Naples, in the Campania region, is Italy's third largest city. Its claim to fame is the spectacular location along one of the world's most splendid bays, backed by the perfect cone of Mount Vesuvius. In addition to its beautiful setting, Naples' surprises with other outstanding attractions such as the Royal Palace, San Carlos Opera House, the impressive National Archaeological Museum and the Castel Nuovo, dating from the 13th-century. The city's central area is best explored on foot. Chaotic traffic conditions make driving around the city a very frustrating experience.
Naples provides a convenient starting point for trips to such favored destinations as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. The Isle of Capri can be reached via a 45-minute hydrofoil service.
The region of Campania was home to Greeks settlers some 300 years before Rome was founded. Pompeii, too, was a Greek town before being conquered by the Romans during the 5th century BC. It was under the Romans that Pompeii flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.
Caution: Do not wear expensive jewelry or carry a large amount of cash ashore with you. Crossing the streets in Naples requires utmost caution due to heavy and chaotic traffic.
Please Note: For your convenience, shore excursions offered for this port of call are available to reserve in advance at www.silversea.com, unless otherwise noted in the description. The deadline to reserve these tours is seven days prior to your cruise, after which they will be available for purchase on board, unless otherwise noted in the description.
Going Ashore in Naples
The ship is scheduled to dock at the Maritime Station. The town center is about one third of a mile from the port. The huge terminal building requires a lengthy walk to get to taxis and tour buses. Taxis are generally available at the entrance to the terminal building.
The Maritime Station has also many shops, bars, parapharmacy, and it is also equipped with toilettes for guests with disabilities.
Naples offers good shopping along Via Roma and various side streets. Leather articles, shoes, men's and ladies' fashions, coral jewelry, cameos and Capodimonte porcelain may be of interest to buy. Some of the better shops may close for an extended lunch. The local currency is the euro.
At approximately 15 / 20 minutes walking from the Maritime station, in the whereabouts of Via Roma, there also also other streets available for shoppind such as Via Chiaia , Via dei Mille, Via calabritto, Piazza dei Martiri.
Small family-run restaurants offer delicious pasta dishes cooked from recipes handed down for generations. Equally famous is the Neapolitan pizza still made in the traditional bell-shaped pizza ovens. Naples also produces some great ice cream and pastries. The city boasts a number of 19th-century cafés, found mainly around the Galleria Umberto I and the Piazza del Plebiscito.
In the same area also the very famous Pizzeria Brandi can be found on Via Chiaia, and on Corso Umbero the Pizzeria Da Michele, these Pizzeria's are very famous because of the genuine and traditional ingredients that they have used for generations.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com <mailto:ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com> a minimum of 14 days prior to your cruise, otherwise requests may be directed to the Shore Concierge Office on board. Be aware that private cars/limos/vans and English-speaking guides are fairly expensive.
Cathedral of San Gennaro
One of the church's chapels contains the tomb of Charles of Anjou, while another one houses the cathedral's gold and silver treasures. The head of Naples' patron saint, San Gennaro, is kept in this church along with two phials of his blood that miraculously liquefies three times a year.
This well-kept tropical park had its beginnings as a hunting reserve of the Bourbons in the 18th century. A royal palace built by Charles III in 1738 now houses Naples' picture gallery, the National Museum of Capodimonte. Some of its prized works of art include paintings by Caravaggio and Titian. One entire wing is filled with delightful 18th-century porcelain figurines. The Royal Factory founded by the Bourbons still manufactures these beautiful ceramic and porcelain figures today.
Monastery of San Martino
From Via Toledo a funicular can be taken to the top of this former Carthusian monastery. It now houses antiques and artifacts reflecting the glory days of the city. But most important, its balcony offers the most fabulous viewpoint in all of Naples.
The Archaeological Museum
It is one of the most important Museums of the entire Europe, containing not only antique statues and painting but also many important artefacts brought from The Excavations of Pompeii & Herculaneum.
It is situated at approximately 20 & 30 min. away from the Maritine Station, we have the opportunity the discover another City into the City of Naples, Underneath Naples lies up to 40 meters an 80-kilometer-long labyrinth of caves. Since 400 B.C., the caves have been used for many purposes: as secret places of refuge, cult sites, catacombs, and dumps. A trip to Naples' underworld is a special experience and has in the meantime become an important part of the city tours in to the Underground Site of Naples, a site that not so many are aware of.
The Lungo Mare
Along the Seashote the Neapolitans like to do the traditional Sunday stroll and enjoy the view of Capri. At the small marina in front of Castel dell 'Ovo, you can eat very well and enjoy a wonderful view of the sea and Vesuvius. After a walk on the Via Caracciolo, you can relax in one of the chalets in the gardens of the Villa Comunale.
The Royal Palace
The palace is on the site of an earlier residence, which had housed the former viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo, Marquis of Villafranca. Construction on the present building was begun in 17th century by the architect Domenico Fontana. Intended to house the King Philip III of Spain on a visit never fulfilled to this part of his kingdom, instead it initially housed the Viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro, earl of Lemos. By 1616, the facade had been completed, and by 1620, the interior was frescoed by Battistello Caracciolo, Giovanni Balducci and Belisario Corenzio. The decoration of the Royal Chapel of Assumption was not completed until 1644 by Antonio Picchiatti.
In 1734, with the arrival of Charles III of Spain to Naples, the palace became the royal residence of the Bourbons. On the occasion of his marriage to Maria Amalia of Saxony in 1738, Francesco De Mura and Domenico Antonio Vaccaro helped remodel the interior. It was Charles who build the other three palaces located more peripheral to the city center. Further modernization took place under Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. In 1768, on the occasion of his marriage to Maria Carolina of Austria, under the direction of Ferdinando Fuga, the great hall was rebuilt and the court theater added. During the second half of the 18th century, a "new wing", which in 1927 became the National Library Vittorio Emanuele III. By the 18th century, the royal residence was moved to Caserta, as that inland town was more defensible from naval assault, as well as more distant from the often-rebellious populace of Naples.
During the Napoleonic occupation was enriched by Joachim Murat and his wife, Caroline Bonaparte, with Neoclassic decorations and furnishings. However, a fire in 1837 damaged many rooms, and required restoration from 1838 to 1858 under the direction of Gaetano Genovese. Further additions of a Party Wing and a Belvedere were added in this period. At the corner of the palace with San Carlo Theatre a new facade was created that obscured the viceroyal palace of Pedro de Toledo.
In 1922, it was decided (by the Decree of the Minister Anile) transferring the National Library (until then in the palace of Museum), the transfer of library collections was made by 1925.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be arranged by contacting ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com a minimum of 14 days prior to your cruise. Otherwise, requests may be given to the Shore Concierge Office on the ship.