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Dramatic, historic and vibrant, the ancient city of Naples is a city like no other.

The city of Naples has attracted holidaymakers for a long time now – for three millennia, in fact. In the 2nd millennium BC, Greek settlers established the city, and by the 6th century BC, Neapolis, the 'new city' as it was then known, was part of the Roman Empire and a vibrant cultural centre. The city has seen several civilisations come and go, each leaving traces in its character, art and architecture. However, the third-biggest city in Italy doesn't live in the past – it's a modern Italian city offering plenty of dolce vita with its beautiful piazzas, lively street life and, of course, its contribution to world cuisine.

Begin your visit with a trip to the Centro Storico, the historic old town of the city. This is where you’ll find the majority of museums, churches and eclectic architecture. Make sure you visit the Capella Sansevero. Built in 1600, this fascinating chapel contains lots of examples of Italian religious art. A visit to the Gesu Nuovo, the most important Jesuit church in the city, is also worthwhile. This building has a stunningly ornate interior which belies its unassuming exterior.

The Royal Palace is one of Naples' most impressive buildings. Inside, visitors can explore the royal apartments, which are filled with priceless treasures. Another must-see is the Castel dell'Ovo which is set on a rocky outcrop connected to the mainland by a causeway. The towers of this 15th-century castle are a great vantage point from which to see the city and Mount Vesuvius.

The past and future of Naples and its surrounding area are entwined with Mount Vesuvius, which looms above the city. The 1,200-metre-high volcano is now a tourist attraction, but its deadliness will never be forgotten. The towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed and thousands of people were killed by this volcano’s infamous eruption in 79 AD.

Naples is a popular place to visit during the summer. Daytime temperatures in July average 30°C. The city has an international airport and is well connected to the rest of Italy by rail and bus.

Where to stay in Naples

Chiaia, Naples, Campania, Italy

Chiaia

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Travellers choose Chiaia for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Naples Piazza Amedeo Station or Piazza Amedeo Station and check out top sights like Piazza del Plebiscito.

Chiaia
Zona Ospedaliera, Naples, Campania, Italy

Zona Ospedaliera

While in Zona Ospedaliera, you'll enjoy the restaurants. Catch the metro at Policlinico Station to see top sights like Phlegraean Fields while you're in the area.

Zona Ospedaliera
Vasto, Naples, Campania, Italy

Vasto

Get to know Vasto by checking out its restaurants, historical sites and waterfront views. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Naples Underground or Port of Naples during your time in the area.

Vasto
Rione Alto, Naples, Campania, Italy

Rione Alto

Even though there aren't top sights in Rione Alto, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Naples National Archaeological Museum. Jump on the metro at Rione Alto Station to see more of the city.

Rione Alto

Top hotels in Naples

UNAHOTELS Napoli
UNAHOTELS Napoli
4 out of 5
Piazza Garibaldi, 9/10, Naples, NA
The price is NZ$155 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and Spaccanapoli. Naples Underground and University of Naples ...

4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"Average hotel in the centre of Naples. Great location but no frills. Good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2020

UNAHOTELS Napoli
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 46, Naples, NA
The price is NZ$294 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Historical Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Lungomare Caracciolo. Castel dell'Ovo and Via Chiaia are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (710 reviews)

"Beautiful Hotel. Great location. Excellent staff... The view from sea view rooms is just stunning. Overall a great stay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2020

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
Hotel Real Orto Botanico
Hotel Real Orto Botanico
4 out of 5
Via Foria 192, Naples, NA
The price is NZ$102 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Botanical Garden of Naples, Spaccanapoli and Naples National Archaeological Museum. Naples ...

3.5/5Good! (299 reviews)
Naples

"Near to the flagship Napoli museum. Rooms are dated but typical to Italian standards as observed in other Italian hotel. Rooms are big and staff are Friendly. Would definitely recommend if you want a hotel outside of of the tourist trap!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2019

Hotel Real Orto Botanico
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Naples

Culture Residence Consalvo Otto
Culture Residence Consalvo Otto
Via Consalvo, 8, Naples, NA
The price is NZ$115 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Fuorigrotta, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Phlegraean Fields and Stadio San Paolo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Castel dell'Ovo are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)

"EVERYTHING was perfect! My stress of traveling Napoli with driving a car was straightly gone because of this amazing hotel. If you come to Napoli with a car, private garage was perfectly amazing. The Owner was the sweetest and the most helpful guy and Alfonso(?) and another guy were excellent! Their ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2020

Culture Residence Consalvo Otto
La Residenza Napoli Chiaia
La Residenza Napoli Chiaia
Via Chiaia 82, Naples, Naples
The price is NZ$77 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Historical Center, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Via Chiaia, Piazza del Plebiscito and Royal Palace. Teatro di San Carlo and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Excellent all around.

"Fantastic location right in the middle of everything. Clean and comfortable and quiet. Perfect for our family of five even. All had our own comfy beds and very central to all."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

La Residenza Napoli Chiaia
Enjoy Naples
Enjoy Naples
Via Enrico Pessina, 66, Naples, NA
The price is NZ$111 per night from 17 Nov. to 18 Nov.

Located in Historical Center, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Dante, Naples National Archaeological Museum and Piazza Bellini. Sansevero ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
Excellent place to visit Naples

"Very close to tourist places and restaurants. The personnel is super kind."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Enjoy Naples
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Naples

Castel dell'Ovo
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Castel dell'Ovo

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Visit Naples' oldest castle for breathtaking views of the city and Mount Vesuvius.

Castel Nuovo
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Castel Nuovo

4/5(16 reviews)

Get a glimpse of what Italy was like in medieval times, admire ancient architecture and enjoy the stunning views from this iconic Neapolitan building.

Galleria Umberto
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Galleria Umberto

4/5(36 reviews)

This 19th century shopping arcade boasts cafés, fashion boutiques and one of the country's finest interiors.

Top activities in Naples

Amalfi Coast: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Guided Tour
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Amalfi Coast: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Guided Tour

NZ$132
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Underground Naples & Roman Theater Tour with Pizza Lunch
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Underground Naples & Roman Theater Tour with Pizza Lunch

NZ$57
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
City Sightseeing Naples Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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City Sightseeing Naples Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

NZ$41
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius - Day trip from Naples
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Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius - Day trip from Naples

NZ$150
Per adult
Transfer Tour: Naples Airport or Train Station to Sorrento with 2-Hour Stop in Pompeii
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Transfer Tour: Naples Airport or Train Station to Sorrento with 2-Hour Stop in Pompeii

NZ$288
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples
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Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Independent Day Trip from Naples

NZ$165
Per adult

Reviews of Naples

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
14
5 - Excellent 19.444444444444443%
4 - Good
27
4 - Good 37.5%
3 - Okay
20
3 - Okay 27.77777777777778%
2 - Disappointing
7
2 - Disappointing 9.722222222222221%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 5.555555555555555%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

Walk around the streets of Historic centre. Great atmosphere. Lots of places to eat. Watch out for the scooters whizzing around!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

Has a reputation as a tough and slightly dangerous city we thought it was great. A "real" city only partly dependent on tourism. Plenty of shopping and dining options: great sea views and accessible for tours to Pompeii, Herc, Mt V , Amalfi Coast.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

12 Nov. 2019

The hotel staff were nice enough, but we found those conducting tours in Naples, eg underground tour, to be extremely rude to paying tourists. The way we saw them speak to some of the non Italian tourists was disgraceful. Naples was filthy too.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Oct. 2019

It's old and the streets are narrow. You're constantly looking out for scooters and cars coming from behind, so you don't get run down. It's an Italian thing I suppose. Pizza, coffee etc. in Naples is awesome.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Oct. 2019

Naples is perfectly chaotic, smelly, and noisy. But that is part of it's charm. Yoh can find pockets of serenity if you look.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

14 Oct. 2019

Seemed very dirty,noisy and not very safe.

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