Naples is a city rich in beauty, history, landscapes, attractions, wonders and contradictions and all that makes it perfect as a destination to spend a weekend
Once arrived in the city to spend your weekend in Naples, you’ll probably ask yourself questions like where to go, what to do, what to see in Naples? In which point of Naples do I begin my tour? Where do I conclude?
That’s why we have designed a route that allows you to visit Naples in a weekend.
To define the route we suggest you for your weekend in Naples we imagined a 3-day weekend, from Friday morning to Sunday evening, but it can also be taken in a holiday bridge.
Day 1 - Friday: Historic Center, Santa Chiara' Monastery and Veiled Christ
- Metro’s tickets 2 € (2 tickets, 1 € for each ticket)
- Entrance ticket to the Cloister of Santa Chiara: 6 € (reduced ticket 4,50 €)
- Entrance ticket to the Sansevero Chapel and visit at the Veiled Christ: 7 € (reduced ticket 5€)
- Total: 15 €
The ideal starting point to begin the first day of tour is Dante square.
If you start from the central station you can easily reach Dante square taking the subway. However, if you are in another part of the city you can reach Garibaldi square before or directly take the subway in one of the different stations throughout the city.
Dante square is already perceived as one of the obligatory stops of the city of Naples, with its beauty that has meant that over the years it was chosen for the organization of various events, concerts and more. From Dante square you have to go down Via Toledo, but only briefly, just long enough to take Via Maddaloni, the initial part of the lower decumanus better known as Spaccanapoli.
Spaccanapoli is a road that crosses the city center and then goes to many places of interest in the city. One of these is the Monastery of Santa Chiara, which is one of the stops on our itinerary.
After the visit to Santa Chiara, continuing along Via Benedetto Croce, you will find the junction with Via San Gregorio Armeno, the historical road of the cribs, which we suggest you to visit covering it all.
From Via San Gregorio Armeno you can take Via Dei Tribunali, the decumanus of Naples. Along this road in the direction of Dante square you will reach the San Severo Chapel Museum, home of the extraordinary Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sammartino, which is the last stop on our first day of visit to Naples.
After visiting San Severo Chapel you can easily reach back Dante square through Via Portalba.
From Dante square, we’ll want to end the day along Via Toledo, perhaps the most important street in Naples. Via Toledo is a major shopping street so there you decide to eat or enjoy the great shopping.
Day 2 - Saturday: Tour of Pompeii with visit to the excavations and Vesuvius
- Circumvesuviana’s tickets: 6,40 € (2 tickets, 3,20 € for each ticket)
- Tickets for the shuttle to the crater of Vesuvius: 5,40 € (2 tickets, 2,70 € for each ticket) with the Eav service, 22 € (including the guided tour of one hour), with the service of BusVia Vesuvio
- Entrance ticket to the excavations of Pompeii: 13 € (reduced tickets 7,50 €)
- Total: 25 € – 42 €
The second day of the tour entirely takes place in Pompeii so the first thing you need to know it’s how to reach Pompeii.
Starting from the central station of Naples, Pompeii can be easily reached via the Circumvesuviana trains. The bus stop that interests us is that of Pompeii – Villa of the Mysteries. From there you can take buses of the BusVia of Vesuvius service, leading up to the reserve of the volcanic crater of Vesuvius.
In order to continue the visit of the volcano have to pay a ticket, which varies depending on where you start. The ticket price ranges from € 7 to just over € 20 and it almost always includes a guide service.
The visit of Vesuvius will take you to climb the slopes of this majestic volcano until arriving at an altitude of over 1000 meters. After reaching that altitude you can admire one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, including the Gulf of Naples, Salerno and more. Once at the summit, in addition, you can let yourself be enchanted by the majesty of the crater and touch the volcanic rock that forms it.
After you visited the Vesuvius you will return to the station of Pompeii Excavations making the route back. The excavations of Pompeii are a short walk from there.
That one of Pompeii is the largest archaeological site in the world and we advise you to take all the afternoon to visit it entirely and be enchanted by this magical atmosphere that will make you relive the grandeur of the past.
The excavations of Pompeii are charged for the full price of 13 € and 7.50 € for the reduced fare.
Whether a visit to the Vesuvius and to the ruins of Pompeii they can be offered special discounts by visiting the sites on special days such as, for example, on the first Sunday of each month, when both sites are often visited for free.
After visiting the excavations you just need to go back to the station Circumvesuvana Pompeii ruins and take the train that takes you to Garibaldi square Central Station.
Day 3 - Sunday: Day at the beach, Kayak and afternoon on the promenade
- Tickets for public transport 3 € (2 tickets, 1,50 € for each ticket)
- Fee for the kayak rental 15 €
- Total: 18 €
In the days of your stay in Naples, at least one must be passed by the sea.
The part of the city on the sea is very wide and to find the suitable place on the coast for a tourist you must take into account various factors such as proximity to the city center, ease of achievement and the quality of bathing.
The Gaiola beach is one of the best and most beautiful of Naples from many points of view.
The Gaiola beach is in Posillipo, district of Naples famous for its panoramic views of the Gulf, postcard images that are part of the imaginary of all the Neapolitans.
Posillipo can be reached in different ways, but the quickest is to take the underground line 2 from Garibaldi square and get off at the Mergellina stop.
A few steps from the beautiful Mergellina station, heading towards the seafront, you will find Sannazzaro square first, and then piazzetta Leone a Mergellina.
In piazzetta Leone you can take the bus line 140, which will lead up to the parking, in Capo Posillipo, the last part of the district. Dropped off the bus, you have to take the road on the left, just before the bridge. That road is discesa Gaiola (Gaiola descent), a road that, traveled all over, will take you directly to the beach of Gaiola.
The beach of Gaiola is completely open to the public except for the part included in the submerged Gaiola park. To access that area there may be need to show identification at the entrance, and there may be restrictions related to the hour.
Arrived at the beach you have several options to choose depending on your preferences: you can either take a kayak ride to the Gulf of Naples, relax on the rocks or enjoy the classic Neapolitan day at the beach.
After spending a satisfying day at the beach you can go to Mergellina retracing Gaiola descent and taking back the bus 140 to return to Mergellina. Back in piazzetta Leone you will spend the rest of the day on the boardwalk stopping for lunch or for a drink. Mergellina seafront is full of attractions, from the Villa Comunale to Castel dell ‘Ovo, you’ll be spoiled for choice. When you’re satisfied of the day you can take again the subway line 2 and get back to Garibaldi square.