Porto Molo Beverello sits at the port side of Piazza Municipio in the centre of the city. A hubbub of maritime activity, hydrofoils (high speed, foot passenger vessels) whisk passengers away to the exotic destinations of Ischia, Capri, Procida, and Sorrento. Passengers can also reach Amalfi and Positano via Sorrento and Capri. Unfortunately, the Metro del Mare that used to provide connections to the Amalfi Coast ceased operation in 2013.

You’d never know it to look at it now, but it wasn’t always this way. This bustling tourist port was once known as Fleet Landing and lined with war ships from the U.S. Navy’s sixth fleet. A lot can change in 20 or 30 years, and it is now Naples main tourist port. In the summer months, you can hardly see the long row of ticket booths in front, for the hoards of people waiting to by their tickets to paradise.

Molo Beverello isn’t Naples only port. From Pozzuoli to Portici, there are 29 commercial and passenger ports situated along the coast of the Province of Naples. And some ten million passengers and 22 million tons of cargo pass through the Port of Naples every year.

Large overnight ferries bound for Palermo and Catania and car ferries destined for Ischia, Capri and Procida dock at Calata Porta Massa, which is just a few kilometres east of Molo Beverello. A new ferry building was opened there in 2007 and a free shuttle bus service operates from 0600 am until midnight, connecting Calata Porta Massa with Porto Molo Beverello.

A few kilometres to the west at the Mergellina port, hydrofoils connect passengers with Capri, Ischia and Procida. Ferries bound for the Aeolian Islands and Pontine Islands also leave from Mergellina.

Though you can’t really discern the difference, behind Molo Beverello is the Molo Angioino port. Cruise ships dock here: Costa Crociere, MSC and Royal Caribbean just to name a few, depositing their passengers into the early 20th century terminal building Stazione Marittima. The terminal building was transformed into the Galleria del Mare shopping mall in 2011. Its modern design and decor is definitely nautical and the Galleria has expansive views of the sea. Find local wines, fashion, and artisan crafts here, and catch the occasional Chocolate Festival and Wine Tasting.