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What to see in Naples and surroundings in 5 days

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Naples is a city that it can be visited all year round, thanks to its always mild and mostly sunny climate, as well as to the immense cultural and artistic heritage, which generates occasions for events in every period. Five days would not even be enough to visit only the Neapolitan city, but in our itinerary we also suggest two excursions outside the city, to be able to appreciate the famous surroundings of the Campania capital. Here's what to see in Naples and its surroundings in 5 days.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day


Let's goor from the lower decumanus, or Spaccanapoli, and from there we first reach the Monastery of Santa Chiara (Mon-San 09:30 - 17:30, Sunday 10: 00-14: 00, € 6,00) and then we enter the bowels of Naples, with the visit of Underground Naples (10: 00-18: 00, € 10,00) you can choose to take part in a tour with transfer. At the end of the visit, we walk away San Gregorio Armeno, the street famous all over the world for its nativity scenes and we reach the Di Matteo pizzeria, for lunch (€ 18,00).
As soon as we finish having lunch, we reach the Cathedral of San Gennaro and Museum (8: 30-12: 30/16: 30-19: 00, € 8,00) and then we take via dei Tribunali, to get to the Sansevero Chapel, guardian of the unmissable Veiled Christ (Wed-Mon 9: 00-19 : 00, € 8,00; tour from € 39,00). We continue our long walk Portalba, the historic district populated exclusively by bookstores, and so we reach Piazza Dante.
This square is the place where we will spend our evening, entertaining ourselves in the various cafes in the surrounding area. We have dinner at Ristorante Pizzeria Leon d'Oro (average cost € 30,00)



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,2 km / 1 h 31 min
  • Places visited: Spaccanapoli, Monastery of Santa Chiara (€ 6,00), Naples Underground (€ 10,00), San Gregorio Armeno (free), Cathedral of San Gennaro (€ 8,00), Sansevero Chapel (€ 8,00), Portalba (free), Piazza Dante (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Tour of the center and entrance to the Veiled Christ
  • Lunch at Di Matteo (Get directions), Dinner at Ristorante Pizzeria Leon d'Oro (Get directions)

2 day


Let's goor from the Maschio Angioino, one of the symbols of the city (Mon-Sat 9: 00-19: 00, € 6,00). At the exit, we find the Galleria Umberto I, full of important shops, and the San Carlo theater, which we admire from the outside; then we take Piazza Trieste e Trento and arrive at Piazza del Plebiscito, seat of the Royal Palace (9: 00-20: 00, € 6,00).
We have lunch at Trattoria da Peppino, with typical Neapolitan cuisine (average price € 30,00), and then we walk via Chiaia, one of the shopping streets of Naples. At the end of the walk, we find the Villa Comunale (7: 00-24: 00, free), located right at the entrance to Via Caracciolo, the famous and enchanting seafront of Naples. Along this road, we also find the Castle of the Egg, located in the middle of the sea and connected to the mainland by a short bridge (9: 00-18: 00, Sunday until 14:00; free).
We stay in the area for the evening and stroll through the small streets of the Borgo Marinari, a refined and characteristic neighborhood at the foot of the castle, full of restaurants right on the sea. We have dinner at the Ristorante da Pietro (average cost € 50,00)



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Maschio Angioino (€ 6,00), Galleria Umberto I (free), San Carlo Theater (free), Piazza Trieste and Trento (free), Piazza del Plebiscito (free), Palazzo Reale (€ 6,00), via Chiaia (free), Villa Comunale (free), Via Caracciolo (free), Castel dell'Ovo (free), Borgo Marinari (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 92,00
  • Naples: entrance to the Royal Palace and audio guide
  • Lunch at Trattoria da Peppino (Get directions), Dinner at Ristorante da Pietro (Get directions)

3 day


Let's get startedor the National Museum of Capodimonte, which houses well-known works of art made by famous artists such as Raphael, Botticelli and Titian (Thu-Mar 8: 30-19: 30, € 14,00 - online ticket). At the end of the visit, we walk in the surrounding forest, very large and frequented, even by the Neapolitans themselves.
After relaxing in the greenery, we take the C63 bus (€ 1,60) and in just over half an hour we arrive at the National Archaeological Museum (online audio guide ticket). We first have lunch at Arts Cafè (average price € 25,00) and then we enter the museum, which houses numerous private collections, belonging to noble Neapolitan families (Wed-Mon 9: 00-19: 30, € 15,00). At the exit, we head towards the square San Domenico Maggiore, to admire the church with its obelisk in front.
With a walk of just 10 minutes, we move towards via Toledo, where we spend the evening, first admiring the shop windows and then stopping to dine at Trattoria A Pignata (average price € 28,00).


In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,8 km / 59 min
  • Places visited: Museum and Wood of Capodimonte (€ 14,00), National Archaeological Museum (€ 15,00), piazza San Domenico Maggiore (free), via Toledo (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 83,60
  • ticket for the National Museum of Capodimonte audio guide ticket for the National Archaeological Museum
  • Lunch at Arts Café (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria A Pignata (Get directions)

4 day

Let's start with a visit to the archaeological excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the most visited archaeological site in the world. Let's start from Piazza Garibaldi and take the Circumvesuviana train, Poggiomarino line, Pompeii stop (45 minutes, € 2,80). Alternatively we can take part in the tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Our first stop is the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Rosario and then, walking along via Roma, we arrive at the entrance to the excavations. For the visit we have to calculate at least a couple of hours, to skip the line we can book the priority entrance ticket (Apr-Oct 9: 00-19: 30, Nov-Mar 9: 00-17: 00; € 16,00, ).
We have lunch at the MEC restaurant (average price € 25,00) and then we head towards the Circumvesuviana station of Villa dei Misteri, near the restaurant, towards Naples, and get off at the Ercolano Scavi stop. From here, we take the shuttle that takes us to the Vesuvius National Park (excursions up to one hour before sunset; from € 22,00 shuttle and excursion - book online priority access).
At the end of the excursion, from the station of Ercolano, we take the train to Naples (€ 2,20).
We go down to Piazza Garibaldi and take Corso Umberto, a further shopping street that also leads us to the university area of Half cannon, full of bars and restaurants. We have a drink and then we have dinner at Osteria La Chitarra (average price € 35,00).


  • Distance traveled: 62,7 km / 1 h 21 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Sanctuary of the Madonna del Rosario (free), Pompeii excavations (€ 16,00), Vesuvius National Park (€ 22,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 105,20
  • Pompeii: Naples Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: Full-Day Vesuvius, Cantine del Vesuvio, and Pompeii
  • Lunch at MEC (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria La Chitarra (Get directions)

5 day


Achievedwe go to the magnificent architectural complex that is the Royal Palace of Caserta. From Naples station take the regional train 2302, direction Campobasso, and in 30 min to the Caserta Centrale stop (€ 3,40). At 500 meters we arrive in front of the entrance (Wed-Monday 8: 30-19: 30, € 14,00 - private tour). Inside we visit the different apartments and the huge park.
At the end of the visit, a few steps away we find the historic center of Caserta and we stop for lunch at the Decimo Scalo (average price € 30,00). After lunch, we walk along the main street, admiring the beautiful shops, and then we take bus line 4 (€ 1,00), which takes us to Casertavecchia, the medieval village 10 kilometers from the center. Here we first visit the church of San Michele Arcangelo and then we walk through the alleys of the village, also finding the opportunity to admire the view of the city from above, from one of the beautiful terraces.
We return to the center of Caserta, which comes alive in the evening with its clubs and is filled with young people, and we have dinner at The Brothers Pub (average price € 19,00). With the route of the first leg, we return to Naples.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 91,3 km / 2 h 3 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Royal Palace of Caserta (€ 14,00), Caserta historic center (free), Casertavecchia (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 71,80
  • Royal Palace of Caserta Caserta: guided tour of the Royal Palace, the Italian Versailles
  • Lunch at th stop (Get directions), Dinner at The Brothers Pub (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

Naples is a city quite cheap, especially as regards the cost of transport and meals, as well as shopping. To save on accommodation, it is better to move towards the historic center while the areas of Posillipo and Mergellina are the most luxurious ones and dear.

  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room -
  • Naples: city walking tour
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 679,00

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Naples: it is suitable for visits all year round, thanks to its mild climate and the nativity scene tradition during the Christmas period. However, to be able to enjoy the sea as well, it is recommended from spring to autumn - find out more
  • it can be reached by plane, thanks to the Capodichino airport a few kilometers from the city center connected with the private transfer - flights starting from € 86,00
  • for a good value for money, it is advisable to choose structures in the shopping area, near the central station, or in the university districts - rooms from € 40,00
  • Getting around: the best way is the subway, currently upgraded with the addition of other lines, which connect the whole city (€ 1,60; daily € 4,50) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Artecard starts from € 21,00 for 3 days, and can be used within the city: it includes 3 free admissions and unlimited use of the transport of the UnicoCampania consortium
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