Naples and its coast are great for exploring and its public transport system is cheap and easy to use. The city of Naples can be accessed by a superb Metro system and Line 1 will incorporate many of the must-visit sights of your holiday such as the historic centre and the port. Naples also boasts an efficient tram service and a funicular railway that takes visitors uphill to further landmarks within the Vomero district together with the most spectacular views. The historic Castel Sant’Elmo can be visited by funicular as can the Museum of San Martino.
The Gulf of Naples coastline is teeming with natural beauty and scattered with delightful islands. It’s so easy to jump on a boat to explore, each island is so unique. Capri is picture postcard beautiful and just a ferry ride away from Naples. The island can be reached in a couple of hours by ferry or hydrofoil. There are two pretty harbours to explore including the Marina Grande popular visitors in their multi million pound yachts. Anacapri is a beautiful hilltop village reached by numerous hairpin bends but well worth the effort for the scenery at the top. Other islands to explore include Ischia and Procida which is linked to the tiny island of Vivara by a little bridge.
The Naples region is steep in history and culture. In the city alone there are hundreds of Catholic churches to admire and visit. Naples is also home to numerous art galleries and is one of the best cities in Italy to view contemporary art. There are also various museums in Naples with the Neapolitan Archaeology Museum being especially celebrated as one of the best of its kind in Europe. The city has culture abound and sitting in one of the beautiful piazzas is enough to feel immersed in history. With incredible architecture and fascination sculptures, a holiday in Naples is complete by just sitting and people watching.
Naples is extremely proud of the fact that the pizza originated here. When the shipping and export industry grew in the late 18th Century, there was a huge influx of workers who needed quick, cheap and filling food. The Margherita pizza was named in honour of the then Queen of Italy and represents the Italian flag with red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil leaves. Pizza is still extremely popular in Naples and many restaurants have open kitchens where it’s great to watch chefs throwing, stretching and spinning the pizza dough and then adding the toppings in an almost theatrical way. Naples also hosts the World Pizza Making championship.
The coast of Amalfi is well known as the originator and main producer of the limoncello liqueur. The large and particularly juicy lemons are grown on terraces along the coastline and are extremely fragrant. Made from just four ingredients; lemon zest, water, alcohol and sugar, Limoncello is a popular to drink as a digestive after a meal. This tart, yet sweet, drink is now well known in Europe and beyond and is big business in the Campania region.
A fascinating day out from Naples. The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was completely submerged by a volcanic eruption by Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Excavation has revealed remains of amphitheatres, houses and market squares that were well preserved under the volcanic ash and shows a real snapshot in to life at the time the city was devastated. Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular attractions in Italy. Mount Vesuvius and its National Park can be visited up close. The volcano on the European mainland that is still active, it is possible to climb upwards, following a beautiful nature trail, before reaching the top to view the crater. The views of the region are incredible from here.
One of the most photographed, painted and sketched towns and it’s clear to see why. Positano clings on to the cliff side and is awash with colour and character. Roads are replaced by numerous flights of steps, which makes the town quiet and very special. Once a prosperous port, Positano has a wealth of history which can be explored in the local museum. Positano now attracts many rich and famous visitors who have been captivated by its beauty. The main beach is great for relaxation and the clear blue sea is most inviting. Positano is also well known for its daily freshly caught fish and sea food with a local speciality being the grilled octopus.
In the months of June through to August, the temperature in the peak summer months can reach up to 30 degrees, but there is low humidity and a constant sea breeze to keep the hot weather in check. Autumn is still pleasant with weather still warm in early October, but turns colder and wetter in November through to February.
If you are a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Italy but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy.
The currency used is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken is Italian.