The capital of the Campania region, Naples is one of Italy’s largest cities. Although best known as the gateway to Mount Vesuvius, the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii and the glittering Amalfi Coast, Naples is a fantastic tourist destination in its own right. View the treasures excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum (and much more besides) at the National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale), explore the narrow streets of the UNESCO listed Historic Centre and see the Veiled Christ sculpture in Capella Sansevero. If all that sightseeing has worked up an appetite, it’s time for what may be the best Naples attraction of all – pizza! Now a staple throughout the world, this doughy treat was born in Naples. The most traditional choice is pizza margherita, a thin, crisp base topped with tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella. For a sweet finish, you can’t go past a sfogliatella, layers of flakey pastry concealing a centre of smooth ricotta. If you choose self-catering Naples accommodation, you can also take advantage of the city’s incredible markets, from the gorgeous blooms of the Mercato dei Fiori (Flower Market) to the fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and other delicacies of the Pignasecca Market. Not only will stocking up here save you money on dining out, you’ll also get a true taste of local Neapolitan life.
When to go to Naples
Naples enjoys a Mediterranean climate, making it an ideal year round tourist destination. Summers are long and hot, whilst spring and autumn are lovely and warm. Don’t discount a winter Naples holiday, though, as the weather is relatively mild, albeit wet.
Getting to and around Naples
Most tourists arrive in Naples via flights to Naples Airport, otherwise known as Capodichino Airport. It’s also possible to arrive via trains to Stazione Centrale or Stazione Garibaldi, particularly from Rome. Once in Naples, exploration is easiest on foot or by taxi. Be sure to choose a white, licensed cab bearing the Naples symbol (Pulcinella) on its front doors. Unfortunately, taking public transport can be quite complicated.
Where to stay in Naples
When choosing accommodation in Naples, villas and apartments offer great alternatives to comparatively expensive hotels. HouseTrip has a number of Naples accommodation options, including compact apartments suitable for singles and couples to large villas ideal for families and groups of friends to share. Plus, booking Naples villas and apartments with HouseTrip is easy – you can even do it in as little as six clicks.