What to see in Naples and surroundings in 7 days

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Naples, the capital of Campania, was founded by the Cumans in the eighth century BC and was one of the most important centers of Magna Graecia. Throughout history the city has always played a leading role, from all points of view, political, cultural, religious and commercial. Located on the homonymous Gulf and dominated by Vesuvius, Naples and its streets are a world apart, where the nature, millenary customs and traditions and history mix continuously giving rise to a city similar to a "living" and dancing being.

Here what to see in Naples and surroundings in 7 days!


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  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Naples
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

For a first approach to the city, we always recommend a tour with a local guide, to get to know the city well and have the first points of reference.

Our itinerary starts right from the heart of the city, that is from Spaccanapoli, the lower decuman which touches all the main artistic and cultural attractions in the historic center of Naples. Along the road, first stop at Monastery of Santa Chiara and its very particular cloister, covered with the famous majolica (Mon-Sat 09: 30-17: 30, Sun 10: 00-14: 00, € 6,00). At the end of the visit, along the way, reach the entrance for a tour of the Underground Naples, to discover a city made of tunnels, cisterns and much more (10: 00-18: 00, € 10,00 or guided tour with pizza option).

Along the very close San Gregorio Armeno, the street famous all over the world for its crib art, you will find the historic pizzerias of Naples, lunch at Il Presidente (average cost € 15,00).
Then visit the cathedral of San Gennaro and its museum, one of the symbols of the city (8: 30-12: 30/16: 30-19: 00, € 8,00). From via dei Tribunali and reach the Sansevero Chapel, which houses the famous Veiled Christ (Wed-Mon 09: 00-19: 00, € 8,00 or tour with entrance and guide).
Continue towards Piazza Dante, crossing Portalba, a well-known neighborhood for the presence of dozens and dozens of bookstores and a meeting place especially for many young people. Dine at the Al 53 restaurant (average cost € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,5 km / 57 min
  • Places visited: Spaccanapoli (free), 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: € 72,00
  • Tour of the center and entrance to the Veiled Christ Tour of Spaccanapoli by Vespa
  • Lunch at Dal Presidente (Get directions), Dinner at Al 53 Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

Dedicate the day to the top view of the city. Start from Certosa di San Martino, one of the largest monumental complexes in the city and offers a magnificent panorama (Thu-Mar 8: 30-17: 00, € 6,00).
With a walk of less than 10 minutes you reach the neighborhood Vomero, a very elegant district, full of shops, but also of historical complexes, such as the Castel Sant 'Elmo. The castle stands at the highest point of Vomero, so as to have a splendid view again (8: 30-19: 30, € 5,00).

Have lunch with Renzo and Lucia (average price, € 35,00) and then go towards Piazza Vanvitelli, strolling through the shops. Dedicate the afternoon to relax, shopping along the elegant streets of the neighborhood, including the beautiful Via Scarlatti, finally go to the Floridiana, for a walk in the green and look out on the panoramic terrace (opening times and prices vary according to the maintenance of the park).

Return to Piazza Vanvitelli, to spend the evening in this very popular place, and have dinner at Trattoria Vanvitelli (average price € 35,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,2 km / 57 min
  • Places visited: Certosa di San Martino (€ 6,00), Vomero (free), Castel Sant'Elmo (€ 5,00), Piazza Vanvitelli (free), via Scarlatti (free), Villa Floridiana (to be checked)
  • Daily shopping: € 81,00
  • San Martino tour with an art historian guide
  • Lunch at Renzo and Lucia (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Vanvitelli (Get directions)

3 day

Start withBotanical Garden, home to numerous plant species and curated by the Federico II University of Naples (Mon-Fri 09: 00-14: 00, free) At the end of the visit, enter the health district, historical place of Naples, of inestimable anthropological value and we reach first the Palazzo Sanfelice, which can be visited from the outside, and then the Totò's birthplace, which can also be visited only externally.
Enjoy a good pizza at Da Alberto & Figli for lunch (average price € 15,00). Dedicate the afternoon to the National Archaeological Museum, just 800 meters away, which houses numerous collections, including private ones, and retraces many phases of Neapolitan history, including the eruption of Vesuvius (Wed-Mon 09: 00-19: 30, € 15,00 , - book your ticket online with audio guide). Move towards piazza San Domenico Maggiore, with a walk of less than 10 minutes, characterized by the obelisk of San Domenico, which stands right in front of the church.
Stroll down via Toledo, a street full of shops that close even in the late evening and then stop by Pizza & Babà (average price € 25,00).
If you need to take the metro to reach the hotel, take the opportunity to admire the stop called the most beautiful in the world, namely that of Toledo.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 55 min
  • Places visited: Botanical Garden (free), Totò's House (free), Palazzo Sanfelice (free), National Archaeological Museum (€ 15,00), piazza San Domenico Maggiore (free), via Toledo (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • Archaeological Museum audio guide ticket
  • Lunch at Da Alberto & Figli (Get directions), Dinner at Pizza & Babà (Get directions)

4 day

Start from the Maschio Angioino, one of the most famous monuments in the world and located near the port (Mon-Sat 9: 00-19: 00, € 6,00). With a magnificent walk, first admire the Galleria Umberto I, full of elegant shops, then the Teatro San Carlo and then, crossing Piazza Trieste and Trento, we reach the majestic Piazza del Plebiscito, an enchanting place in the city, which also hosts numerous events.

Have lunch at the Trattoria Poppipò, for a fish-based lunch (average price € 35,00) and take Via Chiaia. This street is full of shops, some of them very important and, at the end, it leads us to municipal villa of Naples (7: 00-24: 00, free). Relax looking at the sea and then continue along via Caracciolo, the beautiful seafront of Naples and get to Castle of the Egg, the legendary castle of the city that stands in the middle of the sea (9:00 -18: 00, Sun 9: 00-14: 00, free).

Spend the evening in the suggestive Borgo Marinaro, and have dinner at the Transatlantico Hotel & Restaurant (average price € 50,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 44 min
  • Places visited: Maschio Angioino (€ 6,00), Galleria Umberto I (free), San Carlo Theater (free), Piazza Trieste and Trento (free), Piazza del Plebiscito (free), via Chiaia (free), Villa Comunale (free) , Via Caracciolo (free), Castel dell'Ovo (free), Borgo Marinaro (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 91,00
  • Lunch at Trattoria Poppipò (Get directions), Dinner at Transatlantico Hotel & Restaurant (Get directions)

5 day

Visit the Capodimonte area. The National Museum of Capodimonte houses precious works of art belonging to artists such as Raphael, Botticelli and Titian (Thu-Mar 8: 30-19: 30, € 14,00 - book the ticket online). At the end of the visit, relax in the surrounding forest which is also the destination of many Neapolitans for jogging or simply for relaxation.

From the Cavour metro stop, with line 1 (€ 1,00), you arrive at Piazza Garibaldi, have lunch first at I Sapori di Parthenope (average price € 20,00) and then take the Circumvesuviana, Sorrento line (1 hour, € 4,10), to spend the afternoon in Sorrento.
In this pearl of the Sorrento Peninsula, enjoy a guided walking tour and start from Piazza Tasso and then get lost in the cobbled streets of the historic center, among the souvenir and artisan shops. Follow the main road Course Italy up to the municipal villa.
Stay in Sorrento to experience the nightlife, which is crowded with tourists and locals, even from neighboring countries, who reach this refined location for a drink, for dinner or to attend the numerous discos. Dine at La Tavola di Lucullo (average price € 40,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 107 km / 2 h 38 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Museum and Wood of Capodimonte (€ 14,00), Sorrento historic center (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 83,20
  • Ticket for the National Museum of Capodimonte Sorrento: 2-hour walking tour
  • Lunch at I Sapori di Parthenope (Get directions), Dinner at La Tavola di Lucullo (Get directions)

6 day

Visit one of the most important and famous archaeological sites in the world, namely the archaeological excavations of Pompeii. From Piazza Garibaldi take the Circumvesuviana train, Poggiomarino line, Pompeii stop (45 minutes, € 2,80), or the train towards Salerno (30 minutes, € 2,80). Better still, we suggest a comfortable half-day organized excursion from Naples.
Visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Rosario, an important religious site and a destination for Marian pilgrimages, then along via Roma we reach the entrance to the excavations. The visit to the archaeological excavations takes at least 2 hours (Apr-Oct 9: 00-19: 30, Nov-Mar 9: 00-17: 00; € 16,00 - book the priority ticket online).

At the exit, have lunch at the Caupona restaurant, a reproduction of the ancient Pompeian taverns (average price € 30,00) and then take the Circumvesuviana train again from Villa dei Misteri station (a few steps from the restaurant), towards Naples and Ercolano Scavi stop. From here, there are numerous shuttles leading to the entrance to the Vesuvius National Park and also include the guided excursion inside the paths, with different routes depending on the difficulty (starting from € 22,00). However, you can join a tour that includes both Pompeii and Vesuvius from Naples.
The shuttle will take you to Ercolano station, from where you can take the train to Naples (€ 2,20), get off at Piazza Garibaldi and, using the same ticket, take the metro line 2, direction Pozzuoli and get off at Mergellina, to spend the evening here. Dine at Osteria del Mare (average price € 40,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 67,5 km / 1 h 32 min (by train)
  • Places visited: Sanctuary of the Madonna del Rosario (free), Pompeii excavations (€ 16,00), Vesuvius National Park (€ 22,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 115,20
  • Pompeii: full day Vesuvius tour, cellars and Pompeii priority entrance ticket
  • Lunch at Caupona (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria del Mare (Get directions)

7 day

From Napoli Centrale station, take the train towards Campobasso (30 minutes, € 3,40) to get to Caserta. At 500 meters you will find the entrance to the majestic Royal Palace of Caserta, the largest in the world (Wed-Mon 8: 30-19: 30, € 14,00 - book the priority ticket online). The palace was designed by Luigi Vanvitelli: it is divided into several apartments and offers architectural masterpieces such as stairways and chapels. The visit, including the walk inside the magnificent and well-kept park, takes the whole morning.
At the end, walk into the historic center of Caserta and have lunch in the Trattoria Caprese (average price € 25,00) and then head towards the area of Casertavecchia, a magnificent medieval village 10 km from the center (reachable by bus line 4, 7 min, € 1,00). Visit the church of San Michele Arcangelo and then relax in the narrow streets of the village, admiring the view.
Return to the historic center of Caserta, dine at Hackert, one of the many glamorous restaurants in the city (average price € 35,00). After dinner, sip a drink in one of the many music venues and then return to Naples.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 94,3 km / 2 h 7 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Royal Palace of Caserta (€ 14,00), Caserta historic center (free), Casertavecchia (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 82,80
  • Royal Palace of Caserta: 1 day tour Caserta: guided tour of the Royal Palace, the Italian Versailles
  • Lunch at Trattoria Caprese (Get directions), Dinner at Hackert (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Naples

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

Naples is one of the cheapest Italian cities, especially in everyday life, between transport and meals; entrances to attractions, on the other hand, are in the Italian and European average, positioning themselves at high prices. THE cheaper neighborhoods are the central and university ones, while the most expensive and exclusive ones are those of Mergellina and Posillipo.

  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room -
  • Naples: city walking tour Pompeii: skip-the-line tour with private guide
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 906,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Naples: spring (April, May and June), or autumn (September, October and November). Winters are quite rainy, while in the summer months it reaches very high temperatures - find out more
  • the Capodochino airport of Naples is 6 km from the center. The 3S bus line leads directly to Piazza Garibaldi (ticket cost € 1,10). Alternatively, a private transfer to / from hotels can be booked online
  • in the historic center it is possible to find accommodations for all budgets. On the seafront there are rather expensive solutions, as in the elegant Chiaia district. Those who want to save can opt for the port and the university area
  • Getting around: the center can be visited completely on foot and the city is well served by the bus service and the funicular (cost for both € 1,10) and the underground (the ticket therefore varies from € 1,10 to € 2,20) - find out more

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