This packed 5-day itinerary is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure who are on a time crunch. Explore the glass-roofed Galleria Umberto shopping center, enjoy coffee on the medieval Piazza del Plebiscito, and try the seafood cuoppo in Naples. Visit the Pompeii ruins, hike around Mt. Vesuvius, and visit colorful bohemian Positano on the Amalfi Coast. Make sure you try the Naples pizza—the Amalfi Coast's real highlight.
Start from the top of Vomero Hill at the scenic viewpoint, Belvedere San Martino. Enjoy the most beautiful view of the Gulf of Naples, the sprawling city, and towering Mt. Vesuvius. To get the best vantage point, stand on the terrace of St. Martin’s Charterhouse. To descend the hill, you’ll walk down the quiet stairs of Pedamentina, one of the most ancient footpaths of the city built in the 14th century. Its 414 steps connect the hillside of Naples to its historic center via a scenic passageway.
As you continue down the steps, enjoy the views of ancient houses and glimpses of the sea. You’ll pass the famous B&B of Mr. Pasquale Nocerino, a violin player, and his wife, Giovanna, a ballet dancer. This neighborhood is where Baudelaire lived for some time, and Marguerite Yourcenar placed her tale “Anna, soror…” From the Pedamentina, you’ll also see the city’s historic main street, Spaccanapoli, also known as Decumano Inferiore, which cuts the old town in half.
Next, you’ll officially arrive in Naples’ historic center as you pass through the lively, authentic, and colorful Pignasecca Market. The market is the biggest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll along Spaccanapoli, perusing its craft shops and main piazzas, listening to your guide tell stories of folklore and ancient tales. Turn into the alley of San Gregorio Armeno and browse a historical craft shop owned by the Ferrigno family, famous for the oldest handmade Neapolitan crib.
The tour comes to an end with a pleasant stop to taste the real Neapolitan espresso. Pair your authentic java with a selection of traditional pastries and biscuits beloved by the locals.
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Itineraries with Vertical Naples Tour
Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the stunning Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.
If your family's been itching for a chance to tie on your hiking shoes, this seven-day itinerary is the choice for you, especially if you have teenagers who want to keep moving when they aren't posing in front of impressive photographic backdrops. You'll walk the cobblestones of bustling Naples and ancient Pompeii and hike the hills of Mount Vesuvius before you head to sunny Sorrento for sea kayaking along the cliffs and bays of a protected marine reserve. Finish off on the Amalfi Coast with a hike through a lush valley and winding route through town.