We explored Naples and its region twice, and yes, when you like it you don’t count! Each time we found a plane ticket to Naples, at a price defying all competition,
It is a beautiful region where there is much to see and do, the authentic city of Naples, the bay of Naples and its islands including Capri, its archaeological sites Pompeii and Herculaneum, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast. We spent 4 days there and came back for a weekend.
We love Italy as you probably know, Naples and its region is directly in our top 3. We detail below our 7 must-do ‘s in Naples and its region (and the selection was not easy!) as well as our itinerary from 4 to 7 days, all obviously accompanied by our precious advice and maps to help you find your way!
- What to do in Naples our 6 must-sees
- Our itinerary to visit Naples and its region in 4 days [map]
- Our additional 5, 6 and 7 day itinerary ideas
- The best activities to visit Naples and its region
- Practical information (plane, car and hotels)
- Map of our stay in Naples
What to do in Naples our 6 must-sees
1. Explore the historic center of Naples on foot
Obviously one of the best ways to discover Naples is to walk through the historic center in its authentic alleys full of history.
It is one of the oldest European cities, with many historical buildings, narrow and colorful streets, a large number of churches and lively squares filled with Neapolitans at the terraces of cafes.
Do not miss the famous Veiled Christ to the Sansevero Chapellocated in the historical center, impressive of realism and the main square ” Piazza del Plebiscito “surrounded by some of the most beautiful Italian baroque buildings including the Palazzo Reale, with a remarkable architecture dating from the eighteenth century, especially from here you will have a superb view of the Bay of Naples !
In short, the historic center of Naples is a must for lovers of art and architecture, if you want more explanation we have written an article about our itinerary to not miss anything in Naples in 1 day on foot.
If you want to learn more about the history of the city, the Neapolitan culture and understand its architecture more finely, we advise you to book a guided tour with a local guide!
➡️ Book your combined guided tour of the historic center and the famous Veiled Christ at the Sansevero Chapel. During 2h30, Your guide will tell you all about the history and architecture of Naples. The city will have no more secrets for you!
➡️By bus: if you prefer, you can opt to visit the city by multiple-stop bus (hop on and hop off). The system is simple, you can get off to visit a monument that interests you and then get on the next bus to continue your visit, two lines run A and B and serve 23 stops! Line B is the most interesting because it runs along the coast. To book your tickets, click here.
You can book your tickets, make your day of visit (audio guide in English included)
2. Taste the typical Neapolitan pizza
Be careful, pizza comes from Naples, here it is a real institution, there are pizzerias at every corner of the street you will find your happiness for a few euros and you will certainly take a few pounds during your stay!
You will recognize the Neapolitan pizza thanks to its thin and crispy dough usually generously topped. The best way to taste it is to eat it in a local pizzeria, for example in the very famous Sorbillo pizzeria.
We also recommend you to taste fried pizza filled and folded, at the Pizzeria 400 Gradi, this is not the time to start a diet! It makes us hungry, just to write these few lines!
➡️Gino e Toto Sorbillo: a real institution to eat an excellent pizza with fresh ingredients from €4 + €1.5, in short, the perfect place in the historic center! We advise you to arrive early, as soon as it opens, if you are on the waiting list, there are many bars around to drink a Spritz while you wait! (historical Center)
➡️You can opt for a guided city tour combined with a tasting of the best Neapolitan dishes and drinks, pizza, ice cream, pizza, limoncello… A bit of culture mixed with excellent gastronomy, the perfect combo. The tastings will largely serve as a meal!
➡️You can also take advantage of your stay to learn how to cook a real Neapolitan pizza in a restaurant, book your 2 hours lesson
3. Discover the secret city
We discovered that there is a real “hidden” city, the underground of Naples is an underground network of tunnels and galleries that run under the city dating back to Greek times.
They are known for their architecture and history and are open to visitors. You can discover the history of the city and its mysteries, while admiring the sculptures and frescoes. The underground of Naples is a unique and interesting place to discover.
For once, we advise you to book a guided tour, which we guarantee will be rich in information!
We advise you to book your skip-the-line ticket with guided tour in advance because these tours are done in groups and are very popular in high season and certainly on rainy days!
4. Must-see archaeological sites
Several archaeological sites, registered asUNESCO World Heritage Sites, are located a few kilometers from Naples and are a must-see, including the unmissable Pompeii, dating from the Roman era, which will allow you to learn more about the functioning of a Roman city (25 kilometers from Naples).
We also recommend the site ofHerculaneum, a must-see in our opinion, the ruins are even better preserved than in Pompeii. Yes it is possible! (15 kilometers from Naples)
If you have time we also recommend the Greek site of Paestum, which houses some of the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world. (90 kilometers from Naples)
➡️Tickets for the Pompeii archaeological site is one of the most visited sites in Italy, we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance online, with a skip-the-line ticket, in order to save time and not queuing for long minutes before being able to enter the site.
➡️Also know that you will find very little information on site and therefore the majority of visitors walk the site accompanied by a guide.
We therefore advise you either to acquire an audioguide (8€ at the Marina gate entrance or upstream on the internet) or to book a guided tour in English (with a guide or an archaeologist) before your arrival. The story, and especially the anecdotes of a professional will bring you a better reading of the site!
➡️Tickets for the archaeological site of Herculaneum: to save time we advise you to book your skip-the-line ticket, on the booking site in English, in order to avoid the long queues of the place and to add the audio guide because there are very few explanatory panels on site.
5. Go boating in the Bay of Naples
You can explore one of the beautiful islands located in the Bay of Naples, Capri, Procida and/or Ischia. Located a few kilometers from Naples, you can go there by ferry to discover the small colored houses, the churches and the gardens, the beautiful beaches and especially to get out of the “hubbub” of Naples.
Especially in Capri (the most visited island), venture off the beaten track, get out of the center, to avoid the crowds and fully enjoy the beauty of the island.
➡️You can take a ferry from the “Immacolatella Porta Di massa” stop or fast boats from the “Gare Maritime”
➡️Petite tip, you can also book your tickets for a day trip to the island of Capri (6h), in English, with lunch included, you won’t have to worry about anything!
6. Climbing to the top of Vesuvius
Vesuvius, a volcano still active, is an incredible natural site not to be missed during your stay in the Naples area. At the top of the crater, you will have an unforgettable view of the bay of Naples.
We advise you to prepare your visit well in advance. We are used to organizing our excursions by ourselves, for Vesuvius we had a hard time finding useful and especially recent information.
➡️By Car from Naples: if you have rented a car, you will reach the Vesuvius car park in about 40 minutes, we advise you to prepare your visit to Vesuvius well, as often in southern Italy, the information is not always easy to find find here we explain the mistakes to avoid when visiting Vesuvius!
➡️To save time, you can book a day trip from Naples. You can even combine a visit to Vesuvius and the archaeological site of Pompeii in the same day.
7. The jewel of Italy: the Amalfi Coast
This name will certainly evoke you something, you will have in mind small picturesque and colored villages on the side of cliff?
The Amalfi Coast, stretches from Sorrento to Salerno, located about 1 hour south of Naples. It is one of the most beautiful coasts in Italy, certainly in Europe, a real postcard landscape.
The good news is that you can easily get there from Naples, to explore the famous villages of Positano, Almafi… and enjoy beautiful views from the path of the “Gods”.
Our itinerary to visit Naples and its region in 4 days [map]
We came to Naples twice, simply because we did not have time to do everything the first time.
Below is the 4-day itinerary that we followed during our first stay, where we privileged the visits/sites in the immediate vicinity of Naples.
Then we came back for a weekend to explore the Amalfi Coast which we really wanted to visit!
The letters in brackets correspond to the different locations on our map!
Day 1: The authentic city of Naples
For this first day, we recommend you to stay in Naples (A) and explore its historical center and its underground. We detail our itinerary so you don’t miss anything in Naples in 1 day on foot.
Also start by trying the local specialties, Neapolitan pizza, fried pizza, ice cream and other Italian pastries. Then we recommend you to stay at the Garibaldi Rooms hotel, ideally located next to the central station.
Day 2: The island of Capri (it’s fiiiniii!)
We chose to explore the famous island of Capri (B). We advise you to go out of the center and take the small footpaths to have beautiful views and there is no one there!
After a beautiful day, we returned to Naples for the evening and the night (hotel Garibaldi Rooms)
Day 3: Vesuvius and the archaeological site of Herculaneum
Our third day was a little busier, we left in the early morning to pick up our rental car at the airport, to avoid driving in the center of Naples.
It takes about 40 minutes to reach the Vesuvius parking lot (C) by car, count 1h30 of visit. Don’t forget to book your ticket before arriving at the site, as explained in our article, you can’t buy a ticket on the spot (that’s the organization in Southern Italy…).
Then we suggest you to park at the paying parking lot near the site of Herculaneum (D) (15 minutes from Vesuvius) and then to take strength by tasting an excellent pizza at the Pizzeria Ro.Vi. located at the foot of the site.
You can then explore the site ofHerculaneum (count 2 to 3 hours of visit). Remember to book your tickets for Herculaneum (Ercolano).
At the end of your visit, we drove to our hotel in Pompeii, for a well-deserved rest!
Day 4: The must-see: Pompeii
We advise you to arrive early in Pompeii (E) because it is also very crowded. If you only have a few hours, we advise you to prepare your itinerary well in order to see a maximum of buildings in a few hours or to take a guided tour (in English, generally the duration is 2 hours).
For our part, after 5 hours we had seen enough and we were getting saturated. To help you and optimize your visit, we have detailed our itinerary and our must-sees in Pompeii.
We then returned our car to theairport and flew back in the evening, already planning a future trip to the area!
Our additional 5, 6 and 7 day itinerary ideas
- Day 5 and 6: we advise you to book 2 days on the Amalfi Coast, located 1 hour from Naples to explore the famous villages of Positano, Almafi… and enjoy the magnificent view from the path of the“Gods“. We are preparing an article on this corner of paradise!
- Day 7 You can choose to explore another island in the Bay of Naples, Procida and/or Ischia because they are less touristy than Capri or to explore the Greek site of Paestum located 2 hours south of Naples, a reader had recommended this site to us and it is one of the most beautiful Greek sites we have visited (while we spent 3 months in Greece).
The best activities to visit Naples and its region
To visit the various points of interest in the incredible area of Naples(boat tours, pizza tastings, day trips…) you can book your activities in advance via internet.
We advise you to take a look at the getyourguide website which offers various activities at unbeatable prices. It can also give you plenty of ideas for original activities to organize your stay.
Practical information (plane, car and hotels)
How to get to Naples?
From Paris, without a stopover, it takes about 2h30 to fly to Naples. From France, you can find flights from 50€.
We recommend the Skyscanner website, which we usually use, to compare prices of different airlines and find your flight at the best price.
How to get around?
In Naples, you can do everything on foot or take the subway easily.
Then the best option to get around Naples is to rent a car. You will be free to move around and you can stop to take photo breaks whenever you want. We have, as always, done our research on RentalCars in order to find a car at the best price.
We advise you to be careful because the Italians have a sporty driving style. The second point to watch out for is that in Naples, there is a ZTL in the historic center and on the coast.
This limited traffic zone is reserved for local residents, if you enter it without authorization you will be fined. Overall in this region we recommend parking outside of the historic centers to avoid being in a ZTL and to avoid having to maneuver in the tight little streets.
➡️Voiture: To compare rental prices we recommend the website RentalCars which compares the price of hundreds of car rental companies to find the best price. To give you an idea of the price, we found a car for 50€ per day, at Naples airport.
Where to sleep?
➡️ANaples, we recommend the Garibaldi Rooms hotel, the location is ideal right next to the central station, and therefore the airport shuttle stop right in the historic center so you can do everything on foot. We slept there for 3 nights in a quiet place.
➡️APompei: we recommend the B&B Pompei Olympus, located at 5 minutes walk from the ruins. The hotel is very quiet because it is located at the end of a dead end street. Our room was spacious, clean and well decorated.
The hosts are adorable and offer a lot of little touches, which is always very appreciated! If you come by car the parking is free, which allows you to save about ten euros and stress less!
Our tip to find your happiness, we advise you to use the search engine Booking to select your accommodation, by filtering the notes above 8/10 we are rarely disappointed. We advise you to book as soon as possible, as Naples is one of the most touristic cities in Italy.
Map of our stay in Naples
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