A sprawling Mediterranean port
An open-air market-like city centre
Devoted to its rituals and saints

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The striking Angevin keep, symbol of the city

Naples is a large, sprawling Mediterranean port, with a centre that has many different focuses just waiting to be discovered on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion.

No trip to Naples is complete without visiting the area between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo, roughly corresponding to the old Roman Neapolis (much of which is still unexcavated like in many other Italian cities).

The old part of Naples – the centro storico – is formed by the main streets of Via dei Tribunali and Via San Biagio dei Librai (the latter also known as “Spaccanapoli” as it literally splits Naples in two), which still follow the path of the ancient Roman roads. This is much the liveliest and most teeming part of Naples, an open-air kasbah of hawking, yelling humanity that makes up in energy what it lacks in grace. But it’s the city’s most intriguing quarter, and a must-see on any cruise to Naples. The Duomo is a Gothic building from the early thirteenth century (though with a late nineteenth-century neo-Gothic facade) dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Gennaro

MSC Mediterranean cruises also offer excursions to Pompeii. One of Campania’s most important Roman commercial centres – a moneyed resort for wealthy patricians and a trading town that exported wine and fish – the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 in effect froze the town’s way of life as it stood at the time.

Trips can also be taken to the island of Capri, place of legend, home to the mythical Sirens and a much-eulogized playground of the super-rich in the years since – though now it has settled down to a lucrative existence as a target for day-trippers from the mainland.


Definitely worth a visit, but these days the origins of much of the purple prose may be hard to find.

Must see places in Naples

  • Charming Capri

    Charming Capri

  • Pompeii


  • Vesuvius


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    The beautiful Bay of Naples in the south of Italy is dominated by the town’s most iconic landmark: Mount Vesuvius, whose main cone currently reaches nearly 1,300 metres. While the slopes are marked by lava flows, a testament to earlier eruptions, they also feature heavy vegetation with vineyards in the foothills as well as scrubland and forestation higher up. Mount Vesuvius’ best-known eruption occurred in A.D. 79 and resulted in the destruction of two cities: Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were only rediscovered in the 18th century. An enjoyable guided walking tour will take you to the crater, from which point you can see a bed of lava and look out over the beautiful Gulf of Naples. Your return journey to the ship will give you more opportunity to admire the landscape’s lovely vistas. Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes for the 30-minute climb up to the crater. In case of bad weather, the tour programme will take guests on a panoramic tour of Naples.
      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person




      Depart from the port to the famous “Posillipo” district, situated high on a hill and which we will reach by driving through the most important and attractive streets in Naples. The excursion continues with visits to the famous Principe Umberto I's Gallery, San Carlo Theatre (exterior view) and Piazza Plebiscito. Short amount of free time for shopping and to visit the San Lorenzo Church tucked away in the historic centre of the ancient Greco-Roman city. Please note: the tour involves a long walking tour. The visit to the church is subject to the Bishop’s approval; have the programme reconfirmed aboard. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      • SORRENTO

        CITY TOUR


        One of the pearls of the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is surrounded by limestone hills, where olive trees and citrus groves show off a quintessential Italian landscape to all those who visit this delightful town. We will leave the port of Naples and reach Sorrento after a one-hour drive that takes us through the little villages of the coast. Our walking tour will start in Piazza Tasso and continue in the historic narrow streets of this unique town. We will walk to the “Sedil Dominova” XV century loggia, before visiting the Cathedral and San Francesco's Church, home to a charming cloister and gardens that offer a wonderful view over the Marina Grande harbour. Free time before returning to Naples. Please note: although this tour includes periods of walking wheelchair users can take part. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$45.00Price per person

      • POMPEII



        Your archaeological tour begins with a drive towards Pompeii, a once thriving town that was completely buried by lava, rubble and ash during the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. It then lay hidden and perfectly preserved under tonnes of volcanic ash for almost 1,700 years before being accidentally rediscovered in the mid-18th century and then subsequently being excavated. The many artefacts that were found, especially items of daily life such as bread and honey, give the visitor a glimpse of the lives these ancient Romans lived. A fascinating guided walking tour will provide insight into the history of this amazing and very large archaeological site. A stop will also be made at a local coral factory on your return journey to the ship. Please note: this excursion includes long walking on uneven ground; there are big slabs of stone in the streets of Pompeii so this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
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        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$75.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person




        Get ready for a journey to the depth of Naples to discover an ancient city under the modern one. A short coach ride will take you to the historical center where the excursion will proceed with an enjoyable walking tour from Piazza del Gesù Nuovo up to Piazza San Domenico, surrounded by noble palaces of the most important Neapolitan families. Proceeding along “Spaccanapoli”, the beating heart of the Neapolitan tradition, you will walk through San Gregorio Armeno, one of the most famous streets in the world, known as the “street of the Nativity Scenes”, core of the handicraft of the Nativity Scenes. Next you will reach “Napoli Sotterranea” – underground Naples: each historical time, starting from the founding of the Neapolis until the WWII, has left its marks on the walls of the yellow tufa stone, soul of Naples with which the city was built. Forty meters below the characteristic and lively roads of the historic centre of Naples, you will find a different, unexplored world, isolated from time, but deeply connected with the world above. It is the heart of Naples and the place where the city was born.A visit to “Napoli sotterranea” is like a trip on a 2400 years journey through the past. Everybody enjoys Naples’ beauties, its culture, art and landscape, but only a few know about its underworld. Only a few know what a mystic, charming and unconventional experience can be the exploration of this underworld, walking into line by candlelight to discover its impressive secrets. Back to the surface, “pizza classes” will be organized in the Roman Theatre where an ancient oven still exists. Some expert pizza makers will allow you to take part in the pizza making and will show you this old art as you listen to the importance of pizza throughout history. The oven was restored in the XVII century but it was back in Naples already in the Roman time. It is very likely that the emperor Nero himself, who loved performing publicly, liked to use it, especially for a dough which was put in the tufo meanders of the Roman Theatre to naturally rise thanks to the organoleptic characteristics of the oven. This is because the tufo stone is made of volcanic material and it has geothermal characteristics, which permit a constant temperature, facilitating the dough-growing. The dough was then rolled out on a wooden table, flavoured with different spices and baked in this oven where now people can experience the emotion of learning the secret of pizza, singing in front of this two thousand year-old oven. Please note: during the visit to “Napoli sotterranea” guests shall walk in line along sometimes very narrow paths; lightning is only by candles. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, who are claustrophobic or use a wheelchair.
        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$125.00Price per person

        • Children$89.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.


      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Naples

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Stazione Marittima - Molo Beverello

      Reach the port by

      • CAR

        From the A1 Milan to Naples motorway, take the A3 motorway in the direction signposted Naples and follow the signs to the port and Naples city centre. Leave at the exit signposted Naples City Centre. Arriving in Naples, take Via Marina. The port is opposite the Maschio Angioino and Piazza Municipio.
        On the A3 Salerno to Reggio Calabria motorway, travelling toward Naples, follow the signs for the port and Naples City Centre. Leave at the exit signposted Naples City Centre. Arriving in Naples, take Via Marina. The port is opposite the Maschio Angioino and Piazza Municipio.

        Parking Information

        Molo Angioino Stazione Marittima - 80133 Naples
        Tel. +39 081 5514448 
        • Outdoor self service parking 
        • Reach the luggage drop off zone of the cruise terminal where you'll find the staff of the parking
        Book your parking with MSC


        Car 8 € 90
        Car 11 € 120
        Suv 8 € 90
        Suv 11 € 120
        Minivan 8 € 90
        Minivan 11 € 120
      • Train

        Naples Garibaldi Station is 3 km from the port, which is a 20-minute walk away or 7 minutes by taxi.  Bus services are also available.
        Mergellina Railway Station is 9 km from the main port and is served by taxi (journey approx. 25 minutes depending on traffic). 
        Campi Flegrei Railway Station is 6.5 Km away from the port and served by taxi.
      • Plane

        Capodichino Airport is about 7 km from the main port and is served by taxi and bus. The Alibus service makes only 2 stops (at Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Municipio) and the fare is paid on board. The buses depart from just outside the arrivals exit.


      History, gastronomy and fashion
      History, gastronomy and fashion

      A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
      Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
      In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

      The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

      As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.

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