Perfect Naples travel itinerary which shows you the very best of this amazing Italian city in 5 days. in Italy is always a great city to visit.
5 days Naples travel itinerary to see the best of the city
Let’s say you land at Naples international airport around noon. Take a taxi or choose Alibus, which takes you directly to the old city center, where you will stay during your complete travel itinerary for Naples.
I would suggest to leave the real sightseeing for tomorrow and just use your afternoon for lunch (I’d recommend Naples pizza) and get to know your location. You will have time for all the amazing places tomorrow, when you are rested.
Accommodation recommendation: If you cannot imagine yourself staying outside of hotel, you will not miss with staying at Hotel Principe Napolit’amo. The location is perfect – right at the pedestrian zone on via Toledo in Spanish quarter – steps away from the metro stations and numerous cafes, restaurants, shops. The accommodation includes breakfast. Check out more reviews and photos here.
If you are not keen on hotels, go for a private apartment, which will definitely show you more about local’s life. We were very pleased with Casa Gaia apartment, close to Archeological Museum. We were on the outskirt of the old town, but still in walking distance of it. We had bakery, grocery store, fruit and veggies vendor close by. The metro station is at the Archeological Museum. Check out more information about this apartment here.
A new day in this Naples will be all about sightseeing. Take a walk on the famous Spaccanapoli street (street that splits Naples on two sides). Don’t even forget on the San Gregorio Armeno street, where you can buy nativity scene all year round. Continue your exploration towards the Spanish quarter and turn into a narrow and small street where Pignia Secca market can be found. The market is all about fish, so stop for sea-food lunch there. It cannot get fresher than this
The afternoon will be about views and getting to know Naples from a different perspective. Take a funicular ride to Sant’ Elmo castle and enjoy amazing views over the highly dense populated city. While there, take a walk to the Vomero district, where chaotic narrow streets will be changed for wide and green pedestrian zone, full of cafes, restaurants and shops. You cannot believe that Naples can be so different with just a short funicular ride.
If you enjoy peace and quiet, you might want to have dinner in Vomero district, or you can return down to hustle and bustle and have your dinner somewhere in the popular Spanish quarter.
Start your day with visiting the catacombs. There are two different ones – San Gaudioso and San Gennaro. If you are interested in this kind of things, we have good news for you. The entrance ticket covers both catacombs.
We have not seen the Sotteranea – the underground Naples, but according to other travelers, it is worth going underground fort his too.
After all the underground sightseeing, follow the Toledo street all the way to the Piazza del Plebiscito – a huge market, where you can finally take a big breath from all the narrow and crowded streets. You can visit the Royal palace and Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola or you can just admire them from outside, what is not a bad thing to do either.
If you are a big coffee fan, you might want to stop at the Gran Café Gambrinus – the oldest cafe in Naples. The price is not cheap, but if you are visiting Naples on a tight budget, you can just take a sneak peek inside.
Take a walk to the shopping mall Galleria Umberto I, which was inspired by the similar gallery in Milan.
If you were impressed over the Naples underground, you might want to visit another interesting sight as well – Galleria Borbonica, where old cars and other things were saved during the WW2.
Continue your way to the Castle Nuovo and end your day at the coastal promenade with amazing views over the Vesuvius volcano. You will also go pass by another Castle Ovo.
You can use your last day before departure to enjoy Naples and its Dolce vita style. Sipping Aperol spritz, eating and watching the busy streets. But if you like to be active you might want to see the Archeological museum or maybe do a day trip outside of Naples. You have plenty of options for a day trip – Vesuvius volcano, Ancient city of Pompei or Ercolani, National park Campi Flegrei with 24 volcanic craters, Campari Island or a colorful Sorento town.
Today is the day to leave Naples. You can take a taxi back to the airport or you can use metro line to the main railway station and from there the Alibus.
This 5 days Naples travel itinerary shows you all the major sights and must things to do in Naples, but you can shorten or longer it according to your wishes. If you are in a hurry, make sure to have at least 2 days in Naples.