City of Naples Italy -
What to See, Do, Taste and Shop?

The city of Naples Italy is one of the most exciting, buzzing and picturesque cities in the world - find out how to get there, what to see, do and eat, and what fantastic tours to take to maximize your short time here!

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What is the city of Naples Italy famous for?

CiaoMammaNapoliHello mum, I'm in Naples!

What do you think of first when someone mentions Napoli (yes, that's how Italians call Naples)?

Of course it's probably pizza, as this amazing city is widely recognised as it's birthplace. 

The traditional Neapolitan pizza, characterized by its thin crust, fresh ingredients, and wood-fired cooking and that is why it has become immensely popular worldwide.

Although one can get a pizza literally on every corner in the world, tasting the original one in Naples is something that makes people travel the world around!

Then, what comes next?

Football maybe? Why not? 

The combination of on-field success of it's SSC Napli, the influence of iconic players like Maradona, passionate fans, intense rivalries, and notable performances in European competitions - it has all contributed to Naples' reputation as a football powerhouse. The city's love for football runs deep, making it a significant and celebrated part of Naples' identity.

MaradonaFigurineFootball souvenirs are just a little part of Neapolitan street charm

And I am sure the next association will be - garbage! Well, it's true, it was all over the news in the late 2000s and 2010s when it reached it's critical point.

That's when Naples faced a significant waste management crisis that attracted international attention. The city experienced a garbage emergency characterized by a buildup of uncollected waste on the streets and inadequate disposal infrastructure. 

But there are so many things this amazing city and it's region are famous for - keep reading and you will be jumping with joy you have booked a cruise that calls to the port of Naples!

I am excited for you!

NaplesBalconiesAuthentic, one of the words that best describes Naples Italy :)

Where is Naples Italy?

Is Naples in Italy? Is Naples in Sothern Italy? Is it in the north of Italy?

Those are the first questions that pop in everyone's mind when they try to locate the city of Naples Italy and the cruise port of Naples on the map.

Naples is a city located in southern Italy, specifically in the Campania region. It is situated on the western coast of Italy, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Naples is the capital of the Campania region and is geographically positioned in the Gulf of Naples, which forms a bay along the southwestern coast of Italy. The city is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, including the imposing Mount Vesuvius to the east and the beautiful Amalfi Coast to the south.

Find out more about Where is Naples in Italy and what surrounds it!

What is the population in Naples Italy? 

The city of Naples itself numbers about 1 million inhabitants, while the metropolitan area has nearly 3.1 million inhabitants.

Comparing the Naples metropolitan area to other major European metropolitan areas, it falls within the range of mid-sized to large metropolitan regions in terms of population size.

Naples has a mix of age groups, with a significant portion of the population falling within the working-age range. The city has a relatively high birth rate compared to other parts of Italy. It is also worth noting that Naples has a significant immigrant population, with individuals from various countries residing in the city (as you will see in the street around the train station, if you head there on your way to Sorrento or Pompeii).

What are the most attractive destinations in the Gulf of Naples?

When I talk about the city of Naples Italy region, I am talking about the Gulf of Naples that is packed with attractive destinations that will make you panic about the short period of 10-12 hours you have in port - because you will want to see it all!

The combination of stunning coastal beauty, cultural and historical significance, culinary delights, a vibrant atmosphere, and nearby island getaways make the Gulf of Naples an irresistible destination for travelers seeking a diverse and memorable experience in Italy.

AmalfiCoffeeTogether with Sorrento, the port of Naples is the best destination to visit Amalfi coast

Here are my top 5 destinations in the Gulf of Naples, that are just an hour or two away from the city of Naples Italy and can be see on one of the daytrips:

1) Islands - The islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida are easily accessible from Naples and provide idyllic settings, crystal-clear waters, and charming villages to explore.

These islands offer a blend of natural beauty, relaxation, and cultural experiences. Capri can be easily accessible by hydrofoil, the town is easy to reach from the dock and is therefore one of the top picks for our readers.

Ischia and Procida can be your choice if you have plenty of time on your hands (staying before or after your cruise)

2) Sorrento - it's combination of scenic beauty, proximity to key attractions, cultural heritage, gastronomy, shopping opportunities, and a relaxed atmosphere make Sorrento Italy an attractive destination for cruisers.

What's great about Sorrento is that it can be reached both by Naples to Sorrento shore excursions and by train from Naples, on your own!

And you surely know it already from this aria...

3) Pompeii - Pompeii's historical importance, educational value, cultural significance, unique preservation, accessibility, and the overall immersive experience it provides make Pompeii Italy an attractive and popular choice for cruise guests seeking a glimpse into the ancient Roman world.

4) Vesuvius volcano- appreciating its natural beauty, understanding its historical significance, engage in outdoor activities, learn about geology, capture stunning photographs, and explore the surrounding attractions - these are the main reasons our readers love visiting Vesuvius!

5) Amalfi coast - it is a highly attractive destination that continues to captivate travelers from around the world with its breathtaking scenery, charming coastal towns, cultural heritage, culinary delights, outdoor activities, and opportunities for luxury and relaxation.

Find out more:

CapriShoesSome unique goodies to shop for in Capri

Why visit the city of Naples Italy?

What are the best things about the city of Naples Italy?

Is Naples Italy worth visiting?

What is so great about Naples Italy? Why do people love this city?

Is Naples or Rome better? Is Florence better than Rome?

These are the questions that pop in your mind when deciding on what cruise itinerary to chose. 

Well, it's so difficult to compare and you will never regret choosing any of these Italian cruise ports. The question is: what do you want to experience?

For me, visiting the city of Naples is the opportunity to experience the 'real, authentic Italy'. If you are anything like me, you will be happy it's on your itinerary.

If you want to take a little break from your own way of thinking and the way of life that you are used to (and that's what vacations are for), you will enjoy the chaos, the explosion of gestures, sights, colours and noises that surround you in Naples.

When I was visiting Naples on a weekly basis in the 2000s, I didn't quite understand it and appreciate it. Now? I can't wait to go back!

To find out why continue reading my article Is Naples Italy worth visiting?

NaplesSunglassesYou need to have some sense of humour when visiting Naples :)

Naples Italy travel by cruise ship

Are you intrigued by the city of Naples by now? You should be ;) Wondering how to organise your Naples Italy travel?

Here is the list of major cruiselines that call on the port of Naples and include in their itineraries:

  1. Royal Caribbean International: Royal Caribbean offers cruises that visit Naples as part of their Mediterranean itineraries. Their ships provide various options for exploring the region and its attractions.
  2. MSC Cruises: MSC Cruises often includes Naples in their Mediterranean cruise itineraries. They offer a range of shore excursions to popular destinations in the area, including Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.
  3. Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line features Naples on their Mediterranean and European itineraries. Passengers can explore the city's historical sites and take day trips to nearby attractions.
  4. Costa Cruises: Costa Cruises includes Naples as a port of call on their Mediterranean itineraries. They offer excursions that allow passengers to experience the highlights of Naples and its surroundings.
  5. Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises features Naples as part of their Mediterranean and European itineraries. They provide various shore excursions for passengers to explore the city's historical sites and enjoy the local culture.
  6. Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Cruises offers cruises that stop at Naples on their Mediterranean itineraries. Passengers can explore the city's landmarks, visit Pompeii, or take excursions to the Amalfi Coast.

How many days should you spend in Naples if you pick a cruise that is out of Naples? I suggest at least 3 nights. Keep reading to find out why!

CafeDiNapoliCoffee is such a treat in Naples, just like everywhere in Italy. Can't get a bad one!

Where is Naples Italy cruise port located?

If you're planning to visit Naples via a cruise ship, here are some essential things to know about the Naples cruise terminal: the Naples cruise terminal, officially known as Stazione Marittima di Napoli, is situated in the heart of the city.

It is conveniently located near the city center, allowing for easy access to Naples' attractions and landmarks (the city of Naples is literally across the street!)

So if you've been wondering: Can you walk from the cruise port in Naples? The answer is: yes! How far is the town of Naples from the cruise port? It's right there! No taxis, transfer buses or trains needed.

Also, what's great is that it is only a two minute walk from the dock where Sorrento and Capri hydrofoils leave from.

As for the distance of the cruise port from Pompeii, find out more in our article How to get from Naples cruise port to Pompeii.

As for Amalfi, it's best to book one of the trusted, 5-star shore excursions as it is quite a trip and there are no public means of transport to get there, really.

Check some of my suggestions:

What is the best way to get around the city of Naples Italy?

Is Naples a walkable city? Do you need a car to get around Naples?

Yes, Naples is a walkable city, and many of its popular attractions can be reached on foot from the cruise port. However, it's important to note that Naples is a bustling and vibrant city with narrow streets, uneven sidewalks, and heavy traffic in some areas. 

Just always plan ahead as to what attractions you really want to see and find out the exact distance from the cruise port. Naples is a big city after all, and for some you may need a taxi

If you wonder about pedestrian- friendly zones, they are Via Toledo and Spaccanapoli, where you can stroll and explore the city's vibrant atmosphere. These areas are lined with shops, cafes, and historical buildings, making them enjoyable for a leisurely walk.

NaplesStreetsPedestrian zone of Naples, somewhere around via Tribunali

While walking is a convenient option for exploring nearby attractions, you may also consider using local transportation for attractions that are further away or if you prefer to conserve energy. Taxis, buses, and the Naples Metro system can help you reach destinations quickly and comfortably.

If you prefer a more structured experience or want to visit specific attractions, organized walking tours are available in Naples. These tours, led by knowledgeable guides, can provide insights into the city's history, culture, and landmarks while ensuring you don't miss any highlights.

Here's a few recommendations of the best-selling tours:

Where is Naples Italy train station located?

The main train station in Naples is called Napoli Centrale (Naples Central Station) or Stazione di Napoli Centrale in Italian. It is located in Piazza Garibaldi, in the eastern part of the city center.

It is well-connected to various transportation options, including buses, taxis, and the Naples Metro system.

Napoli Centrale is one of the major railway hubs in Italy and serves as a crucial transportation hub for the region of Campania. 

For you, as a cruiser, it can be important as trains are the most affordable way of getting to Pompeii and Sorrento. Read more in our articles Getting from Naples to Pompeii by train and How to get to Sorrento by train

What are the most hassle free flights to Naples Italy?

Naples, Italy is well-connected to various international destinations, including several major cities in the United States, as well as those in Europe and around the world. When flying from the US to Naples, there are several airlines that offer flights with convenient connections. You can read more in our article...

What movies were shot in the city of Naples Italy?

Naples, with its stunning scenery and rich cultural heritage, has served as a backdrop for several famous movies.

My generation knows it best by the scenes in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) - Directed by Anthony Minghella.The city's beautiful architecture and coastal views provide a captivating backdrop for the story. It also includes scenes that were filmed on the island of Ischia, which is located in the Gulf of Naples and can be reached via hydrofoil which leaves from the port of Naples. 

Also, many tourists came to Naples because of the scene where Julia Roberts (i.e. her character Elisabeth Gilbert) is eating a pizza at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, a historic and famous pizzeria located in the heart of Naples.

For me, it's just one of the best pizzas I have ever tasted (as are a few others in Naples), and I had to take my husband there. He never believedme it was so different and better than all the others we had tasted.

Well, you better not see his face as he finished every little crumble of his pizza (and a portion of mine), he was so sorry to leave any behind!

Here's just our pizzas, without my husband or Julia Roberts...

DaMichelePizzaDa Michele pizza - for me, the best one I have ever tasted!

Is there good shopping in Naples?

Shopping in Naples is an engaging and immersive experience that combines the vibrant street markets, traditional craftsmanship, culinary delights, and unique fashion offerings. It allows you to connect with the local culture, taste the flavors of Naples, and take home souvenirs that reflect the city's authentic charm.

How expensive is Naples? Well, Naples can vary in terms of expenses depending on individual preferences and spending habits. Generally, compared to other popular tourist destinations in Italy like Rome, Florence, or Venice, Naples tends to be more affordable.

You can read more about shopping in Naples and the best buys in our article Shopping in Naples or let yourself be surprised on one of the local shopping tours: 

What are the best Naples cruise shore excursions and daytrips?

While there is the option to explore independently, taking shore excursions in the Bay of Naples offers convenience, expertise, safety, and the opportunity to make the most of your time, ensuring a memorable and well-rounded experience during your cruise visit.

When it comes to shore excursions itineraries, the Bay of Naples offers a variety of options and it is going to be a tough decision! 

The first decision will be wheter you want to dedicate your day to:

1) Tours in the city of Naples Italy

2) Daytrips and shore excursions around the Gulf of Naples

The only thing I can recommend is to read our articles well, see what destinations and tours align with your preferences and priorities: do you want to experience the luxury life of Capri, experience the charming Sorrento, dive into the Roman history in Pompeii, feel the power of Vesuvius who destroyed it many centuries ago, admire the crazyness of Naples or live La Dolce Vita of the Amalfi coast?   

What is the closest Naples Italy airport?

The airport closest to Naples is Naples International Airport, also known as Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino. It is located in the Capodichino district, approximately 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) northeast of the city center (you literally feel like landing in the middle of the city of Naples Italy). 

The airport serves as the primary gateway for both domestic and international flights to Naples, offering a convenient arrival point for travelers visiting the city and the surrounding region.

Climate and weather in Naples Italy

Overall, Naples offers a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm to hot summers, making it an attractive destination year-round for those seeking a blend of cultural exploration, history, and coastal charm.

However, it's important to note that weather conditions can vary, and unexpected fluctuations can occur. It's advisable to check the forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.

CapriParkBlooming Augustus gardens in Capri in April

Is Naples Italy safe?

While walking in Naples, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take normal safety precautions as you would in any busy city. Keep an eye on your belongings, avoid displaying valuable items openly, and be cautious of traffic when crossing roads.

It is important to note that many visitors to Naples have safe and enjoyable experiences without any issues. By exercising caution, being aware of your surroundings, and taking basic safety precautions, you can minimize potential risks and have a pleasant visit to Naples.

It is always a good idea to stay informed, follow local advice, and use common sense to ensure your personal safety and security.

Bottom line: I'm sure you will be fine but maybe just leave your expensive watch and jewelry in the safe in your cabin.