To visit Naples in Italy is to visit a bewitching city where organized chaos reigns. In this Italian city of character, you will find many extraordinary places to visit. Discover the great must-sees and the best things to do in Naples in order to make your trip a success.
- TOP 20 things to do in Naples 🤩
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- How many days to visit Naples 👌
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- Itineraries to visit Naples in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days 🌟
TOP 20 things to do and visit in Naples
Discover the best things to do in Naples in 2, 3 4 or 5 days.
1. Exploring the historic center of Naples
What to see? The streets not to be missed are: via Tribunali, via San Gregorio Armeno, via San Biagio dei Librai. Don’t miss Piazza San Domenico Maggiore either. Place each street on Google Maps by clicking on it.
2. Visiting the Sansevero Chapel in Naples
Jewel of artistic heritage. The beauty of the place is well worth the visit. The Sansevero Chapel is one of the most visited places in Naples. Allow at least 30 minutes to visit this chapel. The visit is chargeable.
An incredible sculpture not to be missed! Inside the Chapel, do not miss the sculpture of Christ whose face is finely draped with a cloth (which can sometimes be seen under the name of “Veiled Christ”). What finesse!
3. Discovering the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Naples (Duomo)
Great variety of styles. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the great must-sees to visit in Naples. Free entry.
Good to know! It is possible to descend into the crypt of the cathedral.
4. Seeing Piazza del Plebiscito (People’s Square)
Splendid! Piazza del Plebiscito is the largest and most impressive square in Naples. Among the most important monuments in the square are the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola and the equestrian statute of Carlo III of Borbon.
Good to know! Entrance to the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola is free. This basilica is reminiscent of the interior of the Pantheon in Rome.
Visit the Royal Palace. This palace was one of the residences of the sovereigns of the House of Borbon, then of the House of Savoy. The entrance and its staircase are majestic, as well as other rooms and halls of the palace. The Royal Palace is located directly on Piazza del Plebiscito.
5. Listening to an opera at the San Carlo Theater
The interior of the theater is just impressive! Discover the program of the San Carlo Theater on its official website.
Not to miss! Not far from the San Carlo Theatre, take a short tour inside the San Ferdinando Church. As usual with Italian churches, we are rarely disappointed.
6. Discovering the Galleria Umberto I
What architecture! This elegant gallery is one of the essentials to visit in Naples. The height of the ceilings and the canopy are impressive.
Not to miss! The structure of Galleria Umberto I is a cross-shaped structure. In the center, don’t miss the mosaic on the floor of the gallery. Here we find the 12 astrological signs made in mosaic.
7. Taste local specialties
What to do in Naples? Taste new things, of course! Among the local specialties of Naples are:
- rum baba
- pastry cake
- Neapolitan pizza
Discovering Neapolitan street food! This guided tour is an opportunity to discover street food, but also the historic center of Naples and its atmosphere with a local guide. Traveler reviews are very positive: see prices and photos of this tour.
Italian cooking class! Take a 2-hour workshop to learn how to prepare a real Neapolitan pizza: see prices for the cooking workshop.
8. Visiting the San Gennaro Catacombs in Naples
1000 years of history! The San Gennaro catacombs in Naples are the largest catacombs in southern Italy. You will be surprised to discover underground basilicas and magnificent frescoes. Visiting the catacombs is an unusual activity to do in Naples.
Discover what lies beneath the city of Naples: see the prices to visit the catacombs of Naples.
9. Admiring a lovely view of Naples from the belvedere of the Chartreuse Saint-Martin
Visit of the monastery. La Chartreuse Saint-Martin is a former Carthusian monastery located in Naples, on the edge of the Vomero hill. This is a must visit during a 3 day weekend in Naples.
Incredible view! From this former monastery, there is a clear view of the Bay of Naples up to Vesuvius. It is an interesting place to visit in order to discover Naples from a new angle, as well as to see other areas of the city. Take an urban hike through the stairs of the Pedamentina. Alternatively, take a funicular up.
10. Visiting Naples Capodimonte Museum and Park
On the Capodimonte hill. Located in a residential area of Naples, the Capodimonte Museum and Park contains some pretty treasures. The state rooms and the collections of works of art are magnificent. It is a place to visit in Naples for lovers of art and history. Discover more about this sumptuous museum here: place the Capodimonte Museum on Google Maps.
11. Visiting Pompeii from Naples
A lost Roman city. Visiting Pompeii is like taking a trip back in time. You will discover the ruins of this mythical Roman city, walk through its alleys, and be able to imagine the past life of its inhabitants. A must visit if you are going to visit Naples!
Free tour. You can go to the site of Pompeii on your own, then take a ticket on site. If you are going to Naples from April to October, it is best to book your ticket to avoid waiting and unpleasant surprises (see prices and available dates). Discover all the practical information in our blog post dedicated to this visit: Practical guide to visit Pompeii from Naples.
Guided tour. It is also possible to visit Pompeii with an archaeologist-guide in order to better project yourself into the place and its history: 2-hour guided tour.
12. Going to the top of Vesuvius
Volcano still active! Vesuvius is certainly the most famous volcano in Europe. Its last eruption dates from 1944. It is one of the 3 active volcanoes in Italy.
Guided tour + transportation. One of the most convenient options is to take a guided tour that includes transportation. Thus, we do not need to find out how public transport works, it is simpler. Some visits to Vesuvius also include a visit to Pompeii. Count a good day for this visit. For example, this one: see the prices of the Vesuvius + Pompeii guided tour from Naples.
13. Visiting the Castel Nuovo in Naples
Symbol of the city of Naples. This magnificent medieval castle is located a stone’s throw from the port of Naples. Its imposing architecture is worth the detour. On the other hand, the visit of the interior of the castle is not an essential visit to do in Naples. If you are short on time, choose other visits, but still come and discover the castle from the outside.
14. Strolling along the waterfront to Naples’ Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg)
A nice view of Naples. The Castel dell’Ovo in Naples is freely accessible to visit, but the hours are limited. This castle is the oldest castle in Naples. It is an interesting place to visit in Naples in order to discover the city almost from the waters. A very nice walk to do in Naples to mark your trip!
15. Visiting the ancient Roman city: Herculaneum
Ancient Roman city. Herculaneum was a charming little Roman town at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius. It was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79, so it is another archaeological site to visit in Naples.
Good to know. In the middle of the tourniquet season, this site is very visited. Buying tickets in advance saves time once there: see prices and practical information for visiting Herculaneum.
16. Going to Capri Island from Naples
If you are going to visit Naples in 4, 5 days or more, you can discover the friendly island of Capri! Visiting the island can easily take a day. Discover an example of an excursion here: see the prices and departure times for this excursion. Some excursions offer other itineraries with different prices: compare with this cruise from Naples.
17. Visiting the Basilica and the Monastery of Santa Chiara
Built in 1340 in place of the Roman baths, the Basilica of Santa Chiara is the largest Gothic church in Naples. It has a monastery attached. This is a peaceful visit to do on a trip to Naples. The basilica is located be the Castelo Nuovo and the fear of the historic center of Naples (place on Google Maps). It can easily be visited during a walk in the city.
18. Chilling in the Botanical Garden of Naples
Free! Founded in 1807, the botanical garden of Naples today covers 12 hectares. This tour is ideal for taking a break from the hectic city of Naples. In addition, the visit to the botanical garden is free. The only downside is that it is a little away from the historic center. Nevertheless, it is an excellent opportunity to visit Naples differently, discovering other places in the city.
19. Visiting the Church of Sant’Anna dei Lombardi (Church of Saint Anne of the Lombards)
Beautiful! Statues, columns, paintings… what wonderful surprises await you inside this church! The architecture of this church is really worth the detour. Admission is chargeable, but what a pleasure for the eyes!
20. Visiting Sorrento from Naples
If you are going to visit Naples in 5 days or more, discover the surroundings of Naples. Sorrento is one of the prettiest towns in the Campania region. Find out more: see prices and timetables for the excursion to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi from Naples.
Best neighborhoods to visit in Naples
The historic center is of course the great must-see in Naples. In addition to this very touristy district, you can discover the Spanish districts or the upscale district of Chiaia.
In addition to these three main districts to visit in Naples, you can visit the Vomero district, which is located on the heights of Naples.
Discover our selection of the best places to stay in Naples in this blog post: Where to stay in Naples.
How many days to visit Naples?
It is possible to visit Naples during a weekend of 2 or 3 days. However, in order to discover all the beauties (or almost) of Naples and its surroundings, the duration of 4 or 5 days is a more suitable duration.
Places such as Vesuvius, Pompeii or Capri Island are located outside the city. Visiting these places can take time. For example, visiting Vesuvius and Pompeii can take you almost all day.
In order to take full advantage of all that Naples has to offer, you can opt for a 4 or 5 day trip. You won’t be bored!
Restaurants where to eat in Naples
Discover our selection of good places to eat in Naples. Click on the name to open the location on Google Maps.
La Locanda Gesù Vecchio: a superb restaurant specializing in specialties from the Naples region, located in the heart of the historic center of the city!
Trattoria Nanni: a very good place to eat in Naples!
Trattoria da Nennella: a canteen atmosphere! The prices are very correct. The waiters dance… and sing!
Antica Pizzeria da Michele: a good pizzeria to discover in Naples! You can get pizza to take away. The big plus: here, the pizzas are cooked over a wood fire in the pure Neapolitan tradition.
Itineraries for visiting Naples in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days
How to visit Naples in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days? Here are some ideas for itineraries!
2 days in Naples: itinerary to do
If you are going to Naples for a short two-day stay, here is an itinerary you can do there.
What to do and see in Naples in 2 days?
- Walk through the small streets of the historic center of Naples
- Visit the Cathedral of Naples (Duomo)
- Discover the impressive Place du Peuple
- Take a tour of the Galleria Umberto I
- Visit the catacombs of Naples
- Taste local specialties (for example, rum baba)
- Take a walk to the Egg Castle
- See the New Castle
Where to stay for a 2 day trip to Naples?
For a 2-day stay in Naples, it is best to stay in the historic center of the city. For example, here is a B&B with an ideal location: Spaccanapoli B&B City Soul.
3 days in Naples: what to visit?
If you are going to visit Naples in 3 days, here is what you can do on the 3rd day.
What to do and see in Naples in 3 days?
In addition to the 2-day itinerary above:
- Visit Vesuvius and Pompeii (see prices for a guided tour + transport)
Where to stay for a 3 day trip to Naples?
For a 3-day stay in Naples, accommodation in the historic center of the city is the best option. For example, here is a B&B with an ideal location: Relais San Severo.
4 days in Naples: what to do?
If you are going to visit Naples in 4 days, here is what you can do on the 4th day.
What to do and see in Naples in 4 days?
In addition to the itinerary above:
- Admire a magnificent view of the Bay of Naples from the belvedere of the Chartreuse Saint-Martin
- Visit the Basilica and the Monastery of Santa Chiara
- Take a boat cruise
Where to stay for a 4 day trip to Naples?
For a 4-day stay in Naples, you can stay in the Spanish quarters of Naples. For example, in this hotel: Napolit’amo Hotel Principe.
5 days in Naples: what to do, what to see?
If you are going to visit Naples in 5 days, here is what you can do on the 5th day of your trip to Naples
What to do and see in Naples in 5 days?
Visiting the surroundings of Naples:
- Go to Capri Island from Naples (see excursion prices)
- Discover Sorrento and other towns in the region (see prices for this excursion)
Where to stay for a 5 day trip to Naples?
For a 5-day stay in Naples, you can stay in the Spanish quarters of Naples. For example, in this B&B: Borbo de Charme.
The city of Naples offers a wide choice of activities to do and interesting places to visit. If you are going to go on a trip to Naples during a 2 or 3 day weekend, you will probably not have time to discover the surroundings of Naples. It is quite possible to visit Naples in 4 days or 5 days, or even more, without getting bored. It is a very beautiful destination to do during a trip to Italy!