Often unfairly overlooked in favour of bigger cities, the southern Italian metropolis of Naples packs in a vast number of historic and artistic attractions. From an aesthetic perspective, Naples is simply show-stopping, with all kinds of magnificent grand palazzos, ornate churches and monumental piazzas tucked into its UNESCO-listed historic centre. And if that isn’t enough to have you planning your next getaway here, think of the Neapolitan food: this city’s restaurants serve up some of the most delicious dishes in Italy.
Where to Stay in Naples
If you want to be in the heart of things, look for a Naples hotel within the historic centre. This is the major tourist hub of the city, and there is no shortage of accommodation options here, with choices ranging from humble, family-run B&Bs to five-star luxury suites.
Another cluster of hotels, ranging from brand-name chains to independent boutique options, can be found in the area around Stazione Centrale, Naples’ main train station. From here, it is about a 15-minute drive, or a slightly longer metro or bus ride, to the historic centre.
Authentic Experiences: Accommodation in Naples’ Suburbs
Naples is a lively, busy city that hums with life. If you would rather stay somewhere a little quieter, book your Naples accommodation hotel in one of the residential suburbs, such as Posillipo. For a true taste of life of Naples, stay in Quartieri Spagnoli, the Spanish Quarter, where lines of drying laundry hang from the balconies across narrow lanes.
Culture in Naples: Great Galleries and Art on the Metro
You’ll be astounded by the sheer volume of masterpieces held here in Naples. The best place to begin is probably the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, home to a huge assortment of ancient Roman and Greek mosaics, sculptures, bronzes and artefacts. The equally impressive Galleria di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano is also sure to wow with its small yet superb collection of Italian art, ranging from the 17th Century right through to the 20th Century. Works by masters such as Caravaggio and Luca Giordano hang here.
Contemporary art can be seen in Naples’ art-laden metro stations. Among the most striking stations is Toledo, which is decked out with the mesmeric blue ‘Crater de Luz’ mosaic.
Fill Up on Amazing Neapolitan Food
If you want to try the famous Neapolitan pizza, Naples is the place. The production of pizza in Naples is a government regulated, which means you’re virtually guaranteed a great slice wherever you go. If you are unsure which pizzeria to choose, just look for the one with the longest queue!
Naples is also passionate about gelato, with good-quality gelaterias found around almost every corner. To see the local food culture at its liveliest, head down to the Mercato di Porta Nolana where stalls are piled high with every imaginable kind of seafood, from squid to shrimp to sardines.
If you’re looking for a historic city with amazing food and loads of cultural attractions, Naples could be your ideal destination. Use Expedia’s search filters to find your ideal Naples accommodation.
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