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Naples holidays are one of the best-kept secrets in travel. Visit this thriving city and you have bustling bars and restaurants on your doorstep, can enjoy a taste of authentic southern Italian tradition and you are only a stone's throw from the spellbinding island of Capri and a short drive from the Amalfi coast. It's seaside setting near Sorrento, the Neapolitan Riviera and the Amalfi Coast means sunseekers are spoilt for choice, partner this with a wealth of history and great gastronomy, and you'll have a packed itinerary for your holidays in Naples.
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Enjoy the Home of Pizza
Neapolitan's take their pizzas seriously and whenever you're in the city you're never too far from a wood-fire oven. Bite into one of three flagship flavours; pizza napoletana marinara, pizza napoletana marghertia, and pizza napoletana marghertia DOC (made with stringy mozzarella), which can be found from any of the city's delicious street parlours. Frigittoria holds the crown for the best pocket-sized pizza in town, Ettore is renowned for its rolled pizza dough with delicious fillings, and Di Matteo is king of the fried calzone.
Tour the Amazing Amalfi Coast
If you fancy a day trip or two, Positano, Sorrento and the rest of the magnificent Amalfi Coast is an easy drive from the city. The colourful houses of Amalfi and Positano and the stunning clifftop villages are simply spellbinding. Head to Sorrento for a sophisticated afternoon of shopping and sightseeing and take a dip from the bathing platforms beneath the cliffs. This region is home to some of Italy's most luxurious hotels and fantastic restaurants. Enjoy romantic meals on clifftop terraces, sundowners by the beach bars or a chilled gin and tonic in one of the pretty town squares.
Be Captivated by Capri
Catch a ferry to the glamorous island of Capri and you'll fall in love instantly! The stunning cliffs, turquoise waters and pretty waterfront restaurants make for the most blissful day on this Italian coastline. Take a dip after lunch, recline and relax under a parasol on the beach or visit the stunning Blue Grotto caves. Don't miss the clifftop town of Anacapri for more magical sea views.
Don't miss Ischia
Located in the Bay of Naples, the volcanic island of Ischia boasts stunning beaches incudling San Pietro Beach, Maroniti Beach and La Mandra. Its spas, thermal springs and mud baths, however, are the real drawer. Ischia Porto is the capital of the island and home to purpose-built spa, Terme Di Ischia, where many flock for mud baths and treatments. Once you've relaxed and got muddy, spend the rest of the afternoon hitting the shopping streets of Corso Vittoria Colonna and enjoy the local Limoncello as you wander past street-side shops and bars.
Marvel at Mount Vesuvius
No trip to Naples would be complete without wandering through the archaeological sights of Pompeii and the magnificent Mount Vesuvius. Take a guided tour, departing from a destination of your choice, and you'll stop at the ancient Roman city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll visit some of Pompeii's iconic sites including the thermal baths, The House of Vettii and the Forum, before stopping for lunch and spending some free time exploring the area. Pack your hiking shoes as you'll soon be heading to the top of Mount Vesuvius. Once you reach the summit you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Bay.
A Gourmand’s Delight
Naples is not short of gastronomical delights, so once you've tried some of the city's pizza, this delicious dessert is next on the list. Sfogliatelle is the signature sweet pastry filled with soft ricotta cheese. Many pair this popular pastry with a morning coffee (another of Italy's tasty treasures), find Caffe Spaccanapoli, a favourite Neapolitan spot serving up a selection of Southern Italian pastries, cakes and homemade pasties to enjoy alongside a traditional espresso. Pretty ice cream parlours line the streets and in the heart of Centro Storico you'll spot the Gay-Odin chocolate factory, selling coacoa inspired creations including white chocolate and hazelnut, chocolate coffee bean, and fiery chilli chocolate. Other places you can get your gelato fix include Casa Infante, Fantasia Gelati and Gelato Mennella.
Party All Night
The nightlife in Naples never disappoints – from pumping clubs and top quality DJs to cool wine bars and atmospheric tavernas. If you're looking for a lively evening, start the party as soon as the sun sets at Arenile, the closest beach club to the city where you can sip cocktails on the sand. Nabilah is a little more sophisticated with a contemporary interior and designer candles, while Vibes On The Beach encourages those that want to see the night through to the small hours. Let your hair down, dance to your heart’s content and live it up Italia style!
Take up Tarantella
Despite its roots lying further down south, Tarantella is often recognised as a fiery Neapolitan dance. Gather your group together or take to the dancefloor and try out this tale-telling dance of lost lovers. Get colourful with scarves and handkerchiefs, swirling them over your dance partner in time with the catchy music. If you prefer to watch a professional you can watch traditional Tarantella dance performances on local saints' days in small towns across the Naples.
If you’re staying in central Naples walking is best but if you’re planning on exploring the region hiring a car or using the public transport is a good idea. Driving in the city isn’t advised, but there are car parks on the outskirts. There are buses, funicular railways, trams and subways available in the city, with rail, bus routes and boats operating around the region. Taxis are also plentiful. Boat tours and ferries run daily to the surrounding coast and islands.
Travelling by bus or car
Naples has a network of buses for you to use while exploring the city, with many routes heading out around the region. Tickets can be bought from vending machines and tobacconists, and are relatively cheap.
Naples city, and the surrounding areas, can be a real challenge because of the narrow roads, one-way streets and expensive parking (if you can find it!). It is a great way of touring the Amalfi Coast. If you do choose to drive, stick to the right.
Passports and Visas
British Citizens don’t need a visa to travel to Italy, but passports should be valid for at least the duration of the trip. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/
Health and Safety
Ensure comprehensive travel insurance is in place before you travel, and don’t forget your free EHIC card. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/health
Make sure that routine jabs and boosters are up to date, and double check the latest guidelines with your GP before you travel.
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