Naples Holidays & City Breaks

Naples Holidays & City Breaks

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Lively and charismatic, Naples is one of southern Italy’s coastline gems. Holidays to Naples will transport you to a fast-paced city full of charm and brimming with history. One of the oldest cities in Europe and capital of the Campania region, this Mediterranean hotspot  is home to fascinating architecture, effortlessly combining the old and the new.

Naples showcases a vibrant street culture and art scene, adding to its charm. Not to mention it boasts some of the best cuisine across the globe. From its iconic art galleries to its open-air markets, the city promises an endless list of fascinating sights.  

Naples holidays are perfect for those seeking a little adventure. Spend your time wandering the vast maze of preserved streets before heading to one of the beaches for total relaxation. And if you fancy exploring Naples’s idyllic natural surroundings, a trip to Mount Vesuvius is a must. 

Bay of Naples 

The Bay of Naples is one of Italy’s top places to visit. Located along the country’s southwestern coast, this ocean inlet offers something for everyone, whether you want to relax on a beach or explore ancient ruins. From here, you can take a ferry ride to the neighbouring islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, which all offer something unique. 

Capri is a haven for nature - lovers, complete with lush greenery and tranquil waters. It’s also home to Blue Grotto, a mesmerising sea cave used as a marine temple during Roman times. For beachgoers, Ischia is the place to visit. Unwind on soft sands and enjoy the calming effects of the island’s thermal spas. Or enjoy the sleepy, chilled-out atmosphere on the tiny island of Procida. Relax on its volcanic beach and explore Terra Murata, a picturesque fortress-like village. 

Naples Pizza and Food 

Naples is a real haven for foodies. After all, the city is the birthplace of pizza – one of the most popular foods in the world today. Holidays in Naples wouldn’t be complete without sampling a slice of Neapolitan pizza. This is a Naples original made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese – delicious. 

As a coastal town, its seafood is also particularly tasty. Fresh fish dishes dominate the culinary scene, and many menus feature clams and shellfish as key ingredients in their food creations.

Other popular dishes include sfogliatelle, a shell-shaped flaky pastry, and frittata di pasta, a much-loved pasta omelette available at many street food stalls across the city. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find cuisine in Naples to tickle your fancy.  

Historical Discoveries 

Journey back in time with a trip to Pompeii, the Campania region’s most popular sight. Pompeii is around 30 minutes from Naples by car or train, making it the perfect location for a day trip.

This archaeological site was once a bustling Roman city until it was buried by ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii remained frozen in time until it was discovered by chance at the end of the 16th century. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important historical discoveries in the world. 

Today, you can walk around the area and explore the ancient villas and amphitheatres. Take a guided tour and learn more about what life would have been like in a first-century Roman settlement.  

You can also visit Mount Vesuvius and discover the mountain that destroyed Pompeii. Its popular trail route is around 4km up to the highest point and back down again, offering mesmerising views over the Bay and City of Naples.
 

Map of Naples

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Naples has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 24.5°C. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 9°C.

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The main airport in Naples International Airport

Naples is best for

City lovers: If you enjoy exploring fascinating cities, Naples is the ideal holiday destination. There is plenty to discover here, from its world-class museum of modern art to its spectacular medieval fortress. Spend an afternoon in Naples Old Town, where you’ll find magnificent fountains, beautiful palaces and ancient churches.  

History buffs: Naples provides a good base for a trip to Pompeii, located around 30 minutes away by bus or train. Learn more about this incredible archaeological site and how its ruins were discovered in the late 16th century.  

Foodies: Naples is a total paradise for foodies. Not only is it the home of Neapolitan pizza, but its coastal location also means the seafood is particularly delicious. Enjoy the best of Naples’ culinary scene at one of the many restaurants dotted across the city.  
 

Fast facts for Naples

Language: The most common language used in Naples is Neapolitan, which is a Romance language that developed from Latin. It differs slightly from Italian. Although Italian is still widely spoken.

Currency: The currency used in Naples is the Euro (EUR). 

Local time: Naples is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time. 

Fly to: You will fly to Naples International Airport (NAP), located 5km from the city centre. 

Flight time from UK: 2.45 hours.  

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found on official website for tourism in Naples.

Visa / health: Before you travel, check the latest health advice at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.    

Getting around Naples

By foot: Most attractions in Naples are within walking distance from one another, so travelling by foot is one of the best ways to explore the city.

By Metro: The Metro is Naples’ underground train network. It features two lines (1 and 2) that will take you to the city’s main points. Trains run every 6 to 15 minutes, from 06.20am until 11pm (and until 01am on Saturdays).  

By bus: Buses are the most common form of public transport in Naples. There is a range of routes that will take you to different areas of the city, as well as inter-city routes that link to other places across Italy. 

By taxi: Although it’s easy to get around Naples by foot or public transport, there’s also the option of travelling by taxi. The city’s official taxis are white, and you can hail one in the street or find one at a designated taxi rank. 
 

Events in Naples

Feast of Saint Januarius: The Feast of Saint Januarius is the biggest religious festival in Naples. It takes place on the 19th of September every year to honour the patron saint of Naples, St Januarius. The event includes a religious ceremony alongside a procession, and festivities often continue for up to eight days after the initial date of celebration. 

Maggio dei monumenti (May of the Monuments): This is considered one of Naples’ most important cultural occasions and features a range of events such as exhibitions, readings and theatre performances. The celebration takes place every year in May (although it often runs from early April and into June). During this time, palaces and churches across the city offer free entrance to visitors. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the city’s culture and history. 

Napoli Teatro Festival Italia: This is Naples’ international film festival that takes place every year during June and July. The festival began in 2007, and is still one of the city’s most treasured events. The festival’s organisation produces plays and exhibitions involving actors from across the globe.

Naples safety and security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Naples, please visit please visit the FCDO website.  

Naples weather

Temperature: Naples has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 24.5°C. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of just 9°C. 

Best time to visit: If you want to make the most of relaxing on Naples’ idyllic beaches, the best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is at its hottest. If you prefer to spend the majority of your time exploring the city, visit Naples during the springtime when the weather is slightly cooler but still pleasant and dry.