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Heading to the third largest city in Italy and wondering where to stay in Naples? This seaside city has a vibrant culture, extensive history, and some of the most beautiful neighborhoods to stay in.
You may know Naples as the birthplace of the Margherita pizza, but this city has so much more to offer. With everything from leafy hillside areas to ancient villas on the shore and centuries-old ruins, you’ll find beauty wherever you go in Napoli.
Depending on your budget, reason for visiting, and the duration of your stay, there’s bound to be a district or two that’s better suited to your vacation plans. This guide delves into the best places to stay in Naples, Italy, for every type of traveler. We’ve even thrown in a few accommodation options for each region.
So without further ado, let’s get to know this coastal Italian city.
Summary of the Best Place to Stay in Naples
Here’s a quick look at the top areas to stay in Napoli. You can get a more in-depth look at each of the best neighborhoods in Naples, Italy, further down in this guide.
- Chiaia — Safe and sophisticated upper-class neighborhood with high-end shopping and excellent ocean views.
- Vomero — Quiet residential area a bit further from the city bustle, with a booming nightlife scene.
- Spanish Quarters — Authentic pedestrian neighborhood with some of the most delicious street food in the city and affordable accommodation.
- Naples Historic Center — One of the best areas to stay for first-time visitors to the city, thanks to its safety and concentration of attractions like the Duomo di San Gennaro.
- Piazza del Plebiscito — Safe, family-friendly area within walking distance from top attractions.
- Posillipo — Historic, leafy neighborhood with 1st-century BC Roman ruins and an extensive park with panoramic coastal views.
- Port of Naples — The perfect option if you’re entering or leaving the city by boat or planning on visiting nearby islands and the Amalfi coast by ferry.
- Central Station Area — Staying around the city’s main train station offers quick access to national and regional Italian transport if you’re using Naples as a home base for visiting other regions.
One of the safest areas to stay in Naples is the affluent district of Chiaia. This region south of the Spanish Quarter is the epitome of luxury and style, making it the perfect area for a luxurious romantic getaway.
Hotels are hosted in historic buildings with spacious rooms. And streets are lined with antique shops, independent Italian boutiques, and high-end designer stores like Armani and Prada.
This area offers excellent views of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and Capri. It has a lovely seafront promenade, Lungomare Caracciolo — perfect for an evening passeggiata and a relaxing dinner at one of its many restaurants and bars.
Another ideal place for a refreshing stroll is the Villa Communale, a royal garden established in the late 18th century. This charming garden features interesting monuments, fountains, and a bandstand, and is home to the Aquarium of Napoli.
A short walk from this green oasis, you’ll find Naples’ oldest castle, Castel dell’Ovo, built in the 12th century. If you’re looking for art exhibitions, head to the Pignatelli Museum to admire antique furnishings and sculptures or visit the Palazzo delle Arti Napoli.
The Galleria Borbonica will be a treat if you’re intrigued by history and archaeology. This underground museum of the Bourbon tunnels offers a fascinating look into Naples’ past and is an off-the-beaten-path attraction you won’t regret visiting.
Best for: Those seeking a luxurious getaway in a safe area with impeccable views.
Hotels Near Chiaia
Luxury – The Britannique Hotel Naples – 5-star luxury hotel with minimalist decor and unmatched city and sea views.
Mid-range – Poerio 25 Boutique Stay – Sleek and modern hotel near the seafront with a variety of room types and suites
Budget – Micalò Art Rooms – Elegant guest house near Piazza del Plebiscito and Lungomare di Napoli.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near Chiaia
If you’re looking for stylish accommodation to match the elegance of Chiaia, this one-bedroom apartment in Chiaia is a perfect choice. The apartment is less than 15 minutes walk from the seafront promenade as well as Piazza del Plebiscito and various cafes and bars at your doorstep.
Vomero is a charming hilly district near Chaia and Quartieri Spagnoli and offers a more authentic experience of Napoli. This upper-class residential area is a bit further from the city center, making it the perfect place if you’re looking to avoid the noise and large crowds.
Here, you’ll find family-owned restaurants and pizzerias, along with stunning views of the city and bay — so a room with a balcony is a must. While the area tends to be more expensive, you won’t have any trouble finding mid-range hotels in this safe region.
Vomero boasts attractions like the Duca di Martina National Ceramic Museum situated in Villa Floridiana and the Castel Sant’Elmo. This star-shaped medieval fortress was first built in the 13th century and offers sweeping views of the city below. This neighborhood also offers a few galleries and theaters, like the Teatro Diana.
One of the things Vomero is most notable for is its thriving nightlife scene. Head to Piazza Fuga to relax in a lounge bar, or to Via Aniello Falcone to immerse yourself in the nighttime buzz.
For a taste of authentic Napoli cuisine, explore the roads leading off Piazza Vanvitelli for excellent street food and intriguing little shops and restaurants. You can also head to Mercatino Antignano in one of the oldest regions in Vomero, Rione Antignano. This historic market offers everything from fresh produce to clothing and craft items and is less saturated with tourists.
Best for: Those seeking a thriving nightlife scene in a safe area.
Hotels Near Vomero
Luxury – Relais Villa Montedonzelli – Quiet villa surrounded by gardens in a safe neighborhood.
Mid-range – Hotel Cimarosa – Modern hotel with unique design features near Castel Sant’Elmo.
Budget – Il Chiattillo – Among the top budget hotels in the area, this vibrant bed and breakfast offers modern rooms near Funicolare Centrale and Villa Floridiana.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near Vomero
The charming district of Vomero has no shortage of natural and architectural beauty. This spectacular two-bedroom penthouse reflects its surroundings with vibrant decor, plenty of sunlight pouring in, and a spacious terrace putting the neighborhood on display.
The Quartieri Spagnoli, named after the Spanish Garrisons that were once stationed here, is one of the most authentic areas in Naples. This district sitting on either side of the bustling Via Toledo is not as affluent and not as safe late at night. But, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly area with heart, history, and a whole lot of charm, this is the place to be.
Situated close to the Centro Storico and the Port of Napoli, this neighborhood is filled with bustling pedestrian walkways. You’ll find street art, iron balconies, and hanging laundry, adding vibrance to the little alleyways. It’s the perfect place for people-watching and street photography (so don’t forget your camera).
The Quartieri Spagnoli is one of the best places in Naples to experience authentic Neapolitan culture and cuisine. You’ll find street food stalls and little restaurants offering local favorites like pizza fritta (fried pizza).
Thanks to its location, you’ll be close to exciting tourist attractions like the Castel Nuovo with its five towers, built in 1279. The National Archaeological Museum and the majestic Teatro di San Carlo are also within walking distance. And the Galleria Umberto is an unmissable landmark filled with shops, restaurants, and breathtaking architectural details.
This is also the neighborhood for seeing beautiful, historic churches. Some notable ones include the Santa Maria della Mercede a Montecalvario and the opulent Chiesa di Sant’Anna di Palazzo.
Best for: Budget-friendly accommodation and an authentic local experience.
Hotels Near the Quartieri Spagnoli
Luxury – NapoliMia Boutique Hotel – Vibrant and quirky 4-star boutique hotel near Via Toledo.
Mid-range – Napolit’amo Hotel Principe – 3-star hotel with spacious rooms on Via Toledo.
Budget – Casa Calu’ – Well-equipped 1-bedroom apartment near Castel Nuovo and Piazza Municipio.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near the Quartieri Spagnoli
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Centro Storico – Naples Historic Center
Naples’ Old Town, also known as the Decumani neighborhood, is the perfect area to stay for first-time visitors to the city.
This UNESCO world heritage site dates back to 470 B.C. when the Greeks established Neapolis (New City). It expands over 1,700 hectares, making it one of Europe’s largest historical centers. You’ll feel like you’re in an open-air museum or time capsule.
Here, you’ll find a combination of traditional and stylish hotels mixed with affordable backpacker accommodations and B&Bs. So the Centro Storico is ideal for any traveler.
You’ll find yourself in the heart of Naples, where pizzerias, trattorias, and bars are found on every turn and serve traditional Neapolitan pizza and lovely wine.
This bustling area is also home to some of the most incredible attractions in Napoli, most notably the vast 13th-century Duomo di San Gennaro. The Museo Cappella Sansevero is an art gallery housing some of the most breathtaking veiled sculptures. And the nearby Teatro Bellini di Napoli is an excellent performing arts theater with opulent interiors.
But the attractions don’t end here. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta and humble Pio Monte della Misericordia chapel are spectacular sights. While the Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum offers exciting modern art installations that beautifully contrast the historic surroundings.
If you’re a history fanatic, be sure to head to Napoli Sotterranea to explore the area’s underground history. Or seek out Piazza Vincenzo Bellini to see exposed ancient ruins.
Best for: History fanatics and first-time visitors to Napoli.
Hotels Near the Historic Center
Mid-range – Palazzo d’Auria ApartHotel – Aparthotel offering suites with kitchens within a short distance of Naples National Archeological Museum.
Mid-range – Albergo Palazzo Decumani – Contemporary 4-star hotel just a short walk from Napoli Sotterranea.
Budget – Duomo View Naples – Affordable apartment with clean, minimalist interiors and a central location.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near Naples Old Town
The Centro Storico is one of the best areas to stay in Naples for an extended time. This beautiful two-bedroom apartment in an old palazzo sits between the Port of Naples and Centro Storico. It features floor-to-ceiling windows, quaint balconies, and all the amenities needed to try your hand at preparing some traditional Neapolitan dishes.
Alternatively, this two-bedroom apartment with punchy orange decor features a Juliet balcony and funky light fixtures.
Around Piazza del Plebiscito
Staying around Piazza del Plebiscito is an excellent option if you’re looking for a central location close to some of Naples’ major attractions. Surrounded by high-end Chiaia, the Quartieri Spagnoli, and sitting near the sea, Piazza del Plebiscito is the perfect home base for first-time visitors and families.
The square, surrounded by four historic buildings, is the largest in Naples and often plays host to events and concerts. Its name is derived from the historic plebiscite held in the square on 21 October 1860 during the Expedition of the Thousand.
One of the most noticeable buildings framing this square is the Palazzo Reale, a royal palace that has housed various royalty for centuries. You’ll also spot beautiful churches like the Basilica di San Francesco di Paola. This basilica was Pietro Banchini’s attempt at replicating the famous Pantheon in Rome. There’s also the Palazzo Salerno and Palazzo della Prefettura to adore.
Just off the piazza, near the Palazzo della Prefettura, you’ll find the Piazza Trieste e Trento. This piazza is home to the historic Gran Caffè Gambrinus, once frequented by influentials like Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Oscar Wilde. Founded in 1860, this cafe is adorned with frescoes by artists like Gabriele D’Annunzio and serves some of the finest sfogliatelle in the city.
Further off the square, tourist attractions like Teatro di San Carlo, Castel Nuovo, and Galleria Umberto I are just a short walk away.
Best for: Families who want to be centrally located.
Hotels Near Piazza del Plebiscito
Mid-range – Mecla Suites – Spacious suites next to the Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola.
Mid-range – B&B Dell’Opera – Homely bed and breakfast opposite Teatro San Carlo.
Budget – B&B Relais Napoli Reale – Stylish bed and breakfast around the corner from Piazza del Plebiscito with some quadruple rooms.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near Piazza del Plebiscito
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This leafy hillside neighborhood on the northern coast of the Gulf of Naples is a bit further from the Historic Center. But It’s the perfect area for a more relaxed, quiet vacation away from the city bustle and tourist crowds.
The residential area is also steeped in history, with Romans settling here as early as the 1st century AD. Its name was originally Pausilypon — which roughly translates to “respite from worry” in Greek.
The calm and classy district continues to live up to its name, with elegant shops and restaurants dotted among grand villas overlooking the shore. In fact, this area is so relaxing that it’s home to the Villa Rosebery, used by Italian presidents.
One of the top attractions in Posillipo is the Pausilypon Archaeological Park. This park overlooks the ocean and features remains of a 1st-century BC villa, amphitheater, and baths. The park is reached via a long tunnel that is connected to other old Roman villas and is a spectacular attraction for history fans.
Another must-see and lesser-known spot in Posillipo is Gaiola beach and its underwater park. The rocky beach faces two small islands connected by a bridge. They’re just a swim or paddle away and feature submerged Roman ruins, and have a vast and intriguing history.
For a leisurely stroll and some souvenir shopping, head to the beautiful Parco Virgiliano. This city park offers coastal views and hosts a weekly market on Thursdays. This park also has an amphitheater, where concerts are held in the warmer months.
Best for: A laid-back, classy, and peaceful coastal stay.
Hotels Near Posillipo
Mid-range – PrimoPianoPosillipo – Elegant bed and breakfast offering modern and spacious rooms with optional balcony views of the ocean.
Mid-range – B&B ‘O Sole Mio! – Bright and airy bed and breakfast with a garden in a quiet area.
Budget – B&B La Nave – Bed and breakfast set among greenery, right next to a bus stop.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near Posillipo
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Port of Naples
The Port of Naples is one of the largest ports in Italy and the Mediterranean, frequently receiving large cargo and cruise ships. It’s a bustling area that’s perfect if you’re arriving or leaving via cruise ship. This region is also perfect if your plans are more centered around visiting the nearby islands of Ischia, Procida, and Capri, all included in our list of 11 Beautiful Italian Islands to add to your bucketlist.
The port is surrounded by the Centro Storico, Quartieri Spagnoli, and Piazza del Plebiscito. And it’s well connected to various transport options around Piazza Municipio, like the metro, buses, and the subway. You’ll also be within walking distance of the daily ferries and hydrofoils leaving to Amalfi Coast towns.
When you’re not strolling along the promenade sampling food from seaside restaurants, you can head to nearby Piazza del Municipio. This square sits near popular attractions like Castel Nuovo, San Giacomo Palace, Via Toledo, and Gallerie d’Italia. But it’s also just the perfect place to go people-watching and experience the beautiful Neptune fountain.
Accommodation near the port can be more expensive. But, if you’re only using Naples as a stopover to another city, staying here can be a very convenient option.
Best for: If you’re planning a short stay and arriving or leaving the city via the sea.
Hotels Near the Port of Naples
Luxury – Rex Lifestyle Hotel – Boutique hotel walking distance from the waterfront.
Mid-range – Eurostars Hotel Excelsior – 4-star luxury hotel with views of the port and Mount Vesuvius.
Budget – Smart Hotel Napoli – Affordable 4-star hotel in the port, conveniently located with easy access to ferries.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near the Port of Naples
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Central Station Area
While Naples is a spectacular city to explore, it’s understandable that you may prefer touring Pompeii and the Herculaneum instead. So if you’re basing yourself in bella Napoli to be close to public transport, you absolutely can’t go wrong with staying around the Central Station.
This area has many budget-friendly accommodation options. It is well connected to the Trenitalia national lines and the underground Napoli Piazza Garibaldi station with its small shopping center. From Napoli Centrale, you can take the privately-owned Circumvesuviana to Pompeii, take a train to Salerno, or take a trip to Rome or Florence in less than three hours.
The Central Station sits to the east of Centro Storico, so you can still explore some of the best of Naples’ attractions in between your day trips. Also nearby, you’ll find the 15th-century Porta Nolana, which leads to a market where you can find all sorts of fresh produce. This market is quite busy, so be vigilant at all times.
The Piazza Garibaldi, just outside the Central Station, is a bustling square dotted with food spots and bars. Be sure to grab a caffè and pastry at the much-loved Mexico espresso bar before your trip.
Best for: If you’re planning day trips from the city.
Hotels Near the Central Station Area
Mid-range – H22 Hotel – 3-star comfortable and friendly hotel just 400 meters from Napoli Centrale.
Mid-range – Gold Tower Lifestyle Hotel – 4-star hotel 2.1 km from Naples Central Train Station, has a fitness center, on-site restaurant and free private parking.
Budget – Napoli City Rooms – Affordable, convenient bed and breakfast with spacious, modern rooms with balconies.
Apartments And Airbnbs Near Central Station
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Final Thoughts on the Best Area to Stay in Naples, Italy
There you have it; a list of excellent and varying options for where to stay in the capital of Campania. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or a high-end stay, Napoli won’t disappoint.
If you’re planning on exploring beyond the Gulf of Naples, have a look at this Sorrento travel guide. Or, if the Amalfi Coast is at the top of your to-visit list, get a head start planning your itinerary with a look at these most beautiful Amalfi Coast towns.