Flights to Naples
The city of Naples is situated on the western coast of Italy. It’s a cultural and historical gem, with a UNESCO listed historic centre, and a beautiful gulf to enjoy, not to mention the towering Mount Vesuvius.
About 6 kilometres outside of Naples is the Naples Airport (airport code: NAP). Transport between the city and the airport is convenient with rental cars, public bus service, taxis and in the future a rail connection. Flights to Naples usually have 1 or 2 connections from South Africa, depending on the airline. Lufthansa transfers once in Munich, and Virgin Atlantic makes its connection in London. British Midland’s flight to Naples stops twice, in London and then in Milan. And there is also a flight to Naples with South African Airways going through Zurich and Milan.
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The Tourist Attractions of Naples:
Naples has a great many attractions for tourists. It’s an ancient city that was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, long before the Romans left their mark here, making this one of the oldest cities in the world. This historic centre of Naples is simply full of things to see, and bears the marks of the many different civilisations that have called this city home over the millennia.
With so many sights to see, Naples is a city that needs to be explored in some detail if you want to make the most of it. Amongst some of the more popular attractions are the following:
Museums in Naples
Naples has many impressive museums, including the Naples National Archaeological Museum. This was established in 1585 and features a large collection of artefacts from the different civilisations who have lived in Naples and the surrounding area. There are many Roman artefacts as well as Greek, and those from Renaissance times too.
The National Museum of Capidimonte is said to be the most important museum in Naples and it’s set within a former palace. It features Neopolitan painting and decorative arts as well as some important Roman sculptures.
Certosa di San Martino
The most visible landmark in Naples is this former monastery. Now a museum, this large complex sits atop of a hill and was completed in 1368. It hasn’t been used for religious purposes since the early 1800s and became a museum displaying Spanish and Bourbon era artefacts.
The New Castle
The New Castle (Italian: Castel Nuovo) is another of Naples’ famous landmarks. It was first begun in 1279 though has been expanded and renovated several times since then. Castel dell’Ovo, meaning Egg Castle is also a striking landmark and it’s set on a small island on the Gulf of Naples, connected to the mainland via a causeway.
Other Naples Landmarks
Naples has many other landmarks to visit as well including grand piazzas, the Naples Cathedral, palaces and more.
While visiting Naples many tourists also like to take the opportunity to head out to the ancient ruined city of Pompeii, about 30 minutes by train from the city.
Pompeii is unique because it was preserved extremely well when Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered it in ash in the year 79AD. When excavated it provided an amazing look at how the Romans led their lives back then and many of the objects that were recovered can be seen in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.
When Should You Visit?:
The Mediterranean climate means that Naples is best visited during the summer when the days are hot and there’s minimal rainfall. From September onwards, rainfall picks up quite substantially even though temperatures remain mild. October to December are the wettest months.