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Naples, Italy

Pompeii Ruins
Pompeii, Italy


Introduction

Naples is a working class city in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius. It is the gateway to very scenic areas like Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships mainly dock at Stazione Maritima in town beside Castel Nuovo. On busy days, berths 21-22 may be used which is the second pier to the north. A shuttle may be provided to the cruise terminal if docked there. Cruise schedule at the cruise terminal's website here http://www.terminalnapoli.it/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=245

Cruise Ships Docked in Naples


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Money and Tipping

Italy's currency is the Euro (EUR). In Europe, it is common to round up the bill to leave a small tip (5-10%).

Local Transportation

Detailed instructions on here on how to get to Pompeii using the train from the cruise terminal. http://www.mediterranean-cruise-ports-easy.com/naples-to-pompeii.html

A good alternative from taking the train to Pompeii is to take the SITA bus. Fare is 2.80 EUR (Mar 2014) one way, there are 1-2 buses every hour and the journey takes 35 min. The SITA station is at Immacolatella Vecchia the next pier to the north from the cruise pier. Schedule for route 5001 (Pompeii Scavi) here (scroll all the way to the bottom) http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/ There is also a Hertz rental car office here.

The ferry to Capri is at Molo Beverello Port directly south of the cruise terminal. Multiple companies run ferries or hydrofoils so the length of trip and prices vary. The ride can be bumpy which isn't great if you suffer from motion sickness. Hydrofoils from this pier also run to Sorrento. http://www.capri.com/en/ferry-schedule

The Alibus runs between the airport, central train station and Molo Beverello Port. This bus is an easy way to get from the cruise terminal to the train station.

A new metro line opened late 2013 with the Municipio station near the cruise terminal opened June 2015. This station makes it easy to get to the National Museum (Museo station) or the main train station (Garibaldi). Fare is €1.30 for an hourly ticket. Website in Italian (use google translator). http://www.anm.it/

Taxi fares are fixed for many routes. Download a fare guide from here http://www.napoliunplugged.com/naples-taxi-services

Hotels

Search hotels in Naples here

Sights

Close to the terminal

  • Galleria Umberto I - a large covered shopping area similar to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
  • San Francesco di Paola - a large domed church (requires covered shoulders and knees) by the city's main square

Been Here Before

  • Herculaneum - more compact and better preserved than Pompeii. Take the Circumvesuviana train and get off at the Ercolano Scavi station (25 minutes). http://www.pompeiisites.org/
  • Oplonits(Villa Poppaea) - a Roman villa with well preserved frescoes

Shopping & Restaurants

The main street in Naples is Via Toledo. There are nice pedestrian shopping areas and pizzerias around Via dei Tribunali. There are street markets on Corso Umberto by Garibaldi Train Station. Via Chiaia is a pedestrian street with lots of boutiques.

You can't go to Naples without trying a traditional neapolitan, margherita pizza. It is made with a thin, hand kneaded crust and buffalo milk mozarella cooked quickly in a hot oven. Traditional pizzerias like Da Michele and di Matteo have very sparse interiors with small plastic cups for your drink but very cheap prices for a pizza.

  • Da Michele, Via Sersale, 13 - featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Only serves margherita or marinara pizza.
  • Di Matteo, Via dei Tribunali, 94 - inexpensive, very traditional pizzeria and popular with locals. Seating upstairs and they sell arancini (deep fried rice balls) at the front.
  • Sorbillo, Via dei Tribunali, 32 - a sit-down restaurant
  • Pizzeria Trianon, Via P. Colletta, 46 - across from Da Michele with more pizza varieties offered
  • Brandi, Salita S.Anna di Palazzo - claims to have invented margherita pizza. A more expensive sit down restaurant.
  • Castel Nuovo Pizzeria - in the block right in front of the building across from the cruise terminal. Does excellent pizza without having to trek too far.
  • Pizzeria Giuliano, Calata Trinita Maggiore 31-33 - a small, inexpensive, and local takeaway pizza place near the fountain. May open only for dinner.
  • Solopizza - a large sit down restaurant also near the cruise terminal

Try sfogliatella which is a shell-shaped, multi layered pastry filled with ricotta cheese. Recommeded bakeries include La Sfogliatella Mary (western entrance of Galleria Umberto), Pintauro (near Galleria Umberto at Via Toledo 275), and Sfogliatelle Attanasio (near Garibaldi Station).

Tandem Ragu (Via Paladino 51) specializes in ragu (tender beef in a tomato sauce) served with bread or with pasta.

Been Here Before

There are a lot of options for day trips from Naples including the island of Capri, Sorrento (perched on a cliff) and the Amalfi Coast. If you've been to Pompeii, Herculaneum is smaller but has better preseved ruins than Pompeii.

Internet

Shops and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers. There are some cafes below the cruise terminal with wifi.

Maps

Naples Map

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Weather

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