Insider’s Guide to the Idyllic Islands in the Bay of Naples

Discovering the Enchanting Islands in the Bay of Naples

Planning a visit to Naples, Italy? Then you’ll want to make time for a bit of island-hopping to some enchanting islands in the Bay of Naples. This city isn’t just famous for its food: it sits adjacent to an expansive body of water, dotted with  delightful islands.  Some of our favorites are Ischia, Procida, and Capri.

Naples has something that’s sure to appeal to anyone booking a tour of Italy. Don’t overlook spending time on the bay and visiting the delightful islands in the Bay of Naples.

The Bay of Naples

Naples has long been a port city with a rich maritime history and traditions. While it boasts an international airport, it is also a popular stop for cruise ships touring the Mediterranean. Naples is Italy’s third-largest city, sitting in the shadow of the neighbouring Mount Vesuvius volcano. There’s obviously a huge Roman influence here, numerous architectural sites and a network of underground tunnels to explore.  After you’ve toured the narrow streets of Naples, consider taking an excursion to some of the beautiful offshore islands:


Ischia Island Italy

The westernmost of the islands, Ischia, is probably the most affordable of the islands, offering excellent value and fewer tourist crowds. There are more than a hundred thermal springs on the island, as well as a number of gorgeous sandy beaches. If you want to truly understand why Ischia is known as the ‘green’ island, then you’ll want to make the trek to the summit of Mount Epomeo, from which you’ll be able to enjoy unparalleled views, of the island itself, and the surrounding waters as well.

Arguably the most compelling attraction on the island, however, is Aragonese Castle, which, as well as being a spectacular island fortress, hosts a range of events throughout the year.


Isle of Capri Naples

Faraglioni cliffs panorama,and the majestic Tyrrhenian sea,Capri island,Italy,Europe

Capri sits on the opposite end of the bay, to the south. It’s a comparatively tiny island, but it punches well above its weight when it comes to luxury retail and hotels. You can step aboard a boat and take a look around the rear of the island, where magnificent rock formations and imposing cliffs break up the landscape. Best of all, undoubtedly, is the so-called ‘Blue Grotto’, where rowboats take tourists through a sea cave that’s lit blue by the sunlight. This is an experience that’s not to be missed. Just be sure that you’ve checked the weather advice, since the caves are often closed when the conditions aren’t favourable.  With many tourist boats visiting from Naples and Sorrento, you will find many delightful restaurants, designer boutiques, and luxury hotels.


Procida Island, Naples, Italy

The smallest of the three islands, Procida, sits just between Ischia and the mainland. You might recognize the streets, even if you’re visiting for the very first time: this place has long been a favourite of Hollywood location scouts, and features in a range of high-profile movies. You’ll want to make time for the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, which sits upon a Promontory called Terra Murata. The beaches here are truly incredible, with Pozzo Vecchio and Chiaiolella Beach being particular favourites among the locals.

Visiting one of islands in the Bay of Naples will surely be a highlight of your trip to Italy, so don’t miss getting out on the water and visiting these delightful spots.


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