What To Do During A Visit to Naples

Naples is one of the most popular Italian cruise ports and there’s so many different things to see and do during a day in port.

If you fancy exploring Italy’s third largest city then there’s plenty to keep you occupied. You could visit Cappella Sansevero, a Masonic inspired chapel with some incredible architecture. You could check out Teatro San Carlo, Italy’s oldest and biggest opera house. The National Archaeological Museum which has some of the finest Graceo-Roman artefacts in the world. There’s also an amazing street market, some great shops and some of the best pizza in the world.

If you’ve visited Naples before and are looking for somewhere nearby to visit then there’s so much choice for everyone around Naples. Here’s my pick of the best places to go and things to do during a visit to Naples…

Visit Capri


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You can get to Capri easily and quickly by hydrofoil from Naples port, right next to where your cruise ship will dock. It takes around 50 minutes each way and prices are reasonable. You can find the timetable here.

In Capri you can rent a small boat, sail around the island, visit the grottos and stop off to swim in the gorgeous turquoise water. You can also take the quick funicular railway from the marina up to the town of Capri. The majority of Capri is closed to traffic so you can wander the quiet streets comfortably.

Visit Sorrento


Sorrento is one of my favourite places to visit from Naples. You can reach Sorrento by road, train or hydrofoil and I definitely prefer the hydrofoil as it’s the fastest and has the best views. It takes around 40 minutes to reach Sorrento from Naples by hydrofoil and you can find the links to timetables here.

Sorrento is a beautiful Italian town with plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It also has a beach area with lots of chic beach clubs if you fancy spending the day relaxing at the waters edge. The views are also absolutely stunning!

Visit Pompeii


The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town that was buried under ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption killed the inhabitants of the city however it was remarkably well preserved under the ash. Now you can visit the city, walk the streets, learn about it’s complex water system, see it’s gyms, amphitheaters and other important buildings. It’s a fantastic history lesson and it’s somewhere I love visiting.

You can get to Pompeii by road or by train and train tickets are very cheap. The train station you’re looking for is Pompeii Scavi and it’s less than a two minute walk from the train station.

Visit Herculaneum


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Herculaneum is another town that was destroyed in the same way as Pompeii in 79 AD. The difference is that Herculaneum was primarily affected by pyroclastic flows, which meant that wooden items such as roofs, buildings, beams and beds were extremely well preserved. Herculaneum was also a much wealthier town than Pompeii which means it has lots of impressive houses, and far more lavish use of colored marble cladding.

You can get to Herculaneum by road or by train and if you train by train the station you’re looking for is Ercolano Scavi. The entrance to the site is around half a mile from the train station.

Drive the Amalfi Coast

You can hire a car, taxi or a car with a driver and drive the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast and take in all the beautiful views and adorable towns on the way. The views along the Amalfi Coast are absolutely stunning and it’s bound to be one of the best mini road trips you ever take!

Have you been to Naples before? What did you do during your time there?