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Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico) Tours

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Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico)
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by Naples, a vibrant city that often seems about to boil over into chaos. Look past the streets teeming with scooters, vendors, and Neapolitans, however, and you’ll spot signs of the 2,500 years of history that makes the UNESCO-listed Naples Historic Center (Napoli Centro Storico) one of the most fascinating in Italy.  

The Basics
Naples’ historic center, or centro storico, is made up of more than 10 distinct neighborhoods that cover the hillsides encircling the Bay of Naples down to the water’s edge. To walk through is to stroll back in time, from the stick-straight Roman roads of the Spaccanapoli and imposing 13th-century Castel Nuovo to the graceful 18th-century Teatro di San Carlo (the oldest opera house in Italy) and 19th-century Piazza Plebiscito. Underneath the city's streets are the remains of both Roman and Greek settlements, and the National Archaeological Museum is home to most of the artifacts removed from the nearby excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Savor the culture and history of the historic center on a guided walking or Segway tour that includes famous sights like Piazza del Gesù, the Duomo, the Church of Santa Chiara, and Via San Gregorio Armeno. One of Naples’ most characteristic features is its cuisine, and many tours combine sightseeing with tastings of pizza and other local street food. The ruins of Pompeii are just outside the city, so consider a tour that includes combines a visit to this famous archaeological park with the historic center. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours of Naples’ historic center are mostly outdoors; wear sunscreen and a hat in summer.
  • You’ll be doing a considerable amount of walking in the largely pedestrian historic center, so choose comfortable footwear.
  • Churches require modest attire that covers knees and shoulders.
  • Some churches and monuments aren’t wheelchair accessible, and much of the historic center is paved with cobblestones that may be difficult to navigate on wheels.

How to Get There
The historic center of Naples is an easy walk from both the city’s port and main train station, and covers much of the downtown along the waterfront. Naples is a major transportation and cruise ship hub, with direct trains from major Italian cities as well as ferries from Salerno and Sorrento.

When to Get There
Much of southern Italy can be uncomfortably hot in summer, and Naples is no exception. Try to visit in spring or fall, or schedule your tour to begin in the early morning before the temperatures soar. Naples has a number of annual festivals, but perhaps the most famous is the Festa di San Gennaro (September 19), the feast day of the city’s patron saint that includes eight days of religious processions, markets, and other celebratory festivities.  

The Archaeological Park at Pompeii
Pompeii, a thriving Roman city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, is among the important archaeological sites in the world. Located just outside the modern city of Naples, this excavated city includes remains of houses, shops, restaurants, temples, and public buildings, many with original frescoes, mosaics, and other decorative features still somewhat intact.  
Address: Centro Storico, Naples, Italy
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 Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

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Stroll past Naples’ top attractions on this walking tour. Led by a local guide, see the bustling Spaccanapoli promenade, the Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest opera house in Europe. As you walk through the city center, learn the history behind the palaces, churches and monuments from your guide. Top off your tour with a piece of Italian cake at a local cafe in Piazza San Gaetano.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$65.76
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Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

Naples Street Food Tour With Local Expert

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Get a true taste of one of Italy's culinary capitals on a food and sightseeing tour of Naples. Spend some time exploring the city, stopping at the city's main squares and basilicas, as well as at hidden eateries to sample traditional dishes. Learn the history of Naples as you make your way from one mini-feast to the next, dining on everything from zucchini flowers to ragù, baccalà, and pizza. Come hungry: the tasting tour is a meal in itself.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.85
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$41.85
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Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

Naples Walking Tour with Underground Ruins

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Discover Naples during a half-day guided walking tour through the historic city center. Your informative guide shares highlights such as the San Carlo Theater, Plebiscito Square, Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace, and ancient underground ruins, along with artisan shops, cafes, and churches. The tour includes one hour of free time to shop and purchase lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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$48.49
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Naples Walking and Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

Naples Walking and Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

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Naples is Italy’s third-largest city, but with so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions such as the New Castle, Piazza Plebiscito, the Fountain of Neptune, and much more. Upgrade to a private tour for just you and your party.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.61
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Naples: Panoramic Electric Bike Tour Thousand Colors

Naples: Panoramic Electric Bike Tour Thousand Colors

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Join this guided tour by electric bike to admire the beautiful landscapes of the city of Naples and its historical, natural and cultural beauties. Head for the beautiful coastline to reach the Virgilian Natural Park located on the hill of Posillipo. • Visit Naples by electric bike in a more sustainable and ecological way • Climb the hill of Posillipo from Virgilian Natural Park • Have a unique experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.68
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Private Neapolitan Tour and dinner

Private Neapolitan Tour and dinner

We will visit the most important historic places of Naples from the Duomo Cathedral to Via Tribunali, discovering the history of the Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio Church and Via San Gregorio Armeno, up to Piazza Dante and Piazza del Gesù towards the antic San Carlo Theatre and the famous Piazza Plebiscito. In the end, we will have dinner in a flat close to Via dei Fiorentini.
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  • 2 hours
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Naples Shore Excursion: Private Old Naples Walking Tour

Naples Shore Excursion: Private Old Naples Walking Tour

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See the sights of historical Naples with this half-day shore excursion. The ideal activity when your cruise chip is docked at the Naples port, the tour includes takes in Naples’ atmospheric Spaccanapoli area, the UNESCO-listed ‘centro storico,’ the famous Christmas street of Via San Gregorio Armeno and several Gothic and baroque churches. Even better, the tour is private and the itinerary is customizable. So if you want to focus on the lesser-known sights and discover the city’s best pizza, you can do that, too.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$163.61
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Naples Guided Tour by Bike

Naples Guided Tour by Bike

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Get to know the southern Italian capital in a unique way with this 3-hour guided bike tour of Naples. Ride through the historic city with a professional guide, learning about Naples' archaeological, cultural and culinary history. Stop frequently for photos, including a coffee break along the way. Ideal for cruise passengers or short-break tourists.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Street Food Tour of Naples with City Sightseeing and Top-Rated Local Guide

Street Food Tour of Naples with City Sightseeing and Top-Rated Local Guide

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There is no city that loves food more than Naples, and no history that is more intertwined with its cuisine. Get a unique take on Neapolitan culture through the lens of its most iconic street foods with this guided food tour through the historic center. Take in the neighborhood highlights and learn of its lore while sampling fresh buffalo mozzarella, pizza fritta, pizza margherita, limoncello, sfogliatella, and baba’.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$41.85
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$41.85
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Naples walking tour of the Most-famous Sites Monuments with the Veiled Christ

Naples walking tour of the Most-famous Sites Monuments with the Veiled Christ

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Experience the history and culture of Southern Italy’s largest city on this guided excursion. After meeting up with a knowledgeable local guide, learn the city’s fascinating stories while exploring local landmarks like the Cathedral of Naples, the San Severo Museum Chapel, Spaccanapoli, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Piazza del Gesù Nuovo.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.76
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$65.76
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Naples Walking Tour - Private Walking tour with guide

Naples Walking Tour - Private Walking tour with guide

The best way to discover Naples is to walk through its famous historical center rich of artisan shops, street food, churches and underground excavations. Meet your guide in the city center by Municipio Square and start the tour through the monumental area. Explore the Galleria Umberto, Plebiscito Sq. and walk by Castel Nuovo and by the Royal Palace. Whereupon reach the historical center, enjoy free time to shopping and for lunch. Stroll through Spaccanapoli and Via San Gregorio Armeno, visit the buried ruins of the ancient Naples.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$258.53
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Tasty Naples Street Food Tour of MustEat Gourmet Specialties and MustSee Sites

Tasty Naples Street Food Tour of MustEat Gourmet Specialties and MustSee Sites

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If you’re short on time, let a local guide show you the best dishes during this walking street food tour. Ideal for food fans, you’ll sample classic Neapolitan dishes—like frittattine and arancini—and do some city sightseeing, for a comprehensive experience. Plus, listen to your guide share stories and facts about Naples that you might not hear otherwise.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$45.24
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Tasty Ancient Naples & San Gregorio Armeno Food, Wine and Sightseeing Tour

Tasty Ancient Naples & San Gregorio Armeno Food, Wine and Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in Naples with this tour that pairs culture with cuisine. Meet your guide for a walking itinerary that takes in some of the most famous sights in the historic center, stopping along the way to sample street foods like “pizza al portafoglio” and “cuoppo”. Take a break at a traditional Neapolitan trattoria for dinner featuring a number of classic dishes before finishing your exploration.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.88
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$109.88
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Naples Street Food Tour with a Native & Top Rated Expert

Naples Street Food Tour with a Native & Top Rated Expert

Experience the true beauty of Naples and Southern Italy, awakening all your senses and indulging in a variety of flavors, with this delicious street food tour. Guided by a local Italian, with a wealth of food expertise, enjoy authentic Neapolitan dishes. The tour begins in Piazza Dante, a square named after the poet Dante Alighieri and continues along the streets of central Naples, where you will indulge in the Neapolitan cuisine entering locally owned cafes, restaurants, sightseeing elegant churches and museums along the journey. Naples is a highly underrated city, with vast amounts of charm, art, culture to discover, enjoy and taste. Blessed with rich volcanic soils, an abundant sea and generations worth of recipes, food lovers and sightseers join us on this food walking tour of Naples to unravel this Italian masterpiece.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Taking safety measures
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Guided tour of Naples historic center

Guided tour of Naples historic center

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An incredible guided tour in which myth, legend, history and art come together, to create a unique historic center. We will go through centuries of history: from the Greek settlement to the Baroque city. During the journey we will discover and visit secular places such as the Church of Gesù Nuovo; we will cross the famous street of the Neapolitan nativity scene, via San Gregorio Armeno; we will get to know the mystery of the miracle of San Gennaro by entering the Duomo. Duration: 3 hours Minimum guaranteed 4 people In case of private tour, contact us with a message
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours
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$45.44
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$45.44

Napoli Walking and Bus Half day from Napoli

Napoli Walking and Bus Half day from Napoli

The best way to have a complete look of Naples from the center until the panoramic zone in a short time. Sightseeing of about 3 hours with a group led by a professional guide with several stops for a walking tour in two different areas of the city center: historical and monumental. The excursion is composed of 3 different areas: Monumental Naples (on foot) : Piazza Plebiscito, Gallery Umberto I, The Royal Palace, San Carlo Theatre, The New Castel. Panoramic Naples (by bus) Via Caracciolo, Mergellina and Posillipo. Historical Naples (on foot) the famous street called “Spaccanapoli” with Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara Churches.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.87
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Walking tour at the ancient center of Naples (4hrs)

Walking tour at the ancient center of Naples (4hrs)

Naples is one of the largest and most enchanting cities of the Mediterranean. Capital of the Campania region is, by size, the third Italian municipality after Rome and Milan. The tour is carried out by an experienced guide with proven twenty-year experience, an excellent linguistic dialectic, detailed knowledge of the archaeological sites and the surroundings of the ancient city center, all this will be the guarantee to spend unique and unforgettable moments. On request, the tour can be extended to 6 hours and can be customized for a more accurate and detailed visit of churches, museums, gellerie and castles.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$323.17
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$323.17
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City Tour: Panoramic, Historic and Monumental Naples

City Tour: Panoramic, Historic and Monumental Naples

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Explore the highlights of Naples on this half-day walking tour, which spans hundreds of years of history. Tick off top monuments like the Royal Palace, Piazza del Plebiscito, and San Carlo Theatre, and admire stunning panoramic views overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Tours include front-door pickup from the train station, cruise port, or your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.78
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Naples tour

Naples tour

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With the Naples tour we have the opportunity to spend 6 hours and start seeing the Cathedral of San Gennaro passing through the city center and visiting San Gregorio Armeno with Underground Naples and / or Cristo Velato, stop off at Piazza del Plebiscito visiting Via Roma , Palazzo Reale or in the immediate vicinity Galleria Umberto or Maschio Angioino. Finally we can visit the seafront with Castel dell'ovo and Posillipo district to enjoy a fantastic breathtaking view
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.13
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$115.13
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Naples Walking and Driving tour with pizza taste

Naples Walking and Driving tour with pizza taste

Enjoy this pleasant walk in the historical centre of Naples with one of our local guides, that will narrate you the story of the city by means of anecdotes from the Greek settlement to the Spanish kingdom, introducing you to the Neapolitan Culture, and making you taste the famous pizza a portafoglio, the folded margherita pizza to eat on the go. The tour will then continue with your driver: he will show you the best of Neapolitan views, from Posillipo and the Virgilian Park to the seaside, and its castles.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$423.27
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$423.27
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Discovering Naples with neapolitan babà tasting

Discovering Naples with neapolitan babà tasting

Naples is known as much for its cuisine as it is for its culture. With this tour, combine both with a guided walk through the historic center and a stop to sample babà au rhum, the city’s most beloved pastry. Admire sumptuous churches, imposing castles, and the impressive Royal Palace; wander lively narrow lanes; and taste this traditional Neapolitan cake—all without the hassle of following a map or guide book
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.68
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$89.68

Naples Grand Tour: the Best of Naples with your local guide

Naples Grand Tour: the Best of Naples with your local guide

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Go off the beaten path with a half-day private tour in Naples. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and let your guide design a personalized tour. See top historic landmarks such as Castell dell’Ovo, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Galleria Umberto I along with local hidden favorites. Stroll through the Spanish Quarter and visit markets during this walking tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$227.18
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$227.18
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Walking Tour in Naples

Walking Tour in Naples

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Our tour is unique because you will be accompanied by specialized guides and graduates in art history. You will have the opportunity to take an exciting walk on foot to discover the ancient Greek roads, the Roman underground excavations and the numerous squares present.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.05
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$168.05

Naples Street Food Tour with Foodie Guide around Historical Center

Naples Street Food Tour with Foodie Guide around Historical Center

Eat and sightsee at the same in Naples, the most important city, knowm for its food, history, art, architecture and so much more. In 2.5 hours you will discover the heart of the historical centre of Naples, and taste some of the most delicious dishes on-the-go. Join us with curiosity and an empty tummy, and you won’t regret leaving us satisfied and full! You will start in Piazza Dante and reach Piazza Bellini, discover the history of the Greek ruins while eating a savoury biscuit called tarallo. Then walk along Via dei Tribunali and Spaccanapoli, two parallel streets where you will try fried pizza, limoncello, mozzarella and much more! By the Music Academy you will try some typical desserts and end the tour in the heart of Naples, Piazza del Gesù Nuovo. This tour is an introduction to the highlights of Naples and some of the main dishes of its tradition. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide what else there is to discover in the magnificent Naples.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.24
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$45.24

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