Naples is a large and historic city, dating back to the Neolithic era and now home to around four million people. It has long been regarded as an important cultural centre and there are plenty of historically significant sites both within the city limits and in close proximity. In addition to its history and culture, Naples is well-known as the home of pizza, which is said to have originated in the city in the 19th century.
Naples is located on the west coast of southern Italy, not far from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It boasts the largest historic city centre in Europe, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many buildings were damaged during the Second World War, but reconstruction efforts have paid off and the city now benefits from a successful business district and effective transport network.
There are just short of 450 historical churches in Naples, along with several notable castles and piazzas. And tourists can also spend hours in the city's many museums and art galleries.
If you only have a day or two to spend in Naples, here are some of the key attractions that shouldn't be missed:
Naples National Archaeological Museum - This is one of the most significant museums in Naples. It houses a large collection of Greek and Roman artefacts, marble sculptures and ancient bronzes, as well as stunning mosaics.
Naples Cathedral - This is the city's main Roman Catholic church. Work began on the cathedral in the 13th century, but the structure was not completed until the 19th century. Because of this, it showcases a wealth of different styles, including Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural features. Make sure to enter the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, with its lavish frescoes.
Pompeii - The city of Pompeii, which was buried under ash and pumice during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD, can easily be reached on a day trip from Naples. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts around 2.5 million visitors each year. Nearby Herculaneum was also buried in the eruption, but the upper storeys of buildings have remained intact and make for fascinating viewing.
Naples International Airport is the largest airport in southern Italy. It is situated less than four miles from the city and serves a large number of European destinations. The easiest ways to get to the city from the airport are by bus or taxi.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October) are the best times of year to visit Naples, as the city is warm but not too hot. Winter can be very rainy - not ideal for outdoor sightseeing. Another benefit of visiting in May is the annual 'May of the Monuments' festival, although Naples holiday apartments may need to be booked early at this popular time of year.
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