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From Rome: Train Trip and Walking Tour of Naples City Center

1. From Rome: Train Trip and Walking Tour of Naples City Center

Experience the history of one of Italy’s most storied cities: Naples. Departing from Rome’s Termini Station, travel by high-speed train and explore ancient Naples on a guided-walking tour. See the Roman Theater Neapolis, Spaccanapoli, and the shops on Via San Gregorio Armeno. Begin the experience by meeting your tour guide at Termini railway station and getting your round-trip tickets. Then board the high-speed train to Naples: the journey takes approximately 75 minutes. After arriving in Naples, follow a guided tour of the historic center, the vibrant heart of Naples. Your guide will lead the way through the streets and alleys of the downtown area, passing monumental churches, archaeological remains, historical bookshops, and the smell of mouth watering pizza. Next, stroll along the street called Spaccanapoli (Naples splitter), which gained its name as it divides the town in two parts. Admire the many craft shops of via San Gregorio Armeno, known all over the world for its production of nativity scenes. After the guided tour, continue the visit of the city at your convenience. At the end of the day, travel back to Rome in the comfort of a train.

Naples: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Michele Arpa

2. Naples: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Michele Arpa

Explore the historic town of Naples on a guided walking tour. Learn about Naples' 3,000-year-long history from local historian buff Michele Arpa and see the city's top sights. Begin your tour in the Piazza del Gesù Nuovo with a quick rundown of the history of Naples. Learn how Naples began as a Greek settlement before coming under the rule of the Romans, Normans, Swabians, French, Aragonese, Spaniards, and Bourbons until Italian unification in 1861. As you stroll through the ancient Greek streets, hear how each dynasty left deep traces in the appearance, culture, and customs of the Neapolitan people. See architecture from the ancient Greeks and Romans and the Middle Ages, and marvel at Renaissance and Baroque churches. See some of Naples's over 500 churches. Start with the Gesù Nuova Church, with its intricate decorations. Continue to Santa Chiara to marvel at its cloister. Next, discover the centers of political power in Naples. Marvel at the Royal Palace in the spectacular Piazza Plebiscito. See the Maschio Angioino, the castle that served as a defense against sea invaders. Climb the hill of San Martino to reach the Castel Sant'Elmo. Continue to explore the homes of Naples' well-to-do families. Visit the Sansevero Chapel to see its collection of statues, including Giuseppe Sanmartino's masterpiece, the Veiled Christ. Walk down the coastal road Via Caracciolo and get a stunning photo of the clear water. As you walk, hear about the many museums in Naples from Michele. Get an overview of the National Archaeological Museum's collection of objects from Pompeii and the Capodimonte Museum's immense painting collection. Finish your tour with a visit to the Naples Cathedral and learn about its historic relics.

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