NAPLES / POMPEI Tour Summary
Type: Antiquities, Historic Buildings, Scenic Drive
Length: 10 hours from 8.00/8.30 to 18.00/18.30
NAPLES Tour enjoys stops at the major sites in Naples. Your knowledgeable driver will meet you just at your hotel in Rome. Piazzas, cathedrals, architecture and more. The city’s long history, dating back to the Greeks in the eighth century BC, included Byzantine, French, Spanish, and Austrian rule, each of which left its mark. Your visit will start at the Piazza del Plebiscito (main center of Naples), with the Royal Palace, one of the four residences used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1734-1860), and the beautiful San Carlo Theater, the oldest working theater in Europe, opening in 1737. Next you will visit Galleria Umberto I, a public shopping gallery built between 1887–1891 with a high and spacious cross-shaped structure, surmounted by a glass dome braced by metal ribs. Then Napoli’s cathedral San Gennaro, founded in 4th century on the site where a Greek temple was. Only the baptistery survived to this early period. The heart of the present building was built between 1294 and 1323 in a Gothic style. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples houses one of the most important collections of classical archaeology in the world. Set in the massive 16th century palace Palazzo degli Studi, the museum was founded by Ferdinand IV in 1777. Formed from the discoveries from the Vesuvian Excavations which were at the time exhibited in Museo Herculanese in the Royal Palace at Portici and his family’s extensive collection of art and Roman antiquities, the Farnese collection, today the museum holds over three million objects of archaeological and historic importance.