The most beautiful walks to do in Naples, from Vomero to the promenade, passing through the historic center.
If you want to go discovering Naples to immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere and know every little detail, you can not help but live it on foot with some of the walks in the most beautiful places.
The historic center offers many opportunities and there are many streets that are articulated inside, bringing the citizen and the tourist to discover monuments and wonderful places of interest, but also shops and clubs to relax and taste good Neapolitan cuisine.
Elegant neighborhoods like Chiaia and Vomero are not far behind and are perfect even for those who love it Shopping high quality. To relax, it is mandatory to take a walk in one of the historic houses parks or be breathless in front of the panorama that the Lungomare offers.
Lungomare and Villa Comunale
The one on the Lungomare is definitely one of the most fascinating walks in Naples and there are many citizens and tourists who include it among the mandatory stops in the city, even for events that are often organized. Along about 3 km, it develops from Mergellina to via Nazario Sauro, passing through the famous via Caracciolo and the lively Via Partenope.
It offers one of the most beautiful views in the world because it allows you to admire the impressive Vesuvius, the Castel dell'Ovo on the islet of Megaride, the island of Capri and the hill of Posillipo. Partly along the Villa Comunale, a green space that reaches up to Piazza Vittoria, with the background of the Vomero hill. On Via Partenope it is possible to stop for a drink or a pizza choosing among the many bars and pizzerias (including Sorbillo) that animate the street, while on the Mergellina side there are numerous chalets. Behind the Castle, instead, there is the Borgo Marinari with its characteristic seafood restaurants and the bars.
Address: Mergellina, via Caracciolo, via Partenope and via Nazario Sauro - 80122 Naples
From Via dei Mille to Via Chiaia
Via dei Mille, via Filangieri and via Chiaia are three of the more elegant and rich streets of the city, among the most frequented even for those who want to go shopping in high fashion shops. The most famous are the large boutique of Louis Vitton and the jewelry of Bulgari, obligatory stages for high quality purchases. Along Via dei Mille you can also stop at the PAN, the Palazzo delle Arti in Naples which hosts various contemporary and non-contemporary art exhibitions, by local and international artists, almost always with free admission.
Traveling via Filangieri, where you can stop by Prada, you get to via Chiaia, a street that is full of clothes and shoes shops, but also of local street food, bars and ice cream parlors. Along the route is the Ponte di Chiaia, built in the 1636, which connects the area with the hill of Pizzofalcone (but currently the lift is out of use), while in a cross street there is the famous Pizzeria Brandi, where the pizza margherita is said to have been born. At the end of the road you come out in the famous Piazza del Plebiscito.
Address: via dei Mille, via Filangieri, via Chiaia - 80121 Naples
From via Cilea to San Martino
Il Vomero is a hilly district of Naples and is among the richest in the city. The central area is also very popular for almost complete pedestrianization and is theideal for shopping or just to relax. Starting from the long Via Cilea, with its shops of all kinds and the many bars, it crosses via Luca Giordano. On this road there are important chains like Trony, Calzedonia, Intimissimi and coffee, in addition to various Japanese restaurants. On one side it emerges into the famous Piazza Medaglie d'Oro, on the other it crosses Via Aniello Falcone, animated by nightlife.
Continuing on Via Cilea, you arrive in Via Scarlatti and Piazza Vanvitelli, also full of bars and clubs and very popular especially on weekends. In the parallel Via Cimarosa you can make a stop to the green area of Floridiana. Continuing to climb, however, we get to the belvedere of San Martino where you can admire a splendid view of the whole city and where there are the Sant'Elmo Castle and the Certosa di San Martino, which includes a museum, a church and two cloisters.
Address: via Cilea, via Scarlatti, via Luca Giordano and San Martino - 80127 Naples
Via Benedetto Croce and via San Biagio dei Librai
This walk leads to the discovery of a part of the historical center where every corner is breathed art and culture. Immediately after Piazza del Gesù begins Via Benedetto Croce, part of Spaccanapoli, where besides many others gadget stores, objects of the Neapolitan tradition, bars, cafes of street food and the famous Gay Odin artisan chocolate shop, Palazzo Venezia is located. Named because it was donated to the Republic of Venice in the 1412, it can be visited on the first floor and is mainly used for events, evenings, concerts and exhibitions. Continuing we arrive at Piazza San Domenico Maggiore with the homonymous Church and the obelisk, while a little further on there is Largo Corpo di Napoli with the Statue of the God Nile, testimony of the presence of an Egyptian community of two thousand years ago. From here begins via San Biagio dei Librai, ie the Decumano Inferiore, dotted with souvenir and craft shops, on which Palazzo Carafa and Palazzo Marigliano rise and where it is possible to visit the Monte di Pietà. About halfway along the route, the famous crossroads San Gregorio Armeno.
Address: via Benedetto Croce, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, via San Biagio dei Librai - 80134 Naples
From via San Gregorio Armeno to via Duomo
San Gregorio Armeno connects the Decumano Inferiore with via dei Tribunali and is known worldwide as the via dei Cribs. There are dozens of workshops of artisans who exhibit their creations all year round, with shepherds linked to both tradition and current events. Along the way you can stop at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore from which you can access theancient Roman market in the subsoil, while at the mouth of Via dei Tribunali is the monumental Basilica of San Paolo Maggiore, built on the remains of the Temple of the Dioscuri. A little to the side, however, is the entrance of Underground Naples.
Via dei Tribunali is famous for the best pizzerias in the city, among which stand out Sorbillo and Di Matteo, but there is also the Pio Monte della Misericordia with the "Seven works of Mercy" by Caravaggio. The road crosses at some point via Duomo, also called the museum street. In addition to the Cathedral, in fact, there are the San Gennaro Treasure Museum, the Filangieri Museum, the Girolamini Complex, the Diocesan Museum and the Mother Museum.
Address: via San Gregorio Armeno, via dei Tribunali, via Duomo - 80138 Naples
From Piazza Dante to Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza Dante is one of the most important in Naples, in the historic center, and is characterized by the homonymous statue of the poet built in 1871. On one side stands the National Boarding House with above 26 statues representing the virtues of Charles of Bourbon and adjacent there is Port'Alba, one of the ancient accesses to the city. Piazza Dante is located at the beginning of via Toledo, one of the shopping streets completely pedestrian. On the way there are shops of big chains, but also of local artisans, and walking is worth stopping to visit Station of the Art of Toledo, considered among the most beautiful in the world. Coming to the other end, after a stop forced by Esterina Sorbillo for a fried pizza, you get to Piazza Trieste and Trento with the famous Gambrinus coffee and, not far, the Teatro San Carlo. Immediately after there is the huge Piazza del Plebiscito, which overlook the Royal Palace and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola.
Address: Piazza Dante, via Toledo, Piazza del Plebiscito - 80134 Naples
From the National Museum to Piazza del Gesù
This itinerary leads to the discovery of another interesting area of the historic center. Starting from the National Archaeological Museum, the richest in the world for the heritage of works of archaeological interest, you can continue on Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli which leads to Piazza Bellini. It is one of the squares of Neapolitan nightlife, very lively even during the day thanks to the literary cafes and the BRAU library, which make it an area of great cultural ferment. Moreover, it is very suggestive for the presence of the remains of the ancient Greek walls. From Piazza Bellini you can get off at Piazza del Gesù, crossing via San Sebastiano, the so-called musical instruments road, full of violin makers, but also of small artisans of bags and clothing. In Piazza del Gesù stands the homonymous church, one of the highest expressions of Baroque culture and which houses the body of San Giuseppe Moscati. Within a few steps there is the Complex of Santa Chiara with its beautiful majolica cloister.
Address: via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Piazza Bellini, via San Sebastiano, Piazza del Gesù - 80138 Naples
San Pasquale in Chiaia and Piazza dei Martiri
The area of San Pasquale a Chiaia, surrounded by numerous alleys and lanes, is among the most elegant in Naples, along with the streets of Vomero. After visiting the homonymous church that is located in Piazza, you can continue on Via Carlo Poerio, lingering in the many antique shops exhibiting paintings, furniture and even rare objects. Continuing we arrive in Piazza dei Martiri, with the monument dedicated to the fallen of the Republic of 1799, where is the megastore Feltrinelli. Instead, entering the various crosspieces, you can walk between Vico Belledonne, via Cavallerizza, via Bisignano and vico Alabardieri, full of clothing stores and objects, wineries and some famous bakery, streets that make up the famous area of the bars, frequented in the evening especially by young people from 30 years on up.
Address: Piazza San Pasquale, vico Belledonne, via Cavallerizza, Piazza dei Martiri - 80121 Naples
Walks in the parks
The green areas of Naples in which to enjoy a few hours of relaxation are numerous and located in various districts of the city. Among the most famous parks is the Wood of Capodimonte, which is part of the homonymous palace, where hundreds of citizens and tourists go for walking, jogging or cycling among the dozens of ancient trees. Also the Virgilian park, on the hill of Posillipo, is one of the favorite destinations to relax and offers a splendid view of the Gulf of Naples from its belvedere. At the Vomero, however, there is the Floridiana, also with a magnificent Belvedere, where you can visit the Museo della Ceramica Duca di Martina. Not least are the Camaldoli Park, the Reserve of the Astronauts, the Villa Comunale, but to know them all, see the section dedicated to the parks of Naples.
Address: Green areas and parks of Naples
Stairs of Naples
The stairs of Naples are ancient pedestrian paths that connect different areas of the city, generally joining the hilly areas with the center and the promenade. Are considered real works of art urban planning and, despite today there are faster and less tiring means of connection, they are still used for their charm. They were built starting from the 16th century when the Spanish vicero decided to expand the city beyond the Vomero hill towards the "lower town", but over the centuries they were also built in other districts. They are very beautiful to travel and allow you to experience the city from another point of view, discovering corners and glimpses always new. Many have disappeared, but there are still tens and among the most famous there are the Ascent of Pedamentina, Ramps of the Petraio, Calata San Francesco, Salita Moiariello and the Stairs of Sant'Antonio ai Monti. Please refer to the section dedicated to the Stairs of Naples to find out more.
Address: various districts of Naples
Lungomare di Pozzuoli and Piazza della Repubblica
Pozzuoli is a small town adjacent to Naples, which is located just after the district of Bagnoli, and its Lungomare is another of the most beautiful scenic walks to do. Overlooking the Gulf of Pozzuoli and offering a wonderful view from the island of Nisida to the coast of Bacoli and Miseno and you can see in front of the island of Capri. Especially in the beautiful spring and summer days is very popular with the Neapolitans and the many tourists who love to linger on the benches that are on the path or the tables of the numerous bars or pizzerias and restaurants. At the end of the walk, after crossing the Roman arch, you reach the Piazzetta della Repubblica, which is also full of bars and lively bars. Not far away, after a series of narrow streets, you can reach Largo San Paolo, known as the area of Gozzetto (from the homonymous local), overlooking the dock and with a wall on which to stop for a drink with friends.
Address: Lungomare Pertini, Piazza della Repubblica, Largo San Paolo - 80078 Pozzuoli (Naples)