The gritty city of Naples, known for being the birthplace of pizza, is the location of several important historical sites. Naples is a must-see for history buffs and foodies alike, thanks to the mediaeval Naples Cathedral, the 18th-century Villa Comunale Garden, and the nearby Pompeii.

Since Naples is the entry point to southern Italy, anyone travelling the length of the country is likely to stop here. It is the ideal place to begin exploring the area because of its proximity to Pompeii, Capri, and Sorrento. (NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)

The best part is that it’s a gourmet city unlike any other; throughout my trip, I ate my weight in pizza!

This Naples travel guide can help you organise your trip, cut travel costs, and enjoy your time in this famous Italian city to the fullest!

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Naples

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1. Go to the Naples Archaeological Museum

One of the best collections of Greek and Roman artefacts from Pompeii and Naples may be found in this museum. Ancient jewellery, mosaics, bronzes, sculptures, and a cast of a young woman who died in Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 CE are all present. A section of the museum known as the “Secret Cabinet” houses a collection of Roman sexual artwork from Pompeii and Herculaneum from the first century. Admission costs 15 euros.

2. Visit Villa Comunale

This stretch of coastline was planned as a park for the Bourbon monarchy by King Ferdinand IV in the 1780s. Up until 1869, when Italy became one country, it was off limits to the general public, save for rare occasions. The 1-kilometer (0.62-mile) promenade is lined with lovely pathways and gardens, as well as a historic aquarium and a number of elaborate fountains.

3. Climb Vesuvius Mountain.

The Mount Vesuvius volcano destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people. Even though the hike is only a short one (around 30 to 60 minutes), it is rather steep. You can view the crater of the volcano and the Bay of Naples from the summit. The 10 EUR entrance fee must be paid in advance online. Taking the train from Naples and then changing to a shuttle bus to get here is simple.

4. Visit Pompeii

Pompeii’s archaeological site lives up to the promise. The old Roman city was preserved as a moment in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying it beneath 4-6 metres (13–20 feet) of volcanic ash. The vast, 160-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site may be explored today, complete with excavated houses, baths, an amphitheatre, mosaics, frescoes, and gory casts of victims in their last moments. I spent the entire day there because it’s such an interesting site. Although a self-guided tour of the site costs 16 EUR, it is recommended that you join a guided tour  to fully appreciate all the structures and remnants.

5. Visit the Duomo.

San Gennaro is the patron saint of the city, and the Duomo is a Gothic church from the thirteenth century. Frescoes, reliefs, and mosaics from various eras embellish the church. Additionally, you can go down into the crypt to observe the ruins of the old paleo-Christian church that the cathedral was built upon. Every year, a vial of the saint’s dried blood is taken out of storage for the Festival of San Gennaro, which is held at the Duomo. Legend has it that calamity will befall Naples if the blood does not liquefy. NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE

Other Things to See and Do in Naples

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1. Take a free walking tour

Taking a free walking tour is one of the first things I do when I get somewhere new. It’s the ideal way to see the key attractions and learn about the city from a knowledgeable local guide. Free walking tourA comprehensive free tour of Naples’ top attractions is available. Only remember to give your guide a tip at the end!

2. Visit Piazza del Mercato to shop

Since the thirteenth century, this market has served as Naples’ primary market square. Everything is sold there, including groceries, fresh produce, and handcrafted trinkets. This location fills up much more during the Christmas season with vendors offering holiday-themed things.

3. Attend an event at the Teatro San Carlo

This opera building, which was built in 1737 and has since survived wars, fires, and revolutions, is the oldest in the world. The interior exudes an opulent and elegant atmosphere with its blue upholstery, gold accents, brilliant chandeliers, and about 1,400 seats. At the very least, take the 7-euro guided tour if you can’t see a show here.

4. Visit Herculaneum

The less well-known cousin of Pompeii is Herculaneum. It was formerly a fishing community with 4,000 residents, all of whom met the same fate as the people of Pompeii. Additionally, the site is well preserved and often sees fewer visitors. While I wouldn’t recommend skipping Pompeii, you should attempt to fit in a trip here as well. A ticket costs 11 euros. Tours cost 45 EUR if you wish to go on a guided tour with an archeologist,.

5. See a movie outside under the stars

Here, N’ato Cinema, an outdoor cinema festival, is hosted each summer. With international and family film screenings, it begins at the beginning of June and continues every week until the end of July. The tickets are only 4.50 euros.

6. Head over to Villa Floridiana

This estate, which was initially constructed in 1816 as a gift from King Ferdinand I to his second wife, Duchess Lucia Migliaccio, features immaculately kept gardens, sweeping views of Naples Bay, and an elaborate fountain teeming with turtles. The National Museum of Ceramics is also housed there. There are more than 6,000 items in the collection, ranging from European art to Japanese Edo pottery. The museum admission fee is EUR 4.

7. Visit the Flavio Anfiteatro

This amphitheatre, which dates back to 1 CE, was once the third-largest in all of Italy (only the Roman Colosseum and the amphitheatre in Capua are larger). Over 40,000 people used to congregate here to witness gladiator fights and other entertainment. It was started by Emperor Vespasian and finished by his son. Today, you may take a tour of the numerous collapsed columns and discover more about the stadium’s past performances. It costs 4 euros to enter.

8. Go to the Capodimonte National Museum

This museum exhibits works by Baroque and Renaissance artists. It is called the Neapolitan National Gallery. Among the well-known artists represented here are Giordano, Caravaggio, Bellini, El Greco, and Titian. The works date from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries.Admission costs 12 euros.

9. Take a stroll around Castelnuovo

Along the coast sits the sizable mediaeval castle known as Castelnuovo. Visit this place to see the art museum, which has a collection of Italian paintings from the 17th to the 19th centuries, including pieces by Luigi Crisconio and Carlo Vanvitelli. You may get some fantastic views of Naples and the shore for only 6 euros if you visit.

10. Go on the Subterranean Tour

My favourite Naples activity was this. You can take an underground trip to explore some of the city’s historic ruins, which are located in the city centre. These include antiquated reservoirs and the remains of a Roman-era theatre. You’ll discover how the city has developed and altered throughout the course of its 2,400-year existence. Although it costs 80 euros, it is completely worth it.

Naples Travel Costs



Hostel prices

A bed in a room with 8–12 beds costs 20–27 EUR a night, whereas a dorm bed in a hostel with 4-6 beds costs 28–35 EUR. The cost of a private room is between 75 and 100 euros. The seasons don’t significantly affect price changes. The majority of hostels offer free Wi-Fi, and some also offer free breakfast.

Camping outside the city is possible for as little as 10 euros a night for one person and a basic plot without electricity for those who are travelling with tents.

Prices for cheap hotels:

Naples doesn’t have a lot of two-star hotels. The cost of a night at a three-star economy hotel ranges from 60 to 100 euros. Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a TV, and a coffee/tea maker are standard facilities. Some offer free breakfast as well.

Private rooms are available on Airbnb for 35–60 euros per night. The price of an entire apartment is closer to 100 euros per night, but if you wait to book, prices will more than double.

Average price of food:

Italian cuisine is well-known around the world, despite the fact that each Italian region has its own distinctive flavor. Most meals are built around pasta, tomatoes, olives, and olive oil, with meat, fish, and a variety of cheeses filling out the menu.

Pizza, which became popularised in Naples in the 18th century, is a must-try when visiting. Other regional favourites are Caprese salad, which is a fresh salad with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, and spaghetti alla puttanesca, which is spaghetti with capers.

Overall, Naples offers relatively affordable dining options. Pizza was invented here, therefore there are plenty of options for under 10 EUR. Check out Pizzeria Sorbillo; it’s well-known for a reason. For 10 euros or less, most informal eateries offer pizza or pasta dishes.

You can find inexpensive food almost anywhere along Via dei Tribunali. Another inexpensive option is Chinese takeout, which runs about 5-7 EUR per dish.

If you want to splurge, a three-course lunch with traditional Italian food at a mid-range restaurant will run you about 25 euros.

A combo meal of fast food (a thick McDonald’s) costs about 8 euros. A latte or cappuccino costs about 1.50 euros, while a beer costs about 3 euros. Water bottles cost less than one euro.

A week’s worth of groceries, if you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, costs 50–60 euros. You may buy some meat and some basic foods like pasta and seasonal veggies with this.

Backpacking Naples Suggested Budget

Traveling on a daily budget of 60 euros allows you to live in a hostel room, prepare all of your own food, drink sparingly, use public transportation to get around, and participate in primarily free activities like exploring parks and taking free walking tours. If you intend to drink, increase your daily spending by 5–10 EUR(NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)

Spending 135 EUR per day on a mid-range budget will allow you to stay in a private Airbnb, dine out for the majority of your meals, indulge in a few drinks, occasionally take a taxi to get around, and participate in more expensive activities like visiting museums and taking a day trip to Pompeii.

You can stay in a hotel, eat out for every meal, drink more, rent a car or take more cabs, and participate in any trips and activities you like on a “luxury” budget of 230 euros or more each day. But for luxury, this is merely the ground floor. There are no boundaries!

According to your travel preferences, use the chart below to get a general estimate of how much money you need to set aside each day. Remember that these are daily averages and that some days you may spend more and some days less (you might spend less every day). We simply wish to provide you with a rough outline for creating your budget. The price is in euros (NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)



Accommodation 25

Food 15

Transportation 10

Attractions 10

Average Daily Cost 60


Accommodation 70
Food 30
Transportation 15
Attractions 20
Average Daily Cost 135


Accommodation 90
Food  75
Transportation 30
Attractions 35
Average Daily Cost 230

Naples Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Naples isn’t as pricey as northern Italian towns like Rome or Florence, but if you eat out frequently and participate in loads of activities, it’s still easy to go over your budget. Thankfully, there are other ways to save money here as well. Here are some money-saving tips for Naples:

Eat on the cheap

Consume food on a budget by ordering a pizza or a sandwich to go for a few dollars to help you control your spending. Naples’ best dish is pizza, which is very inexpensive.

Get the Visitalia Tourist Card Napoli

The Visitalia Tourist Card is available in Naples. This tourist card offers savings on the best museums, tours, and attractions if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing. It is reasonably priced and includes free public transit, saving you money over purchasing separate tickets. A one-day pass is priced at EUR 14.50, a two-day pass is priced at EUR 19, and a three-day pass is priced at EUR 23.50. Even a week-long pass is available for only 26.80 euros.

Buy wine instead of going to a bar

Instead of going to a pub, get wine from the store. A decent bottle of wine costs only a few euros. Compared to drinking at the bar, it is much less expensive.

Stay with a local.

Even in hostels, lodging in Italy may be fairly pricey. Utilize Couchsurfing to stay with locals who have free couches and spare beds. It’s a fantastic method to cut costs and meet locals who can impart their wisdom. Please provide your requests as early as possible.

Join a free walking tour;

this is a terrific opportunity to discover the background of the locations you are seeing and to ensure that you don’t miss any must-see sights. Napoli offers frequent free walking tours to help you get oriented and explore the main attractions.Just remember to give your tour guide a tip!

Bring a water bottle

Bring a reusable water bottle so you may save money and lessen your usage of plastic, as the tap water is safe to drink here. My preferred brand is LifeStraw because their bottles have internal filters that guarantee your water is always pure and safe.

Where to Stay in Naples

Looking for an affordable place to stay when you visit? Here are some of my recommended places to stay in Naples:

How to Get Around Naples



Public transportation – The best ticket to purchase for public transit in Naples is a TIC (Ticket Integrato Campani) ticket, which is accepted on all city buses, funiculars, and metros. It costs 1.60 euros for a single ticket that is valid for 90 minutes. A daily pass costs 4.50 EUR, while a weekly pass costs 15.80 EUR.

Although it’s not the most effective method of transportation, the bus is handy for negotiating Naples’ lengthy main commercial thoroughfare, Corso Umberto, because there is a dedicated bus lane.

The bus is often preferable in Naples because the metro has a limited network.

Train: The Circumvesuviana trains depart from Naples Centrale and cost 4.50 EUR to reach Sorrento and 2.20 EUR to reach Herculaneum. Pompeii only costs 2.80 euros.Trains from Ferrovia Cumana cost 2.20 EUR to Pozzuoli.

ItaliaRail. is a fantastic tool for organising rail travel.

Taxis – Taxis cost a lot in this place. Meter rates begin at 4.25 euros and are priced at one euro per kilometer. If possible, avoid the taxis because they can add up quickly. If a cab is necessary, make sure the driver uses the metre to avoid overcharging you.

Rent a bike: Naples is a bike-friendly city, and rentals start at just 10 euros per day.

Car rental: For a multi-day rental, cars can be rented for about 30 to 40 EUR per day. However, given Naples’ horrible traffic, I’d advise against renting a car unless you plan on taking a few day trips. In addition, drivers here tend to be more aggressive, so unless you’re an experienced driver, I wouldn’t recommend renting a car (NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)

When to Go to Naples


Naples enjoys year-round warmth because of its location on the Mediterranean Sea. Although the summer months (June to August) are the busiest travel seasons, they are also the hottest, with temperatures frequently exceeding 31 °C (88 °F). The driest month of the year is July. August is a popular month for Italian vacations, so it’s really crowded here then. During this time, anticipate extensive advance planning and more expensive lodging.

Personally, I believe Naples is best visited during the off-peak seasons (April–May and September–October). You’ll skip the busiest travel period while still enjoying pleasant weather. The average temperature is a lot more acceptable at 22 °C (72 °F).

If visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum is one of your top priorities, now is a particularly ideal time to travel to Naples. In cooler weather, there will be fewer tourists, and you will feel much more at ease touring the ruins. There isn’t a lot of shade at these locations, and there aren’t many places to relax and rest.(NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)

The coldest months are December through February, when daily highs are around 8 °C (46 °F). Although now isn’t the ideal time to go, costs will be a little lower and there won’t be as many people around.

How to Stay Safe in Naples

Although Naples is a very safe city to visit with a bag, it has a reputation for being a little gritty in comparison to other Italian cities.The most frequent crime you’ll experience here is pickpocketing, so you should exercise caution in busy places (especially on public transportation). Keep all of your valuables hidden and locked away at all times (NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)

Make sure the taxi uses the metre at all times to avoid being overcharged.

Although the usual precautions still apply (don’t leave your drink alone at the bar, don’t walk alone at night if intoxicated, etc.), solo female tourists should feel safe here in general.

Avoid going to the Spanish Quarter after dark or if you’re alone because it can get a little sketchy.

Be cautious if you’re walking everywhere. Naples has terrible traffic, and the majority of the time, the vehicles do not obey the traffic lights. When crossing the roadway, exercise caution.

Call 113 for assistance in an emergency.

Always follow your instincts. Make copies of all of your identification and personal documents, such as your passport. (NAPLES TRAVEL GUIDE)

Naples Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

Travel deals.
  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • BlaBlaCar –BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way to travel than by bus or train!








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