Naples with the family ★★

The terrace and hot tub overlooking the Bay of Naples, Naples with kids, Naples, Italy (Photo courtesy of the flat)
The terrace and hot tub overlooking the Bay of Naples, Residenza San Martino, Naples

What do do in Naples that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

Naples can be a great city for kids.

The entire family can have fun exploring the delightfully creepy catacombs, taste-testing the pizza from all the famous purveyors, riding the ferries to outlying areas, exploring teh castles, and simply exploring the cobblestone streets.

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Sights in Naples

Veiled Christ (1753) by Giuseppe Sammartino (Photo courtesy of the museum)
Cappella Sansevero
Naples: Centro Storico

An exuberantly baroque chapel in Naples

 (Photo by Together4europe2012)
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Naples: Capodimonte

The catacombs of San Gennaro

Presepio figurines in a shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno (Photo by John Myers)
I Presepi di Napoli
Naples: Centro Storico

A Neapolitan Bethlehem—The Presepio Christmas Crèche shops of Naples's Via San Gregorio Armeno

The castle offers fantastic views (Photo by Ra Boe)
Castel Sant'Elmo
Naples: Vomero

Little to see but some 20th century art and great views from the stony castle high above Naples

 (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)
Castel dell'Ovo
Naples: Chiaia

The castle out to sea in Naples

The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo (Photo by Luca Aless)
Castel Nuovo
Naples: Port

The "New Castle" in Naples was built in the 1200s


Experiences in Naples

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Take a sightseeing cruise on the Bay of Naples

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Guided bicycle tours of Naples


Lodgings in Naples

A standard room at the Hotel Piazza Bellini

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Naples can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

The terrace and hot tub overlooking the Bay of Naples (Photo courtesy of the flat)
Residenza San Martino
Naples: Vomero

A modern apartment overlooking the city from Vomero

A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the B&B)
B&B Ovo - Slow Travel
Naples: Centro Storico

A three-room B&B with modern appointments overlooking a leafy square in the heart of the centro storico


Dining in Naples

Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Naples

Learn to cook in Naples (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Naples

The entry (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
Pizzeria Brandi
Naples: Port

The most famous pizzeria in Naples

The main room (Photo courtesy of the cafe)

The grand dame of Neapolitan cafes

Pizza DOC—with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala (Photo by Julia H.)
Pizzeria Port'Alba
Naples: Centro Storico

My favorite pizza in Naples—but the service is awful

Making a pizza alla salsiccia (Photo courtesy of the pizzeria)
Pizzeria Trianon da Ciro
Naples: Centro Storico

A true locals' pizzeria in Naples

Baba al rhum—the regular version—in the display case (Photo by Alberto D.)
Naples: Centro Storico

Naples' top pastry shop and bar

 (Photo courtesy of the cafe)
Gran Bar Riviera
Naples: Chiaia

The inventor of the ice cream tartufo


Topics in Naples

Making a pizza alla salsiccia

The best pizzerias in Naples, the history of pizza, and more pizza, pizza, pizza


Experiences in Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau (Photo courtesy of

Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in Italy

A private guide can bring the art, history, and city alive (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

How to hire a private tour guide in Italy


Lodgings in Italy

Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (Photo courtesy of the property)

How to find and rent a vacation appartamento (apartment) from $40 in Italy

La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services (Photo courtesy of Residence Arethusa)

Serviced flats, residence hotels, Aparthotels, and other townhouse suite lodging in Italy

Villa Greve in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti wine region sleeps 12 (Photo courtesy of the property)

An Italian villa to call your own for the night or the week—renting a villa, house, or cottage in Italy

A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

Camping Panoramico Fiesole is in an Etruscan town in the hills right above Florence (Photo courtesy of Camping Panoramico Fiesole)

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night while traveling


Dining in Italy

A cheap menu turistico

Tips to save money on dining in Italy and eat better for it

 (Photo by Unknown)

Be your own chef and you can save money and add an extra cultural experience to your trip


Planning for a trip to Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau

Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in Italy

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Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers


Italy tours aimed at families