Discover Naples
The city that keeps the memory of the great Vesuvius and knows how to live brightly
Naples is one of the most famous Italian cities, third-largest after Rome and Milan, the largest in the south of Italy, the capital of the Campania region

Districts of Naples

There are ten municipal areas in Naples. Each of them is divided into several historic districts. Spaccanapoli, with its "labyrinths" of narrow alleyways, is sure to appeal to fans of walking. Vomero is a quiet, picturesque quarter with the cable car, which leads to Montesanto, the Castel Sant'Elmo, the Certosa di San Martino, and many antique coffee shops and museums. Via San Gregorio Armeno is a quarter of creative people, artists, sculptors, silversmiths. There are studios and various shops where you can buy things you like or place an individual order.

The Quartieri Spagnoli, with its lively and bustling Via Toledo, as well as other parts of the city, are also interesting for tourist strolls. Each Neapolitan stone has its own history and mystery.

Map Naples

Population of Naples

The people of Naples are the ancestors of the ancient Greeks and Romans who survived many wars. Most of the city's inhabitants are Italians, indigenous Neapolitans. In addition to them, Filipinos and Africans live here. According to the latest data, the city's population is over a million people. Neapolitans are people who are very attached to their homes, patriots of their city. They have a strong character and an explosive temper. They love holidays, know how to eat and enjoy life, no matter what is in their hearts.

Brief history of Naples

The history of the city is so diverse that it is often confusing what's real and what's fiction. As for the known facts, it all started with the Greek settlement of Parthenope in VIII century BC. Its favorable strategic location exposed the city to constant threats of conquest. In the IV century BC, a city called Neapolis grew on the site of the settlement, which means "new city" in Greek. It became part of the Roman Republic, and later of the great empire, and a favorite residence of Emperor Nero. Later it was conquered by Byzantium and, eventually, by Norman Sicily.

Naples reached the peak of its medieval prosperity in 1266, becoming the capital of the Kingdom of Naples. The city was developing rapidly, with palaces and churches under construction. Then there was a new series of conquests, and by 1860 Naples had become part of Italy. Having survived many tragedies, wars, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, it withstood, thanks to its strong character and steadfast spirit of the Neapolitans.

Today it is an architectural treasure, a wellspring of information about the development of modern civilization, where you can find undiscovered mysteries at every step.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

The best time to visit Naples

Naples has a beautiful subtropical climate with no north winds. The sun shines brightly almost all year round. It's no wonder the ancient Romans loved this place so much. This city is charming in every season and the time you choose for your trip depends only on whether you like to walk in the hot sun or prefer a slight chill. The average temperature in winter is +9 ºC. In spring, the air warms up to +18 ºC, precipitation is rare.

The average air temperature in summer is +26 ºC. The mellow season begins at the end of September when the water in the bay is still comfortable for bathing, and the air is filled with the warmth and scent of basil.

Useful notes

What should a tourist do in Naples?

  • Try some real Neapolitan pizza. Not far from Garibaldi station is L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which became famous after the release of the film "Eat Pray Love". The tradition of making pizza here has been passed down from father to son since the XIX century. Only two kinds of pizza are made here, Margarita and Marinara, and they are just great.
  • Visit the catacombs of Sotterranea to get a better idea of this city. They date back to Greek times. For hundreds of years, the catacombs served as wells, garbage collectors, a shelter for the mafia, and even bomb shelters.
  • Drink a delicious, refreshing Italian espresso with airy foam and cinnamon. Or try the magical Neapolitan ice cream: strawberry, chocolate, vanilla. It was in Naples that they invented to mix different kinds of ice cream in one serving. They know a lot about food here!
  • Walk up to Mount Vesuvius, the most dangerous volcano in Europe. The event is not for the weak in spirit, but it is a necessary step to look at the world around us in a new way and understand why Neapolitans love life so much.
  • Visit the flea market on Via San Gregorio Armeno. This is where you will see the whole range of feelings, emotions that Italians are capable of. Buying something here is a real performance. In the market, it's especially important to remember that you're in Naples and keep an eye on your wallets.
  • Take a boat trip to Palermo, Sorrento, Capri, or any nearby city of your choice. From the sea, you will see Naples in all its majesty. The view of the Gulf of Naples is fascinating and enchanting.
  • Climb the observation deck of the Castel Sant'Elmo and take the most romantic shots on your journey.
  • Listen to classical music performed by Italian artists at Europe's oldest theatre, the famous San Carlo Theatre. Its unremarkable and modest facade hides the richest decoration inside. Opera artists and world-class instrumental ensembles perform on this stage.
  • Rent the legendary Vespa scooter and go sightseeing. This will allow you to get to know Naples and feel its atmosphere to the fullest.
  • Walk the streets, find a place in a cafe in the central Piazza del Plebiscito, order some limoncello, a local liqueur infused with lemon peel, enjoy the "dolce vita" in all its beauty, accompanied by street musicians.

Hotels in Naples

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