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Best Time: March - May or September and October - these months the weather is neither too hot nor too cold Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

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"Italy's oldest - city of Pizza and Volcano"

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Naples is located towards southern Italy, on the western coast, by the Meditarranean sea. It is the third largest city in Italy, one of the oldest and most beautfiul cities in the world. The historic centre of Naples is infact a UNESCO World heritage site.

Naples is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and it has a very rich history. Located in the shadow of the active Mt Vesuvius, the city is located in the bay of Naples, with blue waters surrounding this old city. Naples is also one of the most densely populated cities in Italy. Naples, filled with historical buildings, museums and castles, is a dream come true for a history buff. Even if you're not a history lover, the city has beautiful vistas of the bay and some of teh finest easteries in all of Italy, as the pizza was born here.

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Nightlife in Naples

Nightlife in Naples is quite popular, with locals and foreigners flocking to this city to enjoy a vibrant and long evening. The liveliest areas are around Piazza Bellini, Piazza Santa Maria la Nova and Piazza San Domenico Maggiore - they get livelier as it gets darker. There are plenty of crowded winebars, most serving delicious sea food and other fresh baked delicacies.

Shopping in Naples

Naples has plenty of open markets, specialising in fresh produce, bakery products, footwear, souvenirs, antiques and ofcourse plenty of varieties of cheese and wine. Some of the markets are La Torretta market, Poggioreale Market, Naples Antiques Market, Scriptura Leather Shop - selling leather goodies, etc. The Centro Commerciale Auchan is the most famous mall in Naples, where you can find branded and unbranded goods - all under a single roof.

Currency in Naples

The official currency in Italy, which is part of the Eurozone, is Euro. Even smaller establishments use Euro as this is the single currency used. The Italian Lira was used only up to 1999.

Exchanging Money in Naples

Exchanging currency in Naples is not difficult, however, in terms of exchange rates, you may not get a good deal. There are several exchange booths and before doing any transaction, ask for that day's rate and any fee, if applicable. A better alternative is to use your ATM card to withdraw money in local currency. Most ATMs in Naples accept foreign cards. The central post office in Italy is also authorised to do exchange of currency, but it may take a long time.

Daily Budget for Naples

Per day costs in Naples for a budget trip can start from EUR 50 - EUR 70. These costs include three meals a day, some alcohol, transportation and entry passes for attractions. Eating in fancy restaurants, shopping, and other small upgrades can almost double that amount per day. Luxury travel in Naples can range between EUR 100 and 150.

Religion of Naples

Christianity is the largest religion in the city, within which Catholicism is vastly popular.

Naples Customs

Italians are known for their localism - they respect family values and give importance to clothing too. It is always a good idea to be well dressed in restaurants or tourist spots. Contribution of Italians to both culture and historical heritage is significant. Italy is world famous for it's food and music. Common in Italy, but specifically in Naples, it is good to know basic hand gestures for communication.

Language of Naples

The main language spoken in Italy is of course Italian, however, in the Campania region of Southern Italy where Naples is located, the Neapolitan language (currently called the Naples Dialect) is widely spoken. If you're an English speaker, you will get by with relative ease as most important signs are also in English. The locals speak poor englisg, but enough to communicate.

History of Naples

The documented history of Naples began around 4000 years ago. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, however, in a true sense, the city came to life around 6th century BC, in the greek settlement called Neapolis when it became an important centre of trade. The city then allied itself with the Roman empire, and after the fall of the empire, the city fell into various hands before becoming independent. After many more turbulent years, it finally joined modern Italy in the 19th century.

Restaurants and Local Food in Naples

The local cuisine in and around Naples concentrates on pasta, vegetables available all year round (sun dried tomatoes, zuccinni, egg-plant), freshly baked food such as bread and pizza, seafood and rice. Termed as the Neapolitan cuisine, it is also very famous for various varieties of cheese, including cheese from sheep's milk. If you're traveling to Naples, you must feast on a pizza, after all, the margherita pizza was supposedly born near Naples.
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How To Reach Naples

The Naples airport in Naples is connected via several daily flights from Rome. It isalso connected by bus and train. The average travel train is around 90 minutes by train.

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