Cheap flights to Naples
Naples is loud and brash, but one thing it isn’t is boring. Great food, world famous archaeological sites, and arguably Italy’s most picturesque coastline ensure that there is never a dull moment in this busy town. Pizza, ice cream, noisy vespas and towering volcanoes spring to mind when you mention Naples. And while this city doesn’t boast the elegance of rival destinations like Venice or Rome, it more than makes up for it in the culture stakes. Rome may have the Colosseum and the Pantheon, but Naples has Pompeii and Herculaneum; two Roman towns preserved forever by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.
As you’d imagine, Naples’ museums are also fit to burst under the weight of antiquities on offer from these two marvellous archaeological gems. Oh, and the city’s old town is also a World Heritage Site, so be sure to give it a wonder. But with its mix of Arab, Spanish, French and Norman influences, it’s Naples’ cuisine that sets it head and shoulders of the competition. This is the home of pizza after all.
For traditional, high-quality Neapolitan souvenirs such as ceramics, Pulcinella figurines, cornicelli (good-luck horns), gouache paintings, coral jewellery and more, swing by Art Chiaja (238 Via Chiaia, +81 497 6222).
Carnevale, celebrated during the 14 days before Ash Wednesday, is an excuse for excess, sweet pastries and partying all over Italy. Masked parades featuring Campania's very own beaked mischief-maker Pulcinella (the inspiration for the British seaside puppet Punch) take place all over Napoli and are particularly piquant in the provinces of Avellino, Capua and Paestum.
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale has one of the finest collections of Roman, Greek and Egyptian artefacts in the world. For anyone interested in Pompeii and the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius, this former royal observatory is a must-visit (19 Piazza Museo, cir.campania.beniculturali.it/museoarcheologiconazionale).