Naples is a large, bustling city just two hours south of Rome. With nearly one million people within the city limits and nearly four million in the surrounding region, Naples is the third largest city in all of Italy and the ninth most populous region in the European Union.
The architecture is an intriguing mixture of old and new. Many historic sites can be found within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the centre of town. Interspersed between the ancient and the ornate are modern, brutalist designs constructed after the city was heavily bombed during World War II.
Naples is well known for its high concentration of celebrated churches. There are 448 historic monumental churches within the city limits, a total that is unmatched anywhere else around the world.
The locals have a longstanding love of music. Countless folk songs, classical pieces and moving operas can be attributed to local songwriters. The Neapolitans also invented the mandolin and the modern classical guitar and developed the earliest documented music for both.
Naples’ primary cruise terminal and ferry dock is Molo Beverello, next to the marina in downtown Naples. It is a bustling faciltity, having the world’s second highest levels of passenger flow (after Hong Kong). In addition to welcoming cruise passengers to the region, Molo Beverello is used as a launch site for many cruise tours to Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii.
Napoli Stazione Marittima, the main terminal at Molo Beverello, is a stylish, recently refurbished port building that was initially built in the 1930s. The port was designed to accommodate a large number of visitors, featuring seven boarding berths and seven mobile gangways. In addition to all terminal facilities, the building also houses a shopping centre with 52 retail boutiques.
Facilities at Molo Beverello include:
- Arrival and departure lounges
- Information desks
- Post office
- Bus depot
- Visitor parking
- Shopping boutiques
- Exchange bureaus, banks and ATMs.
How To Get Around
Due to the heavy traffic, many tourists prefer to travel through Naples on foot. It’s a short walk from the cruise terminal to the centre of town and the majority of inner city sights. The public transport system in Naples is far reaching, but as there are a number of different providers, it can be a challenge to determine the best option. Alternatively, taxis are widespread in the city and can always be hailed from outside of the cruise terminal.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 26 minute journey to the centre of Naples.
- It is an 11 minute journey to the centre of Naples
- It is a 21 minute journey to Naples International Airport
- It is a 26 minute journey to Pompeii.
- It is a 28 minute journey to the centre of Naples (with services leaving every 15 minutes)
- It is a 64 minute journey to Naples International Airport (with services leaving every 40 minutes).
- Currency - The currency in Naples is the Euro (€). Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations. Coins are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cent (where 100 euro cents equals on euro) and €1 and €2 denominations.
- Time Zone - Naples uses Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Naples has a Mediterranean climate, enjoying hot and dry summers and short, cold and wet winters. Naples is coldest in January with an average temperature of 8.1 degrees Celsius, and warmest in August with an average temperature of 23.7 degrees Celsius.
- Pompeii - Located just outside of Naples, Pompeii was an ancient town that was buried when the volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. The site is one of Europe’s most prominent archaeological sites, as the thick layer of ash and pumice that blanketed the town largely preserved the ancient town’s buildings, inhabitants, furniture, equipment and possessions. Over 2.6 million tourists explored the unearthed town each year, seeing first-hand how life was lived in ancient Rome.
- Anfiteatro Flavio - Just half an hour from the city centre, Anfiteatro Flavio is an ancient amphitheatre in Naples where up to 20,000 spectators would enjoy gladiatorial combat, executions and mock naval battles. While many of the external columns and walls have crumbled, the internal infrastructure has been largely preserved, including the mechanical systems that were used to hoist cages containing wild beasts from the lower levels through skylights and into the amphitheatre.
- Certosa e Museo di San Martino - Perched on a large hill overlooking the city, Certosa e Museo di San Martino is a lavish monastery originally built in 1325. The building has been extended and altered many times in its history, often to great effect by some of Italy’s greatest masters in art and architecture. While the monastery and church are still functional, many of the surrounding rooms and buildings have been converted to house exquisite collections of ancient Roman art and design.