Old Town Naples

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Basic Information
Short Description
A tour of the oldest part of Naples. We will visit the area north and north-east of Piazza del Gesù.
Total time
~ 2,5 hours
Language
English (check the booking calendar for availability)
Price
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Piazza Bellini - look out for a yellow umbrella!Go to map
Ending point
Close to piazza del Gesù
Additional info
♿️Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
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About

There once was an ancient city called Neapolis. Its location on the southwestern coast, overlooking the Bay of Naples, made it a strategic for trade and political influence in the Mediterranean. From that time on, Naples has been one of the major European capitals, spreading its influence in many cultural fields, especially in art and architecture. Join our tour around Old Town, a perfect time capsule, inscribed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List to discover the heart of this fascinating city!


We will start at Piazza Bellini, named after the 19th-century composer Vincenzo Bellini. It is a perfect place to enjoy a typical Italian outdoor café culture, but also to see the ancient Greek walls peeping through the surface. Greek influence remains a cornerstone of the city, seen in its urban plan, architectural design, and cultural traditions. From Piazza Bellini we will enter the historic centre of Naples and walk the streets that follow the route of the ancient “Decumano Maggiore”, one of the main east-west roads in the old Roman city. As we stroll around, we will come across a curious sight – the Nile statue tucked away in Piazzetta Nilo. This Hellenistic-era statue is shrouded in mystery – local folklore ascribes it as a symbol of the city’s time-honoured rivalry with Alexandria. Just around the corner, we will meet another iconic city figure, the Pulcinella. With his distinctive hooked nose and white attire, is a beloved character from the city’s traditional Commedia dell’Arte. Walking down Via Spaccanapoli, the “street that divides Naples”, we will immerse ourselves in the vibrant energy of the city. This colourful artery throbs with life, brimming with street vendors, shops, historic sites and beautiful churches. A detour from Via Spaccanapoli will lead us to San Gregorio Armeno, the famous “Christmas Alley.” Known worldwide for its artisan shops producing intricate nativity figures offers a unique, year-round Christmas atmosphere. We will then meander our way to Piazza Domenico Maggiore. This grand square lined with architectural gems from various eras provides a great insight into the city’s rich history. The true and undeniable charm of Naples lies in the layers of civilizations that are stacked upon one another, with the ancient world still visible beneath the vibrant modern city. But Naples is not only famous for its rich history and architectural marvels. Walking around, on almost every step you will smell the tantalising aroma of authentic Neapolitan pizza as you are in the birthplace of this dish! Besides pizza, Naples is also known for its mouth watering street food, such as cuoppo (a paper cone filled with a variety of fried delights) and the iconic sfogliatella pastry, with its delicate layers of crispy dough and sweet ricotta filling. Our guide will share stories of how these local foods are made and provide hints on where to try them.


Our tour of Old Town Naples is more than just a walk through the city’s historic centre; it is an immersive journey into the heart of Neapolitan way of life. Here, the past and present are blend seamlessly together, creating a timeless experience that promises to leave you enchanted. It is a journey you can’t miss!


During the 2 hour tour you will see and discover:



  • Piazza Bellini

  • Via Tribunali

  • Nile statue

  • Pulcinella statue

  • Via Spaccanapoli

  • San Gregorio Armeno

  • Piazza Domenico Maggiore

  • and much, much more!


Want to know more about Naples? Join our tour around Piazza Plebiscito


Meeting Point
Piazza Bellini - look out for a yellow umbrella!

BOOKING RULES
Booking is obligatory. Walkative! pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 7 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more, please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.



Brilliant introduction to Naples

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Our 1st free walking tour in Europe. Claudia was a brilliant host. Her enthusiasm for her city shone through during the tour and we saw places we would have otherwise missed. Completed at a comfortable pace and answered any questions of the group. Would highly recommend.

Paul Spence

Early 2024 welcome to Naples tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
4 months ago

Our your guide Roberto gave us a preview of real Napolitan life&way of thinking, seeming serious but with slices of good humor. We (the whole family w teenagers) really enjoyed the tour.

Ranka

Lovely tours

Rated 5.0 out of 5
5 months ago

We had two amazing tours with Claudia and Paula! Both passionated and very friendly guides. We strongly recommend!

Tom

Awesome tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
6 months ago

Carmen was our Tourguide. She knows her stuff and is funny.

Very knowledgaeable. Not much walking actually so its easy going. Group was small.

Very cool for first timers in Naples and if you there more than a day you can join the tour the next day which Carmen said is a little but different, since the Town is so big anyway.

I love the ‘tip what you feel is right’. That should be done everywhere.

Ines

October walking tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
7 months ago

Klaudia was a brilliant guide and made us feel very welcome in Naples! It’s an amazing city and we really enjoyed the tour on our first morning to see the whole city 💙🤍

Alex


This tour is also available as
a Private Tour.

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