Origins of Naples
Discover the origins of Naples that date back as far as two millennia as you visit historic sites like the New Castle, Galleria Umberto I, and Plebiscito Square on this exciting walking tour in Naples. With stops that take you to see the beautiful buildings connected to Roman folklore, Greek mythology, and historical events, this tour is perfect for culture connoisseurs and history enthusiasts alike.
Start this scenic sightseeing tour with a visit to Naples' oldest standing fortress of Castel dell' Ovo to catch breathtaking views of Naples from this historic castle's panoramic terrace. This historic Neapolitan castle overlooks the Gulf of Naples and is connected to the Greek folklore tale of the legendary mermaid Parthenope, whose body is believed to have washed up on the shore of this historic castle after Parthenope jumped into the sea. Legend also has it that a magical egg protected this seaside castle from a series of historical battles and other events throughout Naples 2,000-plus-year-old history. The egg is believed to be placed at the foundation of the castle by Virgil, a Roman poet who many believed to be a soothsayer and wizard.
Next, take a scenic stroll down smallest tourist port home of Borgo Marinai, where you'll see laid-back cafes and ancient nautical school as well as pristine water views dotted with catamarans and sailboats. Continue your scenic walking to the famous public square of Plebiscito Square, where you'll get to admire iconic statues of one of Naples' most important kings. You'll also get a chance to admire historic buildings like the Bourbon residence of the Royal Palace and the Basilica of Francesco di Paola, a 19th-century church that features Neoclassical architecture reminiscent of the Parthenon.
Your scenic tour also takes you from the Piazza Trieste e Trento to the iconic San Carlo Theatre, the world's oldest opera house and Europe's most ancient theater. Head across the street to walk among quaint cafes, stylish boutiques and buildings that feature colossal columns and ornate architectural style with a visit to the public shopping gallery of Galleria Umberto I. Conclude your tour with a visit to the scenic Piazza del Municipio, where you'll see the iconic New Castle. Known as the Maschio Angioino, this medieval castle is home to the headquarters of the Neapolitan Society of Homeland History and houses a civic museum, including the Palatine Chapel.
If you're looking to catch panoramic views from a seaside castle or want to explore the historical sites of Neapolitan culture, this scenic walking tour offers the best of both worlds. Book this epic sightseeing tour now and get ready to make lifetime memories as you walk among Naples' historic landmarks and sites!