Naples' historic city center is the largest in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres), and is listed by UNESCO as a&n ... more >>
Naples' historic city center is the largest in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres), and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Our English-speaking driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you on a half day tour of one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. The lively and chaotic city of Naples is famous as much for its incredible wealth of historical museums as it is for its pizza which was invented here.
The first reference to Naples, Neapolis to the Greeks, is found in the Homeric legend of the sirens. In Roman times the city itself was considered a relaxed place of high culture. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and Neapolis to the northeast escaped the fates of Pompeii and Herculaneum thanks to a prevailing southwest wind. The city was covered with a thin layer of ash and was rocked by tremors.
Naples is the third largest city of Italy and a sprawling one, with a center that has many different focuses. The area between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo, roughly corresponding to the hold Roman Neapolis (much of which is still unexcavated below the ground), makes up the old part of the city, the "centro storico", the main streets still following the path of the old Roman roads. But insularity of the centro storico is deceptive and in reality there is another, quite different side of Naples.
Via Toledo, the main street of the city, edges the old center from the Palazzo Reale up to the Archeological Museum and the heaths of Capodimonte. To the left rises the Vomero, with its fancy housing and museums, and the smug neighborhoods of Chiaia, beyond which lies the long green boulevard of Villa Comunale. Naples is an airy waterfront city, with views, seafood eaten al fresco and peace and quiet. less >>
The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.