The Perfect 2-Day Naples Itinerary

Planning a trip to Naples and don’t know what to see? This is the perfect 2-day Naples itinerary. Naples is the birthplace of pizza, the third biggest city in Italy as well as one of the most underrated in my opinion. There are so many beautiful sights to be seen, so much delicious food to be eaten, and rich history to be told. Don’t miss anything with this 2-day Naples Itinerary.

When it comes to Naples, people either love it or hate it. I have heard from many people that I should skip Naples when visiting Italy. I am here to tell you not to skip it. My family is from Naples and it was a dream being able to visit and see the building where my family used to live, which also happens to be where my mom was born!

I just spent 5 days in Naples and it quickly became one of my favorite cities in Italy. While a little rough around the edges, Naples is beautifully chaotic. The people are welcoming and genuine, the food is spectacular, and the views are next-level. I can’t wait to show you all Naples has to offer.

The Perfect 2-day Naples Itinerary. View of the Naples coastline from the top of Castle St. Elmo

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How to Get to Naples

If you aren’t flying into Naples International Airport (NAP) you can still make your way to Naples easily.

 

Train: This is the best way to get to Naples from most of Italy. Italy’s train transportation is incredible. Multiple trains throughout Italy, including fast trains, can get you to Napoli Centrale train station.

We booked our tickets directly on the Italo website to get us from Venice to Naples.  The direct train took about 5hr and 20 min and was about $46 per person. 

If you are traveling to multiple cities throughout Italy (or countries through Europe) you may want to look into getting a rail pass through Rail Europe which allows you to travel a certain amount of days for a cheaper price. We didn’t get a rail pass because it didn’t make sense for this trip but I have gotten one in the past and it saved us a ton of money. 

Ferry: Sometimes a ferry can be a good option depending on where you are visiting from. If you are spending some time in Capri and want to take a trip to Naples a ferry is a fast and cost-effective way to get there.

Plane: If you are headed to Naples from another city with an airport you could fly to Naples to save you some time. As the busiest airport in Southern Italy, it’s a base for low-cost airlines and receives tons of flights from within Europe and other countries. Once you arrive at the airport you can easily reach the city center by bus in about 15 min.

Bus: The bus is my least favorite option especially when the train is an option but it is there if you need it!

Car: You can always rent a car in Italy as well, although if you can avoid it I would. Naples is known for crazy drivers and Italy in general is pretty overwhelming when it comes to driving. Unless you are a super confident driver I would avoid driving in the city. If you decide to rent a car make sure that you check that your accommodations have parking available.

If you plan to rent a car while in Italy you will need an international driver’s license. You can find out how to do this here.

 

As you can see there are many ways to get to Naples. Omio is a great place to compare prices and the different modes of transportation.

Is 2 days in Naples Enough?

With 2 days you will just be scratching the surface of what Naples has to offer, but you can still see a lot. This is just enough time to see the major sights and explore. I would aim for AT LEAST two days when visiting. I was lucky enough to spend 5 days in Naples and even that wasn’t enough for me. I can’t wait to get back and explore it even further.

 

Getting around Naples

Naples, though very hilly, is a very walkable city. We walked about 13,000 – 20,000 steps per day while there. Throughout the Spanish Quarter and City Center the streets are narrow so walking is your best option. The streets of Naples tell stories and are one of the best parts of the city.

Just stay alert while walking. Cars, vespas, and motorbikes tend to weave in and out of traffic and don’t always yield to pedestrians. The large cobblestone streets can be a pain if you are dragging around your suitcase and can also be quite slippery if wet.

If you are traveling further than you care to walk then you can utilize public transportation.

 

Metro

Metro Linea 1 (yellow)

Tickets can be purchased from tabaccheria (tobacco shops) or machines located inside the stations. There are dedicated entry gates for credit card access to make things easier.

Naples Metro Line 1 connects the city center with the northern district of Piscinola as well as the hill district of Vomero and Colli Aminei.

Key Stations:

Universita and Municipio: best for accessing the ferry port

Toledo, Dante, and Museo: best for accessing the historic area

 

Metro Linea 2 (red)

Like Line 1, you can purchase tickets from the tabaccheria (tobacco shops) or the machines located inside the stations. You need to make sure that you validate your ticket before boarding the train unless you selected a specific time.

Naples Metro Line 2 connects the western suburb of Pozzuoli to the city center and the eastern district.

Key stations:

Piazza Garibaldi: connects to Napoli Centrale Station

Piazza Cavour: connects into Museo on Line 1

Piazza Amadeo: best to access Chiaia and the Chiaia funicular to Vomero

Montesanto: best for catching the Montesanto funicular to Vomero

 

Funiculars

A great way to access the hilltop areas of Naples is Funiculares. These are inclined railways that run on a cable system. Three lines serve the Vomero district from the city center, and one serves the Posillipo district from Mergellina. 

Tickets can be purchased at tobacco shops and ticket offices at the entrances.

Centrale Line: runs Augusteo – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Petraio – Piazza Fuga

Chiaia Line: runs Parco Margherita – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Palazzolo – Cimarosa

Montesanto Line: runs Montesanto – Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Morghen

Mergellina Line: runs Mergellina – San’Antonio – S. Gioacchino – Parco Angelina – Manzoni

 

Circumvesuviana Train

If you plan to visit Pompeii while in Naples this is how you will get there. You need a Unico Campania TIC ticket or EAV ticket (only valid on EAV transport) which can be purchased at the Central Station.

The Napoli to Sorrento train runs daily, about every half hour during peak hours, and takes just a little over an hour.

 

Bus

Italy has a great transportation system and that includes Naples. Just keep in mind that if you are staying in downtown Naples the buses don’t run through there due to the narrow streets and one-way roads. You will need to walk the remainder of the way or take the metro.

 

Taxi

Taxis are widely available in Naples but just like the bus, they may not be able to reach your accommodation depending on where you are staying. They may just drop you off at the nearest street and then you will need to walk the rest of the way.

The Naples taxi tariff system offers both meter rates and fixed rates. All taxis are required to display the tariff card in Italian and English on the back of the front seat to allow the rider to choose a metered or fixed price. If you want a fixed tariff rate, you must inform the driver before your journey.

To make taking taxis easier you can download the ItTaxi app or the Uber app. The Uber app will work in Naples but it will only connect you to taxis and sometimes it is more expensive. The only upside to using the Uber app in my opinion is that you pay directly through the app and don’t have to pay with cash.

 

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2- Day Naples Itinerary

There is so much to see and do in Naples. When creating this itinerary I did my best to keep everything grouped for each day so you aren’t walking back and forth across town losing precious time.

I have listed all the things we enjoyed plus more that you should see but feel free to switch things out based on your preference. I don’t add time stamps to my suggested itineraries because that will also be based on preference. 

 

Day 1 Naples Itinerary- Port of Naples, Spanish Quarter, and Castel St.Elmo

*This itinerary contains religious sites. Be sure you dress accordingly with something that covers your knees and shoulders.

Gran Caffe Gambrinus

Start your day off right with a coffee and something to eat. Located in the heart of Naples is Gran Caffe Gambrinus, an iconic symbol of Naples’s rich coffee culture and historical significance. Established in 1860, this legendary cafe has been frequented by locals, tourists, and celebrities throughout its illustrious history. 

Stepping into the cafe is like taking a journey back in time, with its opulent Belle Epoque decor and impeccable service. Whether you’re craving a classic espresso, a decadent pastry, or a refreshing aperitif, this cafe offers an unparalleled experience that combines tradition with luxury.

Some of the signature items include Strapazzato “scrambled coffee”, a coffee with sugar and cocoa that they quickly “scramble” with a teaspoon, sfogliatella, and the decadent baba au rhum. While the prices may be higher compared to other cafes in the city, the experience of dining here is well worth the splurge.

Address: Via Chiaia, 1, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy   Hours: 8 am- 11 pm

-4 min walk-

 

"Scrambled Coffee", coffee, sugar, and cocoa stirred together quickly and Caffe Gambrius in Naples Italy

 

Galleria Umberto I

Galleria Umberto I is a magnificent example of 19th-century Neapolitan architecture, characterized by its soaring glass dome and elegant structure lined with shops, cafes, and theatres. The glass dome floods the Galleria with natural light and creates a sense of grandeur and spaciousness. Take a stroll and find an array of boutiques selling everything from high-end fashion to local souvenirs. Don’t miss the intricate mosaics and ornate details that adorn the gallery’s interior.

Entrance to the gallery is free but you may want to dine or shop while visiting. Whether you’re a history buff, a shopping enthusiast, or simply seeking a picturesque backdrop for your stroll, Galleria Umberto I offers a captivating blend of beauty and history.

Address: Via Santa Brigida, 68, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy 

-5 min walk-

Castel Nuovo

Castel Nuovo, also known as Maschio Angioino, is a medieval castle that has stood as a symbol of Naples’ power and history for centuries. Built in the 13th century by the Angevin dynasty, the castle boasts a rich architectural heritage, blending elements of French Gothic, Norman, and Renaissance styles. 

Explore the castle’s interior where you’ll find a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including frescoes, sculptures, and medieval weaponry. You will also be able to see the imposing towers, fortified walls, and magnificent halls, gaining insights into the city’s tumultuous past and royal legacy.

Walk through at your own pace or join a guided tour of the castle.

Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele III, 80133 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm Closed on Sundays Entry fee: $7

-6 min walk-

 

Photo of the front of Castel Nuovo. Things to do in Naples ItalyPhoto by Ronni Kurtz on Unsplash

 

Piazza Del Plebiscito

One of Naples’s most iconic and historically significant public squares is Piazza del Plebiscito. This public square has served as a focal point for political, cultural, and social gatherings since its creation in the early 19th century. 

Surrounded by monumental buildings like the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, and the Palazzo della Prefettura, the square is the perfect place to relax and soak up the beauty of Naples.

Address: 80132 Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy 

-1 min walk-

Royal Palace of Naples 

The Royal Palace of Naples, also known as Palazzo Reale, is a magnificent architectural masterpiece that served as the residence of the Bourbon monarchs of Naples during the 18th and 19th centuries. Explore the lavishly decorated rooms, including the Throne Room, the Hall of Hercules, and the Royal Apartments, which feature exquisite tapestries, paintings, and furniture from the Bourbon era. Don’t miss the palace’s Royal Chapel, where you’ll find masterpieces by renowned artists such as Caravaggio and Luca Giordano.

You can explore at your own pace or with a guide. Whatever you decide don’t miss the Hanging Gardens. The garden terrace hangs over the Gulf of Naples giving you an unobstructed view of Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance. This is one of the most beautiful views in Naples. You can join a guided tour of the gardens for 5 euros (only on Saturdays) or enter accompanied by a staff member for 2 euros. Unfortunately, this part of the Royal Palace is dependent on the weather. It had just started to rain before our time slot so we weren’t able to explore the gardens.

Address: Piazza del Plebiscito, 1, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 9 am – 7 pm Closed on Wednesdays

-7 min walk-

 

The elaborate staircase in the Royal Palace of Naples. One of the stops in your Naples Itinerary

 

Via Nazario Sauro

Once you leave the Royal Palace of Naples head to Castel Dell’Ovo via Nazario Sauro. Named after the Italian naval officer Nazario Sauro, this street has charming boutiques, traditional trattorias, and historic landmarks. You will find landmarks such as the Church of San Ferdinando, the Palazzo Cellamare, and the Fontana del Carciofo.

Grab an Aperol Spritz and enjoy it while looking out at the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the distance.

Address: Via Nazario Sauro

-8 min walk-

Castel Dell’Ovo

Castel Dell’Ovo, also known as the Egg Castle, is a historic fortress perched on the picturesque islet of Megaride, overlooking the gorgeous Bay of Naples. With origins dating back to Roman times, this iconic landmark has played a central role in Naples’ maritime history and legends for centuries. 

Visitors can explore the ancient ramparts, fortified towers, and panoramic viewpoints. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this post, the castle is temporarily closed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t admire the structure and take some photos.

-47 min walk- suggest you take a taxi or bus to Spanish Quarter park and then take the funicular. To do this walk to the Augusteo F3 which runs every 10 min and will take you to Funicolare Centrale and then you will need to walk the rest of the way.-

Castel Sant’Elmo

Castel Sant’Elmo is a formidable fortress that towers over the city of Naples. This castle offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the city’s military history and architectural heritage. Built in the 14th century, this imposing castle boasts panoramic views of Naples, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding countryside.

The castle is situated in the Vomero neighbourhood of Naples which can be accessed by foot or using the Funicular. You can explore the castle at your own pace or purchase a guided tour. The entry fee for the castle is 5 euros. If you visit after on a Tuesday or any day after 4 pm it is 2.50 euros.

Address: Via Tito Angelini, 20/A, 80129 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 9 am – 6:30 pm

-4 min walk-

 

View of the coast of Naples from the top of Castel St. Elmo

 

Charterhouse of St. Martin

Located right below Castel St. Elmo is Certosa di San Martino, or Charthouse of St. Martin. This art museum, famous for its picturesque cloisters, used to be a monastery. Gorgeous architecture and views can also be found while exploring. The entry fee is 6 euros.

Address: Largo S. Martino, 5, 80129 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 8:30 am – 4 pm Closed Wednesdays

-1 min walk-

Belvedere San Martino

Once you leave Castel St. Elmo you can take the stairs back down towards the Spanish Quarter Park which starts with Belvedere San Martino. Belvedere San Martino provides one of the most breathtaking panoramic views over the city and the Bay of Naples. This is quite a long walk which consists of lots of steps but it’s a beautiful way down and worth it.

Address: Largo S. Martino, 1, 80129 Napoli NA, Italy

-27 min walk – including all the steps down-

Spanish Quarter

Wander into the heart and soul of Naples with maze-like alleyways, street food, and vibrant bustling piazzas. The Spanish Quarter, or Quartieri Spagnoli, is one of Naples’ most vibrant and historic neighborhoods, characterized by its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and lively atmosphere. Originally built in the 16th century to house the Spanish troops stationed in Naples, this quarter has since evolved into a vibrant hub of culture, cuisine, and community. Make sure to stop at one of the many food vendors and try sfogliatelle, arancini, or pizza fritta and espresso, or grab dinner and a cocktail. 

 

Narrow streets of Naples in the Spanish Quarter.

 

Day 2 Naples Itinerary- Historic District, Art Museums, and Naples Underground

*This itinerary contains religious sites. Be sure you dress accordingly with something that covers your knees and shoulders.

Via Toledo

One place that captures the essence of the city’s unique charm and character is Via Toledo. Via Toledo is one of Naples’ most vibrant and bustling thoroughfares, offering visitors a diverse array of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Stretching from Piazza Dante to Piazza Trieste e Trento, this bustling street is lined with charming boutiques, trendy cafes, and historic landmarks. Find a cute cafe and grab some coffee and a pastry before heading to your next stop.

Via Toledo is one of the busiest streets during the day, particularly on the weekends and holidays so be prepared for crowds and make sure you stay extra vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings.

-11 min walk- dependent on where you are on this street-

Santa Chiara

Santa Chiara is a stunning complex that encompasses a church, a monastery, and a cloister garden. Built in the 14th century, this architectural gem offers a harmonious blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, making it a must-visit.

Admire the church’s exquisite frescoes, sculptures, and architectural details, including the iconic majolica-tiled dome. Entry into the complex is 7 euros. This is a religious complex so be sure to cover your knees and shoulders when visiting.

Address: Via Santa Chiara, 49/c, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 9:30- 5 pm Sundays 10 am- 2 pm

-5 min walk-

 

* Photo by Riccardo Tuninato on Unsplash  *

Capella Sansevero

This hidden gem is tucked away in the heart of Naples’ historic center and is renowned for its exquisite artworks, intricate sculptures, and mysterious secrets. Marvel at the breathtaking Veiled Christ sculpture, a masterpiece of marble craftsmanship that depicts the body of Christ covered in a delicate veil. You must cover your knees and shoulders for this site. Entry into this chapel is 10 euros. You can also purchase an audio tour for an additional 3,50 euros. No photos or videos can be taken inside the chapel.

The trick for this is having to reserve tickets and time slots 3 days in advance.

Address: Via Francesco de Sanctis, 19/21, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 9 am – 6:30 pm Closed on Tuesdays

-8 min walk-

Centro Storico/Spaccanapoli

Centro Storico, also known as the historic center of Naples, is an eclectic neighborhood that shows off the city’s rich history. This part of Naples is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to an array of historic landmarks, piazzas, markets, and more.

Spaccanapoli is the nickname given to the sequence of streets that cut straight through the winding streets of the old town. The streets are Via Benedetto Croce, Via San Biagio dei Librai, and Via Vicaria Vecchia. 

There are plenty of wonderful things to discover in this area. Take some time to just wander. 

-12-min walk- depending on where you wandered to –

Duomo Di Napoli

The stunning Naples Cathedral, Duomo di Napoli, offers a fascinating journey through the centuries of Neapolitan history and spirituality. Visit the cathedral’s treasury, where you can see sacred relics, precious artifacts, and the legendary Blood of San Gennaro, which miraculously liquefies three times a year. Entrance to the cathedral is free but the Chapel of San Gennaro and the museum entry is 12 euros

Address: Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 8:30 am – 1 pm and 3:30 pm- 7:30 pm Sundays 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm

– 14-min walk –

Naples National Archaeological Museum

Home to one of the most extensive collections of ancient artifacts and artworks in the world. The Naples National Archaeological Museum contains archaeological finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, mosaics, frescoes, sculptures, and more.

There is a secret room that contains 250 sexually-themed objects mainly dug out during the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This is a “secret” because it is hidden from view so you can opt out of this portion and still enjoy the museum.

Address: Piazza Museo, 18/19, 80135 Napoli NA, Italy  Hours: 9 am – 7:30 pm Closed on Tuesdays

-14-min walk- This is to the meeting point of the specific tour discussed below. If you are doing a different tour your meeting point may be different –

 

 

Naples Underground Tour

End your time in Naples with an underground tour. If you are claustrophobic this may not be for you. There are some very tight spaces in this tour. This tour allows you to explore a labyrinth of tunnels, caves, and caverns that lie beneath the city’s historic center. I highly recommend this tour. We had a great time learning and exploring the tunnels.

We booked our tour with Get Your Guide. It was about $17 per person and was 1 ½ hours. Be sure to bring a jacket, it gets chilly underground.

 

Photo of the entrance to the Naples Underground tour.

 

 

Map for 2-Day Naples Itinerary

Is Naples Safe?

Safety in Naples is a concern for a lot of people. Despite its undeniable charm, Naples, like many urban centers, deals with safety concerns that can impact the tourist experience. Areas like the historic center, Spanish Quarter, and Spaccanapoli are generally safe but it is always a good idea to pay attention to your surroundings no matter where you are traveling.

Just like any metropolitan area, Naples has its share of neighborhoods that may require extra caution. Researching the local areas, staying informed about current situations, and exercising vigilance, especially in crowded areas are essential for staying safe.

I felt very safe walking around Naples even at night. Of course, you need to trust your gut and be vigilant if you are alone but in my experience, I felt very safe.

 

Tips for Staying Safe in Naples:

Keep an Eye on Your Personal Belongings

No matter where you are traveling you should keep an eye on your belongings. Especially in large cities. Naples is no exception. Pickpockets are everywhere in crowded tourist areas. It’s easy to get distracted by the sites and the hustle and bustle of the city. I do a few things to ensure that I don’t fall victim to pickpockets. 

  • Anti-theft bags– these are a great way to keep your belongings safe. Most of them have locking zippers, slash-proof material, and RFID-blocking technology. I have a whole post on the best Anti-theft travel bags that you can read here.
  • S-clips– if you have a tried and true bag and you don’t want to buy a new bag you can use these locking s-clips. I will bring these for my carry-on bags and any bag I bring that isn’t an anti-theft bag. As long your bag has two zippers per pocket or you can secure your zipper to a stationary piece of the bag these will work. Here is a video explaining how these work. I never travel without these.

  • Phone strap– I have heard my share of horror stories of people getting their phones snatched out of their hands while taking photos or just walking down the street. Now, the stories I have heard were not in Naples or even Italy but it’s good to share these things just in case. I did get this phone strap for my trip because I also liked the idea of having extra safety in case I dropped my phone while taking photos.

Stay Alert on Public Transportation

As you would in most big cities, keep an eye on your belongings and stay alert on public transportation. At peak time the platforms are packed and it is easy to get distracted. Keep your phone or wallet out of pockets that can be accessed easily. Pull your backpack to the front so you can see it at all times.

Main Train Station

Napoli Central Station is going to be the first impression for most people. Don’t let this deter you from Naples. The train station and its surroundings are not the best area of town. You may be bombarded with street vendors selling knockoff items or see a lot of homeless people on the streets. Just stay vigilant, ignore the street vendors, and keep walking. If you’re arriving during the day and your accommodation is within walking distance you will be safe to walk. If arriving at night you should grab a taxi whether traveling solo or with a group.

Nighttime Safety

You need to be extra aware of your surroundings at night. Take well-lit and well-traveled routes. Part of Naples’s character lies in the narrow streets, but at night, these streets become dark. If you are out exploring late into the evening try sticking to busier streets like Spaccanapoli and Via Toledo.

 

Night view of the streets of Naples. Lights and banners strung between the buildings.

 

Where to Stay in Naples

Centro Storico– This is the historic center so you will be close to alot of historical sights. You will be in walking distance to other sights as well.

Quartieri Spagnoli– The Spanish Quarter is a great place to stay since you are pretty close to everything. We stayed in the Spanish Quarter and loved it. We were about two blocks from Via Toledo and the area was always busy so we felt very safe walking around even at night.

We stayed at Bed and Breakfast BelleBBuono Suites and it was wonderful. Giuseppe was a wonderful host. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

 

 

Porto di Naples area– Staying right near the port will be helpful if you plan on taking ferries during your stay. There are also some sights nearby so you could walk to them from here.

 

Best Tours in Naples

 

Tips for Traveling to Naples

Wear comfortable shoes

Nothing is worse than bringing uncomfortable shoes on vacation. Especially when you will be walking around and exploring. My favorite travel shoes are Vessi. They are waterproof, lightweight, and extremely comfortable. I have been wearing my Vessi shoes almost every day for the last 3 years. They are my favorite. There are tons of styles and colors to choose from. You can read my full review of them here

 

Download the offline maps

When navigating the city you will most likely be using a map app on your phone. I always use Google Maps. I add all the sites, restaurants, and anything else I want to see into a saved Google Maps folder and then download that map offline. This way if I don’t have service or don’t want to use up my data I can still access the maps.

 

Get a Campania Artecard (add get your guide link for pass)

If you are trying to hit all of the sights during your time in Naples, you might want to consider the Campania Artecard. The card provides access to a specific number of attractions based on the card you get, discounts, and free public transportation within the city for three days. They also have a seven-day pass but since this is a 2-day itinerary I will be sharing about the 3-day pass. You can read about all the passes here: https://www.campaniartecard.it/?lang=en

The Napoli 3-day card- 27 euro

This card includes admission to 3 sites (the Archaeological Museum, Palazzo Real, and more).

The Campania 3-day card- 41 euro

This card includes admission to 2 sites from the list and then 50% off others. This card includes attractions like Pompeii, Herculaneum, and more.

You also get skip-the-line access with this card

The card can be purchased online and then must be activated before use at the turnstile of Unico Campania, at the museum ticket office, or through the app. Once it is activated the countdown for your days starts and you can’t stop it. 

 

What to Pack for Naples

Travel Insurance

Now this isn’t something you can physically pack but something you should think about having. I use SafetyWing and love them. This is the best insurance I have used. It is easy, and cost-efficient, and their customer service is great. I have a full post on the pros and cons of travel insurance here.

Umbrella

Depending on when you are visiting you may want to bring an umbrella. We went in April which can be fairly rainy. It’s always a good idea to check the weather averages as well as checking it right before you leave. Just remember the weather can change on a whim so if you don’t bring one you may need to buy an umbrella or poncho.

Anti-Theft Bag 

I covered this a little bit in the safety section but anti-theft bags are great for any busy city you are visiting to prevent pickpockets. If you have a bag you love that isn’t anti-theft you can get s-clips to “lock” your zippers together so your bag can’t be opened. You can also wear a sling bag or fanny pack on the front of your body so you can see your bag at all times.

Light Jacket/Cover Up

If you are visiting in the fall and spring the weather can be chilly in the mornings and evenings, especially since you are on the coast. You will want a light jacket to stay warm. In addition to staying warm, if you visit any of the churches or basilica you need to cover your knees and shoulders so having something to put over your clothes is a good idea.

Euros

You should always carry local currency. Whether it is to tip a tour guide, for after a meal, or if you are visiting smaller cities where cards aren’t as widely accepted. If the card you have charges foreign transaction fees you don’t want to bring that card with you because those fees add up. I like to pay in mostly local currency but that’s just me. It’s always good to have some handy. 

You can exchange currency at home with your local bank before traveling or at an ATM in the country you are traveling to. Try to use an ATM that is attached to a bank and if there is an option make sure to choose to pay in local currency option.

Headphones

A great addition to exploring Naples is downloading an audio tour. Rick Steves has a free app that has multiple audio tours for Naples (there are tours for most of Italy and Europe). All you need to do is download the app and then download the audio you want so you can listen when you are there. I downloaded the Naples city walk and it was fantastic.

 

Safety apps for solo travelrs

 

Day Trips from Naples

One of the best things about Naples is that you can use it as a home base and visit so many amazing cities in a few hours. If you have the time here are some of the best day trips to take from Naples.

Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius

Now I wouldn’t do all three of these in one day because you will feel too rushed. Instead do Pompeii one day, there is alot to see so you can explore without feeling rushed, then if you have more time do Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum the next day. I did Pompeii and Mt.Vesuvius in 1 day from Rome and had a good amount of time. Naples to the Herculaneum is only a 15-minute train ride and Naples to Pompeii is about 40 min. You will want to use the Circumvesuviana train line. 

Pompeii

Pompeii is a must for most travelers visiting southern Italy. This open-air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of Pompeii.

The ancient ruins of the ancient Roman city that was covered in hot ash after Mt.Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Visiting Pompeii is like stepping back in time, where you can wander through the preserved streets, homes, and public buildings. Highlights include the Forum, the Temple of Apollo, the House of the Vettii, and the haunting plaster casts of victims frozen in their final moments.

If you plan on visiting Pompeii:

Arrive Early- Pompeii gets busy, especially during the high season. Get there early to avoid crowds but also to beat the heat.

Use an Audio Guide– If you don’t want to do a guided tour you can download an audio tour like this one from Rick Steves. This way you can still learn some of the history at your own pace.

Wear Comfortable ShoesComfortable shoes are a must throughout Italy but definitely when exploring Pompeii. You will be climbing steps, and walking through gravel, grass, and dirt. Make sure you have the right shoes.

Protect Yourself from the Heat– Italy can get hot. Be sure you have sunscreen, a hat, and water to protect yourself from the sun and heat. There aren’t many places to get away from the sun while at Pompeii so you need to be prepared. I also like to carry Liquid I.V. or something similar to make sure I stay hydrated.

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Herculaneum

Similar to Pompeii but lesser-known, Herculaneum offers a more intimate glimpse into Roman life. This ancient city, also buried by the eruption of Mt.Vesuvius, offers exceptionally well-preserved buildings, frescoes, and even organic materials like wooden furniture. Highlights of a visit to the Herculaneum include the grand House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the stunning House of the Deer, and the thermal baths. The compact size of the Herculaneum makes it a perfect half-day trip from Naples, allowing you to delve into its history without feeling rushed.

Mount Vesuvius

For the adventurous traveler, a day trip to Mount Vesuvius offers the opportunity to hike to the summit of one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. Although it’s still an active volcano, climbing Mount Vesuvius is safe. While the climb can be challenging, the panoramic views from the top are truly breathtaking, providing sweeping vistas of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding countryside. Guided tours are available for those seeking expert insights into the geology and history of the volcano. 

Comfortable Shoes– The terrain of Mount Vesuvius is made up of small rocks and loose dirt and is really steep. We wore athletic-type shoes and we were still sliding down on the way down. The hike itself isn’t long but it is moderately strenuous.

Stay Hydrated– Like I said the hike is moderately strenuous so make sure you have some water with you. Extra if you are hiking in the summertime. It gets hot.

Protect Yourself from the Sun– While hiking Mount Vesuvius you will want to make sure you protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, a hat, or even UV clothing.

 

Capri

Escape the hustle and bustle of Naples with a ferry ride to the island of Capri. Famous for its rugged coastline, stunning grottoes, and vibrant town, Capri has so much to offer. You can spend the day exploring the grottoes with a boat tour, hiking along the scenic trails with breathtaking views, or just soaking up the beauty of the city center. Don’t forget to indulge in local specialties like fresh seafood, Caprese salad, and limoncello before catching the ferry back to Naples.

 

 

Ischia

A very short ferry ride from Naples is the island of Ischia. With lush landscapes, sandy beaches, and natural thermal springs, this is one place you won’t want to miss. Spend your day soaking in the rejuvenating waters of the island’s thermal spas, where you can unwind amidst stunning natural surroundings. Be sure to check if they are open during your visit. If you are an adventurer, Ischia offers opportunities for hiking, diving, and exploring its medieval castles and quaint villages. 

 

Procida

Known for its colorful houses, picturesque harbors, and laid-back atmosphere, the island of Procida is a beautiful hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Stroll down the charming streets lined with pastel-colored buildings and stunning views of the sea. Procida is also famous for its lemons which are larger and sweeter than other varieties. Prodica offers the perfect relaxing day. Relax on one of the beaches or rent a boat to explore the hidden caves along the coast.

 

 

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