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.
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Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
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.
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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.
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.
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