See a few of Italy’s highlights, including the Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius, on a one-day Naples city tour.
We hired a taxi right off the pier to take a group of 4 of us around Naples to see the sights. It only cost us 50 Euro total, for all 4, instead of taking an excursion through Celebrity which would have been at least $100 per person. We had almost 3 hours of a personal tour guide of the city. He took us to all the highlights and allowed us to get out and take photos and walk around anywhere we wanted to. He even allowed us to shop for 20-30 minutes in a beautiful mall-like building that had some amazing and very unique stores. The streets of Naples are so very narrow that a tour bus would NEVER have been able to fit down the streets, whereas the taxi just zipped along. There was even a demonstration blocking the way to one place he wanted to show us, so he just zipped around a few back streets and was around it in no time - whereas it would have probably taken at least 30 minutes to get through the normal traffic that had backed up as a result of that demonstration.
We decided that this is definitely the way to see a city when you don't have to travel in from the port (like Rome) or when it is so spread out (like Florence/Pisa). We also recommend taking a taxi, as it is MUCH cheaper than booking it through the cruise line. (Yes, you run the chance of getting a not-so-great cabbie, but the risk is worth it. Plus, as it turns out, the cruise lines don't really take responsibility for you when you book tours through them anyway, which was the main reason to go through them.)
Provider: Independent Operator
An awful & bad value for money Trip around a scary and very unsafe city we were glad to get back to the ship.
Having visited Sorrento, Capri, and the amalfi coast before I would recommend you take any trip other than the city.
One female passenger was unfortunate to have a necklace she was wearing ripped from her neck by passing thieves on a scooter(of which there are many in this city) They say see naples and die - i would say that you would be lucky to see it and come out unscathed!
Provider: Holland America Line
The ship acutally docks at Naples. BUT, don't waste time seeing Naples. Make your way to either Isle of Capri, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast or Mount Vesuvius. In our case, we went immediately to Capri.
(Vincenzo (the Rome taxi guy) can get your his brother or nephew to be the taxi driver if you want to see Pompeii or Mount Vesuvius, so if you don't want to do Capri, then inform Vincenzo to arrange this for Naples too)
Our Guide was Salvatore Cioffi: +39-330-337334 & +39-81-8584340 (son: Michele: +39-338-2824366)
Whatever you do, contact Salvatore- he's a lovely man - before your trip and get him to set up the CAPRI tour for you'll. In addition to the cost of the ferry from Naples to Capri & back which you have to pay for, Salvatore will set up the activites on Capri and including that cost plus lunch and transport into one fixed price per person (you wont need to pay anything more for the activities) -- which I think worked out to Euro 30 per person or something very very reasonable.
All you need to do is walk off the ship, walk 50 yards away to the left and you'll come to the Ferry terminal to Capri. If you call Salvatore in advance he can meet you at the ship and guide you himself. We took teh 5:10pm ferry back to Naples, which got us back well in time for the ship's departure
Also, for the Capri visit, when you set up with Salvatore, inform him the day you are planning the Capri trip so that he can advise if the Blue Grotto will be accessible. It's not always accessible due to the tide so if you don't get to see the Blue Grotto, you are missing something terrific! He will know if the Grotto can be accessed or not
- Tips for 8 hours in Capri-
o Get off the ship in Naples by 8am and walk over to the Capri Ferry. Don't get swayed by the taxi drivers who approach you- politely refuse and go to the ticket office. Remember to buy return journey from before so that you don't get stuck with the crowd returning back to Naples. Buy the return for about 1ï¿½Â½ hours before you are scheduled to be back on board the Ship.
o Contact Salvatore (guide) before arrival to Naples so that he can set up the Capri tour for you.
o He took us in a bus, with some other clients, on the following itinerary- First stop Blue Grotto*; then Ana Capri for the Chair lift to Monte Solaro (spend 10 minutes there); have a quick lunch at Ana Capri; then take the bus to the main Piazza there and walk over to the Augustus Gardens & Villa Tiberius for the views of the Bay of ___________(?) and Faraglioni Rocks; then take the Furnicular rail down to Capri town where you can do some shopping OR better yet, head to the beach (left side of the pier). The beach is very pebbly so take along light swimming shoes or Crocs.
o * Blue Grotto- before heading to Capri or even making the Capri plan, see if you can check if the Blue Grotto will be open on the day you are planning the Capri visit. Blue Grotto is not open daily due to the high tides and water/wind conditions- so best to try to check before hand (which maybe Salvatore can help you out for).
Try to get a swim at the beach before boarding the ferry back to Naples if you can.
ANOTHER AMAZING DAY!
Provider: Independent Operator
Antonio was an unbelievable guide who loves the art, architecture and history of Naples. He is an expert guide who charmed all of us during our 8 hour tour. Starting in the Archeological museum where most important objects were removed to made lots of sense and enhanced our understanding.
Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line