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Guide to Naples Outdoors

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Framed by the gulf with its wonderful islands and kissed by the sun, Naples is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors — complete with green parks, ancient monuments and squares, and a breathtaking seafront to explore. You can use this list to find your own special green spot for a lovely stroll, or just a place to sit and chat with a friend.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Villa Comunale

Parks

Piazza Bellini

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parco Virgiliano

Playgrounds, Parks

Villa Floridiana

Historic Sites, Specialty Museums

Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli

Historic Walking Areas

Parco Archeologico Pausilypon

Ancient Ruins

Royal Park of Capodimonte

Parks

Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino

Castles, Historic Sites

Orto Botanico di Napoli

Gardens

Emanuele A's City Tips

  • Pay attention to people trying to sell you something, and street scams. Close to the Central Station Garibaldi, there is a popular card game where players ask you to bet money.
  • Public transport often experiences delays, and may not be the most efficient way of getting around.
  • The daily travel ticket will save your money as you can use it for the subway (Metro) and bus for 24 hours. If you plan to stay in Naples for a week I suggest you purchase the weekly pass.
  • Villa Comunale
    Parks
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    Emanuele A Says:

    In Piazza Vittoria you'll find the Villa Comunale, a green area in front of the sea which is suitable for both adults and children. It is a perfect choice for those who want to spend time relaxing: children can play on the teeter totter (seesaw) and slide in the playground, while adults can go jogging and rollerblading. Plus, there's also an aquarium, where you can discover various species of fish and mollusks. If you have children, visit the tactile tank — great fun is guaranteed!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The aquarium is open in summer 9.30am to 6:30pm, and in winter 9.30am to 5pm (every day except Monday.)
    • You can enjoy coffee or tea at the bar inside the park.
    • The park is open from 7am to 10pm from November 1 to April 30; and from 7am to 12am from 1 May to 31 October.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #519 of 812 things to do in Naples
    • Has huge potential 11/19/2018
    • This park could be spectacular 06/08/2018
    • Villa Comunale
    Address:
    Piazza della Repubblica e Piazza
    Naples
    Italy
    Other:
  • Piazza Bellini
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Emanuele A Says:

    Piazza Bellini is located in Naples’ historical center, on ancient Greek ruins, and is a great place to start exploring the heart of the city. It is one of the most popular squares and is used as a meeting point where local folks spend their time until dawn. The presence of several literary cafes gives the square a bohemian feel, and being close to the Conservatory and the Academy of Arts, it's popular with students and artists. Do you love art? You may meet a street artist or see an exhibition here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The cafe "Intra Moenia" sells books and postcards by Neapolitan writers/artists.
    • The NEA exhibition space displays artworks by emerging artists.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best situation in Naples 10/09/2019
    • Nice but not the prettiest 09/29/2019
    • Piazza Bellini
    Address:
    Piazza Bellini
    Naples
    Italy
  • Parco Virgiliano
    Playgrounds, Parks
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    Emanuele A Says:

    If you are looking for the best view of Naples, Parco Virgiliano is the perfect place! The protagonists of the panorama are the islands of the gulf: the amazing Capri, Ischia, Procida, and the little Nisida. Enjoy the view sitting in a cafe with a good coffee or a refreshing cocktail. In the heart of the park, there is an amphitheater where music festivals and exhibitions are organized, particularly during summer. In the evening Parco Virgiliano is a popular meeting point, and during the day it's a relaxed oasis for some peace and quiet.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The bar inside the park is not expensive.
    • Open from 7am to 12am from May to June; from 7am to 1am from June to September; and from 7am to 9pm from October to April.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quiet with good views 11/09/2019
    • Walk till you run out of beauty 08/24/2019
    • Parco Virgiliano
    Address:
    Viale Virgilio
    Via Tito Lucrezio Caro
    80123, Naples
    Italy
  • Villa Floridiana
    Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
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    Emanuele A Says:

    Villa Floridiana is a little green oasis in Vomero. The park, belonging to the Bourbon residence of the same name, is the perfect place to take a break, chill out, and enjoy the beauty of the gulf. Would you like to taste just a little of the Neapolitan lifestyle? You are in the right place! Bring a blanket — there is plenty of space to have a picnic lunch or to take nap. Villa Floridiana is a fascinating combination of typical Italian and English gardens. Plus, at the back, there is a little lake that is home to some Caretta turtles.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Winter opening times are 8.30am to 4pm; summer 8.30am to 7pm.
    • The Metro stop to get to the park is Vanvitelli Station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 812 things to do in Naples
    • Amazing abode both architecturally and the cultural treasures it contains. 08/21/2019
    • Nice peaceful place to escape from the busy city! 07/13/2019
    • Villa Floridiana
    Address:
    Vomero
    Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 578 1776
    Hours:
    Mon
    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Wed - Sat
    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Emanuele A Says:

    Lungomare Liberato is the channel between the sea and the coast. Spend some enjoyable time along this seafront walking or taking a break in one of the cafes or pizzerias, as you take in the breathtaking panorama and the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. What better place to spend a relaxing sunny day! The great view is even more beautiful thanks to the presence of the fortified Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle of Naples, built on the small island of Megaride.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a wide choice of restaurants, but they can be expensive.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • See Naples and Die 11/10/2019
    • High energy and crowded 11/09/2019
    • Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli
    Address:
    Via Francesco Caracciolo 1
    Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 248 1179
    Other:
  • Parco Archeologico Pausilypon
    Ancient Ruins
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    Emanuele A Says:

    This beautiful park contains a mix of history, nature, and symbolism. Starting with the majestic gallery of Seiano, which marks the entrance to an ancient world dating back to the years before Christ, follow the passage which leads directly to an amphitheater dating back to 31 BC. The beauty of the Palazzo degli Spiriti — an ancient building overlooking the sea — also deserves your attention. And finally, take a trip to a world stopped in time more than 2,000 years ago, by going to the island of Gaiola — the submerged park where the immortal ruins of the Roman imperial villa built by Publio Vedio Pollione, knight of the Roman empire, still lie (and which is accessible by boat.)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open everyday.
    • You can get a ticket from the campania> artecard information point at Naples Central Station.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A little gem 10/11/2019
    • Great visit to Parco and Grotta de Seiano 05/14/2019
    • Parco Archeologico Pausilypon
    Address:
    Discesa Coroglio 36
    Grotta di Seiano
    80123, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 240 3235
    Other:
  • Royal Park of Capodimonte
    Parks
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    Emanuele A Says:

    The Royal Park of Capodimonte is the biggest green space in the city. Born as a royal garden, it hosts a Bourbon abode, where works of popular artists such as Caravaggio’s Obras are exhibited. You can spend a relaxing afternoon reading or lying on the grass here — plus, it's also a popular spot for joggers.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is open from Monday to Sunday from 7:45am to 6pm.
    • The cost of entry and times vary with current exhibitions. There are price reductions for artecard holders.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Spot Atop a Hill in Naples 05/29/2019
    • Beauty! 05/10/2019
    • Royal Park of Capodimonte
    Address:
    Via Vecchia Miano 4
    80145, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 741 0080
    Other:
  • Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    Emanuele A Says:

    Piazza del Municipio is one of the most dynamic squares in Naples. It is a grand open space, home to one of the icons of the city: the Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo), an ancient castle of the Renaissance and home to the Civic Museum. The square’s open space is a great place to hang out and to discover one of the most beautiful Neapolitan theaters, the Mercadante, where the most distinguished playwrights have shown their works. The great space ends at the port, where ferry-boats are waiting to take you to the islands of the gulf: Capri, Ischia, or Procida are on the horizon — don’t miss their beauty!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 7pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a quick look 11/10/2019
    • Stunning castle!! 11/09/2019
    • Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino
    Address:
    Via Vittorio Emanuele III
    80133, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 795 7722
    Other:
  • Orto Botanico di Napoli
    Gardens
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    Emanuele A Says:

    Located in the heart of Naples, the Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico di Napoli) is home to a variety of plants of unparalleled beauty. In the garden there is a wonderful castle from the 16th century with special paleobotanical and ethnobotanical sections inside, as well as a botanical research center operated by the university. The green oasis is divided into different areas following systematic, ecological, and ethnobotanical standards. If you want to be entranced by the typical fragrance of southern Italy, don’t miss the ecological area dedicated to the 'macchia mediterranea' (Mediterranean scrub).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 2pm.
    • Water bottles are allowed inside.
    • Reservations are required in advance and there is an admission fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice park botanic 09/09/2019
    • Tranquility in the middle of crazy city 08/25/2019
    • Orto Botanico di Napoli
    Address:
    Via Foria 223
    Napoli
    80137, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 253 3937
    Other:
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