  edit
  • Hostel of the Sun, Via Melisurgo 15, 80133 Napoli, +39 081 420 6393, [6]. Hostel in the centre of town. Clean, friendly and conveniently located for the ferries. Open 24 hours with all facilities expected from a great modern hostel. Good kitchen, breakfast included, knowledgeable and multi-lingual staff, DVDs, satellite tv, small library, free Internet, etc.  edit
  • Naples, Via Pasquale Scura77, +39 081 552 9124 (fax: [email protected]), [7]. B&B New rooms, comfortable, convenient to downtown Naples. Prices from 35 € single use. WI-FI and DVDs.  edit
  • Naples Pizza Hostel, Via San Paolo ai Tribunali 44, [8]. checkin: 12 am; checkout: 10:30 am. The coolest hostel in the old town, a few meters away from Napoli's best attractions and nightlife spots. Common area with Wi-fi, Equipped Kitchen for guest use. Vibrant artsy environment  edit
  • Napoli Gold Hotel, Corso Umber-to I, 217, 80138 Napoli, +39 081 563 4738, [9]. All services such as private bath-room, shower and free wi-fi in the room. Breakfast is included.  edit
  • Napoli, Via Alessandro Manzoni 155, 80123 Napoli, +39 081 769 2205. B&B is located in the well - known Via Manzoni that connects two residential districts, Vomero and Posillipo.  edit
  • Potenza, Piazza Garibaldi 120, 80142 Napoli, +39 081 286 330 (). Hotel just 5 minutes walking distance from the central station of Napoli.  edit
  • San Giorgio Napoli, Via Alessandro Poerio, 9, 80139 Napoli (Central Station), (), [10]. Hotel near the central railway station. 61 air-con rooms with color SAT TV, fridge-bar, direct dial telephone, hairdryer.  edit
  • Spaccanapoli, Via San Biagio dei Librai 25, [11]. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 12pm. Recently renovated B&B located in a Pedestrian only area of central Naples. Common area with Cable TV, Equipped Kitchen for guest use. Free Wi-Fi. Close to the Metro and walking distance to most major sights in Naples. €55.  edit


  • B&B Internation Garibaldi Piazza di Garibaldi, 73 [54] This tiny family run B&B is literally a stone's throw from the central train station Napoli Centrale. It is quiet, confortable and good value for money.
  • Guest House Garibaldi Suite Naples - Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 13 - 80139 Naples, Italy [55]. Telephone 39 366 1102233. Rates: Single N/A; Double €90-€200. Three star hotel in the center of Naples. All bedrooms come with en-suite services, shower, free wi-fi and breakfast included.
  • Hotel Bellini Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, 101, 80138 Napoli, Italy. Tel +39 081 451732. [56] Hotel Piazza Bellini is very conveniently located off the line 1 (yellow line) Dante metro station (line 1 now connects to Piazza Garibaldi / the central train station Napoli Centrale) and a short walk to Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo. Recent modern look, great breakfast, great front desk staff.
  • Hotel Eden Naples Italy Corso Novara, 9 - Naples - Italy Tel +39 815546666-285690 - Fax +39 81281983 EMail: [email protected] [57] Hotel Eden is a new hotel, opened at the beginning of November 2005 after a massive, general reconstruction ideated by the architect Raffaele Zucchi , design engineer of the twin building Hotel Clarean
  • Hotel Clarean Naples Italy Piazza Garibaldi , 49 - Italy (NA) Tel. 0039/81/ 5535683 / 5634828 - Fax 0039/81/ 5634463 EMail: [email protected] [58] a modern and trendy hotel, opened from september 2004 respecting the enviroment and every confort for the customers' satisfaction.
  • Hotel Europeo Via Mezzocannone 109, centro antico - Italy (NA) Tel. 081 551 72 54 [59] Reasonably priced hotel, make sure to book early as it literally can get booked out over night. Right in the heart of the historical center of Napoli. Most of the 27 rooms have telephone, free wireless internet, some satellite TV and are modern and clean, which is not given for all hotels in Naples. Very friendly, helpful and english speaking people there, too. Overall very nice place to be, which you wouldn't expect from the outside. Finding the entrance to this backyard hotel can be a little tricky. Coming from the Spaccanapoli follow Via Mezzocannone down for about 40 meters, entrance is right of a café – both inside a little patio.
  • Art Resort Galleria Umberto Napoli Galleria Umberto I , 83 - 80132 Napoli Tel.081.4976224 [60]. The art Resort galleria Umberto is a preciousness set into an Historical monument in the heart of Naples. A recent opening luxury 4 stars Hotel in the famous galleria Umberto I. Thought and furnished with a patrician house stile of the XIX century, The Art Resort is both a rarity to be discovered and a typical Neapolitan Baroque environment. Excellent en-suite facilities, rooms and hotel very clean. Breakfast provided. Front desk staff very friendly and helpful. Keep a 10c handy as the lift takes tokens at certain times of day.
  • Caravaggio Hotel Napoli Piazza Cardinale Sisto Riario Sforza n 157 Napoli Tel +39 081 2110066 [61]. Caravaggio Hotel is the only 4 Stars Hotel in the historical centre of Naples, located in the core of Naples; In the old neighbourhood, at few meters from the Duomo/Cathedral, the reliquary and the Treasure of San Gennaro, and San Gregorio Armeno. Metro lines are at 200 Mt. as well as the Archaeological Museum and the Museum MADRE.
  • Charming International Hotel, V. le Generale U. Maddalena 35/37, 80142 Napoli. This was first a farmhouse in the XIX century, but has recently been remodeled into the hotel that it is today. The locale is great, with only a 5 min walking distance from the Naples Airport. The hotel is closely connected to pretty much every area of touristy and business interest. The hotel is also only 8 km from the rail station, as well as 9 km from the seaport. There’s a minibus that comes around that will take you to Piazza del Municipio, where here you can visit all kinds of historic churches, monuments, museums, and other places of interest in Naples.
  • Hotel Cavour, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 32 Central station area. The Hotel Cavour is a comfortable three star long-standing traditional hotel, renovated. Near the historical sites - Decumano Maggiore. It enjoys central position, garage at 20 mt., 93 rooms, 10 de luxe suites with air conditioned and minibar, all rooms with satellite tv, direct telephone dialling. Two restaurants serving delicious Neapolitan, regional and international dishes.
  • Hotel Cimarosa, Via Cimarosa, 29, +39 081.5567044, Fax: +39 081 5782852, [62]. The Hotel Cimarosa is an elegant hotel located on the hillside of the chic Vomero neighborhood, one of Naples' most fascinating districts, famous for the shopping streets, the Sant'Elmo Fortress, Villa Floridiana and many other important Naples' monuments.
  • Hotel Del Real Orto Botanico , Via Foria 192 Historical Centre. The Hotel Del Real Orto Botanico, situated a mere two kilometers from Capodichino Airport. The property is centrally located in an old building in front of the Real Orto Botanico. The hotel is a few steps to the Historical Center.
  • Hotel Garibaldi Guest House Naples - Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 11 - 80139 Naples, Italy []. Telephone +39 081 1809 8263. Rates: Single N/A; Double €60-€120. Breakfast and wi-fi included.
  • Hotel Ideal, Piazza Garibaldi 99, +39 081 269237, Fax: +39 081 285942, [63]. Right near the central train station (about 100 meters). Hotel is clean and cheap, staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast included.
  • Le Chemineè Business Hotel Napoli, Via Stadera 91, 80143 Napoli tel ; +39 081 5846651, [64]. Le Cheminée Business Hotel was restored and transformed in the building that originally housed the old "Stingo" ceramic factory and was active in Naples from as early as the end of the Nineteenth Century, into an elegant, very modern 4 star hotel with a notable leaning towards being a Business Hotel.
  • Hotel Micalò Napoli, Riviera di Chiaia, 88 - 80122 Napoli, Tel. +39 081 7617131 [65]. Micalò is on the shores of the magical Bay of Naples, at the very heart of the historic city. Almost hidden on the 2nd floor of a 17th century palazzo, Micalò has been crafted out of the natural white stone of Southern Italy to create an atmosphere of calm, serene luxury.
  • Napoli Suite Hotel Guest House - Corso Umberto I, 284, 80138 Naples, Italy [66]. Telephone +39 081 1809 8550. All rooms come with wi-fi, air condition-ing, mini bar, safe and flat screen TV. Rates: Single N/A; Double €70-€215. Breakfast not included.
  • Hotel Nesis Napoli, Via Nuova Agnano, 5 - 80125 Napoli Italy, Tel: +39 081 7620024, [67]. Four stars Hotel Naples, superior category, exceptional quality-price ratio, comfortable and soundproof rooms, satellite TV, internet, minibar, air conditioning. Rooms of superior quality compared to the 3 stars Hotels in Naples.
  • Hotel Nuovo Rebecchino, Corso Garibaldi, 356 - 80142 Napoli Tel. 081/553.53.27 [68]. The Hotel Nuovo Rebecchino is a three star hotel and one of the oldest in the city of Naples. Recently restored, it is fitted with every form of comfort. The tradition of hospitality, professionalism and focus placed on the client are the grounds on which the Gentile family has lovingly run this hotel for more than a century.
  • Hotel Prati, Via Cesare Rosaroll 4, Located in Piazza Principe Umberto, the town historical and commercial centre. The hotel is close to the airport and to the motoway turn-offs, is 200 m from the railway station and 1 km from the railway station and 1 km from Molo Beverello, 43 rooms, provided with bathroom, shower, telephone, central heating, bar and TV. Restaurant 70 seat dining-room. Staff speaks English, French, Spanish and German.
  • Hotel Toledo Napoli, Via Montecalvario, 15 - 80134 Napoli. Tel/ Fax + 39 081 406800. [69]. Hotel Toledo is in the center of Naples, close by department stores, offices, banks, and characteristic local markets. It's a basic hotel that requires you to leave your key with reception each day before you leave. Rooms and breakfast are adequate but staff speak very little/no English.
  • Phlegrean Fields Park [70] it's the better choice for a relaxing vacation or a cultural trip discovering the beautiful monuments of Naples and all around lands of Phlegrean Fields. Double Room from €50/night breakfast included.
  • Tribù B&B, Via dei Tribunali, 329. Tel. +39 081 454793; 338409913, [email protected], [71]. Located in a quiet patio bang in the middle of bustling spaccanapoli, Naples' old town, this tasteful bed & breakfast also doubles as an arts showroom. Breakfast is served on a nice terrace by the couple of young architects that own the place. Rooms €60-100.
  • Hotel Villa Capodimonte (Hotel Villa Capo di Monte), Salita Moiariello, 66 · 80131 Napoli, +39 081.459000 (), [12].  edit


  • Belle Arti Resort, via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli 27, +39 081.5571062 (, fax: +39 081.447860), [13].  edit
  • Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Via Partenope 46, [14].  edit
  • Hotel Paradiso, Via Catullo 11, +39 081 2475111 (fax: +39 081 7613449). Located on a hill (Posipillo - Airport is 10 kilometers away which is around €30 by cab. €160 for a double room with a balcony.  edit
  • Hotel Pinto Storey, Via G.Martucci, 72, +39 081.681260 (, fax: +39 081.667536), [15]. For a double room prices are from €110 on, depending on the season..  edit
  • Portalba Relais, 33, Via Portalba - 80134 Naples, +39 081 5645171 (, fax: +39 081 5443703), [16]. B&B Portalba Relais in Naples it’s a true luxury bed & breakfast in the historic center of Naples.  edit
  • Romeo Hotel, 45 Via Cristoforo Colombo, 0039 081 0175001 (), [17]. Five star luxury boutique hotel. Located on the waterfront in the historic center.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Naples is notorious around the world for being a very dangerous city. The truth is however that Naples is much safer than it was 5-10 years ago and if you take the right precautions a tourist shouldn't experience any problems in the city.

So let's address the elephant in the room: Camorra, that is the local Mafia is still active in the city unfortunately but not to the extent it was until the turn of the century since its activities are now significantly reduced and underground so they don't concern most of the local populous. The truth is that the mafia almost never targets tourists. NEVER get involved in the camorra's business.

Another thing that tourists should definitely watch out are pickpockets. Always secure your bags with both straps on your shoulders, carry as much cash as needed for your day and if possible don't have your mobile phones in your pocket. Don't flash around expensive jewellery, cameras, necklaces or other expensive items. Be alert at all times in buses, trams and the metro and don't leave your personal belongings unattended in a cafeteria or a restaurant table. If you have a car: make sure that you don't leave anything valuable inside that can be seen from outside and park in secure parkings and not on the street whenever possible. You might have heard about thiefs on board vespas or other kinds of motorcycles running around stealing mainly bags right off people's shoulders. This is not a myth and it used to happen but such occurences subsided a lot in recent years as the police has stepped up its presence in the city. In the unlikely event that this happens DON'T hold on to your bag; the vespa is much stronger than you and this could result in serious injuries.

Traffic is also a big problem. The Neapolitan streets are chaotic and the drivers are not exactly polite. Cross the street carefully, with other people and always assume that just because you're standing on a pedestrian crossing doesn't mean that cars will always stop for you. It is recommended that you don't drive in Naples. In addition, beware in taxis as taxi drivers sometimes tend to inflate the price. Always make sure the meter is on or agree with the taxi driver about the price before the start of your journey.

There is a general rule in Naples: you should avoid walking alone at night, especially females. Try going out as a group or a couple. Don't get in the city's parks after sunset.

Areas to be careful[edit]

Naples has some seedy neighbourhoods where tourists should exercise caution or even avoid completely. Here's a rundown of the neighbourhoods:

  • Stazione Centrale - Like many other cities in Italy and the rest of Europe the area around the central train station is rundown, sketchy and filled with homeless people, beggars and vendors selling fake products to tourists exiting the train station. A few of them can become quite persistent but most will not bother you if you ignore them. During the day you need to stay vigilant and be careful of your belongings and luggage. If you arrive after nightfall minimise walking around as much as possible and take a cab to reach your hotel; if you walk with your luggage during the night in the area it's like putting a sign on your head saying "TOURIST". That could make you a target for people with not good intentions. There are many cheap hotels here; while the price may seem tempting it's better to pay a bit more to stay at a safer place.
  • Quartieri Spagnoli - Many people find Quartieri Spagnoli quite charming during the day with its colorful markets and beautiful vicolis; even one of Naples' most famous pizzerias is located here! But during the night its narrow and dark streets make it a good place for criminals, drug dealers and prostitutes. This doesn't mean however that you're automatically in danger; if you want to visit the area during the night just know exactly where you're going and don't linger in the streets for too long.
  • The rest of Centro Storico - Centro Storico is the beating heart of Naples during the day and it can remain quite busy even after midnight. After nightfall just make sure you are walking on the main avenues avoiding narrow, dark vicolis devoid of other pedestrians and you won't encounter any problems.
  • Via Marina and the Port - Naples' port is bustling during daytime as many people, tourists and locals alike, board ships for the Amalfi Coast and other places around Campania. But during the night you should definitely avoid walking along Via Marina and don't, for any reason, go to the dockyards or abandoned buildings that are most present on the south side of the port.
  • Suburbs - The Neapolitan suburbs have always suffered from a bad reputation for being filled with trash, drug addicts and having a low standard of living. The situation has improved a whole lot in recent years but there are still some that should be avoided like Ponticelli, which still has problems with garbage collection, Secondigliano which has a significant population of drug addicts and the infamous Scampia, a very poor neighboorhood often considered the most crime-ridden area in the city; don't go there at any time of day. Still it is quite unlikely that you will end up in these areas or any areas outside the city centre in fact, as there is very little to no interest for an average tourist.


  • Local Tourist Office [72] Via San Carlo, 9, phone +39081402394 | Piazza del Gesù, phone +390815512701


Get out[edit]

Ruins of Pompeii
Vesuvius. Mount Vesuvius buried Herculaneum and Pompeii in 79AD.

There are local Italian Railway trains to Pompeii, but for such short distances, it is easiest to take the Circumvesuviana commuter train.

  • Caserta Royal Palace (Reggia di Caserta) Arguably the most beautiful royal palace in Europe, the Royal Palace of Caserta is a huge 18th-century palace and hunting lodge designed for the Bourbon Kings of Naples by late-Baroque architect, Luigi Vanvitelli. The palace is surrounded by a magnificent, enormous park with lakes, rivers, statues, fountains and marvellous views. Just north of the Caserta train station, 40 minutes north of Naples. Open all year except holidays. Last entry at 15:30 in the winter months.
  • Tour the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii nearby to the south of Naples. Pompeii is 40 minutes via the Circumvesuviana train (Sorrento line, here is the timetable [73]) from the Naples Central train station.
  • From Pompeii, take a bus to Mount Vesuvius, and hike to the summit. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe.
  • Paestum, an hour and a half to the south, (near Salerno) is Italy's most famous Greek excavation site.
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