The southern Italian city of Naples dates to the 2nd millennium BC, and boasts centuries of volcanic drama, art and architecture all robustly perched on the Bay of Naples. Naples can appear chaotic, tattered and neglected on first sight, but go beyond the ruggedness and a city of breathtaking frescoes, elegant sculptures and superb panoramas can be uncovered.
Naples' centro storico (historic centre) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its cache of archaeological treasures are among the most important globally.[ReadMoreMob] The city’s collection of palaces, castles and churches almost puts Rome to shame. The Duomo di San Gennaro cathedral is filled with sublime frescoes, while the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo ensure a spot for Italy's third largest city on any must-see list.
The bustling maze of shops, boutiques and open-air cafés are a constant distraction, and the local cuisine – derived from rich volcanic soils, an abundant sea, and years of cooking excellence – makes Naples one of the true Italian heavyweights.
Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius
Pompeii is a iconic archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under metres of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This ghostly sites feature remarkably preserved, excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can explore.
Much like Pompeii, Herculaneum was destroyed in the volcanic eruption of 79 AD, and while it is not as well known, many claim it is actually a better sight to behold than Pompeii
It it believed that pizza was in fact invented in Naples, so a visit to this enchanting city is also a visit to the home of one of Italy's most iconic culinary delights. Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba is widely regarded to be the world’s first pizzeria, having opened in 1830, and is a must-visit to sample some of the finest and most authentic pizza available anywhere.
The historic centre of Naples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents the history of Naples dating back to 470 BC. This is the oldest district in Naples and combines Greek and Roman architecture, with many landmarks and monuments. When taking a stroll through the Centro Storico, you can see the locals, who live in very small houses, bringing their furniture out into the street and sitting playing cards – a true representation of Napoli life.
A series of underground caves underneath the city, the Sotterranea is a wonderfully preserved example of Naples’ fascinating history. The underground network includes an aqueduct built by the Greeks and later adapted by the Romans, WW2 air raid shelters, underground Greek tombs, Roman catacombs, and the remains of a Roman theatre