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

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Naples is located in southern Italy, on the western coast, by the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest city in Italy, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. The historic centre of Naples is infact a UNESCO World heritage site. The Bay of Naples offers stunning views, and Naples serves as a perfect base to explore Amalfi Coast. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and charming coastal towns like Sorrento and Positano.

Naples, filled with historical buildings, museums, and castles, is a dream come true for a history buff. Located in the shadow of the active Mt Vesuvius, the volcano that famously erupted in 79 AD, burying the nearby Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Tourists often visit these archaeological sites to witness the remarkably preserved ruins and gain insights into daily life during ancient times. 

Naples is known for its lively atmosphere, especially in areas like Spaccanapoli, a narrow street that cuts through the heart of the historic center. Street markets, such as the Mercato di Porta Nolana, offer a glimpse into local life and provide opportunities for shopping. It is often considered the birthplace of pizza, and it's renowned for its delicious and authentic Neapolitan pizza. The city is also known for its street food, pastries, and seafood. Naples' culinary scene is a major draw for food enthusiasts.

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Must Know Before You Travel to Naples

  • Transportation: Naples has a well-connected public transportation system, including buses, trams, and the metro. Consider getting a Naples Card for unlimited access to public transportation and discounted entry to many attractions.
  • Bargaining at Markets: If you visit markets like Porta Nolana or Mercato di Porta Capuana, be prepared to haggle a bit. Bargaining is a common practice, especially when purchasing items like souvenirs or fresh produce.
  • Water Fountains: Naples has numerous public fountains where you can refill your water bottle. Look for drinking fountains in parks and public squares. The water from these fountains is usually safe to drink.
  • Restrooms: Public restrooms are available in many tourist areas, public squares, and transportation hubs. Some may charge a small fee for use, so it's a good idea to keep some coins handy.

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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.

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.

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.

Daily Budget for Naples

Creating a daily budget for Naples, Italy, will depend on individual preferences and travel style. But for a traveler on a budget, the city can be enjoyed within an estimated limit of €40-€80 per day.

  • Accommodation: Budget accommodation options like hostels and budget hotels in Naples can cost anywhere from €20 to €60 per night, depending on the location and time of year.
  • Food: Street food and local markets offer affordable options. On average, budget travelers can spend around €10-€20 per day on meals, including a mix of street food, pizza, and dining at inexpensive local restaurants.
  • Sightseeing: Many of Naples' attractions, like exploring the historic city center or wandering through Spaccanapoli, can be enjoyed for free. However, budget around €10-€20 per day for entrance fees to museums or historic sites.
  • Public Transport: Naples has an extensive public transportation system. A single bus or metro ticket costs around €1.50. A day pass for unlimited travel within the city is approximately €4.50. Budget around €5-€10 per day for public transport.
  • Miscellaneous Activities: Miscellaneous expenses may include things like a cup of coffee (€1-€2), a gelato (€2-€3), and other small purchases. Budget around €5-€10 per day for miscellaneous activities and personal expenses.

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.

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How to Reach Naples

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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.

How to reach Naples by flight

Alitalia has several daily flights from Rome, which in turn is very well connected with other destinations in the world. The duration of the flight is just around one hour.

How to reach Naples by road

You can rent a car and use the A1 highway, which directly connects Rome to Naples. The travel timeis less than 2 hours but there could be traffic jams on the way.

How to reach Naples by train

On an average weekday, there are 40+ trains - but they all have different transit times. You can reserve tickets up to 60 days before your travel date from italiarail.com

How to reach Naples by bus

There re several bus oeprators in this sector, and they generally stop at Piazza Garibaldi or Piazza Municipio

How to reach Naples by waterways

There are a couple of cruise ship operators such as MedMar group that offer passengers a ferry service from Rome that take you to the main port in Naples (Stazione Marittima).

Local transport in Naples

The best way to get around the city is by taxi, however, they can be quite expensive, it is best to check before hand if the taxi is licensed and is displaying the fare in the main languages, including in English. Walking can also be a great way of exploring the city, especially in the older part fo the city near the historic centre.

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What is the 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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What are the places near Naples?

The top places near to Naples are Pompeii which is 22 km from Naples, Rome which is located 188 km from Naples, Santorini which is located 26 km from Naples, Siena which is located 366 km from Naples, Venice which is located 534 km from Naples

What are the top hotels in Naples?

There are 4659 in Naples which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Naples are Villino Italia, Cielo Mare e Terra, Bed And Breakfast Via Toledo 156, B&B Il Centrale, Sulle Tracce Di Sofia Loren, Residenza I Colori dell'arte. You can see all the hotels in Naples here

What is the best way 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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What is the best time to visit Naples?

South Italy, where Naples is located, sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and hence, the weather can be quite warm the whole year round, except for the winter months. Summer can be harsh, so it is not advisable to travel to Naples during July and August. Another reason to avoid travel during August is that most Italians are on vacation. Spring and Fall are the best times to travel here. If you travel during the winter, you need to keep in mind that the week of Christmas can be extremely crowded in lieu of Christmas.
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