Naples is often spoken of as the dirtiest city in Italy, where you always need to be on the alert, as local thieves are famous for their dexterity and resourcefulness. However, such fame does not prevent Naples from being considered one of the most visited Italian cities, where, by the way, they prepare the best pizza not only in Italy, but throughout the world. From Naples on a ferry you can go, for example, to Sicily or to the island of Capri, as well as take a rental car to such ancient cities as Pompeii and Herculaneum - your travel scenario can be different, it all depends on what kind of impressions you want to get from the trip.
Capodichino International Airport ( Capodichino Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: NAP
Location: 6 km from Naples
Official website: www.aeroportodinapoli.it
Information: +39 081 789 6259
Car rental services at Naples Airport are provided by rental companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Keddy, Locauto, Maggiore, Sicily By Car, Sixt and Thrifty. The rental car desks can be reached on a special shuttle from the P5 parking lot. The airport has several parking areas of different price categories. The airport website has an electronic reservation service for a parking space.
Via Duomo 149
This cathedral was erected in the second half of the 13th century in the center of Naples in honor of the patron saint of the city - St. Januarius. The main attraction of the temple is recognized as a magnificent chapel where you can see the bust of St. Janurius, made of gold and silver. If you find yourself in Naples on the first Saturday of May or September 19, then you will have the opportunity to see the sacred relic of the cathedral - a vessel with the blood of the saint.
Piazza del Plebiscito 1 www.palazzorealenapoli.it
The official residence of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Both Sicilies (the state of southern Italy, which lasted from 1816 to 1861). The palace dates back to the 17th century and is made in the Baroque style. Pay attention to the gate leading to the garden - next to them are equestrian statues from the Anichkov Bridge in St. Petersburg. Since the beginning of the 19th century, most of the palace has been occupied by the National Library, and the remaining rooms form the Museum of Historic Apartments, which exhibited paintings by Titian, Guercino, Spanoletto, Giordano and other outstanding painters.
Via Francesco De Sanctis 19/21 www.museosansevero.it
The early chapel of Sansevero was the private burial place of the noble Sangro family - the princes of Sansevero. In the XVIII century, Prince Raimondo de Sangro decided to rebuild the chapel and turn it into a kind of museum that would reflect his Masonic views. Gradually, biblical motifs began to appear in the chapel building. The most famous of them is “Christ under the Shroud” by Giuseppe Sanmartino.
Piazza Museo Nazionale 19
The basis of the museum’s collection and at the same time its main pride are artifacts discovered by archaeologists during excavations in Pompeii, Herculaneum and other cities of Southern Italy, destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius. Noteworthy is the collection of antique mosaics, frescoes and sculptures that give an idea of the culture of the Roman Empire. We advise you to visit the museum with a guide - a historical reference when examining the museum's collection will not be superfluous. On holidays, admission to the museum is free.
Via Eldorado 3
On the small island of Megarida, connected to the city by a narrow embankment, the castle of Castel del Ovo rises, where, according to legend, in the VI century BC the Greeks laid Naples. During the time of the Roman Empire, the commander Lucullus ordered the construction of a villa here, which later served as a prison and then a haven for monks. The fortress acquired its present appearance in 1139 - according to one version, the name Castel del Ovo (“egg castle”) was given to the fortress due to its unusual shape, and on the other - due to the magic egg, which is supposedly hidden at the base of the building. Be sure to climb one of the observation platforms of the fortress - the view of the Gulf of Naples is mesmerizing.
The fact that Pompeii is an ancient Roman city, destroyed during the eruption of Vesuvius, is known to everyone since school times. The disaster occurred on August 24, 79 and lasted about a day. Entire streets, houses, theaters and temples turned out to be under a many-meter layer of volcanic ash - for a city that survived such a shock, the preservation of architecture is truly unique. In the exhibition pavilions of the archaeological complex, you can even see the bodies of local residents, forever frozen in those poses in which they were overtaken by death. Without a guide, it is pointless to walk around Pompeii. The statues of the gods themselves, the ruins of the thermal baths and the walls of the temples do not say anything, so take the time and money and book an excursion. You can get to Pompeii in about half an hour by a rented car, moving along the A3 highway from Naples.
Another city affected by the eruption of Vesuvius and even better preserved than Pompeii. In ancient times, Herculaneum was considered a city of artisans and people of art, much of what was produced in this area went to Pompeii. Surprisingly, two-story buildings have survived to this day, and the mosaic decorating the floor of the city's term has faded only in some places. You can visit Herculaneum on your own without a separate excursion; exploring the ancient city will take about two hours. Herculaneum is not as popular as Pompeii, so there are few tourists here, although the local architecture is not inferior to Pompeii. Near the entrance to Herculaneum there are two parking lots (one indoor and one closed), where you can park your rental car.
When you rent a car, head to the picturesque city of Sorrento, ideal for a relaxing beach holiday. Lemons are the symbol of Sorrento, therefore, literally at every step there are lemon trees, and the air is saturated with a refreshing citrus aroma. In the afternoon, you can visit the main attractions of the city: the Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Antonio, and evenings are best spent in local restaurants where live music is played. It is in Sorrento that the famous Limoncello liquor is produced, it is sold in all the shops and souvenir shops of the city, so the question of what to bring to Sorrento's memory will definitely not arise.
If you are looking for a pretty place to spend some relaxing days enjoying the sea, Positano is a great choice. Here you will find two small but quite comfortable pebble beaches. There are no particularly memorable sights in Positano, so we advise you to enjoy swimming in the sea, leisurely walks and cozy restaurants. And if you want to diversify your leisure time, then you can always take a boat trip to Salerno, Sorrento or Amalfi. Please note that the center of Positano is closed for car access, so all parking lots are located outside the city.
Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its unique development: the city is located along the slope of the cliff, so the houses in Amalfi are connected to each other by staircases carved into the rock, and the roofs of the buildings literally hang over one another. The place of power of the city is the Cathedral of St. Andrew the First-Called, built in the Byzantine style in the 9th-10th centuries. Every year, the cathedral is visited by thousands of pilgrims who come to Amalfi to bow to the great shrine - the relics of the Apostle Andrew, hidden under a marble sarcophagus.
Via Materdei 10 www.pizzeriestarita.it
The famous pizzeria of the city, which has been owned by one Neapolitan family for many years. The pizza is brought on a wooden tray, and the portion itself is enough for two people - although it is best to order two, since the pizza in Starita is so good that you hardly want to share it with someone. During the day, you can still find a couple of empty seats in the restaurant, but in the evening with empty tables there is a problem. Therefore, use the example of Neapolitans and take the pizza takeaway - a snack on a bench with a view of the church is quite romantic.
Via Costantinopoli 100 www.lastanzadelgusto.com
There is a gastropub on the first floor of La Stanza del Gusto, where you can go for lunch and order a light meal, and on the second floor there is a wonderful restaurant, where if you come, then for a few hours to appreciate the whole variety of Neapolitan cuisine. The menu is based on traditional recipes, which the chef masterfully plays out in accordance with modern gastronomic trends. What you need to order at La Stanza del Gusto is a paste with prunillo tomatoes (long plum-shaped tomatoes) and a cheese plate with honey and white truffle.
Via Palasciano 28 www.ristorantedora.it
Another important point on the gastronomic map of Naples is Da Dora, a restaurant specializing in fish and seafood. Of the dishes, you should order pasta with lobster, baked octopus in a pot or seafood risotto, and take home-made white wine from the drinks. If you plan to stop by Da Dora in the evening, it is better to book a table in advance, otherwise you will have to queue at the entrance.
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore 19 www.scaturchio.it
The meeting place of all the sweet tooth of Naples, where long lines of people who want to try the best pastries of the city always gather at the window with desserts. The first things to try at Giovanni Scaturchio are puff pastry sofoliatella pastries with delicate ricotta and candied fruit filling, as well as mini-chocolate and liquor miniers. We assure you that in these two desserts your tasting of Neapolitan sweets will not end and you will want to try a couple more rolls, and the further you go, the tastier and sweeter.
Piazza Trieste e Trento www.grancaffegambrinus.com
The ancient cafe Gambrinus is regularly included in the lists of the best coffee establishments in the world. And the point is not at all in the elegant interior stylized as palace chambers, although it certainly creates a special mood and atmosphere. Special Neapolitan-style coffee is served here - thick and strong, a serving is designed for 2-3 small sips. We recommend to tart the tart taste of the drink with something from the desserts - for example, a fragrant rum woman or cannoli (waffle tube with ricotta, mascarpone or whipped cottage cheese).
Via Partenope 45
+39 081 764 0044 www.vesuvio.it double room - from € 199
Luxurious luxury hotel that welcomes guests since 1882. Among the guests of Grand Hotel Vesuvio are Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock. The rooms, as expected in hotels of this level, are made on a grand scale: large beds with a massive headboard, dark lacquered wood furniture, framed paintings with gilding and a mandatory attribute - a balcony overlooking the promenade of the Gulf of Naples. Be sure to go up to the 10th floor of the hotel and spend some unforgettable hours in the Caruso restaurant - you will be fascinated by the panoramic view.
Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli 104
+39 081 557 1051 www.costantinopoli104.it double room - from € 162
Costantinopoli 104 Hotel is located in a historic villa in the city center. Classic-style rooms with large windows and miniature balconies where you can enjoy coffee or wine in the evening and enjoy the sunset. The hotel has a swimming pool, solarium and massage services. For guests who use the car rental service, paid parking is available (you need to reserve a place in advance).
Via Armando Diaz 44
+39 081 551 2133 www.grandhoteloriente.it double room - from € 102
A four-star hotel in the Old Town district, close to the main attractions of Naples. Large rooms are in white and brown tones, some rooms have views of the castle of Sant Elmo and Vesuvius. At the reception you can order tickets to the theater, museum or book a table in any restaurant in the city. For a fee, you can park your rental car in local parking.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 328
+39 081 423 9111 www.sanfrancescoalmonte.it double room - from € 100
San Francesco al Monte is housed in a former 16th-century monastery overlooking Mount Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. In place of the former monastery cell, there are spacious rooms with high ceilings, frescoes on the walls and antique furniture. It offers a spa and fitness center, sauna, solarium and massage, as well as a rooftop pool. La Terrazza dei Barbanti, a Mediterranean restaurant, is open on the top floor of the hotel and is perfect for a romantic dinner. If you are traveling in a rented car, you can leave it in an adjacent parking lot (prior reservation is required).
Via Costantinopoli 101
+39 081 451 732 www.hotelpiazzabellini.com double room - from € 59
For the budget traveler, Piazza Bellini is a good choice. 48 small but comfortable rooms decorated with works by contemporary Italian artists. In the courtyard there is a relaxation area with sofas and armchairs, where you can read a book and have a morning cup of tea or coffee.
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