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Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico) Tours

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Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico)
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by Naples, a vibrant city that often seems about to boil over into chaos. Look past the streets teeming with scooters, vendors, and Neapolitans, however, and you’ll spot signs of the 2,500 years of history that makes the UNESCO-listed Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico) one of the most fascinating in Italy.  

The Basics
Naples’ historic center, or centro storico, is made up of more than 10 distinct neighborhoods that cover the hillsides encircling the Bay of Naples down to the water’s edge. To walk through is to stroll back in time, from the stick-straight Roman roads of the Spaccanapoli and imposing 13th-century Castel Nuovo to the graceful 18th-century Teatro di San Carlo (the oldest opera house in Italy) and 19th-century Piazza Plebiscito. Underneath the city's streets are the remains of both Roman and Greek settlements, and the National Archaeological Museum is home to most of the artifacts removed from the nearby excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Savor the culture and history of the historic center on a guided walking or Segway tour that includes famous sights like Piazza del Gesù, the Duomo, the Church of Santa Chiara, and Via San Gregorio Armeno. One of Naples’ most characteristic features is its cuisine, and many tours combine sightseeing with tastings of pizza and other local street food. The ruins of Pompeii are just outside the city, so consider a tour that includes combines a visit to this famous archaeological park with the historic center. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours of Naples’ historic center are mostly outdoors; wear sunscreen and a hat in summer.
  • You’ll be doing a considerable amount of walking in the largely pedestrian historic center, so choose comfortable footwear.
  • Churches require modest attire that covers knees and shoulders.
  • Some churches and monuments aren’t wheelchair accessible, and much of the historic center is paved with cobblestones that may be difficult to navigate on wheels.

How to Get There
The historic center of Naples is an easy walk from both the city’s port and main train station, and covers much of the downtown along the waterfront. Naples is a major transportation and cruise ship hub, with direct trains from major Italian cities as well as ferries from Salerno and Sorrento.

When to Get There
Much of southern Italy can be uncomfortably hot in summer, and Naples is no exception. Try to visit in spring or fall, or schedule your tour to begin in the early morning before the temperatures soar. Naples has a number of annual festivals, but perhaps the most famous is the Festa di San Gennaro (September 19), the feast day of the city’s patron saint that includes eight days of religious processions, markets, and other celebratory festivities.  

The Archaeological Park at Pompeii
Pompeii, a thriving Roman city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, is among the important archaeological sites in the world. Located just outside the modern city of Naples, this excavated city includes remains of houses, shops, restaurants, temples, and public buildings, many with original frescoes, mosaics, and other decorative features still somewhat intact.  
Address: Centro Storico, Naples, Campania, Italy
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Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

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Get a true taste of one of Italy's culinary capitals on a food and sightseeing tour of Naples. Spend some time exploring the city, stopping at the city's main squares and basilicas, as well as at hidden eateries to sample traditional dishes. Learn the history of Naples as you make your way from one mini-feast to the next, dining on everything from zucchini flowers to ragù, baccalà, and pizza. Come hungry: the tasting tour is a meal in itself.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.08
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$43.08
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Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

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Discover Naples during a half-day guided walking tour through the historic city center. Your informative guide shares highlights such as the San Carlo Theater, Plebiscito Square, Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace, and ancient underground ruins, along with artisan shops, cafes, and churches. The tour includes one hour of free time to shop and purchase lunch.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.92
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Street Food Tour of Naples with City Sightseeing and Top-Rated Local Guide

Street Food Tour of Naples with City Sightseeing and Top-Rated Local Guide

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There is no city that loves food more than Naples, and no history that is more intertwined with its cuisine. Get a unique take on Neapolitan culture through the lens of its most iconic street foods with this guided food tour through the historic center. Take in the neighborhood highlights and learn of its lore while sampling fresh buffalo mozzarella, pizza fritta, pizza margherita, limoncello, sfogliatella, and baba’.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$43.08
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$43.08
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Naples Walking and Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

Naples Walking and Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

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Naples is Italy’s third-largest city, but with so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions such as the New Castle, Piazza Plebiscito, the Fountain of Neptune, and much more. Upgrade to a private tour for just you and your party.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.16
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$54.16
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Naples Guided Tour by Bike

Naples Guided Tour by Bike

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Get to know the southern Italian capital in a unique way with this 3-hour guided bike tour of Naples. Ride through the historic city with a professional guide, learning about Naples' archaeological, cultural and culinary history. Stop frequently for photos, including a coffee break along the way. Ideal for cruise passengers or short-break tourists.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.14
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$56.14
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 Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

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Stroll past Naples’ top attractions on this walking tour. Led by a local guide, see the bustling Spaccanapoli promenade, the Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest opera house in Europe. As you walk through the city center, learn the history behind the palaces, churches and monuments from your guide. Top off your tour with a piece of Italian cake at a local cafe in Piazza San Gaetano.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$67.70
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Tasty Ancient Naples & San Gregorio Armeno Food, Wine and Sightseeing Tour

Tasty Ancient Naples & San Gregorio Armeno Food, Wine and Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in Naples with this tour that pairs culture with cuisine. Meet your guide for a walking itinerary that takes in some of the most famous sights in the historic center, stopping along the way to sample street foods like “pizza al portafoglio” and “cuoppo”. Take a break at a traditional Neapolitan trattoria for dinner featuring a number of classic dishes before finishing your exploration.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.13
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$113.13
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Private Tour: Naples Sightseeing by Vintage Fiat 500 or Fiat 600

Private Tour: Naples Sightseeing by Vintage Fiat 500 or Fiat 600

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Take a classic Italian ride through Naples on this private, 5-hour tour by vintage Fiat 600. Led by a personal driver, pass the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Naples, Castel Dell'Ovo, Parco Virgiliano and other top attractions. Learn the history behind each major landmark you pass, hopping out to relax with coffee and cake at a local café. Take some time to explore by foot before returning to your original departure point.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$196.96
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$196.96
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Tasty Naples Street Food Tour of MustEat Gourmet Specialties and MustSee Sites

Tasty Naples Street Food Tour of MustEat Gourmet Specialties and MustSee Sites

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If you’re short on time, let a local guide show you the best dishes during this walking street food tour. Ideal for food fans, you’ll sample classic Neapolitan dishes—like frittattine and arancini—and do some city sightseeing, for a comprehensive experience. Plus, listen to your guide share stories and facts about Naples that you might not hear otherwise.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.58
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Naples Walking Tour - Private Walking tour with guide

Naples Walking Tour - Private Walking tour with guide

The best way to discover Naples is to walk through its famous historical center rich of artisan shops, street food, churches and underground excavations. Meet your guide in the city center by Municipio Square and start the tour through the monumental area. Explore the Galleria Umberto, Plebiscito Sq. and walk by Castel Nuovo and by the Royal Palace. Whereupon reach the historical center, enjoy free time to shopping and for lunch. Stroll through Spaccanapoli and Via San Gregorio Armeno, visit the buried ruins of the ancient Naples.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$266.16
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$266.16
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Naples walking tour of the Most-famous Sites Monuments with the Veiled Christ

Naples walking tour of the Most-famous Sites Monuments with the Veiled Christ

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Experience the history and culture of Southern Italy’s largest city on this guided excursion. After meeting up with a knowledgeable local guide, learn the city’s fascinating stories while exploring local landmarks like the Cathedral of Naples, the San Severo Museum Chapel, Spaccanapoli, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Piazza del Gesù Nuovo.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$67.70
Price varies by group size
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$67.70
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Naples Street Food Tour with a Native & Top Rated Expert

Naples Street Food Tour with a Native & Top Rated Expert

Experience the true beauty of Naples and Southern Italy, awakening all your senses and indulging in a variety of flavors, with this delicious street food tour. Guided by a local Italian, with a wealth of food expertise, enjoy authentic Neapolitan dishes. The tour begins in Piazza Dante, a square named after the poet Dante Alighieri and continues along the streets of central Naples, where you will indulge in the Neapolitan cuisine entering locally owned cafes, restaurants, sightseeing elegant churches and museums along the journey. Naples is a highly underrated city, with vast amounts of charm, art, culture to discover, enjoy and taste. Blessed with rich volcanic soils, an abundant sea and generations worth of recipes, food lovers and sightseers join us on this food walking tour of Naples to unravel this Italian masterpiece.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Napoli Gastronomic Street Food - Half day with Guide&Food

Napoli Gastronomic Street Food - Half day with Guide&Food

The best way to have a complete look of Naples from the center until the panoramic zone in a short time. Sightseeing of about 3 hours with a group led by a professional guide with several stops for a walking tour in the city center: historical and monumental. The excursion will bring you to the Historical Naples (on foot), the famous street called “Spaccanapoli” with Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara Churches.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.09
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$59.09

Naples Food Walking Tour

Naples Food Walking Tour

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Indulge in the most delicious food that Naples has to offer on this tasty street food-themed walking tour. With a guide to show you the best of the best, you'll stroll the streets of this colorful city, exploring the street vendors and the food markets. Sip a strong espresso, sample Neapolitan delights like warm 'sfogliatella' (a layered pastry) and learn where to get the best pizza in the city. The tour is limited to 14 people so you’ll get personalized attention from the guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.09
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$86.09

Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

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See Naples like a true Italian on this 4.5-hour Vespa tour. Led by an expert driver, hop on the back of a vintage scooter and soak up the city’s history, architecture and old-world charm. Pass top attractions including the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Naples, Parco Virgiliano and Castel Dell'Ovo, hopping off to relax at a local cafe with a cake and coffee (own expense). Enjoy an intimate look at this southern Italian city before returning to your original departure point.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.96
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$196.96
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Naples in-depth Private Walking Tour

Naples in-depth Private Walking Tour

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See the sights of historical Naples with this half-day shore excursion. The ideal activity when your cruise ship is docked at the Naples port, the tour includes takes in Naples’ atmospheric Spaccanapoli area, the UNESCO-listed ‘centro storico,’ the famous Christmas street of Via San Gregorio Armeno and several Gothic and baroque churches. Even better, the tour is private and the itinerary is customizable. So if you want to focus on the lesser-known sights and discover the city’s best pizza, you can do that, too.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$221.58
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$221.58
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Naples Segway Grand City Tour

Naples Segway Grand City Tour

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Explore Naples’ history and architecture on this guided Segway tour. Meet at a convenient central location and take a quick training session before strapping on a helmet and hopping on a Segway Ninebot. Listen to a narrated audio tour while cruising to landmarks like Spaccanapoli Street, Maschio Angioino Castle, and Plebiscito Square.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.82
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$99.82

Naples Orientation Private Walking Tour

Naples Orientation Private Walking Tour

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Discover the best of Naples with this private walking tour. Let your knowledgeable guide introduce you to the historic center of Naples, originally founded by the Greeks and still showing influences of the many different ruling cultures over the centuries. Learn about the city's major historic attractions as well as some of the local delicacies.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$221.58
per group
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$221.58
per group
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Private 4-Hour Walking Tour of Naples with official tour guide

Private 4-Hour Walking Tour of Naples with official tour guide

Experience the history and culture of Southern Italy’s largest city on this guided excursion. After meeting up with a knowledgeable local guide, enjoy skip the line access to San Severo Museum Chapel and explore landmarks like Teatro di San Carlo, Naples Cathedral, Santa Chiara, and the Royal Palace of Naples.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$193.26
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$193.26
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Naples Grand Tour: the Best of Naples with your local guide

Naples Grand Tour: the Best of Naples with your local guide

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Go off the beaten path with a half-day private tour in Naples. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and let your guide design a personalized tour. See top historic landmarks such as Castell dell’Ovo, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Galleria Umberto I along with local hidden favorites. Stroll through the Spanish Quarter and visit markets during this walking tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$233.89
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$233.89
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Tour Naples Historical Center and Underground Naples

Tour Naples Historical Center and Underground Naples

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Our tour is unique because you will be accompanied by specialized guides and graduates in art history. You will have the opportunity to make an exciting walking tour to discover the ancient Greek roads, the Roman underground excavations and the many squares present. The tour lasts about 5/6 hours and includes 2 different moments of free time, each of 45 minutes, one for shopping and one for lunch. You will have the opportunity to take numerous pictures during the breaks! You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the guide who will give you detailed information to satisfy your curiosity. You will enjoy an hour of free time to dedicate yourself to shopping and personal refreshment.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.55
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$66.55

Private Tour: Naples Food Tasting Walking Tour

Private Tour: Naples Food Tasting Walking Tour

Taste the best of Naples with this private food tour as you explore the city's enchanting streets on foot. Visit different neighborhoods to sample local specialties, including a sfogliatella pastry and coffee at the famous Grand Cafe Gambrinus. Learn from an expert pizza chef how to make your own authentic Neapolitan pizza.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$147.72
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$147.72

Private Tour: Naples Half Day Experience

Private Tour: Naples Half Day Experience

Experience the best of Naples with a private half-day tour of this spectacular and historical city, one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Enjoy private transportation from your hotel throughout the city, including stops at the Piazza del Gesù, Spaccanapoli, Naples' Cathedral and more. Immerse yourself in this ancient city, which dates to the second millennium B.C.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$342.21
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$342.21
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Naples National Archaeological Museum and historical centre private tour

Naples National Archaeological Museum and historical centre private tour

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Team a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) with your own private tour of the city’s historic center. In just half a day, you’ll get a overview of Naples through the centuries, from the days of the Ancient Greeks in the museum to modern history on the streets of Via dei Tribunali, Spaccanapoli, and more.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$302.82
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$302.82
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