The word Naples conjures up images of pizza, opera and Pompeii, but there is more to this fascinating city than just the stereotypical symbols of the city. The sprawling metropolis of Naples is located on the west coast of Italy, about 2 hours south of Rome. The immense character and culture of the city have made it a favourite holiday destination for those planning an Italian short break.
Naples has a fascinating artistic heritage and is overflowing with stately palaces, impressive Catholic churches and other splendid buildings that reflect the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Some of the popular places to visit include the ancient Duomo cathedral, the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), the famous Opera house Teatro San Carlo, as well as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale which houses a fascinating collection of items excavated from Pompeii and interesting Roman sculptures. Various tour companies offer in-depth guided tours of the best attractions in Naples.
If you are renting one of the beautiful holiday homes in Naples your holiday will not be complete without tasting an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Naples is recognised as the birthplace of the pizza, which is cooked in traditional wood-burning ovens. Other dishes that you may want to sample on a Naples holiday include spaghetti in ragù sauce, the sweet pastry struffoli as well as a variety of cheese and wines, which are reasonably priced.
The area surrounding Naples is most famous for the ancient city of Pompeii, which was buried under stone and ash in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
The Catacombe di San Gennaro are catacombs near Naples that consist of various corridors, arched chambers and tombs, which are supported by columns. The catacombs include ancient mosaics and frescoes.
The islands off the Naples coast are charming places to explore on a day trip from a self-catering Naples holiday home or apartment. The islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida can all be reached by ferry or hydrofoil that departs from Naples. The most famous of the islands is Capri, which has panoramic views and offers visitors plenty to explore including the famous Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto).
Naples has hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters characteristic of a Mediterranean climate. In the summer temperatures can reach 29°C while winter has daytime temperatures of around 12°C. The favourable weather makes Naples holidays pleasant whatever time of year you rent Naples apartments.
Naples international airport, Capodichino (NAP) can be reached from various airports in the UK on easyJet, Alitalia, and British Airways. It is advisable to use the city’s public transport to get to Naples apartments, as traffic in the city is chaotic.