Naples' ancient streets echo its Greco-Roman heritage, while its vibrant neighbourhoods pulse with modern Italian energy. Discover the famous Mount Vesuvius, explore picturesque castles, museums, and churches, savour sumptuous Neapolitan cuisine, and take a day trip to the charming island of Capri, Naples' unique blend of tradition and vitality makes it an unforgettable destination for art, history, and culinary enthusiasts alike.
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Police (Carabinieri): 112
Fire Brigade (Vigili del fuoco): 115
Ambulance (Ambulanza): 118
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Corriere del Mezzogiorno: napoli.corriere.it
La Repubblica: www.repubblica.it
Corriere della Sera: www.corriere.it
Il Sole 24 Ore: www.ilsole24ore.com
Shops are usually open from 10 am to 1:30 pm and then from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Larger shops are normally open continuously during the day. Shops can be open on Sundays at their own discretion.
The city: 909,048 (2022)
Metro area: 2,179,000 (2023)
Via San Giuseppe dei Nudi, 82, Naples
+39 800 134 034
Open Mon–Sat 9:30am–2:30pm, Sat & Sun closed
The historic city of Naples was founded about 3,000 years ago as Partenope by Greek merchants. Later, the settlement took the name of Palepolis, the old city, and in 475 BC it became Neapolis, the new city. Under various phases of foreign rule, the city developed continuously, until it became the capital of the most important of the pre-unification states, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The rulers of that Kingdom, the Bourbons, constructed a magnificent palace in nearby Caserta and filled the city with historic structures of all kinds.
The historic centre of Naples, with its splendid palaces and its popular and lively working-class districts, is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Naples also boasts an underground city, as well as its famous panoramic views. Moreover, this hospitable city is marked by contrasts and popular traditions, such as the annual miracle whereby San Gennaro's 'blood' becomes liquid in front of the eyes of his followers.
Naples is famous throughout the world primarily because of pizza (which, you'll discover, only constitutes a small part of the rich local cuisine) and popular music, with famous songs such as 'O Sole Mio'.
Neapolitans believe their cuisine to be among the finest in the world. The best way to decide if you agree with them is by tasting some of the local specialities, which include pasta recipes (with the 'pummarola' tomato sauce, or 'alla puttanesca' with olives and capers), typical pastries like babà or sfogliatella, and of course, an authentic pizza, which made its appearance in Naples over 500 years ago. Neapolitan cuisine proudly uses modest ingredients such as oil, pecorino cheese, and aromatic herbs to convey its typical Mediterranean taste.
Naples bristles with great coffee, or rather 'caffè', which means 'espresso' there. The most popular coffee types in Naples are 'caffè ristretto' (a short shot of a more highly concentrated espresso coffee), 'caffè lungo' (espresso coffee drink with more water), and 'caffè macchiato' (espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed).
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Neapolitan nightlife is vibrant and packed with people. It starts teeming around 8 pm in the Chiaia area — coming for a drink, you might have the impression that the whole neighbourhood has descended into the tiny space around via Belledonne a Chiaia for an aperitivo. Another crowded area is Piazza Bellini, especially in summer and springtime.
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If you're looking for fashionable clothes, accessories, or jewellery, head to Via Calabritto, Via Filangieri, Via Chiaia, and Via Toledo, where you'll find plenty of fashion brands. In the same area, two boutiques boast impressive local collections. One of them is called Ernesto Esposito (Via Cavallerizza a Chiaia, 51), and showcases the sexed-up heels created by its namesake designer, a Neapolitan who also works for Fendi, Sonia Rykiel, and Via Spiga. The other one, Marinella (Riviera di Chiaia, 287a), is a tiny shop with a huge reputation for its classic men's accessories and, especially, silk ties.
A huge flea market with good bargains is found close to the Poggioreale jail and runs from Thursday through Monday. For typical handmade products, the best place to go is the Quartieri Spagnoli. This area still has the highest number of old craftsmen’s shops. The sophisticated, expensive Capodimonte porcelain, cameos and gouaches are particularly famous. Naples is also tied to the traditions of leather goods, as well as gold and silver objects.
And if you're interested in buying the famous nativity scene figurines made in terracotta you should visit Via San Gregorio Armeno. Here, you can find all types of figurines, all made by hand.
Naples-Capodichino International Airport (NAP)
Naples-Capodichino International Airport (NAP) is located approximately 7 kilometres from the city centre. To get into the city centre, take a special bus from the local transport company ANM. Its name is Alibus and it departs 250 metres from Terminal 1 every 20 minutes. Taxis are available from outside the arrival concourse, and most of them have fixed rates for trips to major destinations.
Address: Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino "Ugo Niutta", Viale F. Ruffo di Calabria, Naples
Phone: +39 081 789 6111
More Information: www.anm.it
Best Time to Visit
The best time to go sightseeing in Naples and enjoy its beauty to the fullest is probably spring or late summer — May, June, or September. The weather should be warm and pleasant, even if a couple of rainy days can happen. June and August are the best months for going to the beach and swimming, but they can be very hot. Plus, the city might feel a bit empty, since many Neapolitans go abroad on their summer holidays. Christmas time in Naples is a surprising experience — the city gets crowded with street markets and nativity-themed stands.
Passport / Visa
Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
The most comfortable way to get around Naples is by walking, but since the city is quite large, sooner or later you might have to use public transport — it is best to avoid driving because of the city's heavy traffic.
The Unico Campania company has an integrated fare card system to cover the public transport network for the whole area. The card covers 14 different types of transportation and is called a TIC ticket.
You can buy hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly tickets at tobacco shops, some newspaper stands, and ticket machines in many railways and metro stations. It is very important to validate the ticket in order to avoid fines — you can find validating machines on board. Different tourist cards are also available — check the most updated offers on the Unico website.
Phone: +39 081 551 3109
The main taxi companies in Naples are:
+39 081 8888
Radio Taxi Partenope
+39 081 0101
Post offices in Italy are indicated by a yellow and blue sign.
Address: Poste Italiane, Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 2, Naples
Phone: +39 081 552 4410
Corso Umberto I, 290, Naples
+39 081 554 8894
Open 24 hours
Country code: +39
Area code: 081 (Naples)
The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Plugs and outlets are of type F and L.