Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

Naples is located on Italy’s west coast and is the capital of Campania.

Pompeii is the most important historic site in this part of Italy. Herculaneum, which was also destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius but only been partially excavated is also worth a visit. Take a bus ride up the fabled Mount Vesuvius or visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, also known as the National Archaeological Museum.

Other historic sites in the city include the 13th century Castel Nuovo and the Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte, which was an 18th century palace and has now been restored and transformed.

The city’s retail hub is a relatively easy 10 minute walk from the Stazione Maritima. Head past Castel Nuovo and up to Via Chiaia, a (mostly) pedestrian street lined with shops and bars.

Many shops sell quality antiques, porcelain and traditional Neapolitan masks.

Other places of interest include the island of Capri, located just across the Bay of Naples, has charming villages full of boutiques and cafes and the Blue Grotto, which is a fabulous sea cave (boats depart from the Marina Grande).

Pizza was first created in Naples and Pizza Napolitana (basil, garlic tomato and anchovy), Pasta e fagioli and Sartu di riso may all feature on local menus.

The disabled cruiser visiting Naples cruise port will find disabled access is excellent. Disabled cruise passengers, even those with heavy electric wheelchairs, can show up in port and visit tourist sights without any advanced reservations. The main sights in Naples are within walking/rolling distance of the Naples cruise terminal, and the ferry to Sorrento is located only 650 meters away. The Naples buses do not have wheelchair ramps and the train station is a long walk/roll from the Naples cruise dock. Naples does have some cobblestones, but wheelchair users should have little problem.

After you get off the ship, proceed towards the cruise terminal building, there is a curb cut at the sidewalk and a flat entrance into the building. Going through the cruise terminal requires going up an elevator and passing through the shopping center.

One of the cheapest accessible excursion options for Naples disabled cruise passengers is to take the accessible ferry to Sorrento and/or Capri. Both are easy and quick ferry rides away from Naples and you can actually fit in both in a single day. While Sorrento disabled access only requires the use of an elevator to get up the cliffs, Capri disabled access will require the hiring of a private driver if you want to see all that the island has to offer.

Most tourists enter Pompeii using the uphill entrance covered in enormous cobblestones, the disabled cruiser can use the accessible Pompeii entrance instead which is smooth and uses a variety of wheelchair ramps.

Where You’re Docked

Ships dock at Stazione Maritima, which is centrally located and you can walk right into town from here. There are a few very casual cafes in the adjacent car park and a small souvenir shops inside the terminal. Hydrofoils depart for Capri from Marina Grande.

Traffic can be extremely busy and fraught, not only in Naples itself but also along the Amalfi coast.

Taxis are available in the city but make sure they are ‘official’ and agree a price before setting off.

Good to Know

Naples owns a bad reputation for pickpockets and muggers. In fact, it is no worse than many European cities, but there are less-safe areas. When exploring the Santa Lucia district or shopping on Via Toledo, you should exercise normal care; do not put your camera down or leave your handbag open and you will be fine. The Centro Storico (historic center) is more bohemian and less predictable. As this is where you find the National Archaeological Museum, it should not be avoided, but stick to the main streets.

Getting Around

On Foot: Naples is famous for its lack of traffic lights and its macho style of motoring. The best way to get around is on foot, but be careful when crossing roads. Cars tend to drive around you rather than stop at crossings. Fortunately, much of the center of Naples has been pedestrianized since the early 2000’s.

By Taxi: Plenty of taxis line up at the port, but make sure you negotiate the price or insist that the meter is running before setting off. 

By Public Transit: A new Metro system will make a huge difference when it is completed, but every time excavators have moved in, a new important archaeological site has been found, which stops the work. Beyond the city limits, public transportation in the form of trains and hydrofoils is convenient and efficient. The hydrofoil is a quick way to reach the islands of Capri and Ischia or the charming seaside city of Sorrento. 

If you’re venturing beyond the city, though, Naples is one of those places where it really pays to take your ship’s shore excursion, just for ease of transportation if nothing else. 

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the euro. There are plenty of ATM machines and exchange bureaus, both at the port and in town. Via Santa Brigita, which begins just above Castel Nuovo, has a lot of banks with cash machines.

Language

The official language in Naples is Italian; English is neither widely spoken nor easily understood, except in major tourist areas.

Shopping

The Amalfi coastline southeast of Naples is famous for its hand-painted ceramics known as maiolica. You’ll find some on sale in Naples, but the best shops are around Vietri and Amalfi.

Naples is famous for its of three classic Italian staples: pizza, pasta and pomodoro (tomatoes). Its residents also enjoy great seafood from the Bay of Naples. Although there are some very expensive restaurants in the city, Neapolitan cuisine is essentially peasant food in origin.

Vegetables are served as antipasti, and desserts consist of basic dishes like baba (a small cake soaked in a liquor like rum), sfogliatelle (filled pastries in the shape of a shell) and zeppole (donuts). Mozzarella made with buffalo milk is the best of the local cheeses.

Points of Interest

  • Pompeii – Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and completely buried the city of Pompeii. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fascinating ruins that hint of a once-thriving city. The Disabled Cruiser visiting Pompeii will find a special path that finally made Pompeii accessible to everyone. Thanks to ramps and elevators created to overcome architectural barriers, you will enjoy the visit of amazing buildings with their mosaics and wall paintings. To explore the town of Pompeii you will be using the recently renewed sidewalks and paths made out of smooth concrete. On your way out you will use the specific elevator made for travelers with special needs. By the exit are also available wheel-chair accessible restrooms.

  • Sorrento – This picturesque town sits on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and boasts stunning views and seafood delicacies. It is also known for its Limoncello, a tangy lemon liqueur. The Disabled Cruiser visiting Sorrento by ferry from Naples requires the use of an elevator to get up the cliffs.
  • Capri – This gorgeous island destination off the Sorrento Peninsula has been a getaway for the rich and famous since Roman times. The city of Capri comprises the eastside and Anacapri lies to the west.
  • Amalfi Coast – The Amalfi coast and its namesake town offer miles of beautiful scenery-from the fragrant lemon groves dotting the lush landscape to the dramatic cliffs that meet the sea below.
  • Positano – Pastel houses tumble down the cliffs to a beach dotted with fishing boats. Long a draw for sophisticated travelers, Positano boasts elegant boutiques and seaside cafés. The Disabled Cruiser will discover that Positano is a city of stairs. Even those who aren’t physically challenged can have difficulty getting back and forth from the beach, etc. If you have difficulty with stairs, Positano is not the best destination. 
  • Herculaneum – Discovered in 1709, Herculaneum was buried under mud in the 79 A.D. eruption. Excavations revealed its well-preserved Roman villas. The Disabled Cruiser will find two wheelchair ramps lead to an accessible bridge that brings you over the ancient Herculaneum shoreline and into the city. It provides step-free access to many of the ancient streets, sidewalks, and buildings. Some of the sidewalks have uneven terrain and some of the buildings have a step to get into them. On the backside of the visitors center is a wheelchair ramp. An accessible path above Herculaneum provides great views of the formerly buried city below. There is a ramp that leads down to a wheelchair accessible Herculaneum bridge into the city. 
  • Mt. Vesuvius – This volcano destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Now dormant, it is a bucolic national park with many walking trails and a summit open to visitors. The Disabled Cruiser who visits Mt. Vesuvius will see the entire region. Most visitors have to park their cars and walk up the 1/2 mile uphill route to the crater rim. The path is covered in rocks and is not wheelchair friendly. The Disabled Cruiser can obtain special permission to ride in a car up to the crater rim to see inside the crater and enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples region below.

Naples Accessible Excursions

Do you want to focus on the ruins and artifacts from the Mt. Vesuvius eruption? How about seeing the vibrant city Naples city life and learning about the monuments and buildings built during the Kingdom of Naples? Or should you visit the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri? With so many available Naples accessible tours, disabled cruise passengers will have to make some tough choices!

Accessible Cruise Excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Archaeological Museum

Your 8 hour Accessible Cruise Excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Archaeological Museum begins at the accessible Naples cruise terminal. Your driver and guide will pick you up with accessible transportation for your accessible Pompeii cruise excursion. A car for groups of two people or less. Groups between three people and seven people will use the accessible van. 

In addition to visiting the accessible portion of Pompeii and the accessible ruins at Herculaneum, you’ll also get to see the numerous artifacts that were excavated from the eruption and are housed in the Archaeological Museum. 

In order to meet the accessibility needs of all visitors, the Accessible Cruise Excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Archaeological Museum uses a variety of wheelchair ramps and pavement to take the most accessible path possible. You will avoid the extremely non-wheelchair friendly paths that most tours take which involve stairs and non-continuous sidewalks.

The accessible Herculaneum tour begins with an overview of the site while looking down from the accessible sidewalk surrounding Herculaneum. Your tour will include visits to several of the buildings with step-free entrances. The accessible tour of Herculaneum uses a series of wheelchair ramps and paved paths to enter the ruins and travel between the different buildings.

The Naples Archeological Museum houses the world-class artifacts recovered from the Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins. It also contains the Farnese Bull which is the largest statue recovered from antiquity. The Accessible Cruise Excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Archaeological Museum uses a wheelchair accessible entrance to the building and an accessible tour route.

The Accessible Cruise Excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Archaeological Museum uses a step-free routes throughout the tour. Tour participants will encounter some uneven terrain in Pompeii, but wheelchair users should have little problem. Wheelchair users will need to be able to transfer into a car for a group of two or less.

Naples & Herculaneum Handicap Driving Tour

Your 4 hour Accessible Naples & Herculaneum Handicap Driving Tour begins at the accessible Naples cruise terminal. Your driver and guide will pick you up with accessible transportation for your accessible cruise excursion. A car for groups of two people or less. Groups between three people and seven people will use the accessible van. 

This handicap accessible Naples tour is easy for disabled cruisers. Herculaneum disabled access is MUCH better than Pompeii disabled access and makes for an easy visit to the historical ruins buried in the 79 AD eruption. Your tour guide will use wheelchair accessible paths to explain the daily life that occurred in the 2000 year old homes that your will enter.

The rest of this tour will include a drive around Naples where your tour guide will tell the stories behind the numerous monuments, palaces, forts, and piazzas built over the centuries.

During your driving tour of Naples, you’ll get out of the vehicle to visit Plebiscito Square, the San Carlo Opera House, the Castel Nuovo, the Royal Palace, the Galleria Umberto, and San Francesco di Paola Church (from the outside). The remainder of your Naples handicap driving tour will be spent driving around the Mergellina neighborhood, the Santa Lucia district, and viewing the Castel Dell’Ovo.

The Naples & Herculaneum Handicap Driving Tour uses a step-free routes throughout the tour. Tour participants will encounter some uneven terrain in Naples, but wheelchair users should have little problem. Wheelchair users will need to be able to transfer into a car for a group of two or less.

Accessible Pompeii & Herculaneum with Naples Driving Tour

Your 8 hour Accessible Pompeii & Herculaneum with Naples Driving Tour begins at the accessible Naples cruise terminal. Your driver and guide will pick you up with accessible transportation for your accessible Pompeii cruise excursion. A car for groups of two people or less. Groups between three people and seven people will use the accessible van. 

This Naples accessible driving tour combines the two buried city sites with a driving tour of the bustling city of Naples. Sights viewed on the Naples accessible driving tour will include Piazza Garibaldi, the Royal Palace, Piazza Carlo III, Castle Nuovo, and more.

In order to meet the accessibility needs of all visitors, the Accessible Cruise Excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Archaeological Museum uses a variety of wheelchair ramps and pavement to take the most accessible path possible. You will avoid the extremely non-wheelchair friendly paths that most tours take which involve stairs and non-continuous sidewalks.

The accessible Herculaneum tour begins with an overview of the site while looking down from the accessible sidewalk surrounding Herculaneum. Your tour will include visits to several of the buildings with step-free entrances. The accessible tour of Herculaneum uses a series of wheelchair ramps and paved paths to enter the ruins and travel between the different buildings.

The Accessible Pompeii & Herculaneum with Naples Driving Tour uses a step-free routes throughout the tour. Tour participants will encounter some uneven terrain in Pompeii and some cobblestones in Naples, but wheelchair users should have little problem. Wheelchair users will need to be able to transfer into a car for a group of two or less.

Pompeii, Sorrento, & Capri Handicapped Accessible Tour

Your 8 hour Pompeii, Sorrento, & Capri Handicapped Accessible Tour begins at the accessible Naples cruise terminal. Your driver and guide will pick you up with accessible transportation for your accessible cruise excursion to visit 3 of the top highlights in the region on a single tour. A car for groups of two people or less. Groups between three people and seven people will use the accessible van. 

Your accessible Pompeii tour will use wheelchair accessible paths to visit the world-class ruins. The tour will use a variety of wheelchair ramps and pavement to take the most accessible path possible. You will avoid the extremely non-wheelchair friendly paths that most tours take which involve stairs and non-continuous sidewalks.

You’ll then take a wheelchair accessible train to the picturesque town of Sorrento overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Your tour will include a visit to the Sorrento main square which is covered in smooth pavement and a stop at a wheelchair accessible viewpoint of the surrounding bay. Your Pompeii, Sorrento, & Capri Handicapped Accessible Tour will include plenty of time to shop in the small boutiques.

An accessible hydrofoil will bring you to your third stop on this Naples accessible shore excursion, the stunning island of Capri. The Tour includes a ride on the cable car from the Marina Grande to the town of Capri. Although there are steps, there is a lift and an electric ramp for wheelchair users. It also includes a private driving tour around the island; using a taxi that is easy for wheelchair users to transfer into, and a visit to the town of Anacapri. There are numerous hills on the island of Capri. When walking/rolling in Capri, this accessible tour to Capri takes the most wheelchair friendly routes around the island by avoiding severe cobblestones and steps. You’ll return to the Naples cruise dock by another accessible hydrofoil.

The Pompeii, Sorrento, & Capri Handicapped Accessible Tour uses step-free routes throughout the tour. Tour participants will encounter some uneven terrain in Pompeii and some cobblestones in Sorrento and Capri, but wheelchair users should have little problem. Wheelchair users will need to be able to transfer into a car for this tour.