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The essence of Southern Italy, the best cuisine in the country and a historical legacy that goes back thousands of years. Naples is a city that seems stuck in time, a city with melancholy in the air that prefers to maintain its southern Italian character than follow the example of the cities in the north, thus preserving its true identity. Forget about everything you’ve read about it: Naples is a city for you to discover, try and fall in love with. Enjoy the essence of the true south of Italy and rent apartments in Naples.
What not to miss in Naples
First things first: the best pizza in the world is made in Naples. Look for a pizzeria in Materdei and enjoy the pleasure of eating something out of this world. Leaving gastronomy aside, Naples lives off its ancient history, with Pompeii and Herculaneum just a few miles away, a visit that can be complemented with its National Archaeological Museum. Walk around the Port and visit the Castel dell’Ovo or the Piazza del Plebiscito and its Royal Palace. Its open-air cinema in summer is also something highly recommended and interesting. Oh, and let’s not forget about the beautiful Baroque churches that are scattered around the old town.
The districts in Naples
The Centro Storico is the old town in the city and where you can breathe in the true essence, definitely the best place to rent cheap apartments in Naples in. All the way from Piazza Cavour to the Port, the old town of the city is also the most charming and the one that gathers the most tourist attractions. San Carlo all’Arena is further north and it contains quiet squares where to have a nice coffee; while Arenella and Vomero are to the west, an area with villas, castles and churches, much quieter than the city centre. If you want to enjoy the best views of the city, head towards Posilipo and Chiaia in the southwest while Agnano is an area with plenty of fun and leisure activities.
When to visit Naples
With itsMediterranean climate, Naples enjoys mild temperatures all year long, although in summer they surpass the 30ºC mark. That’s why if you want to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, it’s best to do so without all the heat, in spring or autumn. Because Naples is a city best explored by foot, it’s best that it’s not too hot.
Getting around Naples
You can get to Naples by plane, boat or train from Italy and Europe. The city has a metro line that takes you everywhere in the city at low prices (1.20€ for a single ticket, 3.60€ for a day ticket). To get to places in the outskirts, use the Circumvesuviana, a suburban railway that’s as dated as it’s useful. Naples also has a cable car, buses and trams that make up a comfortable and quick public transport network that you can use during your holidays in Naples.
Festivals in Naples
Italy means culture and Naples is no exception. Throughout the year, culture, arts and folklore mix together to bring festivals of all sorts to the city. The Festa di San Gennaro takes place three times a year, when they say that his preserved blood liquefies and this event gathers huge crowds. The Settimana Santa is Holy Week and the city fills with passionate processions and religious events, while Festa della Piedigrotta gathers music and dance in the month of September in honour of this Madonna.