Naples & Pompei Travel Guide

Naples is the city where North Italy meets the South. It is a kaleidoscope of extremes, lawless dominated by the infamous Camorra, fiercely Catholic and with a passionate love for life and food - the Napolitan cuisine. Just over 2 hours by train from Rome it is a good base to explore the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A large city home to stunning architecture, ancient artwork, sacred monasteries, imposing castles and a number of churches, Naples is also the gateway to one of Italy's most popular attractions - Mount Vesuvius. With a convenient public transport system which offers quick and easy access to Rome as well as a great range of accommodation options, Naples is a must-see on any Italian holiday.

Naples Accommodation

As southern Italy's largest city, Naples is home to a wide range of accommodation options both within the city centre and located along the picturesque coastline of the Bay of Naples. The ideal place to base yourself for exploring the wide variety of churches, monasteries, castles, art and architecture, accommodation is also conveniently located close to public transport options and offer easy access to day trips to some of the region's most famous attractions including Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii. The nearby Amalfi Coast is also home to a number of attractions and accommodation options including hilltop villas enjoy lovely views. Book Naples accommodation

Getting Around Naples

The Naples Airport is located approximately 7km from the centre of the city with regular bus services in operation. Visitors can also catch a train from Rome to Naples with the journey taking approximately 2.5 hours. Public transport is available throughout the city in the form of bus services and the underground metropolitana however the best way to explore the city is on foot. If you're looking to explore further outside the city centre, taxis are recommended as the area is large and quite spread out. Getting Around Naples


Naples' historic centre is located between Via Toledo and Piazza Garibaldi and is full of street vendors and Eastern European immigrant culture including Moroccan produce and African restaurants. To the west you'll find the hectic atmosphere and old buildings of centro storico with Via San Biagio dei Librai and Via dei Tribunali including the Cappella del Pio Monte della Misericorda, an octagonal chapel home to paintings of Giordano and Caravaggio. Other popular attractions include Gothic Duomo, dedicated to patron San Gennaro, the Spaccanapoli quarter, San Gregorio Armeno church and Museo Archeologico Nazionale. However the most famous Naples attractions are Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. More about Naples Attractions.

Naples Facts

In Naples, addresses are written with the street name listed first and then followed by the number e.g Via Toledo 23. Similar to the Australian principle of daylight savings, in Naples clocks are moved forward an hour in spring and put back an hour in autumn. Beer and wine is able to be served to and consumed from 16 years of age while spirits are restricted to 18 years. Mount Vesuvius first erupted in 79AD burying the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii and has since erupted more than 100 times. The last eruption was recorded in 1944 however the volcano is still active today.