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Royal Palace, Naples

Royal Palace, Naples: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Naples, Pompeii, and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour

2. 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: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

3. 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: City Monuments Guided Walking Tour

4. Naples: City Monuments Guided Walking Tour

See the main highlights and wonderful hidden gems of the city of Naples on a guided walking tour. Stroll through the Piazza del Plebiscito, admire the Royal Palace, and explore the lively neighborhood of Quartieri Spagnoli. Meet near the neoclassical Piazza del Plebiscito. Stroll through this lively square which acts as a meeting point for local people. Admire the exterior of the Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola, the stunning Royal Palace of Naples, and the facade of San Carlo Opera House. As you explore the city on foot and take plenty of photos, your local guide will share local stories and the history behind these iconic Neapolitan monuments. Admire the Castel Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo) and its imposing Arch of Triumph. Walk through the Umberto I shopping gallery with its iconic domes and the glass-vaulted arcades. Stroll through the narrow and busy streets of the Quartieri Spagnoli area. Take in the sights and sounds of the laneways as you get a sense of local life. Discover various examples of street art, including those of legendary Argentinan footballer Diego Maradona, who is still worshipped by the locals. Next, head to Toledo Street, one of the main streets of the city center. See the Bank of Napoli, and the famous Toledo Metro Art Station, where your tour will end.

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: Full-Day City Tour with Pompeii and Sorrento

6. 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: 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: 7 Days Pass of the Campania Region

8. 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 E-Bike Tour of Pausilypon Archaeological Park

9. Naples: Guided E-Bike Tour of Pausilypon Archaeological Park

A guide will lead the tour and show you the panoramic points as well as the artistic and cultural sites along the road heading to Seiano tunnel, entrance of the Romans site of Pausilypon, nested on a secluded bay down Posillipo hill. From our bike bar and shop Bicycle House, located just in front of the National Archaeological Museum (MANN), after a short briefing, your journey starts with castle Maschio Angioino Piazza Plebiscito with the Royal Palace and the San Carlo theater on the way. The tour will continue along the seaside with Vesuvius, the Sorrento peninsula and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida in the background. A light, steady climb takes us on the hill of Posillipo, a panoramic oasis so close and yet far from the city, dear to poets and nobles, with its villas overlooking the sea, the bold road that bypasses caves and gullies and crosses with the winding down that lead the former agricultural villages of the hill, to the green sea sailed by the fishing boats. Here, after a thrilling downhill, you 'll reach the Pausilypon park, where the walking visit of the archaeological and environmental area of the first century B.C. will expect you. After the underground path of Seiano Grotto (a 770 meter long tunnel built by Romans), your guide will explain the history, the excavation techniques and the various events that have seen the history of the cave over the centuries. At the other end of the cave, you will be able to admire the remains of the astonishing II thousands years old Villa of Vedio Pollione and the panoramic view point overlooking the charming bay of Trentaremi. Professional guides from the CSI Gaiola will lead us through the beauties of the site. On our way back we will stop at the North Jetty in the Pozzuoli bay, to enjoy the view “from the sea” of Campi Flegrei area. Unforgettable is the sensation of touching the nearby tiny island of Nisida and having the impressive bulk of Ischia island in the same picture. More details about the history of the former industrial area (steel plant) and the undergoing redevelopment projects are provided by the guide. Then we'll ride back to the meeting point, Bicycle House, on the cycle path.

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

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based on 358 reviews

The guide, Donatella, very good and competent, gave us a fundamental historical premise to understand the city and its formation. Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Plebiscito, the Maschio Angioino have no more secrets for us. Thanks also to Davide, his colleague, for the assistance! The visit ended with the street art of the Quartieri Spagnoli and lots of useful information on how to pursue the visit of this amazing city on your own!

Davide our knowledgeable, pleasant and sympathetic guide! An experience to do to get to know the charm and history of Naples in a different light!

It is impossible not to try to live such an interesting and engaging experience, it was truly a great tour

Beautiful palace. It looks imposing from the outside but it's stunning inside. Well worth a visit.

Very good trip , the visit in Pompeii was excellent .