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Naples: Palazzo Reale Entrance Ticket & Pemcards

1. Naples: Palazzo Reale Entrance Ticket & Pemcards

Explore the primary royal residence of the Bourbon kings with a full-day entrance ticket to the Palazzo Reale in Naples. Home to the Bourbon rulers in the first half of the 18th century, the Palazzo Reale was designed by one of the most prominent architects of the day, Domenico Fontana. The palace is situated on the elegant Piazza Plebiscito, the largest square in Naples.  Inside, discover a beautiful double staircase that leads you up to the royal apartments, now home to the palace's museum of furnishings and art. Admire a huge 18th-century nativity scene in the Cappella Reale (Royal Chapel). Learn about the vast collection of texts in the National Library, including thousands of papyrus scrolls found at Herculaneum, and the remains of a 5th-century Coptic Bible.

Naples: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

2. Naples: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Admire the mix of Italian and Greek influences as you see the highlights in Naples on this bike tour. Ride through the historic center and experience the Greek influence as you ride down the streets Via dei Tribunali and Anticaglia. Start by riding down the Naples Promenade. Enjoy views of the sea with Vesuvius looming in the background. Pass by the seafront castle of Castel dell’ Ovo. Ride past seaside cafes and shops as you go through Borgo Marinari. Go east on Via Caracciolo street until you reach the stately Piazza del Plebiscito square where you can see the Royal Palace and the church of San Francesco di Paola. Turn onto the bustling commercial street Via Toledo where you can reach the squares Piazza Carità and Piazza del Gesù. Continue to the ancient Greek heart of Naples in the Decumani district. Experience the Greek layout as you ride down narrow streets in this historic center. Peddle down Via dei Tribunali and Anticaglia to see the dozens of ancient churches and some charming squares.

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

3. 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.

Naples: Full-Day City Tour with Pompeii and Sorrento

4. Naples: Full-Day City Tour with Pompeii and Sorrento

Get picked up from your accommodation, cruise terminal, or Naples Central Station in the morning and begin your tour. Start with 2 hours of sightseeing in a minibus with a small-group tour led by a professional guide. Make your first stop at the cathedral to visit the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius and Santa Restituta.  Drive to the Town Hall square and see the New Castle, built by the French family of Anjou. Continue on to the Posillipo area and stop at Saint Antonio's Church, where you can see the best view of the city and the bay. Return into the city center and Piazza del Plebiscito. See the front of the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St. Francesco di Paola in its neoclassic style, the Umberto I Gallery, and the San Carlo Theater. Next, drive to Pompeii where your tour guide will show the most fascinating places like The Forum, Thermal Baths, Vetti’s house, and “Lupanare”, burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli during the eruption in 79 A.D. After the visit, make a brief stop for lunch and depart toward Sorrento's coast. Along the way, admire the medieval castle from which the name of the famous town Castellammare di Stabia comes, the small and enchanting beaches of Vico Equense and Seiano, and typical Mediterranean greenery such as lemon and orange trees. Stop at the panoramic viewpoint in Meta di Sorrento to look up to the wonderful sight of the bay overlooking the sea. Stop in Sorrento for a brief visit to the town for about 1 hour. Your guide will show you the most renowned places walking through the enchanting narrow streets full of stores and little workshops. Continue to one of the most scenic places in Sorrento: the Villa Comunale, where you can admire the gulf views and see as far as Punta Campanella and Capri Island. Return to Naples at around 5:15 PM.

Naples: Panoramic E-Bike Tour

5. Naples: Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Start from the ancient street of Spaccanapoli located in the heart of the historic city of Naples to reach Piazza del Municipio where the castle Maschio Angioino is located and then head to Piazza Plebiscito with its royal palace and San Carlo theater. Proceed to the promenade along the cycle path where you will stop at the ancient village of Marinaro which houses Castel dell'Ovo, the oldest castle of Naples and source of ancient legends like that of the siren Parthenope. In front of the castle, you will see Monte Echia, considered the  first settlement area of Neapolis by the Greeks. Your tour will then continue crossing the magnificent coastline by the splendid gulf setting characterized by Vesuvius, the Sorrento Peninsula and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Your next stop will be at Virgilian Natural Park from where you can easily climb the hill of Posillipo. From here, you will leave to cross the former industrial area of Bagnoli and visit the North pier (a walk of 1000 meters over the sea and a work of industrial architecture that was the old pontoon of ILVA). Finally, return to the center through the west of the city.

Naples: 7 Days Pass of the Campania Region

6. Naples: 7 Days Pass of the Campania Region

Discover the city of Naples, eat in typical restaurants, find the best craft shops, or shops and find hotels, apartments or B&B recommendations, with discounts of up to 35%. Take advantage of discounts in the most important and historical activities of the city with a 'Naples Pass', such as Scaturchio, Tandem, La Locanda del Grifo. Get an official magnet from the owner of pizzeria da Michele. Explore the excavations of Pompeii and explore the Catacombs of Naples at San Gennaro. Visit Bourbon Gallery, Neapolis Underground of San Lorenzo Maggiore, Museodivino, Filangieri Museum and Treasure of San Gennaro Museum. See the Royal Palace of Naples, Capodimonte Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Get a real key to the city with many advantages to be consulted by downloading the app or link. Try Snav (the major sea transport company), which guarantees a 20% discount on every route to the island of Procida and Ischia or the collaboration with Taxi Partenope service, which gives you a free fee when calling and booking your cab.

Naples: Guided Fat e-Bike Tour

7. Naples: Guided Fat e-Bike Tour

You'll begin with a 15-minute briefing throughout which you will be taught how to use your e-bike in the best way possible. You will also be briefed on a few rules which will help you enjoy your safe and fun bike tour to the fullest. Following that, you will begin your panoramic tour through the best squares, castles, and monuments of the city. You will see Piazza del Plebiscito and the Royal Palace, before encountering Via Caracciolo where you will fall in love with the views over the Gulf of Napoli. From there, proceed through Via dei Mille which is complete with luxury shops, before traveling to Mergellina where you can discover its Fountain of Parthenope. You'll then travel to the panoramic terraces of S. Antonio a Posillipo, where you will be shown breathtaking views of the city and Virgiliano Park with views over the gulf, Pozzuoli, and the Islands of Ischia and Procida. You'll finally take a break to relax, before proceeding to your final stop at the Castel dell'Ovo where you will hear the legend of "the egg".

Naples: City and Street Food Market

8. Naples: City and Street Food Market

This walking tour starts every day from Naples in Piazza Municipio by the Neptune Fountain. Take the chance to visit the city of Naples with a local guide that is not just a guide, but is also a true Neapolitan traditions believer! With your guide you will discover the real heart of Naples, full of the artistic influences left by the different domination suffered by the city after the Greek and Roman ages. Visit the Piazza Plebiscito with the magnificent Royal Palace, walk along the seaside to enjoy the view of the bay and Mt. Vesuvius, stroll inside the food market Pignasecca and taste different typical dishes, and walk through the narrow roads of the historical center and in the famous "Spaccanapoli". In the historical center take the chance to enter into a craftman shop to learn about the tradition of the handmade statues of the Nativity (called “Presepe”), a tradition deeply felt in Naples during the Christmas time that goes back to 1000 years ago. Walk along the central nave of Naples Cathedral also known as “Duomo”, and be fascinated by the history of Saint Gennaro and the liquefaction of his blood.

From Rome: Naples and Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

9. From Rome: Naples and Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

This tour begins with a pick up in your hotel in Rome. A local and knowledgable guide to Naples will show you all the points of interest, and important and magical places to visit. Your first stops will take you on a walk to Castel Nuovo, also known as Maschio Angioino, the Bourbon King’s Square, and Piazza del Plebiscito. Here you can enjoy the view of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Passing through the Royal Palace of Naples, you will continue on your walk to the impressive Galleria Umberto and the Teatro di San Carlo. Stop at the famous Gambrinus café for a refreshment. Later, stroll along the Via Toledo and visit the interesting Spanish Quarter. The next stop is at Piazza del Gesù, where you can see the church Gesù Nuovo and its futuristic façade. Here you will find the entrance to the old town and the Spaccanapoli, the street that divides Naples. Continue to San Gregorio Armeno with its magic Christmas atmosphere, where you can visit the many craft shops that produce a mixture of Christian and modern nativity figures. On this tour you will also visit Piazza Bellini, now a popular meeting place for the locals and home to many interesting cafes, and pass through the old city gate Port’Alba to reach Piazza Dante. You will also visit the famous Sansevero Chapel or the Museum in Castel Nuovo. At this point in your tour, your expert guide will be happy to recommend a nice place to have lunch and recharge. After walking through Naples, you will be driven to the Amalfi Coast. Stroll through its quintessentially charming streets and admire the great view. Hotel drop off at the end of this tour.

Naples Walking Tour & Babà Cake Tasting

10. Naples Walking Tour & Babà Cake Tasting

Enjoy an exciting 2-hour walking tour of the remarkable city of Naples, and discover why it is considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. See the very best of this ancient and mystical city with an official tour guide who will explain its hidden gems, legends, and action-packed history. Visit the Cathedral of San Gennaro, walk past the Royal Palace of Naples, where the great Bourbon Kings once resided, the spectacular San Carlo royal theatre and, Naples' beautiful opera house. Continue on to San Francesco di Paola, a beautiful church located at the Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples' main city square, and stroll through the beautiful Gallery of Umberto I, a public shopping gallery opposite the San Carlo opera house. Visit some of Naples' ancient castles, built thousands of years ago, and stroll through the city's main historic center to the famous Spacca Napoli street, the area where Naples was founded, and visit some of the most important churches in the city. During the tour, get the chance to taste a typical Babà Cake, a small yeast cake saturated in hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Naples

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 205 reviews

Meeting point was easy to find and located next to a cafe so we could have a quiet bite to eat with a drink. Our tour guide Tino then approached us and set up the bikes. He had also recommended the e-bikes to us that we hadn't booked but actually wanted so we were glad he recommended it too. There were no other bookings so we got a private tour and our city tour was also extended with a drive to Posillipo. It was a fair bit of climbing so we are very happy with the e-bikes. It was a lot quieter here than in the city and we had a nice view of the city. Cycling through the city was a bit busier, but Tino had guided us well through the busy traffic. The tour is definitely recommended if you want to see a lot of the city in a relatively short time. E-bike is also recommended as it is quite heavy to get up the slopes.

We had a very nice guide Tino. He guided us flawlessly by bike through busy and pleasant Naples. We cycled along the most beautiful buildings, shopping streets and the beautiful coastline with a view of Vesuvius. It is really worth exploring Naples in a short time.

A guided city bike tour is an amazing way to see the city from a different perspective. We have adored. Grazia is a top guide, adorable, smiling, funny and extremely kind! I recommend it 2000%. The walk was not difficult at all despite the heat. It was great!

Guiseppe was awesome. Very personable and passionate, and he very efficiently showed us around Naples.

All 3 of the activities were great- they were all with different guides.