We stayed in Naples for three days and had tours arranged for all three days with two different tour guides. There were four of us visiting Italy and Naples was near the end of our trip. We arranged our tours through Tours by Locals -- easy, convenient, and economical.
First, Fabrizio Bellini gave us a tour of Herculaneum, Pompeii, and the Museum in Naples. The second day was a half day walking tour of Naples. Fabrizio was outstanding. His knowledge of the sites, their history, and the culture gave us a strong appreciation for Napoli. Fabrizio was attentive and paced the tour to fit our needs and interests.
Our second tour was a driving tour through Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Ruffelo with Victoria Valentina. Victoria's style is low key but very informative. She is very knowledgable of the area and the history. We learned even more about the history and culture of the area while enjoying the scenery at a very relaxing pace.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Naples and would highly recommend both of our tour guides to anyone.
The Promenade along Via N Sauro at sunset is pretty relaxing... The view includes that menacing-looking-and-still-active Mt Vesuvius along with the bay of naples. The Promenade is easily reached when you are in the area of Galleria Umberto or Piazza del Plebiscito. Just go downhill on Via C Console. There are no pedestrian traffic lights to cross over to the promenade, but the cars amazingly slow down for people to cross!
In summer is a must. A walk along via Caracciolo, the road in front of the sea. On sunday the street is closed to the car traffic, and lot of people from all the towns around Napoli come here with skates and bicycles. It's like a country party. We enjoied it. The picture is the great sight from my hotel.
Naples has almost no open spaces or parks, but it does have lively streets and a few gallerias. We found that walking around Naples was the best way to really experience the essence of the city. While staying wary of the Vespas, we managed to find Via Toledo where the whole city seems to be out for the passeggiata, showing off their clothes and openly examining all the passers-by.
The Galleria in the picture is located at the southern end of Via Toledo.
Walk along the sea front the views are great. Shop especially for leather goods the quality is great and the prices cheap compared to other countries. Eat - the food is cheap and tasty.
Anywhere that looks like a bad area probably is so use your head and watch your back.