Naples Museums & exhibitions

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Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

1. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

2. Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

See enchanting scenery unfold before your eyes in a secret place full of history and atmosphere on a guided tour of Bourbon Tunnel in Naples. Choose the Via delle Memorie tour option to enrich your trip by walking the historic underground route. The Bourbon Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of the rebellion, asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was not completed and, during the Second World War, the tunnel was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit. The war left its mark even in the subsoil: find handwritten messages of wishes and desolation of those who lived there. In the tunnels, you will also find statues dating back to the fascist period and a unique exhibition of many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years and then freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc along the route. Add the option to walk the Via delle Memorie, an extraordinary underground route that takes you on a special path carved out of the tuff rich in history and curiosities. See a filled cistern from the 600s and places transformed to house thousands of Neapolitans during World War II.

From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

3. From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, come across a death cast, a plaster recreation of an unfortunate citizen preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, drive up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius, (from April to mid-November), one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. During the winter season between November and March, Mt. Vesuvius is closed, so your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples. Explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket and Pemcards

4. Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket and Pemcards

Visit the Naples National Archeological Museum with your day admission ticket and marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Charles III of Spain founded the museum in the mid-18th century.  The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of the collection comes from the Farnese Collection and includes engraved gems and the Farnese Marbles. You can also see the museum’s best-known collections as well as new displays including the history of coins and the celebrated Secret Cabinet.

Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

5. Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Start your full-day trip from the historical city center of Naples from where you will venture to the Herculaneum ruins. After approximately 40 minutes of driving, the bus will drop you off nearby the main entrance of the ruins. You can enjoy skip-the-line entrance with your voucher, before being able to discover Herculaneum on your own. Herculaneum was the first archaeological site discovered in the 18th century, and became one of the most famous sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, which definitely deserves to be visited. Afterwards you will continue on to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. The bus will climb to a height of 1,000 meters, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the volcanological guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

6. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Guided Tour

7. Naples: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Guided Tour

See the best of the Archeological Museum of Naples in the company of a guide on a walking tour. With skip-the-line entrance privileges, make the most of your time. Admire the art and artifacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and more up close. Start the tour at the museum's ticket office and be led by a professional guide and archaeologist. Cruise past the long waiting lines with your skip-the-line entry tickets. Discover the hidden treasures of one of the oldest and richest museums in the world. See the Farnese collection with ancient statues of Hercules, the 2 Tyrannicides (tyrant slayers), the majestic group of Toro Farnese, Greek gods, and Roman emperors. Get up close to some of the best-preserved frescoes and mosaics from nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum. Walk in the gallery's wings to admire the Roman collection with artifacts that survived the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. Be inspired by the finest masterpieces of classical art along with artifacts, coins, and wall paintings from throughout ancient history, learning about their origins from your guide.

Naples: Treasure of St. Gennaro with audio guide

8. Naples: Treasure of St. Gennaro with audio guide

The word ‘Treasure’, in sacred art, indicates the Chapel of the Relics, but in Naples the Treasure of San Gennaro also houses a priceless heritage of devotional objects made of gold, silver, bronze and precious stones. Over the centuries these riches have been donated to San Gennaro by Neapolitan and foreign kings, by Popes and by the people. The audio guide welcomes the extraordinary interpretation by Toni Servillo, the passionate narration by Nunzia Schiano, the engaging story by Patrizio Rispo, the introduction by Maurizio de Giovanni, the welcome by Don Riccardo Carafa d’Andria and Monsignor Vincenzo de Gregorio and the original music composed by Antonio Fresa with the special participation of Raiz, Pietra Montercorvino, Eugenio Bennato, Vincenzo de Gregorio, Maurizio Capone, Marco Zurzolo and the Sanitansamble Youth Orchestra. The audio guide is available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and also in Neapolitan! Choose the option with catalog and / or soundtrack CD to keep a tangible memory of the experience forever

Naples: Capodimonte National Museum Ticket and Pemcards

9. Naples: Capodimonte National Museum Ticket and Pemcards

Visit the National Museum of Capodimonte, located on a hilltop in Naples from which you can admire the incredible views over the city and the sea. Discover how the palace began its long royal connection in the 18th-century as a hunting lodge to King Charles, the Bourbon king of Naples and Sicily. As you stroll through the museum, admire the stunning interiors which were designed by Charles of Bourbon. These rooms were the former residence of the Bourbon family and now houses the family’s art collection, including masterpieces by Titian, Parmigianino, Carracci, Borgia, and d’Avalos. Head to the Porcelain Gallery on the 2nd and the 3rd floors and see the famous porcelain cabinet in the Royal Apartments.

Skip the Line in Herculaneum - Half Day Group Tour

10. Skip the Line in Herculaneum - Half Day Group Tour

The tour departs from Naples every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The driver will pick you up from the main hotels of Naples city center. After the pick-up, meet the guide at the train station of Naples to take the train to Herculaneum. Reach Herculaneum in only 20 minutes. Skip the line with the assistance of the guide. Just as if you had a time machine, you will walk through the history of all the buildings of the ancient roman town that was buried by the ashes of the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii and can be visited in 1.5 hours which makes it perfect as a visit for those who have little time. Visit also the Termopolium, the Sannite House, House of the Relief of Telephus, House of the Black Hall and the House of the Wooden Partition. After the tour, the guide will take you to the train station of Herculaneum to get the train back to Naples. Once in Naples, a driver will drive you back to the morning pick-up point.

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What people are saying about Naples

Everything went smoothly. It was a big day but well worth it. The coach guide, Franchesco, was brilliant, giving clear instructions on the day's itinerary, and facts on the journey about Italy, Rome and Napoles. The walk up to Vesuvius was about 1 mile to the top from the coach. amazing views. Our Pompeii guide was excellent. However, we did want to see the artefacts at the end. We asked if it was possible to have 10 mins to have a quick look at the cast victims and treasures. I know they are on a time schedule, and it was good to have chance to do this. The driver was great, we stopped for coffee, snacks and the toilet halfway which was needed.

A long but very doable day. The coach journey is broken up there and back with a stop where they sell delicious donuts! Pompeii is very interesting - our 11 year old said it was her favourite trip of our stay in Rome. Mount Vesuvius gave spectacular views. The climb is tiring though - definitely not to be taken lightly if you struggle with fitness. The day was well organised and we had fantastic guides - both with us on the coach and for Pompeii.

Excellent tour with our very knowledgeable and passionate Luciano Leone . The small group size and headsets made the tour very easy in terms of accessing all that Luciano was saying . His knowledge and passion for the discoveries archeologists had made during and after the excavations of this site is remarkable and made the tour very memorable .

Wanted to do things in our own time without a guide. Just needed someone to take us to the car park in Vesuvius so we could walk the rest of it. Had plenty of time in both places and driver was professional. Tickets paid for in price so only refreshments to get. Not home too late.

Angela was a great tour guide along with the local guide at Pompeii. Also our bus driver was amazing on the windy Italy streets.