Originally built in the mid-1700's for the Bourbon Kings of Naples, this beautiful building was one of the largest palaces constructed in the 18th century.
Our guide was informative, in fact, too informative. The best description was made by a fellow passenger whose quote is something like "I was looking for a 30,000 ft. tour and he was giving 2". the first 30 minutes at Pompeii was spent standing in place at the entrance. We were chaffing to get inside and see things first-hand. Showing and explaining good; lecturing without example not so much.
We also walked some of Naples close to the ship. Certainly the weakest port of call; it felt, even with and overwhelming police presence, completely unsafe. Pick pockets and snatch and grabs are the norm here. Vigilance was essential. Still, we made a couple of purchases from both shops and the open air Christmas markets. Don't think crime is only while walking as shipmates spoke of grabs attempted through cab windows and other passengers, having set a firm price with a cab driver for a tour, were told far from the ship that it was now four times the price to return to the ship and he expected a tip as well! You read about these kinds of things in other reviews and think, it won't happen to us (and we were lucky it didn't) but it was startling how many people related similar experiences while in Naples.
Provider: Princess Cruises