What to see in Naples on a cruise: do-it-yourself itineraries, tips and tours

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Naples is a city with an immense artistic and cultural heritage, which tells the different events that the Campania capital has experienced over the centuries. Furthermore, its characteristic as a port city and its geographical location in the south of Italy make it lively and sunny, as well as it can be visited all year round, thanks to favorable and never harsh climatic conditions and a strong population density, which keeps Naples always active and lively.

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  1. Itinerary for do-it-yourself cruise passengers: 10 things to see
  2. Recommended itinerary: what to see in half a day
  3. Naples tourist bus: Cost, itinerary and stops
  4. Useful Tips
  5. User questions and comments

Itinerary for do-it-yourself cruise passengers: 10 things to see

Depending on the duration of your stopover in Naples, it is possible to visit some attractions that will help to get closer to the city and to know its beautiful and lively personality!

Of course, it will not be possible to discover them all, but surely a first tour will be enough to understand the depth of the history of the city.

  1. Spaccanapoli: the heart of the historic center of Naples, divided into cardi and decumani. Spaccanapoli represents the lower decumanus.
    Distance from port: 1,5 km, 35 min walk - Get directions
  2. Monastery of Santa Chiara: monastery in the heart of Naples, famous for its cloister and its majolica.
    Distance from port: 1,4 km, 19 min walk - Get directions - € 6,00
  3. Underground Naples: the ancient and dense network of tunnels and cisterns currently found under the asphalt.
    Distance from port: 1,9 km, 25 min walk - Get directions - € 10,00
  4. San Gregorio Armeno: in the historic center, this is the street known throughout the world for its nativity scene tradition, which is alive all year round.
    Distance from port: 1,8 km, 23 min walk - Get directions
  5. Cathedral of San Gennaro: it is the Cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of the city; inside it also houses the Museum.
    Distance from port: 2 km, 27 min walk - Get directions - € 8,00
  6. San Severo Chapel: along via dei Tribunali, a famous street in the center, there is the chapel that houses the Veiled Christ.
    Distance from port: 1,6 km, 22 min walk - Get directions - € 8,00
  7. Piazza del Plebiscito: the largest square in Naples, symbol of the city and place of demonstrations and events.
    Distance from port: 0,5 km, 5 min walk - Get directions
  8. archaeological Museum: a museum full of private collections, dedicated to Neapolitan history and the eruption of Vesuvius
    Distance from the port: 2,1 km, 25 minutes by metro M1 - Get directions - € 10,00
  9. Maschio Angioino: probably the symbol of Naples, this castle is located near the port and in front of the elegant Galleria Umberto I.
    Distance from the port: 0,5km, 7 minute walk - Get directions - € 6,00
  10. Castle of the Egg: the suggestive castle on the sea that keeps secrets and legends, surrounded by the Borgo Marinaro.
    Distance from the port: 1,5 km, 19 min walk - Get directions - free

Recommended itinerary: what to see in half a day

First stop: Spaccanapoli, Monastery of Santa Chiara, San Gregorio Armeno.

Most of this itinerary requires a walk, as it is not possible to enter the historic center by public transport. Even taking the subway in front of the port, the stops would be far from our attractions. Having little time available, you could also opt for a tour of the center with entrance to the Veiled Christ!

Once you get off the ship, with a walk of about 20 minutes, we walk towards Spaccanapoli, thus reaching the Monastery of Santa Chiara (Mon-Sat 9: 30-17: 30, Sun 10: 00-14: 30) and the beautiful street of San Gregorio Armeno, all close to each other.

Second Leg: Underground Naples, Cathedral and Museum of San Gennaro

After walking around the historic city center, we have two options: as a first choice, we could dedicate ourselves discovering Underground Naples, which can only be visited with authorized guides. The entrance for the underground tour is right near San Gregorio Armeno, but the visit lasts 2 hours. For this reason, it takes the rest of the morning until lunchtime.

Alternative: if we decide to continue walking through the open-air streets of the historic center, we can reach the Duomo and the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro, patron saint of the city and therefore unmissable. At the exit, we can rest for lunch, in one of the many pizzerias in the area.

Third stage: Sansevero Chapel, Piazza del Plebiscito, Maschio Angioino

After lunch, we calmly dedicate ourselves to visiting the Sansevero Chapel (Wed-Mon 9: 00-19: 00), always in the center, which it houses the priceless statue of the Veiled Christ. The Chapel is located about 800 meters from the Duomo.

When we have finished, we return to the port with a walk of about twenty minutes through the Spanish Quarters and, if the time available allows us, before going back on board, we stop first at Piazza del Plesbiscito and we admire the Castel Nuovo, known as Maschio Angioino, the symbol of the city. From here, in less than 10 minutes on foot you can return to the boarding of the cruise.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,2 km / 1 h 7 min
  • Places visited: Monastery of Santa Chiara (€ 6,00), San Gregorio Armeno (free), Naples Underground (€ 10,00) or Cathedral and Museum of San Gennaro (€ 8,00), Sansevero Chapel (€ 6,00), Piazza del Plebiscito (free), Maschio Angioino (free from the outside)
  • tour of the center and entrance to the Veiled Christ city walking tour Underground Naples: tour with transfer and pizza
  • Catedral Bar, for a quick snack, with prices starting from € 2,00 per piece (Get directions) / Pizzera dal Presidente, to taste the real pizza of Naples and some appetizers. Prices starting from € 15,00 (Get directions)

Naples tourist bus: Cost, itinerary and stops

The tourist bus of Naples has two lines, the red and the blue, which allow you to reach the most representative places in the city.

The red line is also called Line A-Places of art e includes stops at the cultural sites of Naples, such as the Archaeological Museum or the Catacombs of San Gennaro; the journey takes 65 min. The blue line, on the other hand, is known as Line B-Le vedute del Golfo, e allows you to admire the panorama of the Gulf of Naples climbing towards the districts of Posillipo and Mergellina; the itinerary lasts 70 min.

For both, the cost is € 23,00 for adults and € 11,50 for children from 5 to 15 years. The itineraries start from Piazza Municipio.

  • Stages: Two routes available, red (piazza del Gesù, piazza Dante, Archaeological Museum, Capodimonte, Catacombs of San Gennaro, Porta San Gennaro, Piazza Garibaldi) and blue (piazza Vittoria, Mergellina, Posillipo, Parco Virgiliano, via Petrarca)
  • Cost: € 23,00 adults; € 11,50 children from 5 to 15 years; free up to 5 years
  • Buy online: 24 hour ticket from € 23,00 per person

Useful Tips

  1. Plan your itinerary in advance: identify the attractions you consider essential and avoid museums because they take too long, better enjoy an overview of the city
  2. Consider the tour bus: To move quickly between attractions, the tourist bus is the best option. Inside the historic center you can move on foot
  3. Have a quick meal: a quick lunch is great so as not to have to waste too much time sitting at the table, in excellent Naples has an excellent street food. Anticipate lunch around 12:00, so as not to find too many people
  4. Travel light: avoid carrying heavy backpacks or cluttering yourself, to move more easily through the crowds that invade the streets of the city

Where the cruises in Naples dock

How to get from the port of Naples to the historic center

  • Distance from the center: 1,3 km
  • How to get there on foot: travel time 19 min - Get directions
  • How to arrive by metro: travel time 18 min, by metro line L1 Municipio-Dante, ticket cost € 1,10
  • How to arrive by taxi: travel time 10 min, by taxi 2,5 km, average cost € 6,00 - Get directions

Getting around

Due to the often relevant traffic, it is it is advisable to move on foot or by subway, to reach the most distant attractions. An excellent alternative is represented by the tourist bus, as it always follows the same and tourist routes

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