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For several centuries, Naples has been among the largest and most bustling cities in Italy, and when seen from afar it seems to sprawl for miles, hugging the coastline of the Bay of Naples and even up the sides of Mount Vesuvius.
When most people think of Italian history, the first city that springs to mind is usually Rome, although with Naples having been founded by the ancient Greeks and thriving during the Middle Ages, it really does give the capital a run for its money in terms of historic sites and attractions. With plenty of splendid Greco-Roman relics, divine Gelato and Neapolitan pizza, and a booming underground arts scene, the city is made for exploration.
Why choose Naples?
Naples and the surrounding area has something to offer for everyone. Whilst the city is vibrant with lots of exciting things to see and do, it is also the gateway to other nearby attractions and Southern Italy. The ruins of Pompeii are among the most popular sites to visit, and can be accessed using the Circumsuviana railway. The Gulf of Naples is just a short drive away and the Amalfi coast is an area not to be missed if you're looking for a place to relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
Taste authentic Neapolitan pizza
Naples is the birthplace of the pizza. Made using traditional techniques and protected local recipes that have remained unchanged for centuries, Neapolitan pizza really is something that must be tried when visiting the city. To sample some of the best in town, keep an eye out for restaurants bearing the logo of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN).
Take a step back in time
Spend days or even weeks exploring the remnants of millennia past. Head to ‘Spaccanapoli’ to see the highest concentration of historic, religious and artistic sites in Naples or stroll through the empires of the ancient world at the Naples National Archaeological Museum. The museum contains a huge number of fascinating artefacts from across the ancient world. As well as housing an impressive exhibition on Pompeii, it also gives an insight into the Greek and Egyptian Empires, and medieval Europe.
Old Fashioned Diversions
There’s a rich tapestry of theatre, opera and baroque music history in Naples, although it is worth noting that there is a language barrier to overcome which can sometimes get tricky. There's also a bright and exciting array of contemporary art galleries which won’t require any translation. Travellers will fall in love with opera at San Carlo. It's one of the most splendid opera houses in the world and the oldest opera house still operating in Europe - a true masterpiece of gilded opulence.
Visit the best preserved ancient ruin in the world
Although not technically located in Naples itself, the ancient city of Pompeii can be reached in just 35 minutes from the Centro Storico, and is perhaps the most famous Roman ruin in the world. Having become preserved in lava following a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvious in 79 AD, it now provides an incredibly vivid look back at life during Roman times, and despite all of its residents having perished nearly 2,000 years ago, the place still somehow seems very much alive. Pompeii is a short journey from Naples. To get there, take the train rather than a taxi as it’s faster and only cost 2.80Euro from the main station in Naples.
The surrounding area
Gateway to the Gulf of Naples and Amalfi coast
Not far from the centre of Naples you can find yourself on the sun kissed coast of Southern Italy. Lined with postcard picturesque Italian towns like Sorrento and Positano, it’s the ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The beautiful island of Capri lies just off of the coast and can be accessed by boat from Sorrento. When visiting the island, take the Seggiovia (chair lift) to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island. En route, admire the lemon tree orchards which are used to produce Limoncello Di Capri.