Introducing the city

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About Naples

Lively Naples is a city of two halves; part busy, boisterous bar town, part ancient cultural site - there's plenty here to eat, see and explore.

In the family of Italian cities, Naples would probably be the rowdy teenager. Non-conformist, noisy and full of life, this metropolitan city is home to historic sights, lively bars and some of the world's best eateries. It has a population of around one million and as such, it feels pretty hectic (in a good way) at times. Vespas hoot past at incredible speed while locals shout loudly at each other (whether they’re arguing or inviting each other over for dinner is anyone’s guess). Big, bold and boisterous, this is a city with some serious spirit.

Naples has a reputation as one of the culinary capitals of the world – good food is everywhere. Local produce and some of the best, home-cooked pizzas on earth make it easy to dine well; it's not expensive either. It’s also got plenty to keep culture lovers busy; highlights are the Museo Archeologicao Nazionale and the palatial Museo di Capodimonte. Naples is also close - via bus or train - to the UNESCO listed Roman city of Pompeii, preserved in ash when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

You’re as likely to find examples of ancient and contemporary buildings as you are graffitied stone walls in this city of old and new – for a glimpse of local life head to one of the markets (Pignasecca's a top choice). If you fancy escaping the urban hub then hop on a train and head to any of the nearby Neapolitan beaches – you can also walk to the sea from the town centre. Part responsible adult, part boisterous big kid – Naples has many sides but hey, that’s what makes it Naples.

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When Should You Visit?

Late spring or early autumn (May, June and September) are good times to visit, before the city gets unbearably hot. Many locals vamoose in August.

Naples has a Mediterranean climate, with dry hot summers and mild winters. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, the coolest is January at 9 degrees Celsius; the wettest month is November. Summers can get particularly hot; take adequate sun protection.

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Travioor top tips

Art Pass
Local Lunch
Metro Art

Insider Info

  • The Campania Artecard (ask for the 'Napoli e Campi Flegrei' option) gives you access to major museums and includes citywide transport.

  • For lunch on a shoestring budget pick up some friggitorie (fried vegetables and pastries) from a bakery.

  • Naples’ metro system is home to wonderful examples of contemporary art (Anish Kapoor has recently contributed); keep a look out

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.79 | 10.00 €

3-Course Meal £35.16 | 40.00 €

Cappuccino £1.13 | 1.29 €

Beer £3.30 | 3.75 €

The Scene

Naples cuisine (rightly) has a reputation for being among the best in the world. The city’s favourite dishes are strongly influenced by the surrounding Campania region - expect plenty of pastas, cheeses, seafood and rice. The city lays claim to the world’s oldest pizzeria and this Italian staple is best tried in Naples. Some great places (including L’Antica Da Michele) serve only two types, margherita (tomatoes and mozzarella) and marinara (tomato and garlic).

Other favourites are spaghetti alle vongole (pasta with shellfish), pasta con i calamari (pasta cooked with squid sauce and white wine) and sartù di riso (rice, chicken liver, sausage, peas, mushrooms and tomato ragù). Aperitvo (pre-dinner drinks and snacks) are also popular; opt for a crisp glass of Italian Pinot Grigio or smooth Chianti with your nibbles. For dessert, you’ll often see locals enjoying a chilled glass of locally produced Limoncello or a few scoops of creamy gelato.

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History

Naples’s Story

During the 2nd millennium BC ancient Greek settlers developed parts of what is now modern day Naples. The area was initially known as Parthenope but was renamed Neápolis (new city) in the 6th century BC when it became increasingly significant and influential.

Naples later became part of the Roman Empire and gradually developed into a major cultural and political hub. Over the centuries, the city was used as a stronghold for several civilisations, including the Normans, the Aragonese and the Spanish. Because of this, the city has various different architectural styles and influences.

Language

Ciao | Hello
Grazie | Thank you

Italian

Although the official language of Naples (and Italy) is Italian, Neapolitan is also widely spoken. This Mediterranean influenced language shares some similarities with Italian but also with French, Spanish and Greek. Everyone also speaks Italian and because of the various Neapolitan dialects, using the national language is somewhat easier. The following Italian phrases may be useful.

  • Please: Per favore
  • Excuse me: Mi scusi
  • Do you speak English?: Parla inglese?

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Need to know

+39 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • The city has a reputation for robberies and theft; most of this is exaggerated. Be sensible, keep your belongings close by and treat it like any other major city (i.e.: don’t flash your Rolex...).
  • It’s very easy to travel around the city and the Neapolitan area on bus or train – get a Unico Card for a discount.
  • Avoid driving (it's mayhem) and be careful crossing the roads; Vespas zoom past at an alarmingly speedy rate.
  • If you go for a coffee (or a glass of something stronger), note that it usually costs more to sit at a table than at the bar.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Italy here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Archaeology

Step back in time at the wonderful Museo Archeologicao Nazionale, home to Campanian artefacts.

2. Pizza

Eat – for a real taste of Naples head to L’Antica Da Michele, which serves only margaritas, marinaras and beer.

3. Pompeii

Catch the train to nearby Pompeii; this amazingly preserved Roman city was covered in ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

4. Markets

Explore the markets – try Pignasecca for deliciously fresh fruit and local produce or Mercantino of Posilippo for vintage steals.

5. Nightlife

Hit the bar scene – drinking dens around Via Paladino attract the student crowd, while Piazza Bellini draws in the city’s cool kids.


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