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Private Naples Tour

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From: $64.93

 

TOUR DURATION

4 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM & 01:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Enjoy a half day private excursion to the exciting city of Naples, the biggest and most important city in Southern Italy. Together with a driver-guide you will explore this fascinating city filled with a long history and bustling with lively locals.

Begin at the top of Posillipo Hill from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views over the Gulf of Naples and the ever-impressive volcano Vesuvio. Descending now towards the port of Mergellina and following the coastal road, you will arrive in the ancient fishing quarter of Santa Lucia. You will also be able to see the impressive Castel Dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples and one of the most famous standing attractions in the gulf.

The tour will continue toward the historical centre of the city. You arrive at the Piazza Del Plebiscito where you will be able to see the Royal Palace, a grand structure that was once the residence of the Bourbon Kings. Nearby is the San Carlo Opera House, considered the oldest continuously active theatre in Europe since it was opened to the public in 1737. The Gallery of Umberto I, just across from the opera house, is a large shopping gallery with beautiful high glass vaulted ceilings and many shops and cafes.

The tour will also show you the Basilica of San Francesco Di Paola, an imposing circular church that is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome, and the proud Maschio Angioino (also known as Castel Nuovo), a large medieval castle located in front of Piazza Municipio and Naple’s city hall.

After the tour ends, you will have free time for lunch and shopping or to explore the city at your own pace. Meet your driver at the end to return to your accommodations.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– English speaking driver

– Visit of Naples Historical center with a local expert guide (2 and half hours)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Castel dell’Ovo

– Lungomare Caracciolo

– Piazza del Plebiscito

– Royal Palace

– San Carlo Opera House

– Gallery Umberto I

– Castel Nuovo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No bare shoulders, miniskirts or shorts.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:

4 hours

Return details:

Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Pompeii and Naples Tour

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From: $134.33

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

09:30 AM

Mon,Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to take you on a fascinating full day excursion to Pompeii and Naples. Your journey will start immediately while you enjoy the fantastic views form the car.

Your first stop will be the unique ancient city of Pompeii. Here you will meet your private guide that will unfold in front of your eyes the exceptional history of this little gem. Buried under meters of ash in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius erupted, the city was perfectly preserved. You will have the amazing opportunity to travel back in time as your guide takes you through the archeological park, walking you along the same streets that were once frequented by Romans. During your visit you will discover the public baths, forums, and villas built and used by the inhabitants of Pompeii, as well as a collection of artifacts – from household items to jewelry – recovered from the ashes. You will marvel at the incredibly well-preserved frescoes which still adorn the walls and floors of the villas, and which have allowed visitors and researchers alike to glimpse into what life was like at the time.

At the end of your tour you will have free time to eat on your own. Choose one of the many restaurant of traditional Campania’s food located right outside the Archeological Park! After lunch meet with your driver again to continue your journey.

Your next stop will be the Naples National Archeological Museum one of the most important Italian museums. Together with your guide you will discover the unique collections of Roman antiquities, Egyptian artifacts and beautiful pieces of the Renaissance period. Once your visit will end your guide will bring you to Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples’ main square. Here you will be able to see the Royal Palace, a grand structure that was once the residence of the Bourbon Kings. Nearby is the San Carlo Opera House, considered the oldest continuously active theatre in Europe since it was opened to the public in 1737. The Gallery of Umberto I, just across from the opera house, is a large shopping gallery with beautiful high glass vaulted ceilings and many shops and cafes.

After the tour of the piazza will end together with your driver you will enjoy a fascinating ride around this charming city filled with a long history and bustling with lively locals. Driving along the Lungomare Caracciolo you will admire one of the most spectacular views over the Gulf of Naples. You will also be able to see the impressive Castel Dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples and one of the most famous standing attractions in the gulf.

After the tour ends your driver will bring you back to your accommodations.

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Tour of Pompeii Archaeological Park with local guide (2 hours)

– Tour of Naples National Archaeological Museum with a local expert guide (1 hour)

– Visit of Naples historical center with a local expert guide (1 and 1/2 hour)

– Panoramic Drive of Naples Promenade

– Pompeii Archaeological Park entrance fees and reservation (skip the line)

– Naples National Archaeological Museum entrance fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Pompeii Archaeological Park

– Visit of Naples National Archaeological Museum

– Visit of Piazza del Plebiscito

– Castel Dell’Ovo

– Lungomare Caracciolo

– Royal Palace

– San Carlo Opera House

– Gallery Umberto I

– Castel Nuovo

– Gulf of Naples

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

– We suggest to wear comfortable shoes and clothes as Pompeii Archaeological Park  has uneven terrain. During summer we suggest to bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Church of San Francesco da Paola – Naples

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The Church of San Francesco da Paola is situated in Naples’ main square Piazza del Plebiscito.

When the building was designed it was meant to become a tribute to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The construction in fact started during the reign of Joachim Murat Napoleon’s brother-in-law. However after the Frenches were defeated and the Bourbons regained their kingdom the building was converted into a church dedicated to Saint Francis of Paola; during the 16th century the saint lived in a monastery located in the same spot of the new building.

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The church design was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. A beautiful portico with six columns and two Ionic pillars was added in front of the façade. The church has a circular plans with two chapels on the side. A 53 meters high dome complete this beautiful building.

San Carlo Opera House – Naples

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Also known as Royal Theater of Saint Charles, the Teatro di San Carlo is an opera house connected to the Royal Palace in Piazza del Plebiscito, at the center of Naples. Considered to be the oldest continuously active theatre in Europe, it was opened to the public in 1737, well before other famed opera houses such as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan or the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

Originally commissioned by King Charles VII of Naples in the early 18th century, the theater was designed by architects Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Carasale, and was inaugurated in 1737. The grandiose theater can hold over 3000 people, plus a royal box overlooking the floor that can contain an additional ten spectators. Over the years, the opera house hosted some of the most renowned musicians, singers and composers of their time.

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Although somewhat plain from the outside, the interior of the theater is richly decorated with gold decorations, statues of important figures, and an impressive fresco on the ceiling depicting Apollo and Athena as patrons of the arts. The Teatro di San Carlo was renovated and improved a number of times, most notably after it sustained damage from bombings during World War II.

While it is no longer the center of the classical music scene of Italy today, the Teatro di San Carlo remains one of the most important opera houses in Europe.

Royal Palace – Naples

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Located in the heart of Naples is the Royal Palace, a grand structure that was once the residence of the Bourbon Kings. It faces the Piazza del Plebiscito and shares the space with two other palaces, Palazzo della Prefettura and Palazzo Salerno, as well as the impressive Basilica di san Francesco di Paola.

Built in the early 17th century by the architect Domenico Fontana, it was intended to host King Philip III of Spain on his visit of the kingdom but he never arrived in Naples so instead, it became the residence of Viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro. Over the years, the interior was lavishly decorated with frescoes by various masters then, following the arrival of Charles III of Spain to Naples in 1734, several artists remodeled and expanded the palace. A small theatre and a new wing were added in the later 18th century, while a belvedere and an additional wing were added during the mid 19thcentury.

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In the 1920s, it was decreed that the collection of the National Library be transferred to the palace. Unfortunately, the palace suffered considerable damage from bombs during World War II, requiring extensive renovations to the structure and interiors. Today, the Royal Palace hosts the famed Royal Theatre of Saint Charles, the National Library collection, a museum, and several offices.

Viterbo

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The Medieval city of Viterbo is located 80 km north of Rome and it is surrounded by the Monti Cimini and Monti Volsini.

The walls built during the Middle Ages to protect the city are still perfect; to enter the town center is necessary to pass through one of the ancient gates.

Due to its strategic position the city was the site of many battles.

When the Lombards tried to conquer Rome in 773 they started to fortify Viterbo where they were staying.

Until 1095 the town was a free “comune”. Then it became part of the Papal States.

In 1275 Pope Alexander IV moved the Papal Curia from Rome to Viterbo. Five Popes were elected here included John XXI who died when the ceiling of his library collapsed.

When the King of Naples was able to influence the election of a new Pope and a French One was elected the populations arose. They arrested two cardinals and attacked the city’s cathedral. The Pope left and excommunicated the town. The city passed under the control of the Di Vico family until 1431 when the Pope conquered Viterbo back.

Viterbo started to lose power and became a secondary city.

In 1871 it was annexed to the Reign of Italy.

Viterbo is also famous for the springs located on its west side in the Arcione River’s valley. This large thermal area attract every years many tourists.

The springs are in use since the Etruscan time. It is still possible to admire the impressive remains of a massive Roman bath.

The most famous springs are called “Bullicame” (bubbling place); these baths were always open air.

Not far from the Bullicame the Bagno del Papa (Bath of the Pope) is today a modern luxury spa hotel. However the first bath palace was commissioned by Pope Nicholas V during the 15th century. In 1944 the retreating Nazi Army destroyed the building. Only the corner towers and some vaulted chambers survived.

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The historic centre of Viterbo is a perfect example of a medieval one.  Despite the troubled history of the city the old town is still considered one of the best preserved of central Italy.

The most important buildings were constructed on top of ancient ones.

The beautiful Palazzo dei Papi housed the Roman Curia for a quarter of a century. Every time that the Popes weren’t feeling safe in Rome they refuge here.

Where once was standing the temple of Hercules, the mythological founder of Viterbo, it was built the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Designed in Romanesque style the Cathedral was heavily modified during the Renaissance period. In 1944 it was seriously damaged by Allied bombs.

The central Piazza del Plebiscito is surrounded by three gorgeous civic buildings: Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo della Prefettura and Plazzo del Podesta’.