Naples, the capital of Campania region , is a fascinating destination characterized by a "Pout-pourri" of history, culture and contagious energy! With its privileged position on the Gulf of Naples, the city offers spectacular views of the sea and surronding mountains. Naples is renowed for its historical heritage, with sites that proudly belong to UNESCO World Heritage, such as its vibrant Hisroric Center, or the marvellus archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Writing all the wonderful places to visit would be endless work, but below are some must-see sites to visit!
The heart of the city, the Old Town, is a maze of crowded alleys, bustling squares and historic churches. The Cathedral of San Gennaro, the Cathedral of Santa Chiara and the Cathedral of Jesus are also worth a visit for non-religious people too. The National Archaeological Museum is a real treasure, hosting a vast collection of Roman finds found in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Naples Underground gives an idea on what is the intricate system of underground labyrinths, belonged to old eras. Impossible not to walk along the alleys of Spaccanapoli , with the many artisan shops and authentic trattorias that offer the best of Neapolitan cuisine. Castel dell'Ovo, with its panoramic position on the sea, is one of the symbols of the city and offers a spectacular view of the bay of Naples. Finally, the promenade of Naples, with its view of Vesuvius, is a perfect place for an evening walk or to enjoy an authentic Neapolitan coffee. How to get there: BY TRAIN: Naples is perfectly connected to the rest of Italy with the fast trains "Trenitalia" and "Italo" that stop at Naples Central station. From there by the yellow metro line, you can reach the Old Town by getting off at the stops of "Dante" or "Toledo". BY CAR: By car using the A1, the Autostrada del Sole that runs throughout Italy from North to South. BY PLANE: The only airport in Campania is Naples (NAP) and is called "Capodichino". From here you can reach the center by taxi or using the bus service "Alibus"
The ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the ashes of Vesuvius in 79 AD, are incredible testimonies of everyday life in ancient Rome. Pompeii, with its vast archaeological site, reveals paved streets, houses with well-preserved frescoes and the famous Amphitheatre, where shows and games were held. The Forum of Pompeii and the Temple of Apollo are other must-see sites that take visitors back in time. Herculaneum, though smaller in size, is just as charming and better preserved than Pompeii. Located closer to the sea than Pompeii, Herculaneum has several floors of fossilized wood, works of art and mosaics perfectly preserved. How to get there: BY TRAIN: Circumvesuviana train from Naples Central station. The railway line will take you directly to the archaeological sites in about 30-40 minutes. Alternatively, you can opt for an organized tour that provides transport from Naples and an expert guide to enrich your experience. BY CAR: From Naples, use the motorway A3 Naples-Salerno towards Salerno and take the exit Pompeii West. From here, continue on the SS18, turn into Via Villa dei Misteri and after a few meters you have reached your destination.