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Getting around in Naples - Napoli
There are several ways to see Naples and the surrounding area. These include by taxi, train/subway, bus, boat (ferry and hydrofoil) and car.
By taxi - Taxis are the quickest way to see Naples, but is also the most expensive. Before getting into a taxi make sure it is licensed. Licensed taxis will have a city crest on the door and a taxi number. Also, make sure it has a meter.
By train/subway - There are four different trains and/or subway services that operate in Naples and the surrounding areas:
Circumvesuviana - this rail line operates out of the basement of the main train station at Piazza Garibaldi and has different routes that service the local Naples area. One route goes from the train station to Sorrento with several stops in between, including Pompei Scavi and Ercolano. A second route travels around Vesusvis. Other routes go to Acerra and Nola-Baiano. The Circumvesuviana website has more information on timings, routes and cost of tickets.
Cumana - This is the rail line that operates from Montesanto in Naples and follows the coastline for approximately 20 km before ending in Torregaveta (Bacoli). The Cumana runs the urban centres of Montesanto, Fuorigrotta, Bagnoli, Pozzuoli, Arco Felice, Baia, Fusaro before reaching Torregaveta.
Circumflegra - also starts in Montesanto and ends in Torregaveta. However, it runs along the western edge of Naples through the districts Soccavo, Pianurat, Quarto Flegreo, Licola and Cuma. It is also approximately seven kilometers longer than the Cumana. Because the Cumana line and Circumflegra start and end in the same places, one can quickly transfer from one train to the other. Both services are owned and operated by the same company and more information can be found at the S.E.P.S.A website.
By ferry/hydrofoil - There are several ferry/hydrofoil services that connect Naples and local ports/islands. Ferry and hydrofoil services leave from either: Molo, Beverello, Mergellina, or Pozzuoli. Some of them are listed here:
- Metro di Mare has several lines that connect Naples and Sapri; Bacoli and Salerno and Sorrento; Monti di Procida and Salerno; and, Amalfi and Sapri. Besides the main stops the ferry service also connects many smaller communities. The Metro di Mare webpage has schedules, timetables and location of ticket counters.
- L.N.G. has a hydrofoil service that connects Naples with the island of Capri, along with Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. Schedules and timings can be found on its website.
- AliLauro has a hydrofoil service that connects Naples with the islands of Ponza, Ventotene, Prochida, Ischia, Capri and Eolie, and the towns of Formia, Castellamare, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. Alilauro operates from both the Molo Beverello and Mergelina.
- L.N.P. operates both hydrofoil and boats lines. It connects Naples with Sorrento and has other lines connecting Capri, Sorrento, Castellamare, Salerno, AMalfi and Positano. Schedule and timings can be downloaded from the L.N.P. website.
Places to See:
Castel dell'ovo, Castel Nuovo(Maschio Angioino), Museo Capodimonte, View of Mergellina (from via Orazio or via Petrarca), Castel S. Elmo - Certosa di San Martino, Parco Virgiliano, Piazza del Gesù and Piazza S.Domenico, Napoli Sotterranea (Napoli Undergrund), Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Naples Archeological Museum houses many of the treasures and decorative elements excavated from Pompeii and Ercolano. E9.00 for admission. Guidebook in English must be purchased from the gift shop because the item descriptions are in Italian only.