8 hours
Duration
Medium
Activity Level

The goal of our guided tour is to show the artistic richness of Naples through its most significant monuments and it covers two different areas: the Monumental area and the Historical center. One day is not enough to see everything but your guide can offer suggestions to help you get the most from your tour. The meeting point can be arranged in your hotel if is located at a reasonable distance or at the port, train station, bed & breakfast. If you are based in Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello or Salerno, we can provide the transportation service for an additional cost.

During the visit you’ll see not just the well-known highlights, but also the city’s heart, the local customs, the living traditions of Neapolitans.

Itinerary

Naples is considered the capital of Southern Italy, the third-largest municipality after Rome and Milan and one of the most interesting for its cultural and artistic heritage. Founded around the 8th century B.C. by Greek colonists, the town was originally called Parthenope (VII B.C.) and then Neapolis, Νέα Πόλις, the New Town, a hub of commercial activities in the Greek world. Around 320 B.C. the town was conquered by the Romans who ruled it until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D.

Through the centuries Naples has been under several foreign dominations. The city’s religious and secular architecture show a variety of styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Catalan, Tuscan, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Neoclassical.

Plebiscito square

This tour start from the Neoclassical Plebiscito square, the main center of Naples, one of the biggest in Italy. Your guide will take you from there to the so called Royal area, with its imposing Royal Palace the symbol of the Power from the XVII century until the World Wars. In front of it the Church of Saint Francis of Paola with a semicircular colonnade built by the will of the French king Joaquim Murat.

At a short distance you’ll find the Royal Opera House, San Charles Theatre, built in 1737 by the king of Naples Charles III  Bourbon and  where the most important musicians and conductors had been performed.

The Galleria Umberto I is a very elegant building dating to 1890. It’s in the center of the city and the aim of it was to  wipe out a very unhealthy area. With its polychrome marbles, the neo-Renaissance style of the decorations and the steel and glass dome, today houses a shopping center and coffè bars.

The New Castel is a French fortress built in a very strategic position and entirely restored during the Spanish  domination in the XV-XVI century. Nowadays is the symbol of this area.

Crossing Toledo street that is one of the arterial road of the city you’ll be fascinated by the Spanish quarters, a district where Spanish soldiers were used to live in the XVI century and where according to the tradition the first pizza has been invented.

Center of the City

At this point you can decide if you prefer to catch the metro or to walk to the historical center of the city.

The Ancient Greek-Roman Neapolis, compared to the huge spaces of the Monumental area, is a complex and fascinating tangle of alleys that still shows the Greek layout. One of the most famous road is Spaccanapoli that literally means “that splits the town in two” and it follows a Greek road.  It’s flanked by traditional workshops and aristocratic palaces once owned by important Neapolitan noble families. This road also connects Piazza del Gesù to Piazza san Domenico. The first is a kind of entrance to the historical center where you’ll see the obelisk of the Virgin Mary, the Church Gesù Nuovo that is the triumph of the Baroque style and the old Basilica of Santa Chiara dating back to the beginning of the XIV century. Built by the will of the French king Roberto of Anjou that is buried in a wonderful Funeral Monument, the Basilica was unfortunately destroyed during the bombing of WWII and immediately restored, bringing to light the original Gothic structures.

Piazza San Domenico can be considered the core of the historical center: another marble obelisk dominates the square along with the Church of Saint Domenico that was the seat of the Dominican order.

A tiny road called san Gregorio Armeno is one of the most picturesque places in Naples: this is the road where craftsmen show their skills in making the figurines for the Christmas nativity scenes. Overcrowded all year long you can really breath a Neapolitan atmosphere!

The last stop will be near the Church of Saint Lorenzo under which you can see the ruins of the Ancient Greek-Roman Neapolis with its shops, tavernas and roads.

Feel free to spend more time on your own in the historical center, or to eat a delicious Pizza otherwise the guide will lead you back where you met.

Further informations

  • All the monuments can be visited from the outside if you prefer a general view of the city, but the guide is at your disposal in case you are particularly interested in some landmarks
  • If you’re based in the historical center of Naples is possible to switch the places and to visit the Monumental area after the Ancient Neapolis.
  • This tour is available also from Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno: for        private transportation service, fill out the form at the moment of the booking.
  • During this full day tour is also possible to visit the San Severo Chapel with the Veiled Christ (closed on Tuesday) to which we have dedicated a specific tour.
  • Lunch break during the tour
  • Comfortable outfit and shoes are warmly suggested

Tour highlights

Monumental Area

  • Plebiscito square
  • Royal Palace
  • Church of Saint Francis of Paola
  • San Charles Theatre
  • Galleria Umberto I
  • New Castel
  • Toledo street
  • Spanish quarters

Historical center

  • Spaccanapoli
  • Piazza del Gesù
  • Church Gesù Nuovo
  • Basilica of Santa Chiara
  • Piazza san Domenico
  • Church of Saint Domenico
  • san Gregorio Armeno
  • Church of Saint Lorenzo
  • Ancient Greek-Roman Neapolis

What is included

  • Full day guided service and assistance during the tour

What is extra

  • Entransce fees
  • Subway tickets
  • Lunch
  • Transportation service

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
February 28, 2018

My wife and I together with two other couples had booked to stay five days based in Naples. I wanted to find a tourguide to take the six of us on private day tours around the area and found Sorrento tour Guide online. Ilaria was very responsive to my emails and we booked four tours, namely (a) Capri, (b) Amalfi coast to Amalfi and Ravello, (c) Herculaneum and Pompeii, and (d) city tour of Naples. Ilaria was a wonderful guide – professional, charming, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Naples and the historic sites, she gave us just the right amount of information without overloading us. And Antonino the driver was equally charming and an expert driver in the comfortable Mercedes 6-seater people-carrier. It was a pleasure to be with them and I would recommend them highly. Thank you, Ilaria and Tonino!

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