Entwined between the sweltering Campi Flegrei and the sleeping volcano (Mount Vesuvius), Naples can be well termed as an echoing mass of contradictions. In fact, the city is noted for its set of extremes. While the smudged streets hit the smoothly fringed boulevards,
on the other hand, one will find the collapsing facades hiding the baroque ballrooms. While some of the attractions will remind one of the dusty Tangiers, the others will bring memories of Paris.
Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Italy and is the third biggest municipality in the country after Rome and Milan. The city is located on the western coast of Southern Italy on the Gulf of Naples. It is surrounded by the Almafi coast (which comprises stony coastal cliffs as well as formations like stacks, caves, arches, and coastal valleys) and Sorrento to the south. Also, the port towns of Baia and Pozzuoli, which were a part of Portus Julius, the navel facility of Rome, lie to the northern part of the city.
How to reach (Transport)
By Air: The city is served by the Naples Airport, also called as Capodichino Airport. After arriving at the airport, one may take a bus to reach the desired destination.
By train: The major station is Napoli Centrale-Piazza Garibaldi Station, which is well connected to the Naples subway.
By boat: Close to the Piazza Municipio, we have the cruise ship’s dock at Stazione Marittima. One can choose services from MedMar Group and Tirrenia Navigazione and avail of their large ferry ships.
By car: The city is connected by the A1 highway with Rome and it will take about two hours to reach the same.
By bus: There are several international and national bus services that operate in the city, with halts at Piazza Municipio or Piazza Garibaldi.
When to visit
The city sizzles in the months of July and August and one can expect the humidity levels to go high during the same. However, the heat is considerably bearable on the coast and islands. Autumn and spring are generally pleasant and warm but may experience heavy showers, chiefly in the months of March, April, and September. Usually, the months of March and October make a good time to plan for an island tour. On the other hand, the weather is generally crisp from November to February.
Points of Interest (Places to Visit)
On a trip to Naples, some of the must-see attractions include:
- Ruins of Herculaneum: One can explore a variety of archaeological finds here, starting from chic mosaics to ancient advertisements. The terror-struck skeletons and carbonized furniture too have their unique appeal.
- Thanks to the continuing community-based projects for restoration, this attraction which is the oldest catacomb in Naples has emerged as a prominent pilgrimage site after San Gennaro’s corpse was interred in the 5thcentury.
- Madre: There was a time when the future of this contemporary museum was unpredictable. However, it definitely carves a niche for its magnificent paintings, sculptures, and photography.
For a luxurious stay, one can plan a stay at Hotel Excelsior, Romeo Hotel Naples, Grand Hotel Parkers, Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Hotel Majestic Naples, and Palazzo Caracciolo. On the flip side, if one is looking for cheaper options, then hotels like Hotel Villa Medici, Hotel Nuvo, Hotel Domitiana, and Best Western Hotel Paradiso work well.