Fly To Naples, Italy
Set against the backdrop of Mount Vesuvius in Italy’s breath-taking Campania region, Naples is arguably one of the most iconic cities in the country that looks like a boot kicking a ball. Naples’ historic centre is known to locals as the Centro Storico, and it’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In a city where ancient cobbled streets teem with Pizzeria’s and Baroque churches which line the sky, Naples is the real deal for those of you in search of the real Italy. If you’re looking to escape popular cities such as Rome and Venice, Naples will not disappoint.
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Why visit Naples
- Naples is filled not only with impeccable beauty but culinary dreams, from the impressive variations of pasta and other tantalizing Neapolitan recipes that some have never heard of before. This is every foodie’s favourite place.
- This masterpiece city is home to a very important and beautiful castle- Castel Dell’Ovo which is one of the oldest standing structures in Naples and a breathe-taking site every visitor should explore.
- Take a walk through Naples where you are able to see laundry hanging from the balconies, and Vespa’s buzzing around the busy streets, as well as the splendid café’s that serve the best pastries and coffee in town.
The best time to visit Naples would be during spring months. Spring months occur between mid-March and early June, these months boast pleasant warm weather which are perfect for sightseeing.
The most spoken language spoken in Naples is Italian and Latin.
- Naples is the 3rd largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan.
- Naples is divided into 21 different zones, each with their own style and charm.
- This city was founded by the ancient Greeks in the second century BC.
Being a coastal city at the forefront of European history, Naples’s beautiful coastline is one of its major attractions. The districts of Posillipo and Chiaia straddle the coast and still carry signs that showcase the might of the historical Roman Empire.
No visit to Naples would be complete without a visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which is the largest museum in the world that is dedicated purely to Roman architecture. The museum exhibits a number of fascinating pieces which include artefacts taken from both Pompeii and Herculaneum. The museum is famous throughout Italy for its “secret room”, which houses erotic paintings and sculptures from Pompeii.
Those looking to break with convention and do something that other tourists probably wouldn’t do should explore subterranean Naples. The Napoli Sotterranea, located under San Lorenzo Maggiore church allows visitors to view the underground remains of Roman Naples.
When it comes to food, lookout for restaurants that advertise pizza made in the traditional Neapolitan fashion. That means easy on the toppings and a tasty smattering of tomato, garlic and oregano.
Naples is relatively small compared to many other major European cities and the centre and major sights of the city are easily explored on foot. Roads are prone to heavy congestion, however, the underground system known as the Metropolitana di Napoli provides a welcome to relief to travelling by car. The Metropolitana covers most of the city, and day passes are available for under 4 Euro’s.
Neapolitan cuisine dates back for many years, this cuisine has been influenced by different cultures. There is a great variety of Neapolitan pastas can be found here and most Italian dishes are made from this pasta that many locals cannot resist. Other ingredients that are used in traditional dishes include cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella, meat like sausage and goat as well as homemade bread and pastries. Pizza is one of the most popular and best known creation of all Neapolitan cuisine and is definitely a must try when visiting.
The best restaurants in this Italian city include:
- La Masardona
- L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele
- Ristorante Amici Miei
- Transatlantico Ristorante Hotel
Most of the locals affiliate themselves with the Christian faith, especially Catholicism. Over the years there has been an increase in the variety of religions and practices found in the city. The other religions that can be found include Islam, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhism and Judaism. The locals are extremely welcoming and friendly to all visitors, religion is something that is respected although it is not considered to be a very conservative city.
Naples is a safe city with a few areas that are not safe to walk around in. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, especially if you are new to the city.
South African passport holders do require a Schengen Visa to enter Italy. Ensure your South African passport is valid for 6 months beyond date of return and has at least 3 blank pages available for stamps.
Address: The closest South African Embassy to Naples is in Rome. Via Tanaro, 14, 00198, Roma, Italy.
Fax:(+39) 06 852 54 300
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 220.44|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 58.78|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 18.81|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 29.39|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 76.42|
Naples Airport – NAP
Food and beverages:Grab some refreshments at Autogrill, Blub AR, Ciao, McDonald’s or Obika.
Currency Exchange:There are two Travelex outlets at Naples Airport.
Lost luggage:Lost hold luggage should be reported to your individual carrier. Only luggage lost within the terminal should be reported to airport authorities.
Airport hotels:The closest hotel to Naples Airport is the Charming International Hotel.
Car hire:Avis, Dollar, Thrifty and Hertz.
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