Naples will have no more secrets for you! Read all tourist information about the weather, how to get to and from the city and some tips for your security.
The city near the bay, and its volatile population of whom many live in overcrowded and poverty stricken area, does not make good publicity for the city of Naples. And certainly, Naples is a city that does not conjure up the magic of Rome or Venice in a glance. It's a city that needs to be explored and understood before you can truly begin to delight in the uniqueness of its people and the folklore that make the city of Naples so different from the other Italian cities.
Naples is the ideal base to explore the ruins of Pompeii, Ercolano and the Phlegrean Fields, or Campi Flegrei in Italian, as well as the island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The city itself also boasts the very impressive National Museum of Archaeology where you'll find many of the important remains from Pompeii. Naples also boasts probably the best of Italian cuisine which is no minor feat, and you'll find restaurants and trattorias offering the best value to diners of all major Italian cities. Also the weather in Naples will be over your expectations.
For Americans who want to traverse the Spaccanapoli area of the city, you'll get an idea of how many inner-cities use to look like in your home country as you navigate a labyrinth of narrow alleys with lines of laundry stretched from one edifice to another above your head.
A tourist in Naples has to take more precautions than a tourist in Rome or other parts of Italy. Valuables and passport should be left at hotel or in a safe place. In Naples, you need a sense of humor and patience to handle the never ending play of the Neapolitans as they go about their daily lives. There are no half-measures, every emotion seems to center around the pain or the pleasure of that particular moment.
Naples is a city where you probably have to be more aware of your own personal security. In most Italian cities the biggest danger is a pickpocket. Most of the crime is limited to the suburbs of the city, but when exploring Naples by foot always make sure you take well-trodden paths and avoid in particular the Spaccanapoli area after nightfall.
A little preparation can go a long way for the city of Naples. You should consider taking a city tour of Naples with a local expert guide to get a thorough introduction to the city through which you can make the most of your stay in Naples. The more information you have on the city, the more as a tourist you can enjoy the city.
How to Get to and from Naples
You can arrive in Naples by bus, by train, by air or by road. Most tourists arrive to Naples from Rome with a one-day trip or en route to discover other parts of the Campania region. If your primary destination is Naples, avoid driving unless your hotel has private parking. Naples is only a two to three-hour drive from Rome, but finding parking can be a nightmare, and if you accidentally enter into certain parts of the city with a car you could take a lifetime in order to get back out again. Especially if your hotel is located around the Spaccanapoli area of the city.
Train is probably the best way of arriving into Naples, especially from Rome. The main railway station is the major hub for trains heading south from Rome. Try to avoid using night trains departing from or arriving into Naples, as there have been many nightmare stories about insect-infested sleepers where passengers had been awaken by insects crawling all over them. It's best to use day trains, especially the high-speed Frecciarossa trains that guarantee a certain level of hygiene.
In front of the main railway station at Piazza Garibaldi you'll find buses operating as far away as Germany, although you also find domestic services to cities like Bari and other cities of the South of Italy. For local buses to Pompeii and other nearby destinations you need to go to Via Pisanelli which is located near the town hall of Naples.
Tourist information on Naples will not miss to talk about the airport. Capodichino airport is located 5km from Naples and it is the southern Italy's main airport. Alitalia, British Airways and many low-cost airlines fly into this airport, and if you are travelling further south you might want to consider flying to avoid possible delays and the discomforts of travelling within an infrastructure that has been abandoned by the central government. To get to and from the airport you can use the bus #14 which operates from the main railway station approximately every 30 minutes.
For those whose direction is the Amalfi Coast, or further away, we can assist you with transfers to and from Capodichino Airport. For the Amalfi Coast, consider one of our transfer tours that include a guided tour of Pompeii en route to your hotel from Naples airport.
Transportation in Naples
The city of Naples is built into a natural amphitheatre facing the crystal blue waters of the bay of Naples. Around the city, there are many hills that you can visit using the funicular railway, and in the same way you'll reach the waterfront. Do not think of driving around by yourself, by car or moped, unless you want to encounter all the Italian car driver stereotypes in the form of passionate Neapolitan drivers and their rather unique hand gestures.
The main railway station of Naples acts as hub for bus transportation around the city. The bus #14, which operates every 30 minutes, connects the center of Naples with Capodichino airport. The bus #110 connects the railway station with the National Archaeological Museum, and the bus #R3 connects the city center with the Riviera di Chiaia street.
Trams are very common in Naples, and #1 or #1B operates from the railway station along via Garibaldi to the Riviera di Chiaia street. You'll find taxi stands throughout the city, and take note that taxi drivers will probably ignore you if you try to flag them down when they're driving. So either find a taxi stand or telephone ahead of time to reserve their services.When using Naples as your base, you may consider to travel by boat. Ferries and hydrofoils depart from Naples to Capri, Sorrento, Ischia and other destinations around the bay of Naples. These services depart from Molo Beverello which is located near Castel Nuovo. Another point of departure is Mergellina where you'll find regular services to the islands.