Castel Nuovo Culture & history

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From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

1. From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, come across a death cast, a plaster recreation of an unfortunate citizen preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, drive up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius, (from April to mid-November), one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. During the winter season between November and March, Mt. Vesuvius is closed, so your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples. Explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

Naples: Naples, Pompeii, and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour

2. Naples: Naples, Pompeii, and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour

Explore the beauty of Naples along with a guided tour of Pompeii and Vesuvius National Park. Learn Naples’ storied history through a detailed city tour. Pique your curiosity and discover how Romans really lived at the archaeological site of Pompeii before walking around the top Europe’s only still active volcano. Meet your professional guide outside of your hotel, and climb aboard a minibus for two hours of sightseeing in Naples. Stop at the Cathedral of Naples to visit the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius and the basilica of Santa Restituta. Discover the Piazza del Municipio, Naples’ city hall square, and see the medieval Castel Nuovo before driving through the residential streets of Posillipo. Stop at the famed Chiesa di Sant'Antonio a Posillipo for the best views of the city and bay. Return to the city center in Piazza del Plebiscito to see the front of the Royal Palace of Naples and the beautiful church of San Francesco di Paola. Pass by the historical shopping gallery, Galleria Umberto I, and the iconic opera house, Teatro di San Carlo. Drive to Pompeii to learn about fascinating places like the Forum, the thermal baths and the House of the Vettii. Discover the Lupanar, burnt by volcanic ash and stones during the volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. Take a break to relax over lunch, including pizza and a drink. Continue to Torre del Greco, passing through Vesuvius National Park. Walk to the top of the only still active volcano in continental Europe. Stroll around the crater at an elevation of nearly 1200 meters to see a panoramic view of the charming bay of Naples. Return to Naples where your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Pompeii and Naples Day Trip from Rome

3. Pompeii and Naples Day Trip from Rome

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rome, and head along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea to get magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast en route to Pompeii. Take a guided tour of the archaeological site on arrival and see the remains of the food market, thermal baths and residences of the wealthy citizens. Learn about everyday life during the Roman Empire and marvel as history is brought to life before your eyes.  Continue to Naples to explore highlights such as the monuments of Via San Gregorio Armeno, Piazza San Domenico and Piazza del Gesù with its impressive Church of Gesù Nuovo and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Admire the Royal Palace and Church of San Francesco di Paola on Piazza Plebiscito. Look at the Galleria Umberto I on Via Toledo and continue to Piazza Municipio to appreciate the medieval Castel Nuovo. Taste an authentic sfogliatella (pastry) in a local bakery before the return trip to Rome.

Naples and Pompeii: Half-Day Tour

4. Naples and Pompeii: Half-Day Tour

After your scheduled pick-up at 08:15, begin a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Naples with stops at the city's cathedral to visit the Treasure Chapel and San Restituta Basilica. Then drive to Plebiscite Square to see the front of the Royal Palace and the majestic Neoclassical church of San Francesco di Paola. From there head to the Town Hall Square; home to the New Castle built by the French family of Anjou. Your tour of Naples ends on a terrace at Posillipo, giving use some of the best views over the entire city. From there drive to Pompeii, one of the world's most famous historic sites. Once at Pompeii, your tour guide will take you to this ancient city's most fascinating places like the Forum, Thermal Baths, Vetti’s house and the Lupanare, burnt, covered, and preserved by volcanic ashes during the massive volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. After taking in the history of Pompeii, return to Naples, and get dropped off at your choice of destination at around 13:30.

Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

5. Naples: Walking Tour with Roman Ruins Entrance Ticket

Immerse yourself in the intriguing charm of Naples. From the coastline, enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Naples and the views of the island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. Visit the oldest part of the city and wander its narrow streets, filled with character and vivacity. See the church of Gesù Nuovo and its masterpieces, the monastery of Santa Chiara and walk through the most famous "Spaccanapoli" with its outstanding Baroque and Renaissance palaces, countless charming little shops, coffee bars and pizzeria. Explore the underground Roman ruins, buried beneath the city. See the monumental part of the city with its most famous landmark — Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle, the Royal Palace, the Teatro di San Carlo and the Galleria Umberto, an elegant 19th-century shopping mall.

From Rome: Naples & Pompeii Guided Day Trip with Lunch

6. From Rome: Naples & Pompeii Guided Day Trip with Lunch

Enjoy a guided tour of Naples and Pompeii following the "Highway of the Sun" through the fertile Roman countryside of the "Castelli Romani.". Descend towards the port of Mergellina, and follow the coastal road to the historic fishing quarter of Santa Lucia.  Enjoy the views of Naples' impressive Castel dell Ovo. Next, cross the valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing the towns of Ercolano, Torre del Greco, and Torre Annunziata before arriving at Pompeii, where you will break for lunch. Continue after lunch with a guided visit to the excavations. Your guide will explain Pompeii's tragic story from an archaeological perspective and uncover what has lain beneath the ashes. Afterward, on the way back to Rome, you will stop to visit a coral and cameo factory, where you can admire and purchase items of the ancient craft that dates back to Greek times.

Naples: Guided Walking Tour with Bourbon Tunnel

7. Naples: Guided Walking Tour with Bourbon Tunnel

Accompanied by an expert and professional guide you will discover the majesty of the monumental area of Naples: Starting from the central Piazza Municipio you can admire the Neptune Fountain overlooking the majestic Castel Nuovo, better known among the Neapolitans as Maschio Angioino. You will continue towards Piazza Trieste e Trento and the adjacent Piazza del Plebiscito to enjoy the most important monuments of the city, from the San Carlo Theater to the Umberto I Gallery, from the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola to the Royal Palace, in an excursus of medieval, baroque art. and neoclassical. We will continue along Via Chiaia to discover the history of the Antica Pizzeria Brandi, where the famous pizza Margherita was born, and of the Gran Caffè Gambrinus. At the end of the walking tour you will begin your tour in the subsoil of Naples, you will discover the secrets that are hidden in the ancient Bourbon Gallery wanted by Ferdinand II of Bourbon in order to create a military path that would allow the troops to reach the Royal Palace in a short time time. The Bourbon Gallery is a long underground tunnel built in the mid-19th century by Ferdinand II of Bourbon and is considered the pride of underground Bourbon civil engineering. Rediscovered in 2005, the gallery offers the public a surprising itinerary in the subsoil and in the history of the Neapolitan city. Through the Standard route it will be possible to appreciate the war refuge, ancient cisterns of the Bolla Aqueduct, fragments of statues, vintage cars and motorcycles found during the safety measures.

Naples Sightseeing Tour for Small Groups

8. Naples Sightseeing Tour for Small Groups

See the best of Naples on this 2-hour guided sightseeing tour, covering all important spots of the city. The tour covers all must-sees in Naples including the cathedral, the Royal palace and the marvelous terraces of Posillipo with their unique views on the city. It's the best way to have a comprehensive look at Naples in a short amount of time. This sightseeing tour lasts for approximately 2 hours, with a small group led by a professional guide and transport by minibus. This tour is perfect if you want to have a brief guided overview of Naples' historic city center and take some beautiful pictures overlooking the city. You will be picked up either from your hotel, the port, the railway station, or at a central location at 08:15 in the morning.  Your first stop will be at the Cathedral of Naples (Duomo di Napoli), which is the main church of the city and seat of the Archbishop of Naples. It is generally known as the Cattedrale di San Gennaro, in honor of Saint Januarius, Naples' patron saint. You will then see Santa Restituta, which is the original 6th-century paleo-Christian church on the site where the Cathedral of Naples now stands. The church was rebuilt and incorporated into the cathedral when it was built in the 13th century and today is a magnificent addition to the ensemble of the cathedral. Drive by the Town Hall Square and see the New Castle built by the French family of Anjou. Stopping in the Posillipo area on St. Antonio Church Terrace, you'll be able to get the best view of the city and the bay. You'll then head on to Plebiscite Square to see the front of the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St. Francesco di Paola in its neoclassic style, the Umberto I Gallery, and San Carlo theatre, after which the tour concludes.

From Naples: Phlegraean Fields 5-Hour Fiat 500/600 Tour

9. From Naples: Phlegraean Fields 5-Hour Fiat 500/600 Tour

The Phlegraean Fields, also known as Campi Flegrei, have enormous historical significance, impressive landscapes and Roman ruins which emerge from vast area of volcanic origin. Your guide, carefully selected from authorized tour guides, will give you the opportunity to visit Naples and its surroundings with them and they will be like a genial, polite, and knowledgeable friend. As they guide you along the chosen route, they will offer alternative ways to taste the rich traditions and enjoy the splendid views this beautiful land offers, all in a comfortable vintage Fiat 500 or Fiat 600, whose legend has accompanied Italian history since the 1950s. The Fiat 600 D is undoubtedly the symbol of the economic growth of the 1960s. Designed by engineer Dante Giacosa, the Fiat 600 is a little jewel of a car with a popular place in Italian history. Fiat 600 and Fiat 500 are very classic cars and will let you savour the charm of an Italian wonder. Zooming around in these beautiful vehicles you'll notice the nostalgic glances of passers-by who have their own Fiat 600-themed memories. On this 5-hour tour you will explore Pozzuoli Port, Serapide Temple, Anfiteatro Flavio, Solfatara, Lake Lucrino, Monte Nuovo, Lake Avernus, Bacoli's Bay, Baia Castle, Piscina Mirabilis, Bacoli, Cape Miseno, Lake Fusaro, and Casine Vanvitelliana.

From Rome: Pompeii and Naples Small-Group Tour

10. From Rome: Pompeii and Naples Small-Group Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome for the day and take a trip along the Mediterranean Coast, traveling south down the highway towards the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii. After a stop for breakfast, continue to the ruins of Pompeii where an official guide will take you on a walking tour of the remarkably intact city. Buried by molten lava and ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, Pompeii remained lost for hundreds of years, until it partial rediscovery in 1599. Marvel at the homes, shops, public baths and even a brothel of the everyday town, and hear the story of how the city was lost to the violence of the volcano. Stop for a tasting of local products for lunch, included in the tour price. Admire the beautiful views of the crescent-shaped Gulf of Naples, where the glamorous islands of Capri and Ischia lie like jewels in the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a typical Neapolitan coffee to gather your strength for a walk in the city center, where you can marvel at famous piazzas, such as Piazza del Plebiscito, and see historic castles like Castel Nuovo and Castel Sant’Elmo.

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Wow what a day! Emiliano was our group guide for the trip, knowledgeable yet funny and kept the whole day going. It is long! We did Vesuvius 1st and then onto Pompeii. Vesuvius is a hard slog and really quite physical, there are no short cuts, only your determination and hard work! Pompeii was amazing, we were handed over to a very knowledgeable local guide and given a headset to hear him through the walk through tour, he stopped regularly for photos, explaining what everything was and to answer any questions. Brilliantly set up, easy to find the tour at the meeting point and well looked after all day with suggestions for lunch and plenty of breaks. Would highly recommend.

Everything went smoothly. It was a big day but well worth it. The coach guide, Franchesco, was brilliant, giving clear instructions on the day's itinerary, and facts on the journey about Italy, Rome and Napoles. The walk up to Vesuvius was about 1 mile to the top from the coach. amazing views. Our Pompeii guide was excellent. However, we did want to see the artefacts at the end. We asked if it was possible to have 10 mins to have a quick look at the cast victims and treasures. I know they are on a time schedule, and it was good to have chance to do this. The driver was great, we stopped for coffee, snacks and the toilet halfway which was needed.

A long but very doable day. The coach journey is broken up there and back with a stop where they sell delicious donuts! Pompeii is very interesting - our 11 year old said it was her favourite trip of our stay in Rome. Mount Vesuvius gave spectacular views. The climb is tiring though - definitely not to be taken lightly if you struggle with fitness. The day was well organised and we had fantastic guides - both with us on the coach and for Pompeii.

Great experience, we would not have known anything about the places we visited, if we hadn't done the tour we probably would not have known we could go in them.

Angela was a great tour guide along with the local guide at Pompeii. Also our bus driver was amazing on the windy Italy streets.