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Naples is one of Italy's largest cities, located on the Bay of Naples in the south of the country. With a wonderful mix of culture, history, and beauty, this city offers the chance to experience authentic Italy. Its variety of landscapes will please all, from one of the most famous bays in Europe to the immense Mount Vesuvius.
History buffs will be spoilt for choice here, with the iconic city of Pompeii just 30 minutes outside Naples. However, in Naples itself you’ll find the lesser known ruins of Herculaneum, an ancient Greek settlement which also was left frozen in time after Vesuvius’ eruption. There are plenty of picturesque sights too, from the beautiful architecture of Palazzo Reale to the breath-taking underground alleyways located beneath the entirety of the old town.
Naples is a fantastic family holiday destination with pizzerias, museums, and castles for children to enjoy! Outside of peak season is a great time for couples to visit, with fewer crowds allowing you and your partner to absorb the romantic beauty and culture of Italy.
There are direct flights from Dublin to Naples with a flight time of just 3 hours and 15 minutes. From the airport the city centre is only 4km away.
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Naples has a large student population so it’s no wonder the nightlife is vibrant and lively! There are a variety of clubs and bars to visit, many of which stay open until the early morning. For a more relaxed evening, there are laidback wine bars for you to enjoy.
The city is renowned for being the birthplace of pizza, so there’s no shortage of delicious pizzerias for you to eat in! For a more fine-dining experience, there are also gourmet restaurants which serve fresh seafood and tasty pasta dishes.
Children will love a trip to Galleria Borbonica where you can book the exciting ‘adventure tour’, which includes a tour on a floating raft through Naples’ underground tunnels. The local cuisine is perfect for youngsters as you can never go wrong with pasta or pizza!
Naples has many shopping opportunities, with specialist Neapolitan boutiques selling beautiful handmade clothes, leather gloves and shoes. There are also street markets where you can find fresh fish and vegetables as well as household goods.
During May, Naples hosts the Maggio dei Monumente. It’s considered one of Naples’ main cultural events with many monuments offering free entry as well as theatre performances, exhibitions, readings, and more.
Naples' peak season is from June-August as these months see the most sunshine and also have the highest temperatures, reaching highs in the 30s. For fewer crowds and milder temperatures to enjoy sightseeing, going in the spring or autumn time is recommended.
Euro is the currency used in Naples.
Naples is one hour ahead of Ireland.
Getting around is easy, with a reliable public transport system made up of trams, the metro, cable cars and buses.