What to do in Naples

Visit Naples during a Mediterranean cruise

Introduction

" See Naples first, then die" wrote Goethe, and later the British poet Byron. This is an  allusion to the beauty of this city at the foot of Vesuvius. In 600 BC, the city, then called Neapoli, was founded by the Greeks. Later, it came under Roman and Byzantine rule. In the 12th century, the Vikings reigned Napels. After a peak during the Renaissance period, the city fell into decay, but flourished again in the 18th century.

Today, Naples has around 1.2 million inhabitants and is a city of contrasts. Nowhere in Italy is the contrast between rich and poor so large. The pollution is in sharp contrast with the beauty of nature in the Gulf of Naples. It is a fascinating city with different neighborhoods, each with their own character.

Naples and its inhabitants are chaotic and charming at the same time. The main landmarks are located in the south of the city, not far from the cruise port. In the oldquarter with its narrow streets and small shops, you will can still find the authentic atmosphere.

Practical

Naples has many landmarks and is definitely worth a visit. You can also opt for an excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.

If you want to explore Naples thoroughly, count on a at least half a day. If you combine another excursion with a visit to Naples,  limit yourself to the landmarkss. A few hours will be sufficient.

Popular ports for an excursion to Naples are: