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NAP, or Naples International Airport, can be found just under four miles northeast of the main city in the Capodichino district. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Capodichino Airport. Naples International has just a single runway and two terminals: Terminal 1 for departing passengers and Terminal 2, away from the airfield, for charter operations.
Naples International Airport’s terminals are located close together so passengers can easily travel between the two on foot. Travellers can stay at a hotel close by, some of which run complimentary shuttle buses, or make the short journey into the city by bus or taxi. Car hire is also available at the airport.
Although Naples International is not a large airport, it is well-equipped with dining and shopping facilities. Stores here sell everything from clothing and perfume to electronic gadgets. If you have time to spare before your flight, enjoy a coffee at a café or glass of prosecco at a wine bar. Other restaurants in the airport serve snacks, pizza and even sushi.
The Capodichino area has a rich aviation history, hosting flight exhibitions in Naples as early as 1910. During World War I, a small military airport was built here, which was used again during World War II. Commercial traffic began in 1950 and the airport has grown steadily ever since, now serving a wide range of airlines. Its close proximity to the main city means travellers can enjoy the Mediterranean coastline, food and other attractions before and after flights.
As the third largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan, Naples unsurprisingly has no shortage of places to stay. Opt for one of the bigger hotel chains and enjoy modern accommodation with those all-important seafront views, or go for something independent, smaller and quirkier, yet steeped in the history of the city. With luxury and affordable hotels both in town and by the airport, finding the perfect place to stay near Naples International Airport is easy.
Naples has the largest historic city centre in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares. It’s a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, packed with historic buildings, monuments, castles and ruins from a 2,800-year history. The network of caves, tunnels and cisterns running beneath Naples, used as air raid shelters during the World War II, are also well worth a look, as is the busy port.
Naples is often credited as the city where the pizza originated, and traditional Neapolitan pizza is typically cooked in a ferociously hot wood-burning oven. The Neapolitan pizza-making process has been strictly regulated since 2004, and pizzaiolos in the city use only the finest natural ingredients, making it almost impossible to find a bad example. Just remember to leave room for dessert – Naples is also known for its gelato.