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.
Anyone seeking some exercise with a view should head up to Parco Virgiliano up on the Posillipo hill. As well as a running track, there's a kids playground and a park with stunning views over the Bay and Campi Flegrei.
The Naples underground is a Metro d'Arte and attraction in itself these days. Seek out award winning stations Toledo, Municipio, Università and Garibaldi for a compelling mix of contemporary art, light works and ancient finds.
As Christmas approaches Via San Gregorio Armeno increasingly fills with Neapolitan nativity scenes ("presepi") and onlookers. Pick up a figurine of a lamb and chortle at the quirky tableaux of celebs -Trump, Berlusconi and Bolt - rubbing shoulders.
Naples' city beaches are hardly idyllic - along the lungomare at Mappatella between the concrete blocks is a patch of grey sand. Instead, head along Via Posillipo to Bagno Elena for a swim, a sun lounger and a granita (a semi-frozen drink).
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