Holidays in Naples take you to the ancient capital of Campania, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Naples’ historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, standing between the sweeping Bay of Naples and the looming volcano Mount Vesuvius.
If you’re a culture vulture then you’re in for a treat! The city streets are packed with ornate buildings, piazzas and monuments from various periods in history, and there are numerous museums and art galleries that show off the best of Naples through the ages.
Whether you’re fascinated by the world-class National Archaeological Museum or the more contemporary art at Museo MADRE, Naples has a wealth of cultural delights to tickle your fancy.
Explore the many secret chambers, vaults and aqueducts with a Naples Underground tour, which is directly under the city’s centro storico (historic centre). There are even ancient vegetable gardens hidden away!
A family holiday in Naples is a treat. Your children can take in views riding the world’s longest funicular for a unique perspective before enjoying a sweet treat of gelato.
Play in the sprawling Parco di Capodimonte, filled with medieval themed castles, right in the heart of Naples.
Or explore an ancient castle, such a the wonderfully-named Castel dell’Ovo (castle of the egg), or the medieval Castel Nuovo with its heart-stirring views over the Bay of Naples.
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Naples has a reputation for being a little chaotic, but the people are warm and effusive, and their unapologetic passion for life is what gives the city its authentic feel and unique buzz.
As Naples doesn’t get the huge numbers of tourists that you’ll find in Rome, Florence or Venice, there are dozens of places where you can find peace and tranquillity.
From the idyllic botanical gardens to the atmospheric splendour of the city’s 700 year old cathedral, spend your days soaking up the beautiful sights.
Roam the maze of streets and vibrant cafés of the historic city centre, or the fashionable waterfront district of Chiaia. Either way, you’re never far from a tasty snack and an exquisite Campanian wine.
Mount Vesuvius really shaped the surrounding area of Naples with its devastating eruption in 79 AD, as you probably learnt about at school.
During your holiday, explore the wonderful archaeological sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You might also want to take a hike up to the now-dormant crater of Mount Vesuvius.
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Naples is renowned as a gastronomic destination, and not just because it was the birthplace of pizza.
As you explore the lively streets, you’ll find some amazing little restaurants serving up fresh seafood, local pastries and a huge variety of fritti - lightly fried and battered snacks.
Beyond the city, pretty islands like Ischia and Capri are just a short boat trip away, while Naples is also a great base for exploring the Neapolitan Riviera and the nearby Amalfi Coast.
Cook up an Italian feast with a cooking class in Naples, whether that’s making the classic Neapolitan pizza, or the renowned local desserts of sfogliatella or zeppola.
Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Naples is a year-round destination. In summer the weather can get quite hot and many Italians head to the coast for their holidays. If you're interested in visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum it's best to go during spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant but not hot as there's no shelter from the sun on the archaeological sites. May can also be quite busy in Naples due to the 'Monuments of May' cultural festival that takes place every year. Christmas is a wonderful time to spend in Naples with traditional nativities displayed in the city. Due to its southern location, the weather stays relatively mild throughout the year.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.