12 Hours in Naples
Located in southern Italy, Naples is a popular cruise ship destination due to its close proximity to Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find that Naples is more than just ‘the home of pizza’ – it’s a city full of art, history and culture, and is well worth exploring as a destination on its own.
8am - Fuel up and get shopping
Naples boasts an assortment of fantastic cafés and breakfast meeting spots, but for an authentic local experience (and at a fraction of the price), why not indulge in an espresso at one of the city’s stand-up coffee bars? Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, you’ll be transfixed by the aroma coming from these iconic bars where locals stand side by side, sipping their morning brew in preparation for the day ahead.
Via Toledo is the place to head next for the city’s best boutique shopping. This ancient street runs approximately 1.2 kilometres long and captures the very essence of Naples. Look past the high-end stores and there are plenty of bargains to be found along the strip.
11am - Modern MADRE
Ironically situated in the heart of old Naples, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (or MADRE as it commonly known) is a contemporary art museum dedicated to showcasing some of the world’s best modern artists. Open since 2005, MADRE has established itself as one of Naples’ must-see cultural attractions.
1:30pm - Lunch like a local
Feast on fresh seafood, mouth-watering pasta, and amazing local produce. Naturally, a slice of Neapolitan pizza is compulsory – and definitely save room for dessert! Naples is a city known for its sweet tooth. From decadent pastries to refreshing gelato and syrup-soaked cakes to lemon-infused classics, Naples is a dessert-lover’s paradise.
3pm - Take a moment to reflect
Religion plays a big role in the lives of many Italians and it’s no different in Naples. The city is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular churches. Check out The Church of Gesù Nuovo and The Church of Santa Chiara, which are located in the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo. These buildings are absolutely stunning!
5.30pm - Sunset strolls and fun in the park
Spend your remaining time in Naples exploring the city’s most popular park space, Villa Comunale, before strolling along the picturesque waterfront of Lungomare. The city of Naples has made a concerted effort in the last five years to increase the number of pedestrian zones between Villa Comunale and Lungomare. As a result, both areas are more popular than ever. With some of the region’s best views on offer, this stretch is the ideal place to enjoy the sunset and toast your 12 hours in Naples.
8pm - Return to your ship
After a relaxing day spent in port, it’s time to make your way back to your home away from home.
There’s no doubt about it: Naples is a city full of culture and character. To find out what cruise itineraries feature this iconic destination, contact our friendly Cruiseabout consultants today on 1300 954 661.
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