Naples in 3 Days: Uncover Ancient Wonders and Coastal Charms

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March 29, 2024 · 2 min read

Metropolitan City of Naples 3 Days Itinerary

Embark on a 3-day journey through the Metropolitan City of Naples, where history and scenic beauty blend seamlessly. Begin your adventure at the Pompeii Archaeological Park, a historic site that offers a full day of exploration into the past, as the well-preserved ruins tell the story of a city frozen in time. Next, witness the mighty Mount Vesuvius, the infamous volcano that once buried Pompeii, now a fascinating museum experience just a 2-hour visit away. Day two invites you to delve into the cultural heart of Naples with a visit to the Naples National Archaeological Museum, boasting two hours of ancient artifacts and treasures. Continue your historical tour at Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino, a majestic castle with a storied past, and the Royal Palace of Naples, where monuments and museum exhibits reveal the city's regal heritage. Conclude the day with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Your final day transports you to the enchanting town of Ravello, offering a full day of discovery in this cliffside paradise. Don't miss the Duomo di Amalfi, a striking church that demands a one-hour visit, and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, where a two-hour sojourn along the shoreline will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. This curated itinerary ensures that your 3 days in Naples are filled with the perfect blend of history, culture, and coastal splendor.

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Day 1: Unearthing Ancient Mysteries in Naples

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Pompeii Archaeological Park

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Begin your Neapolitan adventure by stepping back in time at the Pompeii Archaeological Park, where history is etched into every stone and frozen in time by the very ash that once buried it. As the first stop on your itinerary, allocate a full day to wander through the ancient streets of Pompeii, located at Via Villa dei Misteri. Here, you'll be captivated by the remarkably preserved ruins, from the haunting plaster casts of the victims to the intricate frescoes that adorn the walls of Roman villas. The site offers a profound glimpse into the daily life of a civilization paused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius over two millennia ago.

Attraction Info

  • Via Villa dei Misteri, 2, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open from 11/1-3/31,9:00am-5:00pm;Open from 4/1-10/31,9:00am-7:00pm,Closing dates: December 25th, January 1st and May 1st. The specific business status is subject to the opening situation on that day.

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Mount Vesuvius

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After immersing yourself in the rich history of Pompeii, continue your journey with a visit to the formidable Mount Vesuvius. Just a short trip from the archaeological marvel, this active volcano is not only a natural spectacle but also a museum of geological significance. Spend about two hours at the site, located in the Province of Naples, where you can engage with interactive exhibits that tell the tale of Vesuvius' past eruptions and the impact on the surrounding areas. The panoramic views from the crater's edge are a breathtaking bonus, offering a unique perspective of the Bay of Naples and the Pompeii ruins you explored earlier.

Attraction Info

  • 80044 Ottaviano, Province of Naples, Italy
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour

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Day 2: Delving into the Historical Heart of Naples

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Naples National Archaeological Museum

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Begin your second day with a journey through time at the Naples National Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of ancient history nestled in Piazza Museo. As the first stop of the day, allocate a solid two hours to immerse yourself in the museum's vast collection of artifacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other significant sites of antiquity. Marvel at the exquisite mosaics, the Farnese collection, and the Secret Cabinet, all of which offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the past.

Attraction Info

  • Piazza Museo, 18/19, 80135 Napoli NA, Italy
  • Suggested tour duration: 2 hour
  • Open on Mon, Wed-Sun,9:00am-7:30pm;Closed on Tue

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Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino

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Next, step into the medieval era with a visit to Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino, a symbol of Naples' storied past. Just an hour at this historic site allows you to explore the imposing castle, its grand halls, and the artworks it houses. The castle's strategic location and its role in Naples' history make it a fascinating stop as you trace the city's evolution from ancient to modern times.

Attraction Info

  • Via Vittorio Emanuele III, 80133 Naples NA
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open on Mon-Sat,8:30am-6:30pm,Visitors can choose from 7 admission rounds based on the following times: 08.30, 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00, 17.00.

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Royal Palace of Naples

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Continue your cultural exploration at the Royal Palace of Naples, where history and opulence collide. Set aside two hours to wander through the lavishly decorated rooms and halls, each narrating a chapter of Naples' royal heritage. The palace's architecture and its position overlooking the grand Piazza del Plebiscito speak volumes of its significance in the Neapolitan landscape.

Attraction Info

  • Piazza del Plebiscito, 1, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
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  • Open on Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun,9:00am-7:00pm
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Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli

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Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll along Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. This picturesque waterfront promenade offers a serene escape from the bustling city and a chance to reflect on the day's historical journey. Spend an hour here, soaking in the Mediterranean views, the vibrant atmosphere, and the local charm that define this beloved stretch of Naples.

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  • Via Francesco Caracciolo 1, Naples
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 hour
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Day 3: Captivating Coastlines and Cultural Gems

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Ravello

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Begin your final day with a visit to the enchanting town of Ravello, a place where art and history converge amidst stunning views. Nestled in the province of Salerno, Ravello offers a serene escape with its captivating museums that showcase the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Spend your day exploring the quaint streets, absorbing the local heritage, and perhaps attending a concert in the town known for its vibrant music scene.

Attraction Info

  • Salerno, Italy
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day

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Duomo di Amalfi

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After immersing yourself in Ravello's artistic ambiance, make your way to the Duomo di Amalfi, a beacon of spiritual and architectural splendor. This cathedral, located in the heart of Amalfi, stands as a testament to the town's past glory and religious significance. Dedicate an hour to marvel at the intricate façades, the majestic interiors, and the relics that tell tales of faith and history.

Attraction Info

  • Via Duca Mansone I, 1, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 10:00am-6:00pm

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Amalfi Coast

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Conclude your journey with a leisurely exploration of the world-renowned Amalfi Coast. Spend a couple of hours traversing the picturesque coastline, where every turn presents a postcard-perfect vista. The Amalfi Coast is not just a museum of natural beauty but also a treasure trove of quaint villages, delectable cuisine, and artisanal crafts. Let the Mediterranean breeze guide you through this unforgettable seascape as you bid farewell to a trip filled with memories.

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Top Things to Do in Metropolitan City of Naples-2024

TOP 1
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Pompeii Archaeological Park
4.6/5 · 332 review
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Highlights:
The ancient city of Pompeii is located near Naples in southern Italy. It used to be a small and medium-sized town facing the sea and mountains. It was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the northwest. The town streets and houses were buried by volcanic ash, but the life scenes of the Pompeii people more than 2,000 years ago were completely preserved. Later, this huge site was gradually excavated. Although the ancient city of Pompeii is very famous, what you can see now is some broken walls. In addition to various architectural remains, there are also some shocking cast statues. The people who died in the eruption of the volcano were covered in volcanic ash and their bodies decayed to the point where only empty shells were left. Archaeology injected these empty shells into plaster and made them into cast statues to show the world the tragic conditions of Pompeii at that time. Pompeii is very big. In addition to visiting the ruins of the ancient city that are fenced as attractions, you can also visit the nearby Pompeii New City, so a day trip is a more common way to visit. Going to Pompeii, most of them stop in Naples. There are three entrances to the ruins of the ancient city, namely PortaMarina, PiazzaEsedra, and PiazzaAnfiteatro. The PortaMarina at the southwest end is the main ticket gate, and most tourists enter from here. You can rent an audio guide for 6.5 euros. Entering from the entrance of PortaMarina, you can see the Temple of Venus (Tempio di Venere) on the right, which used to be one of the most incense temples here. Continuing on, there is a rectangular column hall with some carvings and frescoes remaining. Opposite is the Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo), an ancient religious building in Pompeii. Next to it is the main square of the city, which is now covered with grass. You can look at the huge limestone pillar that stands, carved with free traffic, as if telling the past here. On the north side of the square is the Temple of Jupiter (Tempio di Giove), and the Arc de Triomphe remains on both sides. There is a barn nearby and hundreds of crocks and plaster can be seen. A little further east, in the middle of a narrow alley is Lupanare. This small two-story building has been restored, and when you walk in, you can see the colorful murals on the wall. Go south from the side street to the end and you will see the TeatroGrande and TeatroPiccolo theatres, and there is a temple nearby. Go north from the temple and walk along the street. At the intersection, you can see Terme Stabiane, which is backed by the street. It used to be a bathhouse. You will find how much the ancient Romans loved bathing. From this intersection to the east street for about 450 meters, there is the Venus Maria House (Casadella Venere in Conchiglia), which has a small garden surrounded by colonnades, and you can still see the beautiful murals of the goddess Venus. A little further east to the corner of the ancient city, you will see the grassy Anfiteatro, this is the existing ancient Roman amphitheatre, which can accommodate 20,000 spectators. You can climb to the upper row to take a panoramic view of it, although Only the ruins are left, but it is still very imposing. Next, you can visit the northwest corner of the ancient city, where there is the Casa del Fauno, which was once the private mansion of Pompeii. There is also the House of Tragic Poets (Casa del Poeta Tragico), in which you can see relief frescoes depicting the theater. In addition, Casadei Vettii is also very interesting. The erotic pictures at the entrance are very famous. In fact, they were used to ward off evil spirits at that time. There are also many mysterious and exquisite murals on the living room walls, depicting being entangled by giant snakes. It is said that the colors of these paintings cannot be reproduced even with current technology. Take the exit at the northwest corner and continue walking, you will pass a villa, turn right to another villa called Villadei Misteri, which is one of the intact buildings in Pompeii. Walk in and take a look. On the wall of the large dining room is a huge mural "Dionysiac Frieze", which describes the ceremony of worshipping the god of wine by a girl who was about to get married at that time. There is a Vesuvius Museum (Museo Vesuviano) in the southeast outside the ancient city ruins. On ViaColleSanBartolomeo Street, you can visit for free and see many interesting unearthed cultural relics. It is open Monday-Friday 9:00-13:00.
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TOP 2
Capri
Capri
4.7/5 · 156 review
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Highlights:
The island of Capri is located near the southern estuary of the Bay of Naples, facing the Sorrento peninsula. This small island is the epitome of Mediterranean style. The blue waters, lush vegetation, exquisite holiday cottages and gardens, ancient Roman ruins, etc. make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in Italy. Every June-9 Month is the peak tourist season in Capri, and tourists come in droves and it is very lively. If you like cleanliness, you can choose to go in the off-season, where the climate is very mild all year round. Transportation The island of Capri is not big, but it is dominated by mountain roads, and walking is more physically consuming. If you want to visit easily, it is a good way to take a bus. In addition, all ferries and yachts stop at Marina Grande, a transport hub northeast of Capri, where buses to most attractions also leave. The Blue Hole Capri is divided into two parts: Capri in the east and Anacapri in the west. The famous Blue Hole (Grotta Azzurra) is located in Annacapri and is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The entrance of the Blue Hole is on the sea under the cliff. Spacious. The sun shines into the cave, and after the refraction of the white sand at the bottom of the cave, a pool of sea water is crystal blue, and even the four walls of the cave are blue, so it is called the blue cave. When visiting the Blue Hole, choose a day with clear weather and calm waves. The Blue Hole will be closed for visiting when the wind and waves are strong in winter. A good season to visit the Blue Cave is when autumn and winter are handed over, preferably 11:00-14:00. After visiting the Blue Grotto in Anacapri, you can take the bus to Anacapri (Anacapri), stroll on ViaG.Orlandi Street, and take the cable car to Monte Solaro (MonteSolaro) on Victoria Square. There is the high point of Capri, and on a clear day you can see panoramic views of Capri, the Gulf of Naples, Ischia and Procida. In addition, from Victoria Square, it is a short walk to La Villa San Michele (LaVillaSanMichele), built on the ruins of ancient Rome, it is the former residence of Swedish doctor Axel Monte, the history of which is mostly can be seen in the decorative art Dating back to ancient Egypt and other ancient times, the inlaid floor of "Eden and the Expulsion of Adam and Eve" can only be seen by climbing up to the second floor. Its more distinctive features, however, are its beautifully preserved gardens and splendid scenery, from which you can stand a panoramic view of the town of Capri and its marina, the Sorrento Peninsula and Mount Vesuvius. Capri Town From Anacapri take the bus back to the Capri Terminal Marina Grande, where there is a tram to Capri Town. It is full of whitewashed stone buildings and winding small pedestrian streets, as delicate as a toy town. Tourists taking pictures with cameras can be seen everywhere. Piazza Umberto Ⅰ is even more crowded. The coffee here is full of people. The restaurant is very popular, so why not sit down and have a drink. To the east of the square is ViaVittorioEmanuele, where you can find Rolex and Prada boutiques. The picturesque Augustine Garden (GiardinidiAugusto) is also not to be missed, with broken walls on one side and turquoise waters in the distance. On the left side of the garden is the Lover's Stone. According to legend, this Lover's Stone was originally a lover who was in love with each other, but because they couldn't fall in love, they all jumped into the sea to die in love, and then they became this rock. Located on the east side of the town of Capri, Villa Jovis is the larger and more splendid of the 12 Roman villas on the island of Capri. It was once the Roman emperor Tiberio in Capri. main residence. The stairs behind the villa lead directly to the 330-meter-high Tiberio cliff (Salto di Tiberio), where the emperor is said to have thrown his old love into the sea.
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TOP 3
Sorrento Italy
Sorrento Italy
4.6/5 · 87 review
Highlights:
A town in southern Italy, located on the north coast of the Sorrento Peninsula, this is what the author longed for in the return of Italian famous songs to Sorrento. Sorrento is close to the Bay of Naples, 27 kilometers away from Naples in the north. The city is built on the cliffs of the seaside, surrounded by trees such as oranges, lemons and olives, and the scenery is very beautiful. Sorrento mainly produces wine and olive oil. The fishing industry is also very developed. It is famous for handicrafts such as wood inlay and lace. The streets in the city are neat and tidy, with lush flowers and trees. It also has a 14th-century monastery and a collection of medieval sculptures and paintings. There is a winding bay on one side and a blue sea on the other side, overlooking Mount Vesuvius and the beautiful island of Capri, surrounded by citrus forests, which is an excellent place for vacation and leisure.
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TOP 4
Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino
Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino
4.4/5 · 90 review
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New Castle, also known as the Castle of Anjou, was built by the order of the first king of the Kingdom of Naples. The four cylindrical towers on the city wall and the surrounding moat are the style of a typical French castle. The castle now houses a small museum with a collection of oil paintings depicting the history of Naples. At the entrance of the castle, there is a triumphal arch commemorating Afonso I's entry into the city. It was built in 1467 and is engraved with reliefs praising his family. It is known as a masterpiece of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance. The interior of the castle now includes the Civic Museum and the remains of the castle. The museum (mainly displaying paintings) is located on the first floor, the second floor can see the sea view, and the zero floor is the ruins of New Castle (the surface is made of transparent glass, travelers with acrophobia need to pay special attention, and there are ancient buildings under the glass) ruins and bones of ancient people). In addition, there is a SalaDeiBaroni (Baron's room) inside the new castle, and the building of this room is very distinctive. There are also vending machines and automatic coffee machines on the ground floor.
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TOP 5
Ovo Castle
Ovo Castle
4.6/5 · 113 review
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The egg castle has a history of more than 2,000 years and is a very old castle in Naples. It used to be a gorgeous villa built by the Roman noble Lucules. The view of the promontory where the egg castle is located is very good. Climbing the castle, leaning against the window, you can enjoy the beautiful Bay of Naples and the spectacular sunset on the sea in the distance. Regarding the origin of the name of Egg Castle, it is still very dramatic. It is said that in the 6th century BC, an egg was placed in the castle by a wizard. If the egg breaks, the castle will disappear and bring disaster to Naples, so according to legend, the egg is still buried under the castle. .
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Metropolitan City of Naples 3 Days Itinerary