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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, 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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$42.25
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$42.25
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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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$66.39
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$66.39

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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$84.42
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$84.42

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
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$55.06
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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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$53.11
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$53.11
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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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$48.95
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Guided tour of Naples historic center

Guided tour of Naples historic center

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An incredible guided tour in which myth, legend, history and art come together, to create a unique historic center. We will go through centuries of history: from the Greek settlement to the Baroque city. During the journey we will discover and visit secular places such as the Church of Gesù Nuovo; we will cross the famous street of the Neapolitan nativity scene, via San Gregorio Armeno; we will get to know the mystery of the miracle of San Gennaro by entering the Duomo. Duration: 3 hours Minimum guaranteed 4 people In case of private tour, contact us with a message
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours
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$45.87
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Naples Street Food and Walking Tour

Naples Street Food and Walking Tour

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Save room for this 2.5-hour superb Street Food Tour of Naples. Visit some of the most famous shops of pizza in the city that is the motherland of this historical street food! Head to typical suppliers and locations and profit of the highlights treasures that you wouldn’t find on your own. This tour will be a concentrate of 2.5-hours to discover the historical and culinary treasures of Naples!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$43.33
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$43.33
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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
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$193.14
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$193.14
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.25
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$42.25
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Svelaria Tour in the historic center of Naples

Svelaria Tour in the historic center of Naples

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You will spend a day with your private guide exploring the many beauties of the historic center, between art and history, folklore and legend, to admire the monumental churches preciously decorated in Gothic or Baroque style, losing yourself in the streets full of craft shops and full of life. You will discover the most hidden and least known aspects of a city full of mysteries, an esoteric and fascinating place, letting yourself be carried away by its exotic scents and by the joy of the many students who make it come alive every day. The guide will help you to know not only the historical aspects of the city, but will take you on a multi-sensory journey to discover the typical Neapolitan traditions, customs and traditions, to make your experience unforgettable and make you feel like a true Neapolitan.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$362.13
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$362.13
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Naples Shore Excursion: Private Old Naples Walking Tour

Naples Shore Excursion: Private Old Naples Walking Tour

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See the sights of historical Naples with this half-day shore excursion. The ideal activity when your cruise chip 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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$165.17
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$165.17
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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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$65.26
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Naples Walking Tour with the Veiled Christ by Local Guide

Naples Walking Tour with the Veiled Christ by Local Guide

Highly underrated yet rich in Italian history and culture, Naples is one of Italy’s must-visit cities. Often called an open-air museum due to its awe-inspiring historic statues, monuments and art pieces scattered across the city, Naples is a raw charming city of rich cultural assets. The tour takes you through the squares; Piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza Municipio. Secrets of these squares as well as historical background and the site importance are revealed by the expert local guide who will lead your tour. Continuing through the historic centre, the tour passes along Spaccanapoli. Meaning ‘Naples splitter’, the long road of Spaccanapoli literally divides the city into two parts. Enjoy the landscape with architecture such as the Gesù Nuovo Church overlooking the square, Sansevero Chapel home to the incredible veiled Christ masterpiece eventually reaching Via San Gregorio Armeno, with unique craft shops and boutiques.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.42
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The legends of the historic center

The legends of the historic center

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Naples is a city rich in history ... and the Neapolitan people, endowed with an incredible fantasy, have invented a legend for everything ... !!! Starting from one of the most famous square in the center, Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, together we will discover the mystery behind the diamond-shaped stones of the facade of the Church of the Gesù, so dear to the Neapolitans for their devotion to San Giuseppe Moscati. A little further on we will meet the famous Monastery of Santa Chiara, built at the behest of Queen Sancia de Maiorca, of which the ghost still wanders the corridors of the beautiful majolica cloister. Speaking of legends, one cannot fail to mention the Sansevero Chapel ... with the extraordinary statue of the Veiled Christ and the mysterious anatomical machines preserved in his crypt ... and then again little frames, Miraculous Hair, Pulcinella masks, Skulls with ears, until you reach San Gennaro in person ... so ... curious ??
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.38
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$31.38
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Naples: Historical Center & Veiled Christ Tour

Naples: Historical Center & Veiled Christ Tour

Start your tour at the entrance to the Cathedral of Naples. Discover a prime example of Neapolitan Gothic and Baroque architecture, which houses the relic of the Blood of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city. Explore some of the oldest streets of Naples and make your way to the archaeological area of Carminiello and Mannesi. Learn about the ancient ruins discovered in the area after a bombing raid in 1943. Continue to the basilica church of San Giorgio Maggiore, which has a history dating back to the 4th century AD. See evidence of its early-Christian origins, such as the ancient apse that later became the entrance of the current church. Make your way along Via San Biagio Dei Librai, colloquially known as "Spaccanapoli." Take in the scents, colors, and sounds of the long narrow street that runs through the heart of the historic center of Naples. On Via San Gregorio Armeno, the historic site of the craft workshops of the city, enjoy a short coffee break in one of the most famous bars in the area. See a lock of hair of Diego Maradona, an icon of Napoli's football team. Next, see the Nile God Statue located in Piazza Nilo, which is dated from the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Arrive at the scenic Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, named after the Dominican Basilica that surrounds it. Discover one of the most beautiful and largest churches in Naples, which remains a reference point for the chronological, political, and artistic history of the city. Last stop will be at Sansevero Chapel, which houses one of the most remarkable sculptures in the world, the Veiled Christ. Admire the stunning intricate detail of this marble sculpture created by Giussepe Sanmartino in 1753 to finish your tour of Naples.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.08
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Tour Naples Historical Center and Street Food Markets

Tour Naples Historical Center and Street Food Markets

The city of Naples represents a perfect combination of historical, artistic, natural and folk beauties in direct contradiction to the poverty that pervaded the city after the war. The city is rich in artistic and cultural heritage inherited from different dominations after the fall of the Roman Empire. The historic center is one of the largest historical centers in the world protected by UNESCO and includes more than 500 churches, as well as underground tunnels. You will walk the streets of Spaccanapoli, Via Tribunali and San Giorgio Armeno, full of craft shops and churches and visit the "Duomo di San Gennaro". Reach the monumental area with a walk along Via Toledo, famous for its huge amount of fashionable shops and visit the Galleria Umberto I, built at the end of the 19th century. Stop in Piazza del Plebiscito, where you will find the Royal Palace of Naples and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. You will have the opportunity to take numerous pictures during the breaks!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.30
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Naples City Center Half Day Private Tour with a Native & Expert Guide

Naples City Center Half Day Private Tour with a Native & Expert Guide

The tour is a private tour and it lasts 2.5 hours This tour starts from Piazza del Gesù​, one of the most central and beautiful squares of Naples. We will visit the cloister and the astonishing Church of Santa Chiara. After walking down the famous street of Spaccanapoli we will reach Piazza San Domenico. We will then reach the Cathedral and the Chapel of the Treasury that contains the holy blood of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city of Naples. We will then walk on Via dei Tribunali and San Gregorio Armeno. Entrance tickets are not included if you need them.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.85
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$144.85
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Historic Naples Half Day Private Tour

Historic Naples Half Day Private Tour

You’ll wander down the Spaccanapoli, a street that’s been the center of Neapolitan life since Naples’ was an Ancient Greek colony. First, you’ll enter into two different, but equally spectacular churches – the Baroque Gesù Nuovo and the French Gothic, mediaeval Santa Chiara. You’ll begin to discover the marvellous cultural diversity of Naples’ city center. As you continue down the lively Spaccanapoli, you’ll enjoy the wonderful ambiance of modern Naples, you’ll see the traditional crafts that still define the streets of the city center. You’ll continue to the Sansevero Chapel, positively brimming with occult symbolism and esoteric mysteries. After a stroll down Via San Gregorio Armeno, to see the traditional Neapolitan nativity scenes – that people travel from all over the world to buy – you’ll enter the Cathedral of San Gennaro. This Cathedral has attracted pilgrims for centuries for its miracle of the Saint’s blood, which our guide will reveal to you.
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  • 3 hours
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$205.21
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$205.21
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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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$97.88
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Naples Street Food Tour with Foodie Guide around Historical Center

Naples Street Food Tour with Foodie Guide around Historical Center

Eat and sightsee at the same in Naples, the most important city, knowm for its food, history, art, architecture and so much more. In 2.5 hours you will discover the heart of the historical centre of Naples, and taste some of the most delicious dishes on-the-go. Join us with curiosity and an empty tummy, and you won’t regret leaving us satisfied and full! You will start in Piazza Dante and reach Piazza Bellini, discover the history of the Greek ruins while eating a savoury biscuit called tarallo. Then walk along Via dei Tribunali and Spaccanapoli, two parallel streets where you will try fried pizza, limoncello, mozzarella and much more! By the Music Academy you will try some typical desserts and end the tour in the heart of Naples, Piazza del Gesù Nuovo. This tour is an introduction to the highlights of Naples and some of the main dishes of its tradition. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide what else there is to discover in the magnificent Naples.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.68
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$45.68

City Tour: Panoramic, Historic and Monumental Naples

City Tour: Panoramic, Historic and Monumental Naples

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Explore the highlights of Naples on this half-day walking tour, which spans hundreds of years of history. Tick off top monuments like the Royal Palace, Piazza del Plebiscito, and San Carlo Theatre, and admire stunning panoramic views overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Tours include front-door pickup from the train station, cruise port, or your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.35
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$60.35
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Walking tour at the ancient center of Naples (4hrs)

Walking tour at the ancient center of Naples (4hrs)

Naples is one of the largest and most enchanting cities of the Mediterranean. Capital of the Campania region is, by size, the third Italian municipality after Rome and Milan. The tour is carried out by an experienced guide with proven twenty-year experience, an excellent linguistic dialectic, detailed knowledge of the archaeological sites and the surroundings of the ancient city center, all this will be the guarantee to spend unique and unforgettable moments. On request, the tour can be extended to 6 hours and can be customized for a more accurate and detailed visit of churches, museums, gellerie and castles.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$326.25
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$326.25
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Naples Historical Center Private Tour

Naples Historical Center Private Tour

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It is a tour to discover the history and traditions of Naples. A mix of culture and popular traditions to better discover a unique and contradictory city together.
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  • 3 hours
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$179.44
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