The jewels of the Gulf of Naples
This itinerary is suitable for those who want to explore the Campania region in all its facets, appreciating both the natural and the artistic of the historical places that have made this region famous in the world and also known to those who have never been to Italy.
Best season : From May to October to fully enjoy the bathing season, but given the mild climate of the South, the itinerary is enjoyable all year ro
Included / Not Included
Nights in hotels
Archaeological Museum Entrance
St. Chiara's Cloister Entrance and San Severo Chapel (these are the only paid and bookable churches)
Hydrofoil or ferry to/from the islands
Entrance to Blue Cave
Entrance to Emerald Cave (entry into the 2 caves is not guaranteed every day, depending on weather and sea conditions)
Pompeii excavations entrance
Herculaneum excavations entrance
Entrance to Caserta Palace
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Arrival at the airport/station in Naples with welcome and delivery of the travel material.
Depending on the arrival time and if you have enough time available, you can immediately immerse yourself in the typical Neapolitan atmosphere and get an immediate idea of the beauty of this city; the best place to start is the panoramic view of St. Martin. From Old Town, you can take one of the traditional Neapolitan funiculars that lead to the Vomero hilltop district, the upper part of Naples, where you can visit the Certosa di San Martino, ancient monastic complex now home to a beautiful museum, or the adjacent Castel Sant’Elmo, fortress dating back to the thirteenth century. Alternatively, you can simply stop on the terrace in front of the Certosa and enjoy a drink in front of one of the most beautiful views in the world. This time, in fact, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the entire city and much of its gulf, including Capri and the Sorrento Peninsula.
Night at the hotel.
SPACCANAPOLI: Diving through the streets of Old Town is an experience not to be missed for those who visit Naples. Walking in the unchanged path from over many centuries, the Roman Greek city is enveloped by its sounds, smells and flavors. This is a great opportunity to taste the Neapolitan street food and its infinite variety such as the famous cuppetiello, a paper cone that contains an assortment of fried food, from fish to potato croquettes, or pizza. The most famous of Neapolitan street food in its most traditional version is the so-called pizza wallet (because it is folded in four parts) and can be eaten on the go or sitting at a table in a the most renowned pizzerias of the center, such as Da Michele, where you can eat only two types of pizza, the margherita and the marinara, which are the two original types of Neapolitan pizza.
But above all, you will walk along centuries of history, told from every corner of the city and in particular by its wonderful churches, almost 500, almost all concentrated in Old Town. Notable churches being the church of St. Chiara, with the attached monastery famous for the spectacular Cloister of The Majolicato, and the Baroque church of Gesù Nuovo and the beautiful Cathedral, famous for the miracle of the liquefaction of Saint Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples. Don’t miss the San Severo Chapel, a private chapel that houses a wonderful and enigmatic example of art, the sculpture of the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe San Martino. Moving from one church to another, you will stroll between obelisks, Greek statues, votive places carrying infinite testimonies of Neapolitan history and tradition, whose most famous event remains the Nativity. A walk to San Gregorio Armeno, the characteristic and picturesque street of the Nativity scenes, is recommended.
Very close to Old Town is also the National Archaeological Museum, which houses priceless treasures from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two famous cities destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and the beautiful Farnese collection full of beautiful statues and sculptures of Roman origin (the most well-known are Hercules and Toro Farnese).
Night at the hotel.
From the Beverello Pier at the port of Naples, you embark for the island of OPTION:
1) PROCIDA: With an area of about 4 sq km, it is the smallest of the islands in the Gulf of Naples and is also the most characteristic. Still outside the circuits of mass tourism, the island lacks large hotels and resorts and has an atmosphere still linked to the ancient life of fishermen, to the slow and simple rhythms of time. It’s a succession of narrow streets, colorful cottages, lemon groves, vineyards and beautiful beaches. The most famous is Pozzovecchio Beach, now known as the Il Postino Beach, because many scenes of the unforgettable movie with Massimo Troisi were filmed here.
The village of Terra Murata is very beautiful, with a stunning panorama overlooking Corricella, perhaps the most emblematic seaside village on the island.
2) ISCHIA: On the contrary, it is the largest of the islands in the Gulf of Naples and is famous especially for thermal waters that, thanks to its volcanic nature, are rich in minerals. It is therefore equipped with numerous hotels, most of which are equipped with spas. Divided into various municipalities, it has different poles of attraction. The inevitable sites of attraction include a visit to the Aragonese Castle, the various gardens, especially the Mortella Gardens, and the beautiful beaches, such as Maronti Beach where the hot springs flow.In the evening, return to Naples for your night in the hotel..
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