Naples tours and excursions
City Sightseeing Napoli offers several bus tours of the city and the surrounding region from April to October. The tours include an art tour, a tour of the Bay of Naples, a San Martino tour and also a trip to Vesuvius. Open-top buses are used within the city.Tel: +39 81 551 7279.
Napoli Sotterranea offers guided tours of the ancient caves and aqueducts beneath the city. Descend 40 metres (130ft) below the surface to discover columned rooms, WWII shelters and catacombs with an experienced guide. Tours last a minimum of 90 minutes.Tel: +39 81 296 944.
At 1281m (4,203ft), Vesuvius is Europe's only active volcano and has erupted more than 30 times since it first took form in AD 79. Constantly monitored for signs of life, observers worry that an eruption is long overdue (there hasn't been any activity for 500 years). The area around the volcano was declared a national park in 1995, and it is possible for visitors to climb to the top. Take the path up to the crater from the car park at the summit. Half way up, stop at the Museo dell'Osservatorio Vesuviano, which tells the long history of the volcano.Tel: +39 81 610 8483.
For a taste of Amalfi glamour and pure Old World holiday glitz, take a quick hydrofoil from Naples to the island of Capri. Rising out of an impossibly blue sea, Capri is a beguiling combination of natural and man-made beauty. Charming, pastel-coloured towns with cobbled streets sit amidst a verdant natural setting of citrus groves. Drink expensive cocktails on the main piazza of Capri Town, visit the stunning sea cave, the Blue Grotto, and eat exquisite seafood on flower-laden terraces.Tel: +39 81 837 0424.