Naples

A sprawling Mediterranean port
An open-air market-like city centre
Devoted to its rituals and saints

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Naples

The striking Angevin keep, symbol of the city

Naples is a large, sprawling Mediterranean port, with a centre that has many different focuses just waiting to be discovered on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion.

No trip to Naples is complete without visiting the area between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo, roughly corresponding to the old Roman Neapolis (much of which is still unexcavated like in many other Italian cities).


The old part of Naples – the centro storico – is formed by the main streets of Via dei Tribunali and Via San Biagio dei Librai (the latter also known as “Spaccanapoli” as it literally splits Naples in two), which still follow the path of the ancient Roman roads. This is much the liveliest and most teeming part of Naples, an open-air kasbah of hawking, yelling humanity that makes up in energy what it lacks in grace. But it’s the city’s most intriguing quarter, and a must-see on any cruise to Naples. The Duomo is a Gothic building from the early thirteenth century (though with a late nineteenth-century neo-Gothic facade) dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Gennaro


MSC Mediterranean cruises also offer excursions to Pompeii. One of Campania’s most important Roman commercial centres – a moneyed resort for wealthy patricians and a trading town that exported wine and fish – the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 in effect froze the town’s way of life as it stood at the time.


Trips can also be taken to the island of Capri, place of legend, home to the mythical Sirens and a much-eulogized playground of the super-rich in the years since – though now it has settled down to a lucrative existence as a target for day-trippers from the mainland.

 

Definitely worth a visit, but these days the origins of much of the purple prose may be hard to find.

Must see places in Naples

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  • EXCURSION TO VESUVIUS

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$62Price per person

      • Children$49Price per person

      NAP04

      The beautiful Bay of Naples in the south of Italy is dominated by the town’s most iconic landmark: Mount Vesuvius, whose main cone currently reaches nearly 1,300 metres. While the slopes are marked by lava flows, a testament to earlier eruptions, they also feature heavy vegetation with vineyards in the foothills as well as scrubland and forestation higher up. Mount Vesuvius’ best-known eruption occurred in A.D. 79 and resulted in the destruction of two cities: Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were only rediscovered in the 18th century. An enjoyable guided walking tour will take you to the crater, from which point you can see a bed of lava and look out over the beautiful Gulf of Naples. Your return journey to the ship will give you more opportunity to admire the landscape’s lovely vistas. Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes for the 30-minute climb up to the crater. In case of bad weather, the tour programme will take guests on a panoramic tour of Naples,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    • NAPLES HISTORIC CENTRE

      CITY TOUR
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$52Price per person

        • Children$35Price per person

        NAP02

        Depart from the port to the famous “Posillipo” district, situated high on a hill and which we will reach by driving through the most important and attractive streets in Naples. The excursion continues with visits to the famous Principe Umberto I's Gallery, San Carlo Theatre (exterior view) and Piazza Plebiscito. Short amount of free time for shopping and to visit the San Lorenzo Church tucked away in the historic centre of the ancient Greco-Roman city. Please note: the tour involves a long walking tour. The visit to the church is subject to the Bishop’s approval; have the programme reconfirmed aboard. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      • SORRENTO

        CITY TOUR
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$49Price per person

        • Children$35Price per person

        NAP07

        One of the pearls of the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is surrounded by limestone hills, where olive trees and citrus groves show off a quintessential Italian landscape to all those who visit this delightful town. We will leave the port of Naples and reach Sorrento after a one-hour drive that takes us through the little villages of the coast. Our walking tour will start in Piazza Tasso and continue in the historic narrow streets of this unique town. We will walk to the “Sedil Dominova” XV century loggia, before having external viewing of the Cathedral and San Francesco's Church. Free time before returning to Naples. Please note: although this tour includes periods of walking wheelchair users can take part on condition to be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • SORRENTO & POMPEI

        CITY TOUR
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            00 m

          • Adults$89Price per person

          • Children$62Price per person

          NAP08

          Your tour begins with a 1-hour coach drive through pretty coastal villages to Sorrento for an enjoyable walking tour. Starting at the Piazza Tasso, you will then continue through Sorrento’s narrow old streets to reach the 15th-century “Sedil Dominova” loggia as well as pass by the Cathedral and the famous San Francesco's Church for external viewings. You will then continue by coach to Pompeii for a visit to the famous archaeological site. Pompeii was completely buried by lava, rubble and ash during the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. It then lay hidden and perfectly preserved under tonnes of volcanic ash for almost 1,700 years before being accidentally rediscovered in the mid-18th century and then subsequently being excavated. The many artefacts that were found, especially items of daily life such as bread and honey, will give you a glimpse of the lives these ancient Romans lived. A fascinating guided walking tour will provide insight into the history of this amazing and very large archaeological site. A stop will also be made at a local coral factory on your return journey to the ship. Please note: this excursion includes long walking on uneven ground; there are big slabs of stone in the streets of Pompeii so this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • POMPEII

          CULTURE AND HISTORY
          • Best seller

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults$62Price per person

          • Children$49Price per person

          NAP01

          Your archaeological tour begins with a drive towards Pompeii, a once thriving town that was completely buried by lava, rubble and ash during the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. It then lay hidden and perfectly preserved under tonnes of volcanic ash for almost 1,700 years before being accidentally rediscovered in the mid-18th century and then subsequently being excavated. The many artefacts that were found, especially items of daily life such as bread and honey, give the visitor a glimpse of the lives these ancient Romans lived. A fascinating guided walking tour will provide insight into the history of this amazing and very large archaeological site. A stop will also be made at a local coral factory on your return journey to the ship. Please note: this excursion includes long walking on uneven ground; there are big slabs of stone in the streets of Pompeii so this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        • THE ROYAL PALACE OF CASERTA

          CULTURE AND HISTORY
            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adults$55Price per person

            • Children$39Price per person

            NAP05

            Just to the north of Naples lies the town of Caserta and the Palace of Caserta, the landmark for which the town is best known. A 45-minute coach transfer inland from the port will take you to Caserta’s magnificent former royal residence, which was built for the Bourbon kings of Naples towards the end of the 18th century. The palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Modelled on the Palace of Versailles, this spectacular Baroque masterpiece is one of the finest examples of architecture from the Borbonic period. You will have time to look around the ornately decorated rooms and spend explore the extensive park on your own before heading back to Naples and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
          • CAPRI ISLAND TOUR

            SCENIC ROUTE
            • Best seller

            • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

              Difficulty Level
              Strenuous

            • Duration
              5 h

            • Adults$95Price per person

            • Children$69Price per person

            NAP03

            Situated just a short ferry or hydrofoil transfer from the Bay of Naples, the beautiful island of Capri awaits you on this enchanting island tour. After docking at the Marina Grande on the north side of the island, you will board a minibus to reach Anacapri, your first introduction on the Capri-style life. Enjoy some free time to stroll the cosy streets for shopping before reaching the splendid Villa San Michele, which was built by the Swedish physician Dr. Munthe at the turn of the 20th century and affords gorgeous views of the island and the sea beyond. Next, you will board the minibus to reach Capri town to have some free time to explore the charming streets that surround the famous Piazza Umberto I or, if you wish, to visit Augustus Gardens on your own (price not included) offering enchanting views over the iconic Faraglioni. A minibus ride will take you back to the port where to board the ferry or a hydrofoil for your return journey to the port of Naples. Please note: the transfer to Capri may be on a public or a private hydrofoil/catamaran. The excursion does not operate from November to February (inclusive). This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Guides will only give basic instructions on how to move on the island during the tour; they will not stay with the guests.
          • CAR WITH GUIDE

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • No guide available

            • Limited seats

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adults$472Price per person

            • Children$472Price per person

            NAP33PV

            Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
          • DELICIOUS NAPLES: COFFEE, PASTRY &
            PIZZA

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • Tasting included

            • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

              Difficulty Level
              Strenuous

            • Duration
              4:30 h

            • Adults$72Price per person

            • Children$55Price per person

            NAP25

            This flavourful look at the city of Naples will first take you to the time-honoured Caff? Gambrinus to have a cup of Neapolitan coffee. Then, walk until the amazing Toledo station to enjoy a short ride until Dante station and continue your pleasant walking tour. You’ll cross Spaccanapoli en route to Piazza San Domenico and along Via San Gregorio Armeno, home to countless artisans crafting nativity scenes. At Via dei Tribunali you’ll taste a pizza, served neatly folded up and eaten standing up in classic Neapolitan style. Next up is a taste of sfogliatella, a Neapolitan pastry, at the Scaturchio pastry shop on Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. Savour outside views of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore della Pietrasanta as well as the late 15th-century Pontano Chapel, commissioned by the humanist Giovanni Pontano as a funerary chapel for his first wife. Piazza del Ges? Nuovo comes next, to see the Spire of the Immaculate Virgin and visit the Baroque Church of Ges? Nuovo, both built in the mid-18th century. A visit the 14th-century Basilica of Santa Chiara, famed for its early Gothic style, and a walk back to the port concludes your Naepolitan experience. Please note: this tour includes long periods of walking and standing; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
          • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE FOR 3 TO 6 PAX

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • No guide available

            • Limited seats

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adults$562Price per person

            • Children$562Price per person

            NAP34PV

            Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arrangeg upon request.
          • UNDERGROUND NAPLES AND PIZZA MAKING

            SOMETHING SPECIAL
            • Lunch or dinner included

            • Duration
              4:30 h

            • Adults$102Price per person

            • Children$72Price per person

            NAP16

            Get set to discover two of Naples’ best-kept secrets on this guided half-day excursion, which starts with a drive from the pier to Naples’ historical quarter. Continuing on foot from Piazza del Ges? Nuovo to Piazza San Domenico, you will pass residences built by key members of Naples’ society. Then it is onwards down Spaccanapoli, the main thoroughfare of old Naples, and San Gregorio Armeno, a.k.a. the “Street of the Nativity Scenes” for the many shops selling nativity figurines. Next up is your look at “Naples Underground”, an experience that will see you take a candlelit walk through a subterranean labyrinth of partly manmade tunnels and caverns. Charting 2,400 years of history and part of a natural geothermal zone beneath the city, the place heavily features a yellowish igneous rock known as tuff, which is common in the Naples’ region. The rock will also play a critical part in your pizza-making class. Restored to full use in the 17th-century, but actually thought to have been used by Emperor Nero during Roman times, the ancient oven at the Roman theatre is made of tuff stone, giving it both excellent dough-proving and -baking properties. Look forward to tasting the mouth-watering treat straight from the oven. In addition, since you will have made it yourself, you will even get to return to the ship with a set of freshly baked bragging rights. Please note: during the visit to “Napoli sotterranea” guests shall walk in line along sometimes very narrow paths; lightning is only by candles. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, who are claustrophobic or use a wheelchair.

          The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
          Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
           
          Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          REACH THE PORT

          Port of Naples

          This section contains information on how to reach the port.

          Cruise Terminal:

          Stazione Marittima - Molo Beverello

          Reach the port by

          • CAR

            From the A1 Milan to Naples motorway, take the A3 motorway in the direction signposted Naples and follow the signs to the port and Naples city centre. Leave at the exit signposted Naples City Centre. Arriving in Naples, take Via Marina. The port is opposite the Maschio Angioino and Piazza Municipio.
            On the A3 Salerno to Reggio Calabria motorway, travelling toward Naples, follow the signs for the port and Naples City Centre. Leave at the exit signposted Naples City Centre. Arriving in Naples, take Via Marina. The port is opposite the Maschio Angioino and Piazza Municipio.
            CAR

            Parking Information

            TERMINAL NAPOLI
             
            Molo Angioino Stazione Marittima - 80133 Naples
             
            Tel. +39 081 5514448 
             
             
            • Outdoor self service parking 
            • Reach the luggage drop off zone of the cruise terminal where you'll find the staff of the parking
            Book your parking with MSC

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            VEHICLE DAYS RATES
            Car 8 € 90,00
            Suv 8 € 90,00
            Minivan 8 € 90,00

          • Train

            Naples Garibaldi Station is 3 km from the port, which is a 20-minute walk away or 7 minutes by taxi.  Bus services are also available.
            Mergellina Railway Station is 9 km from the main port and is served by taxi (journey approx. 25 minutes depending on traffic). 
            Campi Flegrei Railway Station is 6.5 Km away from the port and served by taxi.
            Train
          • Plane

            Capodichino Airport is about 7 km from the main port and is served by taxi and bus. The Alibus service makes only 2 stops (at Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Municipio) and the fare is paid on board. The buses depart from just outside the arrivals exit.
            Plane

          Italy

          History, gastronomy and fashion
          History, gastronomy and fashion

          A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
           
          Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
          In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

          The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

          As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.