Naples is a great city for children and is full of attractions, events and activities for the whole family.
You’ll find everything from restaurants with children’s menu and free attractions, with ideas for a day touring Naples.
If you came in Naples with kids, it will be surely a moment that you will ask yourself: is there a park or a public garden near me? Are there some children attractions? what are the best kid friendly things to do?
You will find the answer to all theese questions in Naples for kids section.
Public gardens in Naples
Real bosco di Capodimonte
Real Bosco di Capodimonte is a large forested area designed by the baroque architect Ferdinando Sanfelice by order of King Charles, that had a passion for hunting. The gardens cover 130 hectares and feature over 400 varieties of trees.
You can reach Real Bosco di Capodimonte from three different entrances: Porta Miano, Porta Piccola, and Porta Grande.
Whatever is the entrance that you choose, what you will find is a wide open air area with a lot of plants and grassy areas, dotted with many examples of baroque sculture and architecture like statues, ancient fountains and historical palaces.
In Real Bosco di Capodimonte you will also find Capodimonte Palace, the seat of Capodimonte National Museum, that has one of the largest baroque art collections in Europe that features great italian artists like Caravaggio, and the Giovanni Caselli Institute, an high school that hands down the tradition of Capodimonte porcelain and ceramics.
every day – 7:45 am / 7:30 pm
Real Orto Botanico
Real Orto Botanico is a botanical garden in Naples, founded at the beginning of the 19th century, at a time when this city was dominated by the French.
The garden is located in Via Foria, and it’s adjacent to the gigantic old Albergo dei Poveri, the Royal Hospice for the Poor built under the Bourbon dynasty, it takes up about 15 hectares and contains about 25,000 samples of vegetation, covering about 10,000 plant species.
Real Orto Botanico is not properly a public garden, it is a research facility of the university of Naples Federico II, it is actively engaged in the preservation of endangered plant species and there is also an ethnobotany section of the Garden where plants are studied, however, the garden is open to public and it is perfect to have an informative tour to discover many plants of several species, shapes and colours, or to take some time to stroll and relax, in open air, away from the chaos of the city.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9:00 am / 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday – 9:00 am / 4:00 pm
Parks with playgrounds in Naples
Villa Comunale is, maybe, the most important public garden of Naples.
It was built by King Ferdinand IV (later known as Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies), as a royal garden reserved for members of the royal family, but open to the public on special holidays such as the Festival of Piedigrotta. The park was opened to the general public on a permanent basis in 1869 after the unification of Italy.
Villa Comunale is one of the favorite places of Neapolitans for a walk on Sunday morning and it’s located in Mergellina seafront, in Chiaia district, one of the most beautiful zones of Naples. The park strechtes over 1 Km and has a lot of space for children to play. Villa Comunale also has a playground and a skating rink and it is not uncommon, when you are there, to witness live performances of every kind. Just outside the park you can rent a bike or a rickshaw.
A little more forward Villa Comunale there are the famous Mergellina chalets, where Neapolitan people love to have a coffe or an aperitif.
everyday – 7:00 am / 12:00 pm
Located on the hill of Posillipo, Parco Virigiliano, also known as “parco della rimembranza” (park of the remembrance), is a park made of several terraces overlooking the sea built on Posillpo’s promontory.
Famous for the great panoramic spots of its terraces, Parco Virgiliano is also a beautiful park to have a walk and relax and bring the children to play outdoor. In addition to grassy areas, it offers a funny playground with a good equipment that allows the children to have fun and provides recreation and enjoyment.
The park also has a little amphitheater where sometimes you can find theater companies, musicians or buskers performing a show that you can see for free.
from Monday to Friday – 7:00 am / 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7:00 am / 9:30 pm