What to do in the Bay of Naples

The Bay of Naples, also known as the Gulf of Naples, is a semicircular inlet that lies along the south-west coast of Italy. Its waters starting from the island of Ischia, looping around coastline until the island of Capri. Named after the city of Naples, which is the third largest city in Italy. But what are the great sights to see in the Bay of Naples?

Things to do in the Bay of Naples


The city along the harbour, Naples is one of the top tourist destinations in Italy. Stroll through the narrow streets of the city and spot the historic churches, palaces, and houses. For the artefacts, visit the National Archaeological Museum, listed as the best in the country. For all the pizza lovers out there (and let’s face it who isn’t!) Naples was the birthplace of the delicious wood-fired pizza. So, make sure you tuck into some of the local traditional slices served.


No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Pompeii. The famous archaeological site, a once thriving city destroyed by the volcano Mount Vesuvius. Step into the Ancient Roman times as you stroll down the cobblestone streets of this incredibly preserved city. See fabulous attractions such as the enormous amphitheatre, once holding over 20, 000 people. Discover the past community’s daily lives, learning about their culture and wealth in the past ancient times.


After seeing Pompeii, discover this small historic treasure a short drive away. Herculaneum was a wealthy village who meet the same fate as Pompeii and was buried in the thick volcanic that preserved both these ancient areas. The town is rich in beauties, including incredibly designed houses, sculptures, and communal bathhouses. Less crowded than Pompeii, you can wander in peace to discover this village’s secrets.


On the south end of the Bay sits the island of Capri. This small island offers a vast amount of adventures. Famous for its luxurious hotels and shops, jagged landscape, and pristine waters. If heaven was on earth, it would be Capri! Climb the cliffs of the island and gawk at the jaw-dropping views of the area. Hop on a boat to flat around the edges of the island, stopping at the breathtaking Blue Grotto. Or simply spend a day at the beach, soaking up that Italy sun.


The Bay’s smallest island, Procida is well worth the trek. This breathtaking island has houses bursting with bright colours of yellow, pink and orange. Complimenting with the aquamarine blue of the sea and sky. It is not a common tourist stop, providing a great look at the local life of the Italian community. Set sail to this picture-perfect place and have your Instagram feed seethe with envy.
The Bay of Naples is home to an array of different Italian places, all overflowing with history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re a newbie, a long-time traveller or just stopping through, this list of attractions is for you.

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