Naples Travel Guide

by Santorini Dave • Updated: September 6, 2018

The 76 best hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, cafes, tours, places, and things to do in Naples, Italy.

Hotels

  1. Romeo Hotel • The Port • $$$$

    A modern design hotel. Its glass and steel exterior gives onto a sleek, contemporary interior with sharply styled rooms and sweeping bay views. The waterfront location is convenient for the ferry terminal, if not the most beautiful. • map • +39 081 604 1580

  2. La Ciliegina Lifestyle Hotel • Historic Center • $$$$

    Classy boutique hotel with white, tiled rooms that are cool and crisply designed – and a sunny rooftop terrace that promises memorable views. Well placed for the hydrofoil terminal. • map • +39 081 1971 8800

  3. Santa Chiara Boutique Hotel • Historic Center • $$$$

    Stylish, spacious rooms and a great location in the midst of the action in this small, boutique hotel. Plenty of bars, restaurants and sights within easy walking distance. • map • +39 081 552 7077

  4. Grand Hotel Vesuvio • Santa Lucia • $$$$

    A grand old five-star. Kings and Hollywood legends have stayed here, enjoying old-world luxury, elegant marble decor, and an enviable seafront location. • map • +39 081 764 0044

  5. Hotel San Francesco al Monte • Vomero • $$$$

    This 16th-century convent is now a smart four-star hotel. Elegant guest rooms are housed in monks’ former cells and there are huge views over to Vesuvius. Particularly striking is the 7th-floor panoramic pool. Located outside of the city center, towards hilltop Vomero. • map • +39 081 423 9111

  6. Eurostars Hotel Excelsior • Santa Lucia • $$$$

    Grand belle-époque style and five-star service on the seafront. This is one of Naples’ best historic hotels, offering opulent decor and a prime location overlooking Castel dell’Ovo and the Borgo Marinaro. • map • +39 081 764 0111

  7. Costantinopoli 104 • Historic Center • $$$$

    A stylish refuge in the heart of the historic center. Housed in an elegant neoclassical villa with stained glass windows, cool and understated rooms, and a palm-fringed swimming pool. • map • +39 081 557 1035

  8. Grand Hotel Parker’s • Chiaia • $$$$

    Naples’ oldest hotel, in business since 1870. Its formally attired rooms feature high ceilings and antique furniture; marble and crystal abound. Its lofty position between Chiaia and Vomero commands great views. • map • +39 081 761 2474

  9. Decumani Hotel de Charme • Historic Center • $$$

    A welcoming boutique hotel set in an aristocratic palazzo. With its lavishly-decorated salon and modestly-furnished rooms, it makes an excellent base in the centro storico (historic center). • map • +39 081 551 8188

  10. Palazzo Alabardieri • Chiaia • $$$

    An elegant four-star in the upscale Chiaia district. Chandeliers and marble set the tone for comfortable rooms and welcoming service. Well placed for shopping and bar-hopping. • map • +39 081 415 278.

  11. Hotel Piazza Bellini • Historic Center • $$

    This contemporary hideaway in a 16th-century palazzo offers tastefully minimalist rooms and an excellent location on a café-lined piazza. It’s within walking distance of many big sights. • map • +39 081 451 732

  12. Micalò • Chiaia • $$

    A quiet and modern seafront bolthole. On the 2nd floor of an 18th-century palazzo near Villa Comunale park, it has soothing white rooms with hardwood floors and splashes of colorful contemporary art. • map • +39 081 761 7131

  13. Orsini 46 • Santa Lucia • $

    A lovely apartment B&B. It’s a modest affair but makes an excellent base with three homey rooms, helpful owners, and a tranquil location near the seafront. Great value for money. • map • +39 081 764 3790

  14. Cappella Vecchia 11 • Chiaia • $

    Excellent budget B&B with colorful rooms and a homey vibe. Its quiet, side street location is ideal for the bars and shops of the upmarket Chiaia district. • map • +39 081 240 5117

  15. Restaurants

  16. La Cantinella • Santa Lucia

    One of Naples’ historic restaurants. The look is casual tiki-bar but the food is high end, ranging from classic Neapolitan seafood staples to decadent meat dishes such as suckling pig with ginger-infused apple purée. • map • +39 081 764 8684

  17. Taverna dell’Arte • Historic Center

    Excellent local food in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. The seafood and pasta dishes are particularly good, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. • map • +39 081 552 7558

  18. Mimì alla Ferrovia • Historic Center

    A popular historic restaurant in the dingy area near the train station. Much frequented by locals, it’s good for seafood and traditional local fare. Expect gruff service. • map • +39 081 553 8525

  19. La Stanza del Gusto • Historic Center

    Eclectic cuisine goes hand in hand with a casual shabby-chic vibe at this cool eatery. You can’t go wrong with the wonderful cheese and charcuterie platters. Near Piazza Bellini. • map • +39 081 401 578

  20. Eccellenze Campane • Mercato & The Port

    A modern food hall showcasing produce from the surrounding Campania region. You can shop or eat in, feasting on everything from pizza and pastries to craft beer and seasonal seafood. • Map: Mercato, Port • +39 081 203 657

  21. Palazzo Petrucci • Posillipo

    Refined fine dining restaurant serving Michelin-starred food with dreamy sea views. Locally sourced ingredients are worked into masterful dishes such as blue lobster with aubergine, provola cheese and basil. It’s in upscale Posillipo west of the center. • map • +39 081 575 7538

  22. Antica Osteria Da Tonino • Chiaia

    As authentic as it gets. For a taste of genuine Neapolitan cooking, this casual old-school trattoria offers a traditional menu of city staples such as salsiccia e friarielli (sausage with peppery greens). It gets very busy. • map • +39 081 421 533

  23. Salumeria Upnea • Historic Center

    A modern eatery, all exposed stone, industrial flues and contemporary bistro fare. Top quality local produce features in dishes ranging from cheese and cured meat platters to burgers and creative panini. Also daily specials and regional craft beers. • map • +39 081 1936 4649

  24. Scaturchio • Historic Center

    Naples is famous for its pastries, and this old-school pasticceria (pastry shop) is a top place to dig in. Choose between a sfogliatella (a flaky pastry shell stuffed with ricotta and candied fruit), pastiera (a traditional ricotta cake) or babà (sponge cake soaked in rum and sugar). • map • +39 081 551 7031

  25. Pizzerias

  26. Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo • Historic Center

    Iconic pizzeria in the heart of the historic center. Always packed, it’s the real deal with its magnificent wood-fired pizzas and boisterous pack-em-in vibe. No reservations. • map • +39 081 446 643

  27. L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele • Historic Center

    Great place for a full-on Neapolitan pizza experience. That means standing in line, brisk service, marble-topped tables and just two types of pizza: margherita or marinara (with tomato, garlic, oregano, and olive oil). To drink: beer or wine. No reservations. • map • +39 081 553 9204

  28. La Figlia del Presidente • Historic Center

    Another excellent pizzeria in the historic center. The huge fried pizzas are fabulous as are the wood-fired pizzas topped by buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes grown on the slopes of Vesuvius. • map • +39 081 286 738

  29. Di Matteo • Historic Center

    Divine fried snacks and fabulous wood-fired pizzas. This hugely popular pizzeria-friggatoria (fried food shop) is no-frills to the core with its spartan decor, plastic cups and fast, indifferent service. • map • +39 081 455 262

  30. Pizzeria Starita • Historic Center

    One of Naples’ oldest pizzerias, still drawing crowds and winning acclaim. Its signature pizza is montanara, a fried base topped by mozzarella and a sauce made from locally grown San Marzano tomatoes. No reservations. • map • +39 081 557 3682

  31. 50 Kalò • Posillipo

    Renowned for its pizzas topped with southern Italian specialities such as mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella), Amalfi Coast anchovies, and capers from the Aeolian Islands. It’s some way west of city center in Mergellina. No reservations. • map • +39 081 1920 4667

  32. Pizzeria Brandi • Santa Lucia

    Historic pizzeria that claims to have invented the margherita. The classic combo of tomato, mozzarella and tomato was created in honour of Italy’s then queen; its three toppings designed to reflect the colors of the national flag. Very touristy. • map • +39 081 416 928

  33. Shopping

  34. Via San Gregorio Armeno • Historic Center

    Naples is famous for its presepi (Christmas nativity scenes) and this is the place to buy them. A small street in the historic center, it’s lined with artisanal shops selling cribs and figurines ranging from Marys and Josephs to Hollywood stars and Italian politicians. • map

  35. E. Marinella • Chiaia

    For beautiful handstitched silk ties. This tiny old-fashioned boutique, in business since 1914, has supplied ties to princes and presidents. It also has a range of luxury accessories for men and women. • map • +39 081 764 3265

  36. Bottega 21 • Historic Center

    From handbags to backpacks, belts, purses, and wallets. All in leather and all handcrafted in stylish modern designs. • map • +39 081 033 5542

  37. Eddy Monetti • Santa Lucia & Chiaia

    A homegrown fashion label, Eddy Monetti is renowned for its elegant clothes, both ready-to-wear and made-to-measure. Menswear is at Via dei Mille 45; women’s at Piazzetta S. Caterina 7. • map: men’s, women’s • +39 081 407064

  38. Salumeria Martinelli 1962 • Posillipo

    One of Naples’ best delis. In the upscale Posillipo neighborhood, the family-run outfit stocks all sorts of hams, cheeses, conserves, pastas, olive oils, and wines, many by top regional producers. • map • +39 081 575 4702

  39. Limoné • Historic Center

    An artisanal shop-laboratory famous for its limoncello. The ultra-sweet lemon liqueur is homemade with hand-peeled lemons from the nearby Campi Flegrei. You can also stock up on grappas, chocolates, cookies, even lemon pasta. • map • +39 081 299 429

  40. La Scarabattola • Historic Center

    The handmade nativity scenes and figurines from this workshop make for good souvenirs. Choose from biblical figures or traditional characters from Neapolitan folklore. Past clients have included the Spanish royal family. • map • +39 081 291 735

  41. Mercato Porta Nolana • Mercato & The Port

    As much for the atmosphere as the shopping. The raucous street market sprawls around Porta Nolana, its stalls selling everything from fresh fish and seasonal fruit to bootleg DVDs, cheap bags, and all manner of plastic tchotchkes. • map

  42. Gay-Odin • Historic Center

    From gelato to chocolate-encrusted coffee beans, this magical shop is all about the unalloyed pleasure of high-end chocolate. • map • +39 081 551 0794

  43. Bars, Cafes & Clubs

  44. Ba-bar • Santa Lucia

    A hip bistro-bar near the Santa Lucia seafront. The vintage-chic look makes for a casual vibe, although things heat up in the evening aperitivo hour. Also does food. • map • +39 081 764 3525

  45. Donna Romita • Historic Center

    A wine bar-restaurant good for cocktails and organic wine. With its pared back grey decor and atmospheric backstreet location, it draws a dressy, fashionable crowd. Serves contemporary regional-inspired food. • map • +39 081 1851 5074

  46. Barril • Chiaia

    Fabulous cocktails and a trendy vibe at this cosy Chiaia bar. Its rustic woody look appeals to locals who come for well-mixed margheritas and mojitos, garnished with fresh fruit. • map • +39 393 981 4362

  47. Lanificio 25 • Historic Center

    Cool venue for gigs, DJ sets, dance performances, and exhibitions in a converted 15th-century cloister. • map • +39 081 658 2915

  48. Enoteca Belledonne • Chiaia

    A snug wine bar in the smart Chiaia district. Expect exposed brick walls, plain wooden tables, Italian wines, and platters of regional cheeses and cured meats. • map • +39 081 403 162

  49. Intra Moena • Historic Center

    A literary cafe on a lively central piazza. Particularly inviting in warm weather when you can sit outside amid the artfully-arranged foliage. Serves a full food menu as well as coffees, wines, beers. • map • +39 081 451 652

  50. Gran Caffè Gambrinus • Santa Lucia

    Naples oldest and most illustrious cafe. Inside, it’s all chandeliers and belle époque elegance; outside, tourists sun themselves on a terrace overlooking Palazzo Reale. • map • +39 081 417 582

  51. Caffè Mexico • Historic Center

    For superb coffee without the frills. With its standing-room interior and vintage coffee machine, it’s renowned for its smooth, velvety espresso, served already sweetened. On Piazza Dante. • map • +39 081 549 9330

  52. Palazzo Venezia • Historic Center

    A secluded cafe in a centuries-old palazzo now serving as a cultural center. Check out the romantic garden on the 1st floor. • map • +39 081 552 8739

  53. Tours

  54. Looking for Lila

    British writer Sophie Seymour leads guided walks through the historic center. She also runs tours of foodie hotspots and locations from Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels. • +39 389 846 3510

  55. Napoli Sotteraneo

    Tours take you 40m underground into the network of ancient aqueducts and passageways beneath the historic center. +39 081 296 944

  56. VespAround

    See Naples from the back of a Vespa scooter. Tours (you ride on a separate seat behind your tour guide/driver) cover the city’s main attractions as well as places further afield: Vesuvius, Sorrento and Pompeii. +39 328 413 4719

  57. Walks of Italy

    US outfit offering three-hour walking tours of Pompeii. Visits take in the site’s main structures as well as the famous plaster casts of people killed during Vesuvius’ eruption. • +39 069 480 4888

  58. Things to Do

  59. Walk the Streets • Historic Center

    Take to the teeming lanes of the historic center to experience Naples’ legendary street life. Spaccanapoli, a long strip of several streets strung together, traverses the area leading to majestic baroque churches, ornate piazzas and bustling street markets. • map

  60. Museo Archeologico Nazionale • Historic Center

    One of Italy’s great museums. Its world-class collection of Greek and Roman treasures includes mosaics from Pompeii and an outstanding sculpture known as the Toro Farnese (Farnese Bull). • map • +39 081 442 2328

  61. Duomo di Napoli • Historic Center

    Check out the flamboyant baroque decor of Naples’ imposing cathedral. The Duomo is the setting for the city’s major religious festivity, the Festa di San Gennaro, when thousands gather to witness the miraculous liquefaction of St Januarius’ desiccated blood. • map • +39 081 449 097

  62. Cappella Sansevero • Historic Center

    A museum that’s home to one of Naples’ most spectacular masterpieces; Giuseppe Sanmartino’s Cristo velato (The Veiled Christ) is an incredible life-size depiction of Jesus lying under a transparent shroud. Altogether stranger are the chapel’s Anatomical Machines – two human skeletons displayed with perfectly preserved arterial systems. • map • +39 081 551 8470

  63. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte • Capodimonte

    Naples’ premier art museum. Housed in a colossal royal palace, it displays works by the likes of Raphael, Botticelli, Caravaggio, even Andy Warhol. To get there, take the Shuttle Capodimonte from Piazza Trieste e Trento or city bus Nos 168, 178, C63, or R4. • map • +39 081 749 9111

  64. Certosa San Martino • Vomero

    A landmark monastery complex famous for its opulent baroque decor and beautiful panoramic cloisters. It’s up in the hilltop Vomero district, accessible by funicular from Montesanto station. • map • +39 081 229 4502

  65. Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara • Historic Center

    A serene monastery complex. Its centerpiece is the Basilica di Santa Chiara, which was rebuilt in its original Gothic style after it was damaged by bombs in WWII. Also impressive are its cloisters, decorated with frescoes and majolica tiles. • map

  66. Pompeii & Herculaneum • Bay of Naples

    Pompeii is a must, and can easily be covered on a day trip from Naples. It is vast, so be prepared for a workout as you explore its preserved houses, baths, temples, and amphitheater. Nearer to Naples, you can also visit the smaller site of Herculaneum, a second victim of Vesuvius’ AD 79 eruption. Both sites are simple to get to from Naples: from underneath Stazione Centrale, take the Circumvesuviana train to Ercolano Scavi for Herculaneum (about 20 minutes) and Pompei Scavi for Pompeii (35 minutes). • map: Pompeii, Herculaneum

  67. Palazzo Reale • Santa Lucia

    Naples’ 16th-century royal palace. Overlooking Piazza del Plebiscito, its lavishly furnished rooms harbor a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and fine porcelain pieces. • map • +39 081 580 8255

  68. Lungomare • Santa Lucia & Chiaia

    Stretch your legs on Naples’ seafront. With Vesuvius looming on the horizon and the island of Capri shimmering in the blue haze, the promenade between Castel dell’Ovo and Mergellina is a glorious spot for a stroll. • map

  69. Teatro San Carlo • Santa Lucia

    Take in a performance at one of Italy’s top opera houses. Its classic gilded interior sets a memorable stage for world-class opera, ballet, and classical music. • map • +39 081 797 2331

  70. Capri • Bay of Naples

    A stunning sea cave, ethereal blue waters, whitewashed villages, and classic Mediterranean seascapes. Capri makes for a memorable day trip from Naples. Frequent hydrofoils serve the island from Molo Beverello, taking about 50 minutes to make the crossing (€20 one-way). • map

  71. Catacomba di San Gennaro • Rione Sanità

    Naples’ oldest and most famous catacombs. Traces of mosaics and early Christian frescoes can be seen on the walls of the underground tunnel complex where the city’s patron saint was buried in the 5th century. • map • +39 081 744 3714

  72. Cimitero delle Fontanelle • Rione Sanità

    A historic cemetery filled with skulls and human bones. In the 19th century it was the center of a cult known as the anime pezzentelle in which Neapolitans would adopt a skull and pray for the soul of its owner in return for protection. • map • +39 081 1925 6964

  73. Museo Madre • Historic Center

    Naples’ top modern art museum. It has a fine permanent collection with works by important international and Italian artists and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. • map • +39 081 1973 7254

  74. Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano • Historic Center

    A 17th-century baroque palace with opulent decor and a fascinating collection of Neapolitan and Italian art. The headline act is Caravaggio’s last painting, The Martyrdom of St Ursula. • map • +39 800 454 229

  75. Neighborhoods

  76. Historic Center

    The teeming, chaotic heart of the city. Its claustrophobic alleyways are lined with dusty palazzi, ornate churches, baroque piazzas, artisans’ workshops, and boisterous pizzerias.
    Best stuff: La Ciliegina Lifestyle HotelSanta Chiara Boutique HotelCostantinopoli 104Decumani Hotel de CharmeHotel Piazza BelliniTaverna dell’ArteMimì alla FerroviaLa Stanza del GustoSalumeria UpneaScaturchioPizzeria Gino SorbilloL’Antica Pizzeria Da MicheleLa Figlia del PresidenteDi MatteoPizzeria StaritaVia San Gregorio ArmenoBottega 21LimonéLa ScarabattolaGay-OdinDonna RomitaLanificio 25Intra MoenaCaffè MexicoPalazzo VeneziaMuseo Archeologico NazionaleDuomo di NapoliCappella SanseveroComplesso Monumentale di Santa ChiaraMuseo MadrePalazzo Zevallos Stigliano

  77. Rione Sanità

    This rough and ready quarter sprawls north of the historic center. It’s no great shakes above ground, but beneath its hectic streets are two fascinating sights: the Catacomba di San Gennaro and the Cimitero delle Fontanelle.
    Best stuff: Catacomba di San GennaroCimitero delle Fontanelle

  78. Mercato & The Port

    Squeezed between the historic center and the port, the run-down Mercato area has few must-see sights but there’s great people watching at the Mercato Porta Nolana, and gourmet treats await at Eccellenze Campane.
    Best stuff: Romeo HotelEccellenze CampaneMercato Porta Nolana

  79. Santa Lucia & Chiaia

    Southwest of the historic center, Santa Lucia extends from Piazza del Plebiscito down to the seafront where you’ll find several historic hotels. To the west, upscale Chiaia is a fashionable area full of designer boutiques and fashionable bars.
    Best stuff: Grand Hotel VesuvioEurostars Hotel ExcelsiorGrand Hotel Parker’sPalazzo AlabardieriMicalòOrsini 46Cappella Vecchia 11La CantinellaAntica Osteria Da ToninoPizzeria BrandiE. MarinellaEddy MonettiBa-barBarrilEnoteca BelledonneGran Caffè GambrinusPalazzo RealeLungomare (seafront)Teatro San Carlo

  80. Vomero

    Hilltop Vomero offers a tranquil antidote to the relentless chaos of the historic center. It’s an elegant quarter of Art Deco villas and grandstand views, and while it’s some way from the action, it’s accessible by funicular from stations on Piazza Montesanto and Piazzetta Augusteo.
    Best stuff: Hotel San Francesco al MonteCertosa San Martino

  81. Capodimonte

    North of the center, Capodimonte is home to a huge park, once a royal hunting reserve, and the city’s top art museum. Accessible by bus Nos 168, 178, C63 and R4.
    Best stuff: Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte

  82. Mergellina & Posillipo

    Marking the western end of the seafront, Mergellina is a workaday area full of popular gelaterias, seafood restaurants, and pizzerias. Rising further west, Posillipo is one of Naples’ smartest neighborhoods with grand villas and high-end restaurants.
    Best Stuff: Palazzo Petrucci50 KalòSalumeria Martinelli 1962

  83. Bay of Naples

    Southeast of the city, Mt Vesuvius looms over the Bay of Naples. The heavily built-up area, served by the Circumvesuviana train, is home to the ancient sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Off shore, Capri is one of several bay islands and a favorite day trip destination.
    Best stuff: Pompeii & HerculaneumCapri

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