If you’re heading to southern Italy to experience Naples in all its fresco glory, you should also consider exploring the secret islands off the coast, as well as important archaeological sites and rural towns just beyond the city borders. Our local insiders recommend their favourite day trips from Naples, all of which can be done in less than 24 hours.
With Culture Trip, you can visit Naples, Matera and several fantastic destinations in Puglia as part of our specially curated small-group southern Italy adventure, led by our Local Insider.
Sorrento is a coastal town that faces the Bay of Naples and winds up steep white cliffs where lemon trees and umbrella pines sometimes grow. It’s home to the Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square that offers Neapolitans and visitors a respite from the heat in the shape of iced grappa. Walk down the narrow alleyways and winding tunnels into the quiet Cloister of San Francesco – a courtyard used for art exhibitions and concerts during the summer. It’s the perfect day trip, too, only an hour’s drive from Naples. The Marina Grande (main harbour) affords luscious views of the dazzling sea and picturesque, pastel-painted cottages. Recommended by local insider Matt Barker
If you’re after a day trip that will test your hardy hiking skills, Mount Somma – integral to the Somma-Vesuvius volcano structure – is a great option. Higher than Vesuvius, its peak reaches 1,132m (3,714ft). It’s also much older, as Mount Somma’s caldera collapse 25,000 years ago actually led to the formation of Vesuvius and its eventual eruption. Unlike Vesuvius and its arid rocks, Somma is layered with lush forests of chestnut, oak, alder and maple trees. Once at the top, you’ll find panoramic views across the Bay of Naples. Recommended by local insider Debbie Oakes