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Naples

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San Francesco di Paola showing night scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral

With classical architecture, unbeatable pizza and round-the-clock vibrancy, Naples remains one of Italy’s most exciting cities to visit.

Naples is a modern Italian city with a fascinating history, which can be traced back to its founding by sixth-century B.C. Greeks. The city has decadent royal palaces, art nouveau architecture, fashion boutiques, stylish restaurants and churches rich with religious art.

Start your visit in the Centro Storico, Naples’ historic old town. Its narrow, cobbled streets are abuzz with scooters and tourist chatter while market traders sell curios such as instruments and antiques.

Stunning architecture abounds; the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) and its immaculately preserved furnishings present the finest example. Naples’ former military prowess is shown in its two main castles, the Castle of the Egg (Castel dell’Ovo) and Castel Nuovo. Visitors interested in religious art could fill several days wandering the many fine churches; the Gesu Nuovo Church and the Capella Sansevero are good places to start.

A trip to nearby Mount Vesuvius provides the perfect break from the city center bustle. Enjoy the views across Naples at the volcano’s 4,000-foot (1,200-meter) summit. Visit the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were buried in ash and lava when Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. After centuries of excavations that are still ongoing, the towns provide a time capsule of Roman life.

Naples invented pizza! Specialist pizzerias in town squares, back streets and shopping malls throughout the city will cook some of the best pizza you’ll ever taste.

Traffic in the city is notoriously busy. Driving is best left to locals. A good subway network covers much of the city. If you stay near the city center you may find that despite Naples’ large size, you can reach many of the most interesting sights on foot. Taxis are a safe, but expensive, way to get around too.

Historically Naples had a reputation as an unsafe city. While you should take the same precautions as you would in any other major city, you needn’t be over-worried about crime in the Naples of today.

Winters tend to be wet. If you visit from March through October you’ll have a good chance of enjoying the warm, Neapolitan sun.

Where to stay in Naples

UNAHOTELS Napoli
UNAHOTELS Napoli
4 out of 5
Piazza Garibaldi, 9/10, Naples, NA
The price is $115 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and Spaccanapoli. University of Naples Federico II and Naples ...
4.3/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Centrally located in Naples . In easy walking distance to all attractions. Great staff . Food in rooftop restaurant was amazing"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

UNAHOTELS Napoli
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 38-44, Naples, NA
The price is $157 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castel dell'Ovo, Royal Palace, and Teatro di San Carlo. Galleria Umberto and Molo Beverello ...
4/5Very Good! (977 reviews)
"Good location on the waterfront with fantastic views overlooking Castel dell'Ovo. Nice walk to shopping on Via dei Mille. Plenty of great places to eat as you walk towards Chiaia along the waterfront. Room was clean, beds comfy and staff courteous. Taxis are always lined up outside too so it was ..."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 48, Naples, NA
The price is $160 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Castel dell'Ovo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Lungomare Caracciolo are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (897 reviews)
"beautiful hotel, a couple of small things that were annoying, kettle in room barely worked, wifi was horrible, they forgot to put towel in our room one day and the water pressure in the shower sucked"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
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Getting around Naples

There are plenty of ways to get around Naples. The city’s subway system, the Naples Metro, connects the Central Station, airport and historic center, but otherwise you probably won’t use it much. It’s well worth boarding the funicular railway, though, to hilltop attractions like the Castel Sant’Elmo. An extensive bus and trolley network also serves the city. Visit the Neapolitan Mobility Company website.Browse Naples rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Naples is during the spring, when the weather is warm and dry, the tourist crowds aren’t too big, and prices are cheaper than at the height of summer. Fall can be a good time for the same reasons, although you might arrive to find it’s raining during October or November. You’re almost certain to encounter rain if you visit in the winter, although it rarely gets that cold.

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