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Naples

Cities and Towns in Campania

Naples, Italy is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe.  Over the years all of the great powers in Europe from the Greeks and Romans to the British, French and Austrians-have aspired to control Naples; several of the continent’s more powerful rulers made it their capital. The history of Naples however, dates much further than Greek colonization.

The city was founded far before the Roman Empire ever arose and dates back to not only the Etruscan and Samnite tribes who were  native-Italic groups but more importantly to the Egyptian society who greatly influenced the Etruscans and Samite tribes.... far beyond (3500BC) to where we can trace their roots.

Today, Naples is one of the most vibrant and exciting city in Italy, it is also the second most populous city, home to 1,206,000.  It is the most important port after Genoa and the intellectual and commercial centre of the south.  The animated and noisy town, bright with the southern sun, enjoys one of the more wonderful geographical situations in the world, spread out fanwise above its beautiful gulf.

Naples is a unique city for several reasons.  Most importantly, it bears traces of more than twenty centuries of continuous habitation by various civilizations.  Its remarkably rich past is reflected in its art and architecture, but it is also evident in the very form and structure of the city. 

The city once again is flourishing.  Under the guidance of mayor Antonio Bassolino, Naples has become a much safer city.  A vast urban renovation programme has revitalised and enhanced the beauty of the city centre, buildings have been restored and repainted, and a considerable area of the waterfront, as well as several of the elegant shopping streets further inland, have become pedestrianized. 

One of the special things about Naples is that you can walk from the city centre to its garland of hills in just a couple of hours-or even less, if you hop on one of the famous funicolari (cable cars).  On the walks that follow you can explore the heart of the city, ascend to the magnificent Museums of Capodimonte and San Martino, and wander the lush paths of the Posillipo headland.  And there is much more to do as well, for Naples is almost overwhelming in its wealth of art, culture and history.

Like London or New York, Naples has grown haphazardly over the centuries-which means that the modern city centre no longer corresponds to the centre of the Roman and medieval town.  This make Naples more difficult to explore than say, Florence or Venice, where many centuries of architectural history are concentrated in a very small space.  Obtaining a good map of the city is therefore essential for visitors upon arrival.  It is recommended to choose an area and concentrate on that, then move to another.  Don’t try to do everything at once, or you will end up seeing nothing at all. 

Home to the most important port of all southern Italy, Naples has a great artistic, historical and cultural patrimony visible in numerous sites such as Piazza Municipio, Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), the San Carlo Theatre, Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Plebiscito with its Basilica of San Francesco di Paola.

Within the city of Naples there are over 800 churches and ecclesiastical buildings including the Monastery of Santa Chiara, the Cathedral, the Monastery of S. Gregorio Armeno, the Church of Santa Brigida, the Church of the Spirito Santo, the Church of Monteoliveto, the Spire of the Immacolata, the Church of San Pietro ad Aram, the Church of San Paolo Maggiore, the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore.

Well worth a visit, via San Biagio dei Librai, via San gregorio Armeno, the historic roads with numerous artists studios and craftsmen's workshops, Palazzo Cuomo, Palazzo Gravina, the Museum of Capodimonte, Castel Sant'Elmo, and Castel dell'Ovo.

Travellers should be advised that while Napoli is beautiful, interesting and glorious, the city does have an underside, particularly evident in the Spanish Quarter of the city, which is just off of Via Roma.  The maze of streets narrow streets and dense living conditions, offer little light in this area.  Travellers who venture off of Via Roma into this area, may as well consider their money and anything of value, lost.  Motorcyclists in this area are famous for robbing tourists and numerous contributors to Italy Group Specialists and clietns we have worked with, have made it known that travelling alone of with valuables in this area, has ended with valuables getting stolen in certain areas of Naples.  It is best for this reason, if you are traveling to Naples for the first time to get to know the city with a guide.  

- By Jesse Andrews, June 2016 

 

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Taste of Southern Italy - Sorrento Cooking Course

For food and wine lovers alike, our "Taste of Southern Italy" cooking experience is not to be missed. Our lessons are taught in English by Chef Rosaria, who is an expert in Southern Italian cuisine. Pizza, Sea-food and Pasta dishes are a few of regional dishes that we will prepare and taste during the day in addition to some of the region's finest wines.

 

The Vineyards of Campania Wine Tour including the Ruins of Pompeii

Our Campania Wineries tour is a fantastic way to capture the magic of Italy's history and the incredible flavours that this region is known for! We combine a visit to the ruins of Pompeii with a visit to some of Campania's finest wineries where you will learn about the tradition of wine making and be able to sample some of the local products.

 

Amazing Amalfi - Private Package

This tour is an excellent package that begins from Naples with a private transfer from the Rail station or Airport in Naples to your hotel in Sorrento. Over 5 days, you visit the towns and cities along the Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii an the beautiful island of Capri.

 

Luxury: Florence - Tuscany - Rome & the Amalfi Coast

This is a fantastic way to explore some of Italy's most romantic regions and destinations including Florence, Tuscany, Rome & the Amalfi Coast. Gorgeous accommodations throughout, private tours, transfers and sightseeing as well as wine tastings, romantic restaurant recommendations and local insights that will have you living la Dolce vita with your partner here in Italy.

 

Private Tour of Pompeii

This Private tour of Pompeii offers visitors a chance to experience Italy's most famous archaeological site, on our half day private tour of Pompeii. On this tour, we can pick you up anywhere along the Amalfi Coast or in Sorrento in a luxury, fully secured and air-conditioned vehicle. At Pompeii, you will experience a guided tour with an expert local guide who will reveal the haunting highlights of Pompeii, a destination not to be missed by any visitor to this region of Italy.

 

Private Tour of the Amalfi Coast with Lunch

This tour departs from either Naples - Sorrento - or anywhere on the Amalfi Coast and allows you to experience one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world - the Amalfi Coast. The area is notorious for the very difficult roads and hair-pin turns, so taking a tour here with a professional English speaking driver who is familiar with the area is the safest way to see the area. Our tour also includes lunch at the Ristoro del Moro in Ravello, which offers spectacular views over the coast.

 

Herculaneum from Naples

Today you will embark with your guide on a journey to the town of Herculaneum buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, the tour will provide a vivid picture of society and daily life at a specific moment in the past that is without parallel anywhere in the world.

 

Pompeii from the Port in Naples

This tour of Pompeii departs from Naples. From your cruise ship, we take you to experience Italy's most famous archaeological site, on our half day tour from Sorrento. If your time in Southern Italy is limited, this quick and comprehensive guided tour shows you all the haunting highlights of Pompeii, a destination not to be missed by any visitor to this region of Italy.

 

Private Tour of Pompeii

This Private tour of Pompeii offers visitors a chance to experience Italy's most famous archaeological site, on our half day private tour of Pompeii. On this tour, we can pick you up anywhere along the Amalfi Coast or in Sorrento in a luxury, fully secured and air-conditioned vehicle. At Pompeii, you will experience a guided tour with an expert local guide who will reveal the haunting highlights of Pompeii, a destination not to be missed by any visitor to this region of Italy.

 

Private Tour of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast

Our tour of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast departs from either Sorrento and Naples. We meet you at either your cruise ship, hotel or rail station to begin this tour to some of the most impressive and most visited ruins in the world, Pompeii. Here you will enjoy a privately guided tour of the ruins. VIP tickets that allow you to skip the line are included. Following Pompeii we head down the Amalfi Coast to enjoy some of the most spectacular coastal scenery found anywhere in Italy.

 

Taste of Southern Italy - Sorrento Cooking Course

For food and wine lovers alike, our "Taste of Southern Italy" cooking experience is not to be missed. Our lessons are taught in English by Chef Rosaria, who is an expert in Southern Italian cuisine. Pizza, Sea-food and Pasta dishes are a few of regional dishes that we will prepare and taste during the day in addition to some of the region's finest wines.

 

The Ancient Ruins of Paestum and Mozzarella Di Buffala - Southern Italy Tour

Paestum is one of the most well-preserved of the Greek ruins in Italy. Located about 1 hour south of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast or 2 hours south of Naples, the site is most certainly well woth a visit. This tours offers a guided visit of the temples here and an opportunity to visit some of the Mozzarella di Buffala factories located in the area and it's a great opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of southern Italy.

 

The Vineyards of Campania Wine Tour including the Ruins of Pompeii

Our Campania Wineries tour is a fantastic way to capture the magic of Italy's history and the incredible flavours that this region is known for! We combine a visit to the ruins of Pompeii with a visit to some of Campania's finest wineries where you will learn about the tradition of wine making and be able to sample some of the local products.

 

Amazing Amalfi - Private Package

This tour is an excellent package that begins from Naples with a private transfer from the Rail station or Airport in Naples to your hotel in Sorrento. Over 5 days, you visit the towns and cities along the Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii an the beautiful island of Capri.

 

Rome and Sunny Southern Italy

This deluxe small group tour of Rome and Southern Italy includes the finest accommodations in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast. All entrances to sites and museums are included, gourmet meals and the finest local tour guides in each destination. Complementary arrival and departure transfers are also included.

 

Southern Pearls - From Rome

Approaching the Amalfi Coast at the start of our tour, you enter a balmy climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. We also settle in for a beautiful day on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy. We make time for Pompeii, unlike most visitors, you'll get a chance to see Amalfi in the best way—in the company of your new Italian friends who know the ins and outs of life on the edge of the sea.

 

The Amalfi Coast - From Rome

This package is a great option for those who want to experience the Amalfi Coast from Rome, but don't want to worry about hte transportation back and forth. This tours starts and ends in Rome and includes sightseeing in Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast. Some meals are included, all entrance fees and this tour is conducted in English from start to finish of the tour.

 

The Amalfi Coast and Island of Capri Deluxe Package

This is a deluxe small group tour of the Amalfi Coast includes accommodation in the area's most prestigious hotels. Highlights of this tour include visiting the beautiful towns along the Amalfi Coast as well as visiting the island of Capri.