Tours of Naples

Guided tours, walking tours, and bus tours of Naples, Italy and its surrounding sights

Even if you're a die-hard solo traveler and scoff at the folks being herded from one sight to another in the big tourist clots of a tour group, you can get a lot of mileage out of sightseeing guides once you're in Naples—especially if you want to team up a tour of Naples with a visit to Pompeii of other nearby sights and have limited time.

Bus tours of the city; escorted day trips to outlying sights and nearby towns like Pompei, Mt. Vesuvius, the Amalfi Coast, and Capri; walking tours around town; and private guides—these are all what I call microtours (as opposed to the macrotours of fully escorted bus trips).

Local guides who concentrate only on one city or sight are usually experts, not tour bus escorts who’ve merely memorized a canned spiel for each town, stop, and sight along the way.

By combining do-it-yourself planning and travel with microtours, you can get the best of both worlds. The best microtours are packed with more information (history, background, anecdotes, details, and explanations) than any guidebook has room to print.

A tip: On any tour, be a head-of-the-class nerd and stick next to the guide. Walking from stop to stop on the tour, you’ll be able to chat on your own with her and ask questions, and you’ll also get to hear her answers and explanations to everyone else’s questions.

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