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Naples is the third most populated city in Italy and the largest city in Southern Italy. Its name comes from the Greek, Neapolis meaning new city. Its close proximity to many interesting places makes it a good base for exploring the area on an Italy vacation. It is a lively and vibrant city, full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops making it worth at least a few days to visit. It sits on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy and its harbour is one of the most important ports in Southern Italy.

Its historic centre has earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination. It has one of the largest historical city centres anywhere in the world and its narrow alleyways often lead to churches, catacombs and underground caves. Naples has a total of 448 historical churches, making it one of the most Catholic cities in the world in terms of the number of places of worship. The main city square or piazza of the city is the Piazza del Plebiscito bounded on the east by the Royal Palace and on the west by the church of San Francesco di Paola.  Nearby is the Teatro di San Carlo which is the oldest opera house in Italy.

Naples is also well known for its historic castles. The ancient Castel Nuovo, is one of the city's foremost landmarks. Another Neapolitan castle of note is Sant' Elmo, which was completed in 1329 and is built in the shape of a star. Naples is widely known for its wealth of historical museums. The Naples National Archaeological Museum is one of the city's main museums with one of the most extensive collections of artifacts from the Roman Empire in the World.  It also houses many of the antiques unearthed at Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as some artifacts from the Greek and Renaissance periods. Previously a Bourbon Palace, now a museum and art gallery, the Museo di Capodimonte is another museum of note with paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries including major works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and El Greco.  In front of the Royal Palace of Naples stands the Galleria Umberto I, which contains the Coral Jewellery Museum, an interesting venue to visit on an Italy vacation package. 

Naples is internationally famous for its cuisine.  It draws culinary influences from the numerous cultures which have inhabited it over the course of its history including the Greeks, Spanish and French. The ingredients are typically rich in taste, while remaining affordable to the general populace. Naples is traditionally credited as the home of pizza which originated as a meal of the poor. Spaghetti is also associated with the city and is commonly eaten with the sauce ragu. It is also well known for its sweet dishes, including gelato which is similar to ice cream, though more fruit-based. 

To the south of the city is Pompeii which was the scene of the major volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A violent explosion of toxic gases and burning cinders from the eruption covered Pompeii. Excavations were begun all the way back to 1748 but it wasn’t until 1861 that a systematic excavation was undertaken. Pompeii was a haven for many wealthy Romans. Over two thousand years ago, people were living in houses and apartments of a type.

Further south is Sorrento which sits on a long cliff amid lemon and olive groves overlooking the sea. A ravine divides the town with the attractive old town on one side and the suburban area with hotels on the other. The old town still retains its Roman grid of narrow streets.  The famous Amalfi Coast has long been popular with the rich and famous because of its stunning beauty and you will fall for its charm on an Italy vacation. The charm includes the pastel-coloured houses that cling to the hillsides in towns high up above the cliffs overlooking the coastline with amazing views.

Situated in the Bay of Naples are the romantic islands of Capri and Ischia. Capri's attractions include the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the Belvedere of Tragara - a high panoramic promenade lined with villas, the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of Imperial Roman villas. Ischia is a volcanic island easily reached by ferries and hydrofoils from Naples as is Capri. As well as sandy beaches and blue sea, the island also boasts natural thermal springs and the spa complexes connected with these are another major attraction on a trip to Italy.

 

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Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Italy vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Italy.

 

 

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  • Active Amalfi

    The best way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Amalfi Coast is to walk along it. The scenery is breathtaking; the resorts, towns and villages charming. Everywhere are panoramic views of the coast and the sea. Also enjoy time in Naples, Pompeii and Capri.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,700
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
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  • Classic Southern Italy: Rome, Sorrento & Capri

    This sublime southern Italy tour starts in Rome, including sightseeing and a cooking class, before making its way south to the fascinating ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the Isle of Capri.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,080
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Enchanting Southern Italy: Back Roads experience: Ex Naples

    From Naples, head immediately south. History, culture and awe-inspiring scenery are yours to discover. Colourful Naples, historical Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius are just the beginning of your journey followed by the magical island of Capri and a stay in the spectacularly beautiful Amalfi Coast.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,589
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Tours
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  • Naples, the Almalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, Sicily & Calabria Cruise

    The corner of Italy where glamour meets grit, the Almalfi Coast is one of the most history-rich and culturally immersive regions in Europe. This unique Europe cruise lets you experience it in detail.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Sorrento Break

    Combine the delights of the Amalfi Coast with the splendour of the former Roman Empire on this historic Sorrento break. Visit Pompeii and the mountain that destroyed it, as well as the superbly preserved Herculaneum.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 744
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Spirit of Amalfi

    Explore the Amalfi Coast on a southern Italy tour that combines the region’s fascinating history with the very best in culture, natural beauty, and food. You’ll even sail across to the Isle of Capri.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,590
    Trip Type:
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