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Explore Naples, Italy on an Escorted Tour

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Escorted tours can be the best way to explore a place, as the experts who put them together make sure nothing is missed and no time is wasted. You get all the best bits of an area (plus extras) and have the advantage of local knowledge to bring it to life. There are some excellent excursions of varying lengths on offer that give guests the chance to learn more about Naples, its history and its place in modern life today.

Organised tours are usually very comprehensive and often include visits to the very famous ruins of Pompeii as well as the less well-known, but equally fascinating, remains of the Roman town of Baiae.

Monuments of Note

One of the highlights of a tour in this area is a visit to the Catacombs of San Gennaro. They lie beneath the most modern part of the city of Naples, known today as ‘The Valley of the Dead’. The complex is fascinating to visit and, as you wander through the spacious caverns, you can see examples of paleo-Christian burial and worship.

On leaving the catacombs you emerge near the National Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the most incredible historic finds from Pompeii. When the town was excavated scripts, mosaics and several other artefacts were unearthed, and are now beautifully preserved at the museum for all to see.

Discovering Naples

Having some free time in Naples is definitely the best way to get a feel for the city, and most tours allow time for individual exploration. You can ask your guide for sightseeing suggestions but you may find getting to know it in your own time and at your own pace is a real pleasure.

Shopping Fun

Shopping might not be high on your agenda when you are exploring a city, but when in Naples you really have to head to Via San Gregorio, even just for the experience. It is set in the old urban centre and the street is bustling – in particular, it’s known for being filled with craftsmen making and selling nativity figures crafted in the signature Italian design. You can buy the traditional shepherds and angels, as well as politicians and celebrities!

Take a Stroll

While escorted tours are a fabulous way to get to know a place, taking a stroll on your own gives you a chance to truly get a feel for a new destination. The old centre of Naples is full of tourists and locals, hustle and bustle and markets and shops. There is a great atmosphere and it is hard not to get caught up in the throng of positivity.

Eat

Naples is the place in which pizza originated and here you are spoilt for choice. When seeking out a good pie, the best advice is to follow the locals. If you see a pizzeria with a queue of customers you know you are on to a winner. Takeaways also offer a good option and most have wood-fired ovens that definitely make the best around!

If you are looking to join one of the escorted tours in this area, contact a reputable travel company and their expert team of advisors will help you book the memorable holiday to Naples you have always dreamed of.
About author: Desiree Michels

John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays for over 30 years. Recently his well-received escorted tours, which venture to the far corners of the globe, have been included in Prestige’s luxury holiday portfolio. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.

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