This famous city is located in the stunning southern Italian region of Campania, right on the Mediterranean Sea; just north of the stunning Amalfi Coast, where visiting the celebrity favourite Capri is a must. You’ll find like many other Italian cities, the early summer and early autumn are the best times to visit as August can be a little on the hot side, whilst the winter months are much cooler. Though a visit during any time of the year promises a memorable and highly recommended stay. 

Back in 2011, Naples was granted the life-immunity of being a Unesco World Heritage Site as one of the the oldest, continually inhabited cities in the world. Evidence of Bronze Age settlements excavated from the 2nd Millennium BC is dotted around the city making Naples more than worthy of this accolade. It’s worth taking some time to explore the city, including the lesser known parts to immerse yourself in Naples’ fascinating journey through history. Expect to find some of the best preserved Roman sites in the modern world, plus an abundance of art, and historic architecture. 

Take a trip into the past by visiting the home of Nero’s wife, Poppaea Sabina at the Palace of Caserta. Venture down the cobbled streets of Herculaneum and visit the double storied houses as they would have been over 2000 years ago; or explore the ruins of Pompeii and learn about its dramatic past. 
 
Drive down from the Gulf of Naples to the picturesque Amalfi coast, along the coastal roads that could have been taken straight from a film. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, spend an afternoon climbing Mt. Vesuvius, which looms 1,281 metres over the sweeping Campanian countryside and rewards with breathtaking views to match. 

Origin to the first ever made pizza, and home to delicious Neapolitan coffee and the popular lemon liqueur Limoncello, Naples’ cuisine will not disappoint. Cool down from the afternoon sun and sample a taste of the colourful range of Italian gelato on offer, or the seasonal sweet struffoli, a sweet-tasting honey dough found in most local bakeries.

Naples’ vibrant nightlife offers some of the best evenings in southern Italy. You will find a generous range of clubs, pubs and bars all around the city, in particular just north of Mt. Vesuvius. Spend an evening in a musical themed nightclub for something a little different during your break in Naples. 

Overview

Due to its pleasant Mediterranean climate and great traditions, Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The region of Naples is situated in the southern part of the country, in the province of Campania. Naples is about 225 kilometres from Rome and approximately 260 kilometres from Bari.
Naples has a very long history and it is one of the oldest, continuously-inhabited places in the world. Nowadays the metropolitan area has a population of about 4 million people and is rich in historical buildings. There are many palaces, churches and castles located in the area, including Castle Nuovo, Carmine Castle and the Duomo; and the historical centre of Naples Town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
There are many interesting attractions in Naples that are really worth a visit. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples boasts a collection of thousands of artefacts, and the Museo di Capodimonte displays paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries by famous artists including Caravaggio and El Greco.
Naples (or Napoli) is one of the most authentic places in Italy with many cultural traditions and centuries of culinary know how. It is famed for its pizzas and is also often referred as the birthplace of this great Italian speciality. One of the most popular local products of the region is Limoncello, an alcoholic liqueur made of water and lemon rinds, and thanks to the proximity of the sea, Naples is also famous for its seafood dishes

 

Key facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: Italian
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 3 hours
    Time zone: GMT +1

     

Great for

Beach holidays: There are many beautiful beaches situated in and around Naples that are very popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate and the crystal clear sea water, the region is perfect for beach holidays.
Culinary experience: The region of Naples is also famous for its agriculture and produce. There are many local products that are now world famous including olives, nuts, and Limoncello. In the traditional restaurants of Naples visitors can also taste delicious seafood specialities.
Cultural adventure: The region of Naples offers a wide range of cultural and historical attractions. The centre of Naples Town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the fantastic Pompeii Museums are an attraction not to be missed.

 

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, or the National Archaeology Museum of Naples, is situated in the southern part of Naples and it is really worth a visit. The museum was one of the first of its kind in Europe and it features the most valuable collection of archaeological artefacts in the country. The museum was founded by the royal dynasty of the Bourbons in 1816 under the name of Royal Bourbon Museum and today it displays thousands of artefacts from the prehistory to the late antiquity.
Address: Piazza Museo Nazionale, 19, 80135 Naples, Campania, Italy
Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 7.30 pm
Official website: http://cir.campania.beniculturali.it/museoarcheologiconazionale

 

Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro

If you are looking for a special historical experience in Naples, then a visit to the Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro is a must. Situated in downtown Naples, the museum has a great collection of different art works that were previously under the protection of the Deputation of the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro.
Address: Via Duomo 149-80132 Naples, Campania, Italy
Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 5 pm, East hours 9 am to 2pm and Easter Monday 9 am to 7pm
Entry cost: ticket is €6 for adults, €4.50 for children under 18, for students and for seniors. Group tickets are also available. Tickets also include an audio guide in many languages.
Official website: http://www.museosangennaro.it/en/

 

 

Pompeii Museums

The archaeological site of Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region of Naples. The city of Pompeii was founded in the 7th century BC at the foot of the Mount Vesuvius and was an important trade centre. Under the Roman Times many significant buildings were built in Pompeii including the Jupiter’s Temple, the Basilica and the House of the Faun. In 79 AD an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius destroyed the beautiful city of Pompeii, leaving an eerie ghost town frozen in time.
Address: Via Colle San Bartolomeo, 10 Pompeii, Campania, Italy
Opening hours: every day from 8am to 2pm, it is closed on public holidays
Official website: http://www.pompei.it/pompeii/pompeii-museum.htm

 

Teatro di San Carlo

The Teatro di San Carlo is situated in Naples Town and it is one of the most popular attractions in the region. The opera house was founded in 1737 and its building is connected to the Royal Palace. These days the Teatro di San Carlo can host over 1300 people and is still a fully functioning performance area.
Address: Via San Carlo, 98 / F, 80132 Naples, Campania, Italy
Opening hours: the season runs from late January to May, guided tours are available from Monday to Saturday at 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, and 4.30 pm, on Sundays at 10.30 am, 11.30 am, and 12.30 pm
Entry cost: the guided tour is €6 for adults, €5 for children
Official website: http://www.teatrosancarlo.it/en/

 

Naples Underground

If you are visiting the region of Naples, then the Naples Underground is a sight not to be missed. The ‘tufacea’ rock, from which the whole system was built, is light and stable. The popular underground system offers a great adventure to visitors and there are many guided tours available. The excursions last about 60 minutes and start from the Trieste e Trento Square.
Address: Vico S. Anna di Palazzo, 52, 80132 Naples, Campania, Italy
Opening hours: tours are available on Thursdays at 9 pm, on Saturdays at 10 am, 12 pm, 4.30 pm and 6 pm, on Sundays and public holidays at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 4.30 pm and 6 pm
Official website: http://www.lanapolisotterranea.it/home_ing.htm

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