There are also plenty of other things for visitors to Naples to see and do. ‘Bella Napoli’ has a distinct character and esteemed history. Considered somewhat maverick by the rest of Italy, it is a city where tourists, the mob and endless entertainment options intermingle effortlessly.
The 800-year-old Duomo holds centre stage in this ancient city. It’s located near the central piazza and in sight of several other important religious attractions such as the beautiful baroque churches of Chiesa dei Girolamini and Chiesa del Gesu Nuovo. The Palazzo Reale (palace) is another tourist magnet in the area.
The beautifully located Castel Sant ’Elmo, offering spectacular views out over the bay and the city itself, is a must-see. Further along, the 13th century Castel Nuovo overlooks the ferry port and Norman castle, surrounded by the tiny fishing village of Borgo Marinaro.
Naples’ famous opera house, Teatro San Carlo, situated on the elegant Piazza Trento, is one of Italy’s most important. The most recommended museums in the city include: the 18th century Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte, full of Renaissance art, and the National Archaeological Museum, which is loaded with artifacts recovered from Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Naples is also ‘home’ of the pizza and offers endless pizzerias and cafes in its old district. Via Floridiana is a lovely lush public park in which to relax if you’re tired of sightseeing.
The Amalfi coastline, south of Naples, is among the most spectacular in the Mediterranean. Sorrento and Positano are two of the most picturesque towns here. A trip to Pompeii, giving an excellent insight into Roman urban life preserved under the ash of the devastating eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD, is a must for all visitors.
Capodichino Airport is eight kilometers northeast of the city center, and serves the whole of southern Italy, with limited long haul flights but regular flights to all major European centers.