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Naples Tourism And Travel Guide
8.8° C / 47.8° F
April to July
6 to 7 Days
Capodichino Airport (7 kms)
Piazza Garibaldi Station (1.3 kms)
Naples, the third largest municipality in Italy has a population of over three million people. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world and has been ruled by different kingdoms throughout the centuries. The city has seen a huge economic growth over the years and tourism in Naples has boomed. The city is established in an area that is easy accessible by air, rail, road and by sea and also commuting inside Naples is convenient due to the extensive network of public transportation. The weather in Naples is perfect in any season to enjoy; in fact springs are the perfect times to visit the city. There are several things to do in this beautiful city hiding in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius. Read our travel guide to Naples and plan your trip to this beautiful part of Italy.
How to Reach
Naples has its own airport called the Naples Airport or the Capodichino Airport, which is located at a distance of 7 km from the main city. Prime airlines ply from several Italian as well as European cities to Naples, making it the most convenient and the fastest way to reach the destination.
The A1 motorway is the best way to drive to Naples from Rome as well as Milan. The road that leads to Naples is absolutely gorgeous and a road trip to the place is an experience to have. However, there is heavy traffic in the city and driving may not be the best option.
The Piazza Garibaldi Station is the city’s main railway station and is located at a distance of 1.3 km from the main part of the city. This is the prime railway station that serves passengers travelling from other cities in Italy and Europe to Naples.
It is possible to reach Naples by sea due to the high volume of cruise ships serving the people of this area and other cities in the country and Europe. The ship stops at Stazione Marittima, which is close to the city and easy to commute to.
Commuting within the city is quite easy due to the large network of metro as well as public transportation. Cabs are available to go sightseeing but, the city is crowded with a lot of vehicles and the best way to get around is to use the metro.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Spring is the best season to visit Naples, with temperatures ranging from 7 °C (44 °F) to 23 °C (73 °F), making it the perfect time. The scenery of the city is more pleasant at this time with blossoming flowers and plants and the weather absolutely pleasant.
The climate in Naples is subtropical and temperatures that range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) in the night to 38°C (100°F) during the afternoons. It especially gets hot during the months of July and the first week of August. The last few weeks of August start to cool down, bringing in the autumn season.
In the initial months, it is still a bit warm from the summer, but as autumn progresses, the temperature starts to drop and ranges from 17 °C (62 °F) to 27 °C (81 °F) during the day. There is a good amount of rainfall and a number of thunderstorms during this season.
Winter in Naples is moderate and temperatures range from 13 °C (55 °F) during the day to 6 °C (43 °F) in the night. Some winters are very cold and temperatures drop to below freezing level, making it snow, but it is very rare. This season is also filled with rains and thunderstorms.
Things to Do
Trek on Mount Vesuvius:
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano which erupts once in every twenty years. This volcano is safe to travel to and one can enjoy breathtaking sights of the Bay of Naples as well as the beautiful Apennine Mountains.
Visit Santa Lucia:
If you want to experience the local culture, you must visit the district of Santa Lucia. The cobbled streets are filled with places to eat, serving local cuisine and shops selling handmade crafts and boutiques selling clothing and accessories that are world renowned.
Naples is where Pizza originated from and it goes without saying that you will get the most delicious pizza in this city. Some of the best pizzerias to dine in are located in the center of the city and it is an experience to eat pizza on the streets of Naples.
Visit the Ruins:
The city of Pompeii and Heculaneum that were completely destructed from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a must visit. The ruins found in the excavation of these cities give us more insight into the life and times of the different civilizations that were living in the region.
Walk on Via San Gregorio Armeno:
The Via San Gregorio Armeno is one of the most famous streets in Naples that sells a variety of things that are made locally. The street is alsonknown for making and selling terracotta nativity figures that are on display throughout the street. The various figures on display also give us an idea of the culture of Naples.
When it comes to Italian food, Naples is sure to impress. Palazzo Petrucci is a famous restaurant where the culinary heritage of Naples is reinvented and authentic local cuisine is cooked in a simple manner yet takes your taste buds for a ride. Sorbillo is a great place to go to if you are craving pizzas; located in the heart of the city, this place serves simple cheese pizzas to the more exquisite ones with a number of toppings on them. If you are on the move and need something quick to eat, you might want to stop by at Friggitoria Vomero; a restaurant that specializes in street food. They have quick bites like panzarotti (potato croquettes), eggplant slices and deep-fried zucchini flowers amongst many other fried food items. Other restaurants that are famous amongst the people are Il Transatlantico, Il Ristorantino dell'Avvocato, Pintauro and many more.
Naples is not particularly known for shopping, but the streets and boutiques are bustling with handmade handicrafts. One of the best places to go shopping in Naples is ViaToledo; it is the oldest shopping street in Naples and is 12 km long. Buy souvenirs, gifts, local goods, accessories and a lot more from this street. Chiaia District is another place where the crowds flock to shop; this place is mostly known for high end boutiques selling luxury brands. Other places to ship include Poggioreale Market, A’Curreia, Oblovma, San Gregorio Armeno Market and many other spots for shoppers to enjoy.