8 July Naples

[On Shore times 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM (GMT+1]

[Traveler Warning – Beware of pickpockets] Naples, or Napoli, is a city of 3.1 million inhabitants. It is one of the largest cities in Europe and one of the oldest (originally a Greek city) in Italy. It has more monuments, churches, and convents in its historical center than any other city on earth.¹ Naples has several tourist attractions, and two of the biggest attractions are outside of Naples. These are the tours to Pompeii and to the Amalfi Coast. The 11.5 hours in port allow for a full day of activities; however, traffic in Naples is described as chaotic. Visitors are warned to allow time to go to and from the various sights of the area. One tourist website gives multiple warnings regarding pickpockets.²

However, at least one travel page suggested that Naples is no different than any other city regarding crime and said that normal precautions should suffice (don’t flash money or expensive things, keep bags close and secure, heads up around you, etc.)

Beware of the Riposo

Except for restaurants, many shops and museums close for the midafternoon for the riposo. Typically, they close at about 1 PM and remain closed for 90 minutes to two hours. Shops in tourist areas may not observe a riposo; however, it is a fact of life in Italy.

Sights, Sites, and Tours

Museums and Historical Sites

There are a variety of museums and historical sites in Naples. Three are relatively close to the Port area. There are other sights that are less crowded, outdoor spots, and suggestions on what to do if you only have one day in Naples.

Volcano Related Tours

Pompeii
Herculaneum
A path on Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius, or Italian Vesuvio, is a rockstar of volcanos. Known for its morbid and active past, the flanks of Vesuvius have become the archeological and tourist attraction because of what the volcano did in 79 AD. In that year, several small cities and villages on the southeast slope of the Vesuvius became the victims of a major eruption that buried them with little opportunity to escape. The most famous of the communities is Pompeii, but others such as Herculaneum also were lost. The volcano is still active and has erupted many times since 79 AD, the most recent was in 1944; however, none of the eruptions have matched the power and destruction of the 79 AD event.

It is notable that on 15 March 2019, 34 earthquakes struck in the volcano in one day; however, scientists dismissed them as part of the normal activity of the volcano. Also, in the Summer of 2017, much of the volcano was struck by a fire.

Fire on the Mount

The Amalfi Coast

When people think of the Mediterranean, they often think of quaint communities built on rock cliffs overlooking the water. That is essentially the Amalfi Coast. It is a major tourist attraction southeast of Naples along the Gulf of Salerno. Thirteen communities can be reached on land or sea from Naples.