The history of Naples Florida dates back to the 1880s, the name of Naples came from the bay’s beauty which allegedly exceeded that of Naples, Italy. Stories of the abounding fishing, sunny days and crystal clear waters quickly filled magazine pages, drawing many visitors to this quaint little town. The temperate weather and beautiful beaches make Naples a family destination. Whether you’re escaping winter or you want to learn more about Naples Florida, Vanderbilt Vacation has the perfect bayfront rental for you and your family.

Naples Florida’s First Structures

The historic Naples pier on the Gulf of Mexico is famous for its abundant fishing, bird-watching, dolphin-spotting opportunities, not to mention the scenic views of Naples Florida. First built in 1888, the pier’s been rebuilt five times after hurricanes, but it’s one of the first structures in town. Other historic buildings are still standing, including Old Naples, which is a gorgeous beloved historical neighborhood. The fantastic fishing opportunities eventually helped make Naples a destination for rich people, looking to escape the northern winters. After World War II, Downtown Naples started booming.

Historical Buildings

Nearby the Naples Pier you’ll find Palm Cottage, which is the oldest house in Naples Florida. It was built in 1895. Step back in time by taking a guided tour of the house throughout the winter season. Other historic buildings including the Naples Depot, which was renovated in 1927. Today, the depot is used to showcase railroad memorabilia and annual auto shows. For more details about the history of our coastal town visit Collier County Museum. Book one of our properties with direct access to the beach as you explore our historic town on the west coast of Florida. You’ll love Naples Florida even more after learning about our rich history and staying in one of our beautiful Vanderbilt Vacation rentals.