Meet Naples, the city where history and culture are intertwined with flavours and exciting activities. Explore the cemetery of skulls within the Fontanelle cemetery and the lost city of Pompeii, or visit the famous Vesuvius volcano and the island of Capri. Discover the lost tunnels of Naples and discover the other side of Naples, then end the day visiting the bars, restaurants and vivid nightlife in the evening. Castles, museums and churches add a finishing touch to the picturesque old-world feel.
The historic city of Naples was founded about 3,000 years ago as Partenope by Greek merchants. Later, the settlement took the name of Palepolis, the old city, and in 475 BC it became Neapolis, the new city. Under various phases of foreign rule, the city developed continuously, until it became the capital of the most important of the pre-unification states, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The rulers of that Kingdom, the Bourbons, constructed a magnificent palace in nearby Caserta and filled the city with historic structures of all kinds.
The historic centre of Naples, with its splendid palaces and its popular and lively working-class districts, is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Naples also boasts an underground city, as well as its famous panoramic views. Moreover, this hospitable city is marked by contrasts and popular traditions, such as the annual miracle whereby San Gennaro’s ‘blood’ becomes liquid in front of the eyes of his followers.
Naples is famous throughout the world primarly because of pizza (which, you'll discover, only constitutes a small part of the rich local cuisine) and popular music, with famous songs such as 'O Sole Mio'.
Neapolitans believe their cuisine to be among the finest in the world. The best way to decide if you agree is tasting some local speciality: different pasta recipes (with the 'pummarola' tomato sauce, or 'alla puttanesca' with olives and capers), typical pastries like babà or sfogliatella, and of course an authentic pizza, which made its appearance in Naples over 500 years ago. Neapolitan cuisine proudly uses modest ingredients such as oil, pecorino cheese, and aromatic herbs to convey its typical Mediterranean taste.
Naples bristles with great coffee, or rather 'caffè', which means 'espresso' there. The most popular coffee types in Naples are caffè ristretto, caffè lungo and caffè macchiato. Neapolitans often order a shot with their coffee, for example sambuca or whiskey.
Neapolitan nightlife is vibrant and packed with people. It starts teeming around 8pm in the Chiaia area - coming for a drink, you might have the impression that the whole neighbourhood have descended into the tiny space around via Belledonne a Chiaia for an aperitivo. Another crowded area is Piazza Bellini, especially in summer and spring time.
If you're looking for fashionable clothes, accessories or jewellery, head to via Calabritto, via Filangieri, via Chiaia and via Toledo, where you'll find plenty of fashion brands such as Bulgari, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
In the same area, two boutiques boast impressive local collections. One of them is called Ernesto Esposito (via Santa Caterina a Chiaia 20), and showcases the sexed-up heels created by its namesake designer, a Neapolitan who also works for Fendi, Sonia Rykiel and Via Spiga. The other one, Marinella (Riviera di Chiaia 287), is a tiny shop with a huge reputation for its classic men's accessories and, especially, silk ties.
A huge flea market with good bargains is found close to the Poggioreale jail and runs from Thursday through Monday. For typical handmade products, the best place to go is the Quartieri Spagnoli. This area still has the highest number of old craftsmen’s shops. The sophisticated, expensive Capodimonte porcelain, cameos and gouaches are particularly famous. Naples is also tied to the traditions of leather goods as well as gold and silver objects. If you are interested in buying the famous nativity scene figurines made in terracotta you should visit via San Gregorio Armeno: here you can find all types of figurines, all made by hand.
Naples International Airport, Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli, is located approximately 7 kilometres from the city centre.
To get into the city centre, take a special bus from the local transport company ANM. Its name is Alibus and it departs 250 metres from Terminal 1 every 20 minutes. You can buy the ticket on borad, or visit www.anm.it .
Taxis are available from outside the arrival concourse, and most of them have fixed rates for trips to the major destinations.
To hire a car, make an inquiry directly to a car company, such as:
Avis Naples Airport
+39 081 780 5790
Europcar Naples Airport
+39 081 780 5643
Hertz Naples Aeroporto
+39 081 231 1200
Address: Naples International Airport, Naples
Phone: +39 081 789 6111
Passport / Visa
Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to go sightseeing in Naples and enjoying its beauty to the fullest is probably spring or late summer - May, June, or September. The weather should be warm and pleasant, even if a couple rainy days can happen.
June and August are the best months for going to the beach and swimming, but they can be very hot. Plus, the city might feel a bit empty, since many Neapolitans go abroad on their summer holidays.
Christmas time in Naples be a surprising experience - the city gets crowded with street markets and nativity-themed stands.
The most comfortable way to get around Naples is walking, but since the city is quite large, sooner or later you might have to use public transport. It is best to avoid driving because of the heavy traffic.
The Unico Campania company has an integrated fare card system to cover the public transport network for the whole area. The card covers 14 different types of transportation and is called TIC ticket.
You can buy hourly, daily, weekly and monthly tickets at tobacco shops or at some newspaper stands; there are also ticket machines in many railways and metro stations.
It is very important to validate the ticket in order to avoid fines - you can find validating machines on board. Validate your daily, weekly and monthly ticket at first use, and remember to fill out personal information on the ticket if required.
Different tourist cards are also available - check the most updated offers on the Unico website:
Phone: +39 081 551 3109
The main taxi companies in Naples are:
Radio Taxi Napoli
+39 081 8888 1111
+39 081 01 01
Post offices in Italy are indicated by a yellow and blue sign. Find one of them at:
Address: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 2, Naples
Phone: +39 081 428 9814
Farmacia Di Lullo:
Address: Via Genova 23/25/27, Naples
Phone: +39 081 268 303
Country code: +39
Area code: 081 (Naples)