Naples

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San Francesco di Paola showing a square or plaza, a church or cathedral and night scenes

Naples is a passionate and flamboyant city where food and family are the cornerstones of life. Resting on Italy’s southern Mediterranean shore, it sits in the shadow of the brooding Mount Vesuvius, its jumble of neighbourhoods sprawling along the Bay of Naples. Italy’s third-largest city is a contradictory and surprising place, where astounding archaeological treasures, cosmopolitan hotels, raucous markets and some of the country’s best restaurants have evolved together.

Holidays to Naples offer visitors a true taste of southern Italian flair. Spend days wandering the UNESCO-listed historic centre until churches and palaces become almost mundane, ferret out the best pizzerias, join the light-hearted chaos at a street market or soak up the thriving contemporary art scene underground in the Metro art stations.

The sea has long played an integral role in shaping Naples’ character, from its cuisine to its maritime history. Enjoy panoramas across the bay towards the Sorrentine Peninsula and Amalfi Coast or hop on a ferry for a day trip to one of the nearby islands. Often overlooked in favour of its more famous city counterparts, Naples is an eclectic and authentic hub that will surprise even the most seasoned travellers.

When it comes to ancient architecture, Naples might not be the first Italian city to come to mind. Yet the narrow winding streets of one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities are bursting with centuries-old palaces and statues, cathedrals and piazzas. Amble along the Spaccanapoli, the Roman-straight road which divides Europe’s largest historic centre, or go in search of the city’s main cathedral. With its unassuming façade tucked away down a side street, the magnificently ornate interior is one of Naples’ most impressive sights.

Pay a visit to the main square of Piazza del Plebiscito and revel in the grandeur of the Royal Palace and the church of San Francesco di Paola, which sit on either side on the square. And when the summer sun scorches, take respite in one of the many museums such as the Naples National Archaeological Museum, whose collection of Roman artefacts is one of the most extensive in the world. Here you will also find artefacts unearthed from beneath the layers of lava that decimated the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The archaeological sites themselves are just outside Naples and make for an easy, rewarding day trip.

This city is the proud home of the pizza, and no holiday to Naples would be complete without savouring the rustic, hearty flavours of a just-baked margherita in a bustling neighbourhood restaurant. Naples’ cuisine is legendary, with centuries-old pasta and seafood dishes originating from ingredients sourced from the fertile volcanic soils and the fruits of the sea. The humble spaghetti, exotic shellfish and fruity gelato are famed Neapolitan ingredients and can be washed down with acclaimed wines or with the drinkable local delicacy, limoncello liqueur.

Where to stay in Naples

Holiday Inn Naples, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Naples, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Domenico Aulisio, Centro Direzionale Isola E6, Naples, NA, 80143
The price is £114 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Naples. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (809 reviews)
"It’s on n the Central Business District; however, once we figured out how to get to the area of shopping and to town it was fine. Really nice centrally located hotel.."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Holiday Inn Naples, an IHG Hotel
UNAHOTELS Napoli
UNAHOTELS Napoli
4 out of 5
Piazza Garibaldi, 9/10, Naples, NA, 80142
The price is £128 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Naples. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (968 reviews)
"Good hotel…very close to a lot of places"

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

UNAHOTELS Napoli
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 38-44, Naples, NA, 80121
The price is £152 per night from 8 Jun to 9 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Naples. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Great location to access Napoli, excellent area for walking, shops and restaurants."

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Palazzo Settembrini 49
Palazzo Settembrini 49
Via Luigi Settembrini 49, Naples, Città Metropolitana di Napoli, 80138
The price is £108 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Naples. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
Good stay
"Friendly staff and very comfortable"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Palazzo Settembrini 49
Two-Bedroom Suite
Two-Bedroom Suite
Pozzuoli, Campania
Stay at this holiday home in Pozzuoli. Enjoy WiFi, a TV and a kitchen. Popular attractions Lungomare Caracciolo and Flavian Amphitheater are located nearby. ...
1/5 (1 review)
"La struttura che avevo prenotato e prepagato non esiste, ormai è chissà da qualche anno . In piu cercandomi sostituzione mi hanno proposto un albergo a 50 km di distanza. Pessimi"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2022

Two-Bedroom Suite
Case Così Chiaia
Case Così Chiaia
3 out of 5
Vico Sergente Maggiore 21, Naples, NA, 80132
Stay at this 3-star residence in Naples. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a TV. Popular attractions Piazza del Plebiscito and Port of Naples are located ...
3.9/5 Good! (23 reviews)
Very poor quality. Do not stay here.
"Poor service at checkin, had to fight to get the copy they took of my passport at checkout. Room was infested with ants so we could not have food in room and the air conditioner would not work. Asked for a new room but was denied, refused refund so we could check into an actual hotel but were told ..."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2017

Case Così Chiaia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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