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Typical Scene From Spaccanapoli and Via Tribunali Area of Naples

Atmospheric: scene from Spaccanapoli and Via Tribunali area of Naples

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What to do and see in Naples

Naples is an easy and rewarding day trip from Sorrento. Although perhaps overshadowed by the bigger attractions of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius nearby, a visit to Naples is well worthwhile.

Chances are your expectations might not be that high in which case you will probably be pleasantly surprised.

Your expectations may be slightly confused. Isn't this a very poor city, lots of poverty and will I be safe? It's certainly a modern city, a thriving port with cultural museums and great churches and a playground for the rich a short hop on the Island of Capri.

Naples is all of that and more, a city of diverse experiences. It can be raw at times and the only real way to explore the city is independently and walking most of the time.

For most people a day visit to Naples will include a trip to the atmospheric Spaccanapoli area that forms the spine of the historic centre and Naples Cathedral.

If you have visited and enjoyed Pompeii and Herculaneum then the National Archaeological Museum of Naples should also be on your list that draws many of its exhibits from Pompeii and Herculaneum. A ride on the funicular railway up to San Martino is a memorable, novel ride with great views of the city below you at the top.


Walking back down the hill to the city through typical neighbourhoods is also rewarding.

Otherwise Naples has lots of low key museums, churches and forts that might take your fancy and a great place to just take up residence in a cafe with a coffee and people watch. The key is perhaps to give some thought to what you want to do prior to your visit and have an outline plan that is not too rigid, otherwise you may end up just aimlessly walking around the city, missing much that is worthwhile.

Main sightseeing attractions in city of Naples details


Getting to Naples from Sorrento

Travelling independently from Sorrento its a straight choice between the Circumvesuviana Train service and a choice of scheduled fast boat services that are faster but much more expensive than the train. The ferry terminus in Naples is in the heart of the city centre whilst the train station is to the east of the centre, this for most people requires a further bus ride.


Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Cheap: Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Circumvesuviana train service

The Circumvesuviana train service is cheap and takes about 75 minutes. For a day visit it's probably best to get off at Central Station or as Circumvesuviana call it Garibaldi Station, the main train station for Naples.


The train terminates one stop further down the line at Porta Nolana station in a scruffy part of the city and some way from where most visitors want to be in Naples.

At Central Station there is a visitor centre where you can pick-up a city street map with the main attractions and public transport marked. Central Station is to the east of the city centre and a major public transport hub. Most people will take a short bus ride or the Metro from Central Station but you could walk to the historic centre and be at the Cathedral for example in about 15 minutes.

You can buy a return ticket on the Circumvesuviana Train that comes bundled with a day pass on Naples very varied public transport system.

Circumvesuviana train service details

Fast ferry boat Sorrento-Naples

From the Marina Piccola at Sorrento Port, ferries, hydrofoils and jetboats operate services to Capri, Ischia and Naples.

Naples Hop On Sightseeing Buses at Piazza Municipio Terminus

Hop-on: Naples sightseeing buses at Piazza Municipio

Capri is the most frequent route but there are also schedules to Mollo Beverello, the ferry and cruise port for Naples.

Mollo Beverello is very central and you can walk straight into the city centre. The main hub of the popular hop on, hop off open top sightseeing buses is also close to the ferry terminal.

Ferry service to/from Naples port details

Getting around Naples

It is possible just to walk everywhere in Naples if you are keen but most people will use the local bus at least once and the funicular railway services are an attraction/experience in their own right.

Using public transport in Naples details

Naples has a traditional hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus service that consists of two routes. The service gives a very good initial orientation of the city and comes with a commentary so you can pick out aspects of Naples that you want to explore in more depth later in the day.

Naples open top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus details

Sightseeing tour of Pompeii & Naples from Sorrento - all year

With an early start this tour combines an orientation of Naples with a tour of Pompeii with some free time.

Your comprehensive guided tour of Naples includes stops at the Cathedral to visit its Treasure Chapel and S.Restituta basilica, dating back to the 4th century.

Pompeii With Mount Vesuvius In Background

Vast: Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in background

You'll also drive to Plebiscite Square to see the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St Francesco di Paula, the Town Hall Square and the New Castle built by the French Family of Anjou. Before driving to Pompeii, you'll admire wonderful views of the picturesque baroque city of Naples from the terraces of Posillipo.


At Pompeii your guide will take you on a walking tour including all highlights so you don't miss anything and crucially make sense of the spectacle you are witnessing. Before returning to Sorrento, you'll have approximately 30 minutes to spend at leisure in Pompeii.

The tour runs daily all year round, with hotel pick-ups in Sorrento. Price includes admission to Pompeii and services of the guide. The aim is to leave Sorrento around 7.15am after the hotel pick-ups returning to Sorrento after lunch.

Day Tour From Sorrento To Naples & Pompeii
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