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Naples

Travel Guide
San Francesco di Paola featuring night scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral

Hidden within this compelling historical city is a wealth of ancient architecture, genuine Neapolitan pizzas and mysterious underground caves.

Naples was first founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC, long before the Romans arrived. Today, it is home to lavish palaces, churches gilded in exquisite religious art and an assortment of Art Nouveau architecture. For a taste of modern Italy, wend your way around the cobbled streets, avoiding scooters and pedestrians, before popping into one of the intimate pizzerias and cafés in the city that invented pizza.

The bustling Centro Storico, the city's historic old town, is a great place to start discovering Naples. Here you can find beautiful churches and entire streets dedicated to selling specific items, such as musical instruments and antique books.

Get to know a different side of Naples through its labyrinth of Greek- and Roman-era caves that lie almost 30 metres below the city before venturing back up to see the nearby Capella Sansevero. This tiny chapel built in 1600 houses many unusual pieces of Italian religious art, while the unique Gesu Nuovo Church is known for its collection of reliefs and frescoes.

One of Naples' most beautiful buildings is the opulent Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) where you can see well-preserved royal furnishings and the National Library. Climb the towers of the 15th century Castel dell’Ovo, on the island of Megaride just off Naples for panoramic views.

Mount Vesuvius looms over the horizon in Naples. This 1200-metre tall volcano is considered one of Europe's most active and devastated the local area when it erupted in 79 AD, burying the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Hike up to the summit of this sleeping volcano for arresting views over the bay of Naples before delving into the excavated ruins of Pompeii beneath.

There's plenty to do in this busy, beautiful Italian coastal city. Summer is a popular time to visit, although it does get quite hot, so bring plenty of water and appropriate clothing. Pay attention to your personal belongings as pickpockets thrive in this city, as in any tourist destination.

Where to stay in Naples

UNAHOTELS Napoli
UNAHOTELS Napoli
4 out of 5
Piazza Garibaldi, 9/10, Naples, NA
The price is AU$156 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and Spaccanapoli. University of Naples Federico II and Naples ...
4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Centrally located in Naples . In easy walking distance to all attractions. Great staff . Food in rooftop restaurant was amazing"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

UNAHOTELS Napoli
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 38-44, Naples, NA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$216 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castel dell'Ovo, Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo. Galleria Umberto and Molo Beverello ...
4/5Very Good! (977 reviews)
"Good location on the waterfront with fantastic views overlooking Castel dell'Ovo. Nice walk to shopping on Via dei Mille. Plenty of great places to eat as you walk towards Chiaia along the waterfront. Room was clean, beds comfy and staff courteous. Taxis are always lined up outside too so it was ..."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 48, Naples, NA
The price is AU$239 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Castel dell'Ovo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Lungomare Caracciolo are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (898 reviews)
"beautiful hotel, a couple of small things that were annoying, kettle in room barely worked, wifi was horrible, they forgot to put towel in our room one day and the water pressure in the shower sucked"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2021

Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
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.
Culture Residence Consalvo Otto
Culture Residence Consalvo Otto
Via Consalvo, 8, Naples, NA
The price is AU$143 per night from 20 Aug. to 20 Aug.
Located in Fuorigrotta, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Phlegraean Fields and Stadio San Paolo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Castel dell'Ovo are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Lovely place, friendly hosts!
"Lovely apartment building, hosts very Friendly and helpful, clean sheets and towels provided. They arranged a taxi for us when returning to the airport. Can’t fault their attentiveness. The roof top was beautiful, great views and sun all throughout the day. Kitchen was big enough to cook easy meals ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

Culture Residence Consalvo Otto
Palazzo Settembrini 49
Palazzo Settembrini 49
Via Luigi Settembrini 49, Naples, Città Metropolitana di Napoli
Located in Naples City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Naples Underground and San Gregorio Armeno Church. Naples National Archaeological ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (72 reviews)
"I was met by Francisco who was in great communications with me for my arrival. He was fabulous! The apartment was spacious, very clean and the internet was top notch. The location was fantastic and I always felt very safe based on how secure the building is and that there is always someone on watch, ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2020

Palazzo Settembrini 49
Case Così Chiaia
Case Così Chiaia
3 out of 5
Vico Sergente Maggiore 21, Naples, NA
Located in Naples City Centre, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Via Chiaia, Piazza del Plebiscito and Royal Palace. Teatro di San Carlo and Galleria ...
3.9/5Good! (21 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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