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Naples travel tips

Art and culture in Naples

The Italian city of Naples is a worthwhile destination primarily because of its many cultural highlights. In addition to seeing the city itself, tourists can also visit the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were once buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and are located only slightly outside the city.

Ideal travelling times to Naples are between April and June or in September. During these months, temperatures are quite mild and mostly below 30 degrees. In July and August, on the other hand, it is often very hot. The time of the ten-day pizza festival in June or July is particularly recommended for a visit. A highlight in Naples is also September 19th, when Saint Gennaro is celebrated. During the ceremony, the dried blood of the saint supposedly becomes liquid.

Tourists should expect prices in Naples to be at least at UK levels; in some cases, they are even higher. Tourists should be cautious when buying from street vendors, as vendors often offer counterfeit products. When visiting restaurants expect higher costs, as there is a surcharge for cutlery and table service for each meal. The additional cost can amount to 4 euros. Specialties of the region are mainly pizza and pasta, but also buffalo mozzarella, which is available at the market. Those who visit Naples should definitely plan a day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Once in Naples: getting around

From the airport, the shuttle bus "Alibus" takes about 20 minutes to reach the centre and the main train station. If you buy your ticket at the counter, you will pay around 3 euros. It is also possible to take a cab to the main station for about 16 euros.

An overnight stay in a backpacker hostel costs about 15 euros in a shared room. A room in a three-star hotel starts at around 40 euros; a holiday rental is available for similar prices.

Naples has metro, streetcar, buses, commuter trains, funiculars, and ferries, all operated by different companies. A single ticket on just one transportation company costs about 1 euro with the provider ANM; a one-way ticket for all companies costs about 1.50 euros. The centre of Naples can also be explored on foot.