Naples Italy Travel Guide

Naples is the third largest city in Italy and full of history, art, architecture and delicious food. Naples' cultural assets are extraordinary, with royal palaces, castles, and ancient ruins. And Naples food…. you'll find the country's best pizza, pasta and espresso, its most appetizing street markets, and some of the most celebrated dishes. Skinny streets and weathered courtyards have a plethora of workshops and boutiques, to rare Neapolitan lithographs and gourmet local food and wine. Leave plenty of room in your suitcase.

Naples Weather – When to Visit

The best time to visit Naples is between March and April when the weather is mild and the tourist crowds aren't quite so thick. Summertime is hot and humid and makes everything but the beach sticky and sweaty. In the fall, the temperatures do drop, but there is also ample rain showers. Between December and February, you'll find mild winters (highs in the mid-50s) with sunny days alternating with gray, gloomy ones. But Christmas-related events and low season hotel rates may be worth the relatively chilly temperatures.

Best Naples Beaches

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The Gaiola Beach

The Gaiola beach The “Gaiola” beach is one of the most beautiful and famous in Naples. This beach is divided into two parts, both free: in one par you will have to show a document at the entrance. In other part, no document is necessary. However, it does get crowded and advisable to go there as early as possible in order to get a good spot as it is the most popular and can be crowded.

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Miseno and Miliscola Beaches

The Miseno and Miliscola beaches are perfect for a day at the beach without spending too much. You can choose to go on the free beach or to go in one of the many bathing establishments. You can choose between the fun and the aperitifs that are offered at the bathing establishments or a quiet relaxation with your family on the beach.

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Lo Scoglione (The Big Cliff of Marechiaro)

The big cliff of Marechiaro is one of the best places where you can swim. It is a long cliff where you can stay with your own towel or rent a crib from the stands on the area. The entrance is free but it does get crowded, so advisable to get to this beach as earlier in the day as possible.

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Ieranto Bay

If you are in Naples you must spend a day at the Sorrento Peninsula. Here there are a lot of beautiful places where you can spend a fantastic day near the sea. The Ieranto Bay is one of them.

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Areinzo

Another area you won't want to miss is the Amalfi Coast. Arienzo’s beach is really a pearl. It is also known as the “three hundred steps” beach because it is the number of steps you need to descend before you reach it. You can choose to stay on the free beach or go to a bathing establishment. This beach is never too crowded.

Best Naples Tours & Activities

Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip from Naples

See the stunning Amalfi Coast at your own speed on this private, full-day trip from Naples. After creating your own itinerary, sit back and enjoy as a private driver takes you along the coast, making stops in the most beautiful villages in southern Italy: Positano, Sorrento, Ravello and Amalfi. Get a true taste of the region’s rich history, architecture, cuisine and more before concluding with drop-off back in Naples. Read more about the Sorrento, Positano, Amalifi & Ravello Day Trip.

Naples Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi

See the stunning Amalfi Coast while in port in Naples with this private, full-day excursion to the south’s most beautiful towns. Sit back and relax with a private driver, as you’re transported to Positano, Sorrento, Ravello and Amalfi. Spend as much or as little time as you’d like in each location, soaking up the region’s culture, cuisine and architecture. After a full day of exploration, you will be driven back to port in Naples. Read more about the private tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi.

Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento

Set sail for the idyllic Italian island of Capri on this full-day tour, including round-trip jetfoil transfers from Naples or Sorrento. Travel around the island by minibus, taking in the views along the famous Mamma Mia Road. Stop to browse the handicraft stores of Anacapri, stroll the Augustus Gardens and soak up the atmosphere in buzzing La Piazzetta. Top it off with a visit to the Blue Grotto and a funicular ride to Marina Grande. Read more about the Grotto Day Tour.

Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

Get a true taste of one of Italy's culinary capitals with a food and sightseeing tour of Naples. Spend some time exploring the city, stopping at the city's main squares and basilicas, as well as at hidden eateries to sample traditional dishes. Learn the history of Naples as you make your way from one mini-feast to the next, dining on everything from zucchini flowers to ragù, baccalà, and Pizza Margherita. Come hungry: the tasting tour is a meal in itself. Read more about the Naples Food Tour.

Semi Private Tour Amalfi Coast Experience Shore Excursion from Naples Port

After your cruise ship docks in Naples, take the lead on this small-group tour of the Amalfi Coast. Decide where you stop and for how long; you'll be ferried along the coastal road by a guide and driver who knows the ins and outs of the region. Stops can include Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano. Read more about the Amalfi Coast Experience

Best Naples Restaurants

Il Comandante $31 – 60

Il Comandante is Romeo hotel’s fine dining restaurant overlooking the Bay of Naples. They serve Italian cuisine that bring together the flavors of Naples with international influences. For the menu, main courses range from mullet with scallops to anise marinated pigeon. Or, opt for the six- or eight-course menu with Chef’s choice for a comprehensive experience. Telephone: 39 081 604 1580 Web: Il Comandante

Palazzo Petrucci $31 – 60

Palazzo Petrucci offers gorgeous beachfront views. Guests can watch Chef Lino Scarallo at work in the restaurant’s open-plan kitchen where exquisite lasagna with buffalo mozzarella and marinated prawns are cooking up. Choose a wine from nearly 600 labels in the glass cellar, both local and international. There’s also a gourmet pizzeria onsite for a taste of the city’s most famous dish. Telephone: 39 081 575 7538 Web: Palazzo Petrucci

Veritas $31 – 60

The focus here is on fresh seafood sourced from local fishermen, paired with homemade breads and desserts. Select appetizers, first dishes, main courses and dessert, or opt for the tasting menu to sample a bit of it all. Veritas’ wine cellar makes every wine on the list available by the glass so that guests are able to try different expressions with Chef Gianluca D’Agostino’s dishes in an artsy atmosphere. Telephone: 39 081 660 585 Web: Veritas

Sud $11 – 30

Sud offers a tasting menu composed by the chef and consisting of two starters, a first course, second course and dessert that highlight Southern Italian cuisine. Award-winning Chef Marianna Vitale also presents a seven-course menu of her choosing that can be paired with wines from local vineyards. Telephone: 39 081 020 2708 Web: Sud

Taverna Estia $31 – 60

Guests can choose from three tasting menus: Campaia, Campare and Expression of search. The additional Impressions section of the menu represents travels with dishes like smoked artichokes stuffed with foam of pecorino, fried cod dish and homemade ravioli with pork ragù. Honoring the tradition of Neapolitan coffee, Taverna Estia also features a coffee from the world menu with various selections to savor. Telephone: 39 081 519 9633 Web: Taverna Estia

Best Naples Bars

Enoteca Belledonne

A classic enoteca where you can enjoy a wine list that has within it Italian and International wines. Enjoy the atmosphere and the food in this beautiful location in Chiaia. Telephone: 39 081 403 162 Web: Enoteca Belledonne

Archeobar

One of the most student-friendly best bars Naples Italy, the Archeobar serves food and drink, while having an upstairs bit in which you can enjoy your drink while studying. Telephone: 39 081 1917 8862 Web: Archeobar

Shanti Art Musik Bar

A Nice little bar where you can enjoy some amazing live music, right in the heart of Naples. Inspired by an ethnic feel you’ll love every moment in there. Telephone: 39 081 551 4979 Web: Shanti Art Musik Bar

Cammarota Spritz

A unique location in the Quartieri Spagnoli, it is one of the busiest Spritz bars in all of Naples. You can order a Spritz for a euro, yep 1 euro. Telephone: Web: 39 320 277 5687 Cammarota Spritz

Pepi Vintage Room

A Vintage inspired bar that follows the trend in vintage-inspired places, signature cocktails, and some of the best ones in Naples. Telephone: 39 328 656 3615 Web: Pepi Vintage Room

Best Naples Hotels

Museum Luxury Suites

Featuring a shared lounge and free WiFi, Museum Luxury Suites is located in the Naples Historical Centre of Naples, close to National Archeological Museum, Catacombs of Saint Gaudioso and MUSA.

Amadomus Luxury Suites

Amadomus means love for luxury and comfort. Luxury Rooms & Suites, characterized by refined and prestigious furnishings, represent the ideal solution for guests seeking relax, privacy and well-being during their stay in Naples. The modern and sophisticated design, together with the staff’s true welcoming spirit and professionality, are the signature elements of our Boutique Hotel.

Toledo 16 Luxury Suites

The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the guest house also boast free WiFi. Guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine.

Hotel Matilde – Lifestyle Hotel

In a prime location in the Plebiscito district of Naples, Hotel Matilde – Lifestyle Hotel is located 350 feet from San Carlo Theatre, 1,300 feet from Galleria Borbonica and 1,650 feet from Maschio Angioino. With a bar, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests.

NapoliMia Hotel

Situated in a historical building in Naples, Hotel NapoliMia offers a shared lounge. Centrally located in the Plebiscito district, this hotel provides a bar. Maschio Angioino is just a 6-minute walk away, and Toledo Metro Station is less than 350 feet away. Free WiFi is available throughout.

28 Comments

  1. Nate Stone

    Hi Leahrae,

    My girlfiend has beeen to Italy quite a few times and has been “harassing” me to join here one year.

    I must admit, most the Italian cities except for Milan & Naples haven’t really appealed personally to me. We’re both big beach fans, the Gaiola Beach & Miseno and Miliscola Beaches look quite stunning!

    How would you rate the nightlife? While we don’t really go on partying holidays together (we leave those for stag and hen do’s now lol) we do like to dine fairly late. In your experience are restaurants are bars open a bit later in the evening (10:00 – midnight)

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Nate,  well yes you do need to go with her!  You’ll find that the bars and restaurants are open late for your late dinner.  Yes, don’t miss Gaila Beach!  I love beaches myself and you will have a great time here.

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  2. Paolo

    Hi! Naples is one of the best cities in all Italy. And not only the city but it’s people are a lot of fun too.

    The Miseno and Miliscola beaches are the best when wanting to go to the beach with all the family on a budget. Here beside my PC I have a picture of my family at Miliscola beach 5 years ago. We’re wanting to go back!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh I bet Paolo.  Being from Italy, I am sure you know all the best places.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  3. Leo

    Hi Leahrae:

    I found out your website by chance, and it is amazing. I really like the
    style of your website, it is so colorful and simple and informative for
    people who like to travel on the beach site.

    Thank you for providing us so much useful information about beautiful beach locations.I also really enjoy the view of the different beach.  A lot of the time, my family will go to beach together to enjoy the view, and kid really enjoy playing with water from ocean.

    I like the best beach gear section on you website, it really give me a
    ready and useful list for the things i have to bring when i go to the
    beach.It is very useful and thoughtful.

    And the hotel and airplane and the activities your website suggest is really helpful.
    Thank you for providing us the useful information. Keep the good work!

    Sincerely,

    Leo

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Leo for leaving such a great and thought out comment 🙂  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to my Naples Italy Travel Guide.  I hope you and your family can visit some time soon!

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  4. Wildecoll

    Traveling can get so tiring if not properly planned before hand, that’s why it’s always good to make research about the destination you’re going, check how much comfort it can offer, how much fun, security and so on, this will assure you of a sweet and smooth trip. Naples is beautifully blessed with amazing natural endowments, weather conditions and activities. I’d love to see what it looks like with my own eyes, it’s possible I plan against next year. I’ll bookmark this site so I won’t loose this information and I’ll also share it with some other friends so they can check it out. It’s really nice to read this article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  Thanks for stopping by and I am glad I could help you learn more about Naples, so you can plan your family vacation.  

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  5. Mugalu Mansoor

    With this information about the Naples you have put me in the moods of visiting Naples as a city because I would like to enjoy the assets  of Naples food especially I would like to enjoy the pizza because I like that much, I would also like to visit the best Naples beaches especially the Gaiola beach thanks for the information 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh yes….Gaiola Beach is probably the nicest out of all the beaches close to Naples.  And of course you have to try the pizza, at least once!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Chris

    Very interested in visiting Naples with my partner at some point, and it’s very interesting to see that it’s near enough a year-round destination for holiday makers. 

    Really like the idea of the off-peak December choice with the gloomier weather, but at least you’ll still get to see most of the sites. What Christmas-related events usually take place in this part of the world?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Christmas in Naples is an excellent time to visit the city, famous for its wonderful street of nativity scene makers. Crib expositions in churches and museums will give you the feeling of Italian Christmas. In bars and Café´s you can try typical  sweets like Struffoli.  I like this time as it is less crowded and a unique way to enjoy the holidays!

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  7. Ramos

    This has covered for virtually what anyone could have hoped to do in naples if they were ever to visit this aged city. I like the guide you have shared and I can only say thank you for all of the great information here. It has definitely increased my interest in Italy, specifically in Naples for sure. My wife is from Italy and hopefully, she will take me through Naples when we go to visit Italy.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like you have been to Italy before.  Yes, get her to be your tour guide in Naples.  I think you will really enjoy it.  So much beauty and so much to see!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  8. Henderson

    This is a very good post that you have here. I have alwags been a big fan of italy. one of tgose places i will like to visit is bologna but now that you have shown me the beautuful beaches of naples, i think i now have a new destination want. This is a very good description of all the nice beaches there and hotels too. I would like to visit soon. Thanks for this.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Henderson!  I hop you can visit Naples Italy soon.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. jessetoikkanen

    Great article about Naples travel guide, I have been there a couple of times but most of the time outside of normal tourist places, I like to book only flight (one way ticket), explore the area(s), find nice and cheap local places to rest, most of the time in small hostels or homes of local people. Once I have been to NapoliMIa Hotel, it was pretty great, if you are going to book a hotel, it is definitely one of the best choices I would say. If you want to seek good beaches, I fully agree with most of these, especially Leranto Bay is a brilliant place to be in.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Jesse.  Sounds like you have been blessed to visit this wonderful place in Italy.  I agree that the NapoliMia Hotel is a great choice 🙂

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  10. Rodarrick

    Wow! Naples too has got everything else to offer to everyone who wishes to explore this beautifully rich historical city. It is immensely beautiful and has been a place I always respect for the beauty of nature and how effective it has been with the history of Italy as a nation. Hence, I would love to explore this city too if  I ever travel to italey. The night life here is what I like the most. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Rodarrick.  I am glad you enjoyed visiting my Naples Italy Travel Guide.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Donny

    With so many water bodies in Italy I think Naples would be my favourite place to go in the whole world. I just realised that I’m so fascinated about water and it never really opened to me that I’m a Pisces guy and the zodiac sign is fish. All I want to-do when I grow is travel the world and be in the ships and be by the beaches and Naples seems like the best place to go and spend some time with family.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Maybe you should work on a cruise ship Donny 🙂  I feel the same way though.  I love the water, and doing anything on or around the water is just right up my alley.  Thanks for your visit.

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  12. Julius

    Thank you for that perfect post! I love Italy( especially the southern part, let’s say from Napoli everything down is south for me-;) and I could finally visit this summer. Stopped in Napoli, however, I did not spend there so much time as I wished With your guide I would be definitely confident enough to explore it all if I am going there next summer. I stayed an afternoon in Salerno, that’s not that far from Napoli. I knew the entire area is full of art and history, which you proved in your article. What I did not know is that there are so many beaches !! Amazing! BTW, The city structure reminds a bit of Catania, where I stayed. Thanks again, would really follow your guide when I am heading there-;) 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Julius and I hope when you return, with my Naples Italy Travel Guide, that you will have an amazing time!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  13. DreaJay

    Naples is just so amazing, with those beautiful beaches and restaurants, fun activities and so on, it will be the best place to visit for vacations and other occasions like travel weddings, anniversaries and lots more. They say marriage comes with some responsibilities and sacrifices, my wife does the selections when it comes choosing destination for our anniversary, mine is to follow her majesty, lol. I’ll share this article to her I it’ll convince her to choose Naples. Also, I like the Hotels, they are all beautiful and attractive. I’ll be pleased to reply you as it turns out. Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting article about Naples travel guide, it’s very helpful.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome and yes, you are right!  Marriage does come with sacrifices.  As they say, wife happy, marriage happy.  LOL.  Anyway I think she would fall in love with Naples.  It would make a great anniversary vacation to remember.

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  14. Tom

    Hi Leahrea,

    The Amalfi coast is on my list of places to visit. It is about a 10 hour drive from where I live in France. We are planning to have a trip at the end of this winter to either Corsica or Naples. Can you recommend some accommodation with secure parking? We plan on going in my classic mini and it isn’t the most secure car in the world.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh wow, if I lived that close, I think I would be making a visit to the Amalfi Coast all the time LOL.  It would be calling my name.  I live on the beach, and I tend to be a beach bum.  But I love it.  Ok there are a couple of places that will have secure parking.  They are in different areas, so just depends on where you want to be.  Here are the best ones with secure parking:  Relais Della Porta, Plebuscitum 2.0, or the Residenza San Ferdinando.

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