Naples is a city rich of beauty, history, landscapes, attractions, wonders and contradictions and the time to visit and fully understand it is never enough.
However it could happen to you to be able to visit it only for a day and in that case you will wonder: where to go in? what to do? what to see? Which side of Naples start my tour? Where do I conclude it?
In order to answer these questions we propose this itinerary thought to let you spend a long tour around the city where you will be able to visit Naples in a day.
Central Station (Garibaldi Square)
If you are in Naples for a day your starting point is probably Garibaldi square.
Garibaldi square is the main terminal of the city transport. From Garibaldi square you can reach anywhere in the city of Naples and the entire metropolitan area, even the province, through the underground, the main lines of buses and trains of the state railways.
Consider that if you start from Capodichino airport or Molo Beverello you can easily reach Garibaldi square taking the Alibus. Garibaldi square is also easily accessible from other parts of the city, to learn more you can see the transport section on our site.
From there you’ll want to take the metro to reach Cavour square.
Out of the subway you can reach out and take Via Duomo, until you reach the beautiful Cathedral of Naples with adjoining visit the crypt and museum of the treasure of San Gennaro.
Via Duomo, along Via San Biagio dei Librai, you’ll cross the famous historic center of Naples, and will cross it through the famous Spaccanapoli, the lower decumanus of the ancient Naples dating back to the Roman period of the city. This exceptional road that seems to divide the city in two, still retains the path and some peculiarities of its past.
The Spaccanapoli road must be traveled straight until you get to Via Toledo. Since this is a straight and very long road, Spaccanapoli turns out to be easy to follow and useful for orientation in addition to being one of the most famous streets of Naples.
Dante Square – Via Toledo – Galleria Umberto I
Once arrived in Via Toledo you can climb on Dante square, look out on this beautiful square and, perhaps, find refreshment resting on a bench.
From Dante square, you must continue along Via Toledo. The road is long, but it’s downhill, so it will not be a problem.
Via Toledo is perhaps the most important road of Naples as well as one of the main shopping streets. Seats of institutions, shops, banks, and not only, in via Toledo you will find everything. Along Via Toledo from Dante square, at some point it will appear on your left the impressive Galleria Umberto I.
Inspired by that of Milan, the Galleria Umberto I is a clear example of Italian Liberty style. Its valuable manufacture and the refinement of its architectural style make it wonderful to visit and admire.
After visiting the gallery, however, you will need to get back on via Toledo (to do that it’s enough to remember wich of the 4 exit you entered).
Plebiscito Square – Via Chiaia – Vittoria Square
Continuing you will find, one after the other, Trieste e Trento square, and then Plebiscito square.
There, you’ll want to take the time you prefer to admire the Royal Palace but taking into account that you will pass again to Plebiscito square later. Same for the Teatro San Carlo.
Later, you will need to take Via Chiaia, the street of Naples that climbs behind the historic Gambrinus cafe.
Via Chiaia is a wonderful shopping street of Naples, accessible only on foot, connected with all the main streets of luxury shopping in Naples.
Traveled the whole Via Chiaia you will be in Martiri square. From there you can take Via Calabritto and find on Vittoria square.
Once arrived in Vittoria square you can decide whether to visit the Villa Comunale in Naples, which will open majestically at your right hand, or look out on the beautiful Naples’s seafront. In both cases, the situation would be perfect to stop for a coffee and, maybe, find a moment of rest.
Lungomare Caracciolo – Castel dell’Ovo and Borgo Marinari
Once restarted, you will need to walk the beautiful via Caracciolo. You will come across the majestic Castel dell’Ovo. A visit to the castle and to the underlying Borgo Marinari is a must.
Walking via Caracciolo you will end up back in the majestic Plebiscito square. If you didn’t enjoy it at first, this is an opportunity for a better look.
From Plebiscito square move towards the Teatro San Carlo, go straight and continue until, on your right, it appears the splendid Maschio Angioino. Unfortunately Maschio Angioino is not always open.
The square which opens in front of the Maschio Angioino is Municipio square. in front of it there is via Medina. Along Via Medina and then, going down Via Guglielmo Sanfelice, you’ll find Giovanni Bovio square.
In Giovanni Bovio square you can take the metro (the station is Università) and return to Garibaldi square, or decide to reach the central station along Corso Umberto I, where, arrived in the afternoon, you can dedicate yourself to a relaxing shopping stroll.