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Church and Monastery of Santa Chiara (Chiesa e Monastero di Santa Chiara) Tours

Church and Monastery of Santa Chiara (Chiesa e Monastero di Santa Chiara)
One of the most important churches in the center of Naples, Santa Chiara is part of a larger religious complex housing a monastery and archaeological museum. Its most remarkable feature is the beautiful cloister, with elaborately painted Rococò majolica decorations covering the columns, benches, and garden walls.

The Basics
Santa Chiara was built in 1310 in the Gothic style by King Robert of Anjou for his second wife, Sancha of Majorca, and included two adjacent convents, one for nuns and one for monks. In the mid-1700s, the church was remodeled in a Baroque style; however, most of Santa Chiara was destroyed in 1943 during World War II bombings. When it was rebuilt 10 years later, it was returned to its original Gothic design. The spectacular 18th-century cloister survived intact, and today it’s the highlight of a visit to what is officially known as the Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara. The complex also includes the Museo dell’Opera Francescana, a traditional Neapolitan Nativity scene, and the archaeological area with Roman remains discovered in the aftermath of the war.

A visit to Santa Chiara is a highlight of any tour of Naples’ historic center, as it sits right along the famous Spaccanapoli thoroughfare just across from the Church of Gesù Nuovo. Join a walking or Segway tour of this vibrant city that also includes stops at Via San Gregorio Armeno, Sant’Angelo a Nilo, and the Castel Nuovo fortress. Foodies can opt for a Naples food and sightseeing tour to sample some of the city’s famous street food, and history buffs can combine a visit to Naples with a tour of the Roman ruins at Pompeii, just outside the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Modest attire is required to enter the church, so be sure to cover shoulders and knees.
  • The complex is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Walking tours of the historic center of Naples cover a fair bit of ground; choose comfortable footwear. 
  • The complex houses a café, restrooms, and a bookshop.
 
How to Get There
Santa Chiara is located in the square of Gesù Nuovo along the pedestrian Spaccanapoli thoroughfare. Much of the historic center of Naples consists of narrow alleys and tight corners, so walking is the easiest mode of transport from the city’s port and main train station. Naples is a major transportation and cruise ship hub, with direct trains from major Italian cities and ferries from Salerno and Sorrento.
 
When to Get There
Naples can be uncomfortably hot in summer, so try to visit in spring or fall months or schedule your tour to begin in the early morning before the temperatures soar. The complex is open daily, although it’s closed on Sunday afternoons. 
 
Highlights of the Historic Center of Naples
Santa Chiara is located in Naples’ historic center of Naples, which consists of more than 10 distinct neighborhoods along the Spaccanapoli. Highlights include the 13th-century Castel Nuovo, the Teatro di San Carlo (the oldest opera house in Italy), and Piazza Plebiscito. Roman and Greek ruins lie below the center, and the National Archaeological Museum houses artifacts unearthed at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Address: Via S. Chiara, 49, Naples 80134, Italy
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23 Tours and Activities to Experience Church and Monastery of Santa Chiara (Chiesa e Monastero di Santa Chiara)

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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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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
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$163.61
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Private Tour: Naples Sightseeing by Vintage Fiat 500 or Fiat 600

Private Tour: Naples Sightseeing by Vintage Fiat 500 or Fiat 600

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Take a classic Italian ride through Naples on this private, 5-hour tour by vintage Fiat 600. Led by a personal driver, pass the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Naples, Castel Dell'Ovo, Parco Virgiliano and other top attractions. Learn the history behind each major landmark you pass, hopping out to relax with coffee and cake at a local café. Take some time to explore by foot before returning to your original departure point.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Tour of Naples Historical Center and Cloister of Santa Chiara

Private Tour of Naples Historical Center and Cloister of Santa Chiara

Enjoy your tour of the historical center of Naples with an expert local guide . You will walk through the alleys of the city and visit the most beautiful churches in Naples , cultural heritage of UNESCO. You will see the baroque forms of the Gesù Nuovo church with its sumptuous furnishings and the church of Santa Chiara, the most majestic of the city. You will also visit its beautiful Majolica cloister redesigned during the 1700s by the Neapolitan architect Domenico Vaccaro. Here you can stroll in the shade of its arcade, admiring the extraordinary medieval frescoes still visible. Do not miss the entrance to the Church of San Domenico Maggiore, one of the first Gothic churches in Naples. His story will leave you speechless. Finally you will visit the church loved by Neapolitan people, the Dome. Here you will see the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro where the relics of the patron saint are kept.
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  • 3 hours
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$135.73
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Naples: Saint Chiara Cloister and Velied Christ Guided Experience

Naples: Saint Chiara Cloister and Velied Christ Guided Experience

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Have a fantastic half day experience in Naples. Admire the monumental area led by a professional driver and enjoy a private guided tour of the St. Chiara Cloister and Velied Christ.
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  • 3 to 4 minutes
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Naples in Christmas Time Tour with San Gregorio Armeno Market & City Highlights

Naples in Christmas Time Tour with San Gregorio Armeno Market & City Highlights

Christmas is surely one of the best times of year for a tour of the fascinating city of Naples! Along the route you pass wonderful churches and monuments, see the super Christmas displays in the shops and hear Neapolitan Christmas songs being played in the streets. An English-speaking guide will recount you the history of the fascinating churches you enter along the tour route, such as the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. When you enter Piazza San Domencio Maggiore there is time for a stroll around to taste some of the classic Neapolitan sweets. You stop at the famous Cappella Sansevero where the “Veiled Christ” is displayed. There is also a visit to the Church of San Lorenzo before to through one of the most amazing streets in the whole of Naples is Via San Gregorio Armeno, famous for its Christmas Markets and the nativity scenes handcrafted by local artisans. If you are in Naples at Christmastime come and join us to drink in the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis!
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  • 4 hours
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Naples City Center Half Day Private Tour with a Native & Expert Guide

Naples City Center Half Day Private Tour with a Native & Expert Guide

The tour is a private tour and it lasts 2.5 hours This tour starts from Piazza del Gesù​, one of the most central and beautiful squares of Naples. We will visit the cloister and the astonishing Church of Santa Chiara. After walking down the famous street of Spaccanapoli we will reach Piazza San Domenico. We will then reach the Cathedral and the Chapel of the Treasury that contains the holy blood of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city of Naples. We will then walk on Via dei Tribunali and San Gregorio Armeno. Entrance tickets are not included if you need them.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Discovery of Naples - 3 Nights / 4 Days - ALL INCLUSIVE

Discovery of Naples - 3 Nights / 4 Days - ALL INCLUSIVE

GoinItaly’s signature four-day Discovery Naples Small Group Tour is the perfect way to experience the history, art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy of this vibrant city. Have a full immersion experience on a walking tour of the historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander in the alleys, visit artisans creating nativity scenes in their workshops, shop local crafts, admire the wealth of historical monuments, sample Naple’s famous street food, and pizza. Naples is the place where pizza was invented more than 100 years ago! Our Naples Tour includes all the major attractions that a traveler can’t miss and we go to sites that are not visited by many tourists. Visit areas that will help you understand how life was at the time of the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Hapsburgs, and Bourbons. Discover why Naples was so popular during the so-called Grand Tour from the 17th century, when artists intellectuals, writers, and musicians, came from all over Europe.
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  • 4 days
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$1,913.11
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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
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

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See Naples like a true Italian on this 4.5-hour Vespa tour. Led by an expert driver, hop on the back of a vintage scooter and soak up the city’s history, architecture and old-world charm. Pass top attractions including the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Naples, Parco Virgiliano and Castel Dell'Ovo, hopping off to relax at a local cafe with a cake and coffee (own expense). Enjoy an intimate look at this southern Italian city before returning to your original departure point.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Naples full day shore excursion with private transportation

Naples full day shore excursion with private transportation

Enjoy a full day tour with your local licensed guide and a full day private transportation in a comfortable Minivan to discover the best of the city. This tour is your key to Naples art, history and exclusive flavour. During this tour we’ll come to Naples, which for centuries has been the most important city of the southern Mediterranean. It was founded by ancient Greeks, but has witnessed a great variety of cultures, conquerors, rulers and personalities coming from all sides of Europe. This mixture of nations, languages, colours and traditions has left its traces in the daily life of this vibrant seaside city.
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  • 7 hours
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$499.88
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Naples Experience Fullday from Rome

Naples Experience Fullday from Rome

Enjoy this memorable Fullday visiting the Best of Naples, exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions: • Best of Naples • Lunch time in Naples (own expense) • Buffalo Mozzarella Tasting • Expert local Tour Guide in Naples Pickup and Dropoff your accommodation. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 12 hours
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$382.62
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The legendary seaside city by Mount Vesuvius with a Local

The legendary seaside city by Mount Vesuvius with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover what the everyday life looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. We will meet at the Fountain of Giant at the seaside and take our stroll from there :-) Get tips on where to eat and drink, where to get the best pizza and the tastiest Espresso! Discover Naples as if you were with one of the inhabitants and go home with the most marvellous memories! In addition, I will tell you the secrets and legends of Mount Vesuvius, the famous volcano! Of course, if you want to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$46.63
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Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples has so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions. Free Lunch time time (own expense) to taste the real food of Naples! Enjoy this impressive walking tour visiting the Best of Naples with local friendly expert licensed tour guide. Departure and Return will be at Naples Cruise Port, right outside your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion:  We will ensure your timely return to the Naples Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.42
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$106.42
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Naples Segway Grand City Tour

Naples Segway Grand City Tour

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Explore Naples’ history and architecture on this guided Segway tour. Meet at a convenient central location and take a quick training session before strapping on a helmet and hopping on a Segway Ninebot. Listen to a narrated audio tour while cruising to landmarks like Spaccanapoli Street, Maschio Angioino Castle, and Plebiscito Square.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.96
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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
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$168.05
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$168.05

Secret Walks of Naples

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Secret Walks of Naples

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Our guides will show you secret gems of Napoli, walk with you through its almost 3000 years of continuous history, and offer you insights on where to experience its authentic fairness like a local.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.80
$77.56
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Baroque Naples: Guided Private Walking Tour with Art Historian

Baroque Naples: Guided Private Walking Tour with Art Historian

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Our meeting point will be the church of San Gregorio Armeno. From the first access, the splendor will completely overwhelm you: from the ceiling, passing through the pulpits and chapels. Our journey will continue to Piazzetta Nilo, with the large sculpture of the Nile God, and the next stop is the church of Gesù Vecchio. The Jesuit order used the spectacularness of the Baroque to directly strike the faithful, who also became a spectator. This is precisely the first mother church of the order. Over time, and with the exponential increase in the power and importance of the Order of the Jesuits in Naples, a new building was chosen as a reference point: we are heading towards the church of Gesù Nuovo, located in the square of the same name. It was a civil building, Palazzo Sanseverino, then disused and used as a sacred building. The entrance is truly spectacular! The last stop is the the cloister of Santa Chira: in an almost mystical peace, the most precious maiolicas of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$119.57
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$119.57
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Ancient Naples tour

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Ancient Naples tour

The ancient town of Naples, corresponding to the famous Neapolis of the greek time, was declared a Unesco site in 1995, as it is rich in monuments, churches, beautiful palaces and museums. We will start our tour from the Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady then we will enter the most intriguing maze of alleys and streets where myriads of churches show the most beautiful artifacts of renowned artists. The main streets are flanked by famous palaces built during the centuries, which give us an account of the different styles and fashions that characterized the architecture of this amazing town. It is a real journey through the centuries. We will reach very famous squares where the devotion of the population to the patrons and saints, who are supposed to take care of the town, is visible in beautiful spires which express their gratitude to them. We will end our tour in Gesù Nuovo Square.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$191.31
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$239.14
$47.83 savings
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$191.31
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$239.14
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Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples has so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions. Free Lunch time time (own expense) to taste the real food of Naples! Enjoy this impressive walking tour visiting the Best of Naples with local friendly expert licensed tour guide. Departure and Return will be at Naples Cruise Port, right outside your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Naples Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.42
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$106.42
Taking safety measures

Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples Port ShorExcursion: Best of Naples Walking Tour with Friendly local Guide

Naples has so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions. Free Lunch time time (own expense) to taste the real food of Naples! Enjoy this impressive walking tour visiting the Best of Naples with local friendly expert licensed tour guide. Departure and Return will be at Naples Cruise Port, right outside your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Naples Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.42
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$106.42
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Discover the best of Naples walking tour

Discover the best of Naples walking tour

Meet the guide at Piazza del Gesù Nuovo and admire the singular Renaissance facade of the Gesù Nuovo Church and the Obelisk of Immacolatella right in the middle of the square. Walk through Spaccanapoli- the street crossing the city centre- where you can admire architectural masterpieces like the medieval Church of Santa Chiara, famous for its tailored cloister. Stop in an historic café where you'll find the niche and many objects linked to the Neapolitan soccer star Maradona and enjoy an authentic Espresso. Resume your walk through via San Gregorio Armeno: here you will see many artisan shops where the typical Neapolitan "Presepe" (the nativity scene) is made. In Via dei Tribunali, the ancient Roman street known as Decumano Maggiore, be charmed by the smell of the many pizzerias and street food shops. The tour ends at the Duomo dedicated to Saint Gennaro: discover the life of the most worshipped saint in the world and learn about the miracle of the blood liquefaction.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.89
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$29.89
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Naples Experience from Naples Cruise Port ShorExcursion Guided Walking Tour

Naples Experience from Naples Cruise Port ShorExcursion Guided Walking Tour

Naples has so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors exploring the UNESCO-listed center and checking off top attractions. Free Lunch time time (own expense) to taste the real food of Naples! Enjoy this impressive walking tour visiting the Best of Naples with local friendly expert licensed tour guide. Departure and Return will be at Naples Cruise Port, right outside your ship. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Naples Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.42
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$106.42
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