Travels on the Run: Bayside Naples

Naples’s lungomare, or seaside promenade, snakes along the sparkling Bay of Naples, where I take my daily morning run during my four-day stay. Off in the distance, the isle of Capri floats on the horizon, while pastel villas march up the tree-lined peninsula ahead.

A bird's eye view of the Bay of Naples. (Photograph by Swaraj Basu, My Shot)

I run north past the Castel dell’Ovo, a medieval fortress said to have been built on a magic egg for protection; weather-beaten fishermen in navy fishing caps purveying their catch at makeshift stands (including squiggly squids and octopuses); and deeply bronzed locals sunbathing on the rocks or doing lazy laps in the azure waters.

The promenade ends abruptly at a seaside cliff, so I turn around — basking in the sun and admiring Mount Vesuvius rising up ahead of me — and make my way back through a quintessentially Mediterranean moment.

Run Stats

Mileage: 3.6 miles round trip (out and back)
Best time: Early morning, before it gets too hot; or dusk when Capri and Mount Vesuvius take on a soft orange glow
Start:  Castel dell’Ovo on Via Partenope
End: Castel dell’Ovo


– Start at Castel dell’Ovo on Via Partenope
– Follow the seaside promenade for 1.8 miles
– Turn around and come back!


The seafront Via Francesco Caracciolo next to the lungomare is closed on Sundays, giving runners, walkers, and bikers even more room to roam. And on select weekend mornings from April to December, you can take a breather at the Naples antique fair (Fiera Antiquaria Napoletana).


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  3. Stephney
    November 16, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Nice to share here.

  4. Nikole Fairview
    Washington, DC
    August 5, 2012, 1:47 am

    Whenever you are traveling or staying in a new place, it can be difficult getting yourself oriented to new surroundings. One of the best ways to do this is by taking a run. Just make sure that know where you have turned so that it is easy to back track to your starting location.

    While you do not have to use a run, there are a number of other activities which work just as well. Even just taking a walk can work. Sometimes it may be possible to rent a bicycle or even a motorcycle. Just be careful; local driving can be different than back home.