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Private Tour of Naples' History With Expert Guide

  • When does it run?

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

  • Start time

    9am, 3pm

  • Duration

    3 hours

Inclusions
Guided tour
Guests
  • Adult (0+)

Key Highlights

  • Gain an understanding of the complex political and social developments of Naples through history
  • Discover the city led by an art or social historian
  • Visit Castel Nuovo, Palazzo Reale, Castel dell'Ovo, Quartieri Spagnoli, and Piazza del Plebiscito
  • Learn all about wealth and power of the city during Bourbon rule

Overview

This three-hour stroll takes you along the Naples' waterfront, exploring the political and social history of the city from its Greek origins as Neapolis (the new city) to modern times. Discover the city led by either an art or social historian and while exploring rich scholarly themes, see the realistic picture of life in Naples today. Embark on this private tour covering Naples' rich history and culture through visits to many palaces, churches and monuments from the waterfront to the historic center. The walk begins with an exploration of Castel Nuovo, the political fulcrum of the city during antiquity, when there was an important commercial port in the area (some Roman ships have recently been discovered nearby), up through the high medieval period when Petrarch and Boccaccio were guests here. You will also observe the other Neapolitan castle, Castle dell'Ovo (literally, the egg castle), which also has a history stretching back to Roman times and has had many reincarnations, most notably as a prison under the Normans. With a view of the bay of Naples as a backdrop, continue on to the Palazzo Reale, designed by Domenico Fontana, which served as the royal palace during the reign of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. Boasting an overwrought imperial-style of interior decoration, the royal apartments attest to the wealth and power of the city during Bourbon rule. Your itinerary can vary at this point, turning in to the dense Spanish district and its artist treasures, such as the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, or continuing on Via Toledo towards the historic center of the city. The emphasis of this walk is on understanding the political and social development of Naples, and therefore serves as an excellent primer for further explorations in the city. About The Supplier: Your travel partner Context lets you learn directly from an expert as their crew is comprised of architects, art historians, ecologists, chefs, and more who are all scholars and specialists in their fields and make the best natural teachers and storytellers! All guided tours with Context allow you to discover new places through dialogue and conversation-driven learning which is structured, not scripted. Travel with context across the globe and allow your Context expert guide show you the way!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    9am, 3pm

  • Meeting Point

    You will meet your guide in front of the Cafe Gambrinus.

  • Ending Point

    Same as starting point

Inclusions & Exclusions

Guided tour
Hotel transfers You have prepaid for the tour but you are responsible for any applicable entrance tickets, which could be up to €10 per person.

Please note

Voucher information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

Please share your contact details with us in the specific requests field at the time of booking.

You have prepaid for the tour but you are responsible for any applicable entrance tickets, which could be up to €10 per person.

You will be visiting churches that require modest dress. Please be sure to cover shoulders and upper legs. Shorts, miniskirts, and tank tops are forbidden.

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