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Pompeii
1. Pompeii
Pompeii was lost to us for many centuries until it was rediscovered again, initially in 1599, and properly in the 1700s. It is one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. The volcanic eruption wiped out the population of Pompeii, but the town they lived in was remarkably well-preserved because of the combination of ash and lack of moisture that sealed the town, and essentially turned it into a time capsule.
Mount Vesuvius
2. Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius is a famous volcano which completely buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. Visitors can walk the scenic slopes, learn about the volcano's history, and get incredible views of the Gulf of Naples. Vesuvius is easy to reach by bus from both Naples and Pompeii.
Herculaneum
3. Herculaneum
Step into life before the Vesuvius eruption with a visit to Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian). This ancient Roman town lies in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius, and was once wealthier than Pompeii. Both towns were destroyed by volcanic flows in 79 AD. Pompeii is well-preserved but Herculaneum is even more so - the eruption preserved doors, bedding and even food here. This UNESCO World Heritage site allows you to explore several villas and taverns and examine the mosaics and frescoes preserved for centuries by the volcanic water, ash and debris.
Naples Underground
4. Naples Underground
Naples Underground is easy to reach by metro or bus and takes guests on an amazing underground tour of a city that's over 2400 years old! See the ancient aquaduct that's been providing the city with water for 23 centuries, an ancient theater, and more! You won't believe what's down there.
Catacombs of San Gennaro
5. Catacombs of San Gennaro
The Catacombs of San Gennaro are a fascinating and perfectly preserved insight into thousands of years of Italian history. See the final resting place of Naples's patron saint and discover an intricately adorned tribute to Italy's dead.

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Paestum

Paestum

Paestum is located south of Naples and is easy to reach with public transport, making for a great day (or half-day) trip from Naples. This Greco-Roman archaeological site is home to the remains of three ancient Greek temples and a museum. Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC, Paestum still has defensive walls, a Roman forum, what's left of a Roman amphitheater and a collection of ancient tombs, all of which can be explored at your leisure!
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The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. It's located in Naples at the Piazza Museo 19.
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The Bourbon Gallery, or Galleria Borbonica, is an underground passage with a rich history dating back for centuries. Built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who feared a possible revolt, it was intended as a potential escape tunnel connecting the Royal Palace with the local military barracks. Since then, it's been used as an air-raid shelter by locals during World War II, and today serves as a popular destination for visitors looking to explore the underground history of Naples.
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The Grotta Bianca, or 'white cave' of Capri, takes its name from the white incrustations of calcium carbonate that lines its sides, and the clusters of white stalactites that hang from the cave ceiling and frame of its entrance.
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The Royal Palace of Naples is a symbol of royal power during the Bourbon monarchy (1734-1860), founded during the Spanish Viceroy period. Visitors can see the different rooms and get amazing views of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius from the outside. It's easy to reach on foot or with public transport.
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The San Lorenzo Maggiore Complex is a church that stands at the geographic center of Naples. Visitors can see the remains of an ancient Roman market beneath the church itself, wander the museum, and see the detailed frescoes on the ceilings of Chapter Hall.
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The Capodimonte Museum is an art museum filled to bursting with Italian masterpieces - especially paintings from the 13th - 18th century. It's located in the grand Bourbon Palace of Capodimonte in Naples.
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The Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro explores the relationship between the people of Naples and their patron saint. Experience a unique collection of artistic works and authentic artifacts collected across seven centuries by popes, kings, famous Neapolitans, and ordinary people.
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Over its thousands of years of history, the final resting place of Saint Gaudiosus has been used as a necropolis, Christian tomb, and mass grave. Now it's a perfectly eerie visitor experience, where you can explore and discover its many macabre secrets!
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The Sansevero Chapel (Cappella Sansevero) is a chapel located in the historic center of Naples, Italy. It contains works of art by some of the leading Italian artists of the 18th century.
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La Reggia Designer Outlet is a shopping area in Campania, Italy. Located an hour outside of Naples, it houses over 140 boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
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Language

Italian

Currency

Euro (€)

Dialing code

+39

Time zone

Central European Time (CET)

Getting around

This medieval city has plenty of cobbles and cracks to kill your feet, but strap on some sturdy sneakers and get ready to walk. Most cultural and historical must-sees in Naples, with the exception of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius, are within a 3km radius. There’s good public transport too, so hopping on a bus, subway, funicular railway or tram is easy. A hop on, hop off tour is a great option for saving time and money as most offer three different routes around the sights for one price.

Weather

The best time to visit Naples is April-June and September-October, when temperatures are less likely to have you melting as fast as your triple scoop of gelato. Even Italians try to avoid being around the city in August. New Year's Eve in Naples is known for being a blast, literally - the city is proud of hosting the best fireworks in Italy. November makes for cheaper hotels and quieter attractions, but pack some warm clothes and a hat, as the nights can be cold with a mean icy wind blowing in off the Med.

Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius isn’t just the name of a really spicy pizza. This ferocious volcano can be accessed from Naples via a rickety commuter train, or by taking a tour. It famously erupted in 79 AD, swallowing Pompeii and Herculaneum in one ashy gulp and killing an estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people. While Mount Vesuvius is sleeping, travellers hike all the way to the summit along a rocky, winding road. It’s a steep and punishing stroll but don’t worry, there are plenty of people handing out walking sticks.

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Eat your weight in babà

Babà is as much a part of Neopolitan culture as its famous pizza and coffee. A mushroom-shaped sweet soaked in rum or limoncello, it's even seeped into everyday language. If you have a particularly sweet personality, locals won't hesitate to say “si nu' babbà” (you're a baba). Originally from Central Europe and enjoyed by Naples' high society, this is a no-nonsense pastry that's all about the taste. Eat it on its own while you take a walk through Naples' bustling streets. A true Amalfi Coast staple to enjoy on the go!

Escape the city

Craving some waves? Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are all easy to reach from Naples. All year round daytrippers flock to the seaview cafes and boutiques to spend their Euros and to gawp at the rich and famous who for decades have treated this area as a playground. From Capri’s lemon groves and bougainvillea-clad terraces to the Almafi’s curving coastal roads and dramatic cliffs, there’s a photo op around every corner.

Get archeological

Naples' National Archaeological Museum offers history fans what is arguably the world’s finest collection of Greco-Roman artefacts. Inside you’ll find treasures from Pompeii and Herculaneum, marble sculptures, the famed Toro Farnese (Farnese Bull) and amazing mosaics from Pompeii's Casa del Fauno. Make sure you visit the Borgia collection in the basement and, for lovers of erotic art: the Secret Room is a must-see.

See how the royals lived

Once a hunting lodge for King Charles III, the Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte then became a posh royal home. It’s now the place to marvel at work by Neapolitan artists of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the King’s inherited Farnese collection, which includes portraits of royals by Titian. The royal apartments are quite something. Expect opulent chandeliers and furniture, exquisite tapestries and even a room lined completely with porcelain!

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