Welcome to the Naples cruise port guide. Naples is a city of 3,1 million inhabitants. It is one of the largest cities in Europe and one of the oldest in Italy. It has more monuments, churches and convents in its historical centre than any other city on earth. It is not for nothing that the entire historical centre is on the UNESCO world heritage list. It is a gem to explore, from the busy shopping streets of La Toledo to the typical streets of the Spanish quarter. It seems like everything is a little bit more extravagant in Naples. Its city is just a little bit older, more artistic and more delicious than the rest of Italy. Find the finest pieces of archaeology and art in its museum, go on the search for the best margarita pizza and take part in street life in Naples. But it is not just about the city in this port of call. Don’t forget that this is the gateway to Amalfi coast, Pompei, Herculaneum, Capri and Sorrento. From ancient excavations, to world famous scenery, to the old city of Naples. There is always something new to explore not far from the ship. Check the cruise travel guide underneath to learn about your options.
At just about 30 minutes drive from Naples you will find one of the most famous excavations in the world. This ancient city got covered in ashed after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The archeological site is something remarkable and not to be missed. Be sure to bring (audio) guide to get a picture behind the ruins.
Spaccanapoli means “Split Naples” and this is exactly what it does. It is a perfect straight street and it runs directly through the historical district of Naples. Walk it from begin to end to come across the most famous monuments, churches and sights of the city.
This square forms the centre one which a lot of the most important buildings of Napels are located on. Make sure not to miss this part of the city. It is named for the plebiscite in 1863 that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of Italy.
On the Via San Gregorio Armeno you will find “Crib makers street” (see map). Visit this street to see the nativity scene makers at work on their Neapolitan Crib. This happens year round although during Christmas more than half a million tourist come to see the shops with the original miniature figurines and the shops.
Just north of Via Toledo you will find the Sqanish quater. This among the locals in known as the area suffering from high unemployment, but to many it also doesn’t get any more typical than this. Just looking at this picture already you see this is the Naples as you had envisioned it.
This picture was shot while sailing out of Naples. It shows the city’s beautiful skyline and its cruise port. But this is not the only thing to see when sailing in and out of Naples. Your ship will also be close to Mt. Vesuvius and the island of Capri. Keep an eye outside when sailing in and out and keep your camera ready.
If you were go for lunch at the Earl of Sandwich you order a sandwich. If you go for lunch in Naples you order a margharita pizza. This is the place where pizza was invented in the 16th century. Later in 1889 the Margherita pizza was invented when Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, visited Naples. Especially for her they made a pizza that resembles the colors on the Italian flag.
At one of the random picturesque squares (Gese Nuovo square) in Naples is where you are going to come across this unusual gothic structure. You will find the church of Gesú Nuovo, church of Santa Chiara and the spire of the Immaculate Virgin here.
Blessed with the title “World’s best pizza” and straight out of the blockbuster movie “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts this place must be the most popular spot in Naples. It is a tiny pizzeria where drinks come in plastic cups and pizzas only come in margherita or marinara. Keep in mind there might be lines, but you always have to option on going to the pizzeria across the street.
Cruise ships dock at the Naples cruise center. This cruise terminal is located right at the center of town! There are lots of things to see and do within walking distance. Find souvenir shops, tourist information and ATM’s in the cruise terminal. Visit the full Naples cruise port guide for all the information.
Naples has 4 castles. On top of the hill lies the “baby” castle. It is a star shaped military fortress on top of the Vomero Hill. Visit the castle and have look in its Novecento museum, High Prison and collection of modern art.
This ferry station is right in front of the cruise terminal. You will come across it as you walk out. This is where you can catch the ferry to Capri or Sorrento. These ferries go pretty frequent, but it is wise to check the schedule ahead of time on http://www.capri.net/en/ferry-schedule?path_id=11
If you are going shopping this is a spot not to miss. In the middle of the shopping district you will find this beautiful gallery. It is a public shopping mall from 1887. Why not start any shopping trip in Naples here?
In front of the cruise terminal you can already see one of the eye catchers of the city: Castel Nuovo. It is a medieval castle that distinguishes itself by its architecture and history. Take a look inside the castle and visit its museum.