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Pompeii, Herculaneum & Naples: 3-Day City Pass

1. Pompeii, Herculaneum & Naples: 3-Day City Pass

Purchase the Naples & Campania Artecard for access to over 40 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including Ruins of Pompei, Herculaneum, the Catacombs of Saint Gennaro and Saint Gaudioso, National Archaeological Museum, MADRE, Museum and Royal Wood of Capodimonte, Royal Palace of Naples, The Bourbon Tunnel, Castel Sant'Elmo, Certosa of San Martino, Royal Palace of Caserta, Paestum, and the Archaeological Museum of Capua. Enjoy free admission to 2 museums or sites and discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. Explore the city as you travel for free on the Naples & Campania regional public transportation network (UnicoCampania public transport system).

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Naples: Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

2. Naples: Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

Immerse yourself in the intriguing charm of Naples. From the coastline, enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Naples and the views to 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.

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Naples: Guided Urban Trekking Through the Pedamentina Stairs

3. Naples: Guided Urban Trekking Through the Pedamentina Stairs

Bask in the history and magnificent views of Naples through this guided urban trekking tour. Visit historical sites, climb the Pedamentina Stairs, and stop at the market of Pignasseca for a firsthand experience of Neapolitan culture and cuisine. Meet your guide at the Certosa of San Martino, a former monastery complex turned into a museum. Start your tour by learning about the history of the monastery and its transformation into a Neapolitan civic museum. Proceed to the terrace and be amazed by the panoramic view it offers. Continue your tour by urban trekking through the ancient path of the Pedamentina. The Pedamentina boasts 414 steps and dates back to the fourteenth century. Along this urban masterpiece, admire not only the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples but also the beautiful gardens of the monastery. To wrap up your tour, stop at the famous local market of Pignasecca where you can immerse yourself in the flavors of Naples. Have the opportunity to try food from the stalls, delis, bakeries, and pastry shops. Being the heart of Neapolitan street food, the market of Pignasecca is not one to disappoint.

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Naples: San Martino Tour with an Art Historian Guide

4. Naples: San Martino Tour with an Art Historian Guide

On the top of one of the Neapolitan hills, the Church of the Certosa di San Martino is a casket to one of the city's greatest treasures. Built in 1325 at the behest of the Duke Charles of Angiò, it was the mother church of the Order of the Certosini. After gathering with your guide outside the front of the church, enter the structure for a 2-hour guided tour. Around the cloister of the Monastery, the small cells demonstrate the need for peace and prayer sought by all monks. The great renovation of 1590 led the church of the Certosa to be one of the largest artistic construction sites in Southern Italy. Workers from Rome and from all parts of the Viceregno were charged with renewing the great church. These works lasted for about a century, with several interruptions and modifications in between. Today it is obvious that these works paid off. From the vault to the wonderful floor, each side chapel and every room is a priceless treasure. The beauty here is overwhelming from the inside out, with the city skyline looking crisp and wonderful on sunny days, and poetic and fascinating even in the rain.

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What people are saying about Certosa di San Martino

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

I wanted to give 10 but 5 was the maximum! Fluvio was absolutely amazing, he was so enthusiastic and made the tour so fun! It didn’t even feel like 5 hours of walking. It was only 4 of us and despite the torrential rain we had the best of time. He showed us amazing restaurants and pastry shops. Also guided us to the souvenir area and explained the history of Napoli perfectly. Definitely worth all the money!

I liked everything very much. An unforgettable experience. An excellent audio guide. Convenient to get there by bus and train. In the beginning, the construction crane, which hangs over Pompeii, interfered with the atmosphere, but at the end of the excursion, it was he who suggested that even after 2000 years , life on the slopes of Vesuvius continues.

Fulvio has sido un guía excepcional, nos ha mostrado la ciudad desde todos los puntos de vista, como haría a Neapolitan Neapolitan DOC. The tour has lasted more than 5 hours in las cuales hemos visitado los monumentos, los barrios and los lugares most pintorescos de la ciudad, todo ello with a profesional competencia inigualable.

Pompei was very interesting, the catacombs of San Gennaro were also impressive! With the ARTEcard we could use the metro and all trains, that was very practical!

our tour guide was Fulvio! great knowledge and a lot of funny! // our guide was Fulvio, very knowledgeable and very funny