As the historic capital of the southern Italy Campania region with over 2,500 years of history, Naples is renowned as the birthplace of pizza, the romantic guitar and the mandolin. Founded by the ancient Greeks, the region was eventually absorbed into the Roman Republic; after which it unified with Sicily and finally joined with Italy. Today, guests can sample some of the world's finest cuisine between bouts of spectacular sightseeing, bake their own pizza in a number of authentic pizzerias, lounge on golden beaches or visit an island spa with natural thermal pools.
Day trips beyond the borders of Naples can also take you to explore:
Sample fine wines, fresh bruschetta, and discover why famous figures like writer Henrik Ibsen and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche vacationed here.
- Pompeii and Herculaneum
Two of the most important archeological sites ever uncovered. These were thriving cities until buried from an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The excavations have provided detailed insight into life during the Roman Empire. Hike to the summit of the volcano or tour the ruins of each city.
Sample local products like perfumes, crafts, handmade leather shoes and limoncello-a famed liquor. Indulge in real Italian gelato or spend the afternoon shopping before touring the gardens of Villa San Michele.
Places to Explore
An ancient city buried under ash and pumice stone by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. After 1600 years, the city was excavated and an entire civilization was discovered. Tour lavish private homes with central courtyards, fountains and vivid interior murals.
Destroyed by hot Vesuvian mud that sealed and protected entire buildings. Marble floors, mosaics, paintings and carbonized woods are preserved in amazing condition. From this site, hike up the volcano and visit a working farm to learn about handmade mozzarella production.
- Cathedral - Duomo
Behold the marvelous Cathedral of Naples, where the sacred relics of San Gennaro are kept. Built at the end of the 12th century, this striking structure has been lovingly restored.
- Amalfi Coast
The stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula is known for its scenic beauty, picturesque towns and crystalline waters lined with lush lemon trees.
Italian is the official language and all public signs are in Italian.
The Euro is the main currency. Major credit cards are accepted at many shops, stores and restaurants. Payments under 10 Euros are customarily made with cash.
- How to Get Around
- Taxis are available both at and outside the terminal. Those waiting at the terminal are generally more expensive.
- The Metro is a highly efficient underground railway system. Naples is also connected directly to Rome by a railway with trains running at almost 186 mph, making the journey in under an hour.
- The port of Naples features several ferries that will take visitors directly to Capri, Ischia and Sorrento.
- The jetfoil terminal (high speed boat) to Sorrento, Capri and Ischia is a 10-minute walk from the port.