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Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

1. Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

Naples is a mixture of colors and perfumes, be enchanted by the warmth of its people and the sounds of daily life. Begin at Piazza Bellini to see the remains of ancient Greek walls. Continue to Piazza del Gesù, one of the most famous squares of the city a few steps away from the historical center. Visit Spaccanapoli, a long and narrow street that divides the old Naples in two perfect halves with shops, restaurants and alleys. Be amazed by the San Domenico Maggiore square with a perfect overlapping of different architectural styles and the pearl of Naples, the Chapel San Severo featuring the statue Cristo Velato by Giuseppe Sanmartino. See the famous statue of the God of Nile river, Piazza St. Gaetano, and the churches of Naples, San Lorenzo and San Paolo Maggiore. The baroque cathedral of Saint Gennaro dates back to the 13th century and is at the heart of the Neapolitan faith. Here the blood of the saint patron St. Gennaro is preserved. It becomes liquid during the so-called Miracle of St. Gennaro.

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Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

2. Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

Start your tour at the entrance to the Cathedral of Naples. Discover a prime example of Neapolitan Gothic and Baroque architecture, which houses the relic of the Blood of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city.  Explore some of the oldest streets of Naples and make your way to the archaeological area of Carminiello and Mannesi. Learn about the ancient ruins discovered in the area after a bombing raid in 1943. Continue to the basilica church of San Giorgio Maggiore, which has a history dating back to the 4th century AD. See evidence of its early-Christian origins, such as the ancient apse that later became the entrance of the current church.  Make your way along Via San Biagio Dei Librai, colloquially known as "Spaccanapoli." Take in the scents, colors, and sounds of the long narrow street that runs through the heart of the historic center of Naples. On Via San Gregorio Armeno, the historic site of the craft workshops of the city, enjoy a short coffee break in one of the most famous bars in the area. See a lock of hair of Diego Maradona, an icon of Napoli's football team. Next, see the Nile God Statue located in Piazza Nilo, which is dated from the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Arrive at the scenic Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, named after the Dominican Basilica that surrounds it. Discover one of the most beautiful and largest churches in Naples, which remains a reference point for the chronological, political, and artistic history of the city. Last stop will be at Sansevero Chapel, which houses one of the most remarkable sculptures in the world, the Veiled Christ. Admire the stunning intricate detail of this marble sculpture created by Giussepe Sanmartino in 1753 to finish your tour of Naples.

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Naples: Origins, Cults, and Legends Historical Tour

3. Naples: Origins, Cults, and Legends Historical Tour

Do not miss a walk through the historic center of Naples with an expert archeologist guide. Start the tour from Piazza Bellini right in the heart of Naples and see the most remarkable historical and artistic spots in the city, with a particular focus on uncommon locations off the beaten track. Stroll through the Greek and Roman layers of Naples while listening to your expert guide detailing the history, culture, cults, fun stories, and facts. Walk through the ancient streets of the Decumani and Spaccanapoli, with stops at beautiful Gothic and Baroque churches and cathedrals.   Pass the unique nativity scenes in the artisan quarter of San Grergorio Armeno and see the exclusive Banksy mural as well as tons of street art along the way. Discover the Neapolitan Cult of the Dead church. Enjoy a stop for coffee in a bar with a shrine to footballer Diego Maradona to talk about Neapolitan culture. Your guide will also have some excellent suggestions on local food spots and where you can spend your evening.

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Naples: Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

4. Naples: Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

Immerse yourself in the intriguing charm of Naples. From the coastline, enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Naples and the views to the island of Capri and Mount Vesuvius. Visit the oldest part of the city and wander its narrow streets, filled with character and vivacity. See the church of Gesù Nuovo and its masterpieces, the monastery of Santa Chiara and walk through the most famous "Spaccanapoli" with its outstanding Baroque and Renaissance palaces, countless charming little shops, coffee bars and pizzeria. Explore the underground Roman ruins, buried beneath the city. See the monumental part of the city with its most famous landmark — Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle, the Royal Palace, the Teatro di San Carlo and the Galleria Umberto, an elegant 19th-century shopping mall.

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Naples: Sightseeing Tour by E-Bike

5. Naples: Sightseeing Tour by E-Bike

Get a better appreciation of the historic city of Naples and its impressive monuments on a guided e-bike tour. Start with a ride down Spaccanapoli in the historic heart of the city to arrive at Piazza del Municipio, where the 13th-century Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino) is located. Ride onwards to Piazza del Plebiscito and marvel at the colonnades of the Royal Palace and the oldest active opera house in the world at the Real Teatro di San Carlo. Next, cycle in safety along the bike paths of the promenade to Marinaro, home to the Castel dell'Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples. Learn about some of the legends associated with the fortress, such as the myth of the siren Queen Partenope. Look closer at the old settlement of Monte Echia, considered the first area of Neapolis settled by the Greeks. Travel along the magnificent coastline of the Gulf of Naples with impressive views of Vesuvius and the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida at almost every turn in the road.

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Naples: The Spanish Quarter and Local Market Guided Tour

6. Naples: The Spanish Quarter and Local Market Guided Tour

Meet the local guide in Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, the real heart of historic Naples, and embark on a 3-hour guided tour of the city's narrow and winding streets. Admire the Church of Gesù Nuovo, the Obelisk of the Immaculate Conception, and the Basilica of Santa Chiara while learning about their history. Next, visit Pignasecca, a colorful local market buzzing with food and clothing shops. Take in the sights and smells of the market and try some typical Neopolitan street food along the way. Enter the bustling Quartieri Spagnoli (Spanish Quarter), the most densely populated and characteristic part of the city. Look up the hill at its grid of alleys and stairs and take in the street art and hanging linins decorating the balconies. Finish in the monumental area of Naples and admire the elegant Caffè Gambrinus, the San Carlo Theatre, the Galleria Umberto, and the Piazza Plebiscito framed in the background by the Royal Palace.

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Naples: Private Walking Tour

7. Naples: Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Naples to get a full appreciation of its mix of architectural styles, from the elegant 18th-century palazzos to imposing castles and wonderful churches. Founded by ancient Greeks, the city was once the capital of southern Italy, and has been settled by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, and Spanish Bourbons. Your guide will provide a wealth of history as you explore the historic center, where Neapolitans have lived since the 6th century BC. The tour includes a fascinating walk through the Umberto Primo Gallery and Via Toledo, and a stroll in Piazza del Gesù to see the Church of Gesù Nuovo and the Immacolatella obelisk. Wander down the famous Spaccanapoli to the 14th-century monastery of Santa Chiara and the Piazza San Domenico. Along the way, experience one of Naples most famous inventions, and sample a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza.

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Naples Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

8. Naples Private 4-Hour Walking Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, apartment, port, train station, or place of choice by your private guide, begin your tour of Italy’s third largest city. Walk through the historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the San Severo Museum Chapel where you can enjoy skip-the-line entrance and check out the marvelous Cristo Velato or veiled Christ sculpture. Walk down the Spaccanapoli street and pass the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples Cathedral, Santa Chiara and the Royal Palace of Naples. Admire the city's most emblematic sights and its great architecture as you get to know the well-known monuments. The tour will last 4 hours, after which you will be dropped off at your location of choice. 

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The Best of Naples Private Walking Tour

9. The Best of Naples Private Walking Tour

The tour includes a visit to the fascinating square called "Piazza del Gesù" where you will see the church of Gesù Nuovo and the obelisk of Immacolatella. Walk along the street, Spaccanapoli, which follows the same direction as the ancient Greek and Roman streets. Admire the Church of Saint Chiara dating back to the 14th-century, the square of Saint Domenico, and experience the traditional atmosphere of Naples with its sounds, smells, and tastes. Next, walk on the street called via dei Tribunali and see the church of Saint Lorenzo dating back to the 13th-century, San Gregorio Armeno (the street of nativities), and then the Cathedral of Saint Gennaro with its baroque style chapel where the blood of the Saint is preserved.

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Naples: Panoramic E-Bike Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Spaccanapoli

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 683 reviews

Tour from the old city and Cristo Velato I recommend this half-day tour to discover some of the oldest monuments of the city, the Cathedral which houses the relic of the blood of San Gennaro, Spaccanapoli, San Gregorio Armeno with the artisan shops, Chapel of San Severo to see the Veiled Christ. A special thanks to our very well prepared and very nice guide ALESSANDRA with whom we spent a very pleasant afternoon between Neapolitan history and anecdotes!

I wanted to give 10 but 5 was the maximum! Fluvio was absolutely amazing, he was so enthusiastic and made the tour so fun! It didn’t even feel like 5 hours of walking. It was only 4 of us and despite the torrential rain we had the best of time. He showed us amazing restaurants and pastry shops. Also guided us to the souvenir area and explained the history of Napoli perfectly. Definitely worth all the money!

Wow this was the best day of my life! Laura was our guide and really went in depth on the culture and history of every where we visited. If you're looking for a day trip from rome this is it!

Esperienza più che positiva.! Grazie molte a Renato, guida preparata e simpatica. Consigliatissimo!

Beautiful tour and Francesco our very knowledgeable and nice guide very good