Naples is situated in southern Italy in the region of Campania it is an ideal location for a short city break
and can provide a base for seeing more attractions in the surrounding area. The city is within easy reach of the islands of Capri, Ischia and of Mount Vesuvius. With its beautiful bay, ornate and historic buildings and some amazing architecture, Naples is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
Walking is the best way to discover Naples, there are numerous sightseeing opportunities and while taking in the sights you should take some time to browse round the many different shops.
Crossing old Naples is the Roman Street Spaccanapoli a characteristic part of the city which branches off into several 13th-14th century narrow streets and alleyways. As you wander around these ancient streets find a café relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this historic area.
There are many places of interest to see, the 13th century Duomo which has had a number of restorations over the centuries is worth visiting. Inside you can see frescoes a mosaic floor, the main baptism font dates from the early 17th century. The National Archaeological Museum is a must see it is one of the most important museums in Europe housing treasures found in the digs of Pompeii plus a collection of fascinating objects which belonged to the Bourbon family.
The Capodimonte Museum & Gallery which opened in 1950 is home to a significant art collection and includes works by Michelangelo, Raffaello among others.
In the city there are several charming and beautiful churches, the Church of San Gregorio Armeno with its frescoed interior and the Church of Gesü Nuovo with its lavish interior are worth seeing. There are other museums and important churches which may be of interest but on a short visit to the city it is impossible to see them all. As you explore Naples you will also find many interesting monuments.
You may prefer to take a guided tour of the city these take in the main visitor attractions, there are also some interesting sightseeing bus tours, some of the hotels offer excursions or you can contact the Tourist Information Office for more details if you are travelling independently.
The oldest area of the city is between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo. Across from the famous Teatro San Carlo (San Carlo Theatre) is the Galleria Umberto I, an imposing building which was inaugurated in 1890 and is still a remarkable structure today. Inside are fashion stores, restaurants, shops and cafes somewhere to spend some time in grand surroundings.
With plenty of eateries to choose from, you can try traditional Neapolitan cooking, pizza was invented in Naples so you may want to sample one here!
Accommodation choices vary from budget to 5 star hotels, you can reach Naples by plane from many U.K. airports, Capodichino Airport, Naples, is about 4 miles north-east of the city.
Nightlife can be spent in the bars and restaurants; there are discos and nightclubs which can be somewhat expensive.
The public beach areas get very crowded in the summer months and are of grey volcanic sand you will find more appealing beaches near Positano which is located just south of Naples or make for one of the nearby islands. Capri is approximately a 45 minute journey by hydrofoil. Springtime and early summer are probably the best times to visit Naples and the stunning Amalfi Coast.