Naples, the third largest city in Italy.
A city full of life...
The most volcanic of the transalpine cities lends itself to all types of holiday. An economic stronghold renowned for hosting numerous business trips, the Mediterranean city is also a prime destination for tourists who are drawn to its magnificent architectural heritage, its cultural abundance and the prospect of a magical holiday on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
Useful information about Naples
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Trace a centuries-old history
The monumental Piazza del Plebiscito is the perfect starting point to explore the city, before departing for Pompeii and Vesuvius. On its only rectilinear side, the Palazzo Reale, former residence of the houses of Austria, Bourbon and Savoy, reflects the wealth and power of the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
Stroll along the Spaccanapoli
Dating back to antiquity, this two-kilometre-long main street, with its domes and bell towers, is home to some major architectural history in the heart of one of Europe's largest historic centres. This is the perfect way to get a real feel for Naples, as you visit the souvenir stalls, craft shops and antique shops.
Dine in the shade of Egg Castle
The Castel dell'Ovo, built in the 7th century on a rocky headland, is one of the city's oldest medieval buildings. The fortress towers over the fishing village of Borgo Marinari, known today for its setting and its restaurants, which serve Neapolitan specialities as guests look out over old boats rocking on the water.
Explore underground Naples
Underground Naples is steeped in centuries of history of which no-one really knows the full extent. The candlelit trail through the underground tunnels is not to be missed! Other must-see attractions include the Roman aqueducts, Gothic ruins and World War II ruins. A modern variant? The 16 "Stazioni dell’arte" (art stations) on line 1 of its underground museum makes this one of the most beautiful metro lines in the world.
Make your way to the treasures of the Tyrrhenian Sea
Off the coast of the bustling city of Naples lies the calm and relaxed island of Ischia, known for its thermal waters. Ischia is a pleasant alternative to the famous Capri, whose charms have been spoiled by mass tourism. Also off the mass tourist radar is the often overlooked island of Procida, whose colourful houses, beaches and authenticity make it one of the most beautiful destinations in the Bay of Naples.