Air France Travel Guide

NAPLES

Italy
12°C Dec

History's Most Beautiful Shoreline

As the Neapolitans say, “Vedi Napoli e poi muori!” (“See Naples and die!”). Succumb to the splendour of the Gulf of Naples and the unrivalled attractions of the ancient city.

The mythical “journey to Naples” has always evoked emotions and dreams: a great escape in the cradle of Western culture with the Mediterranean Sea and splendour of the surrounding islands on the horizon. Gaze ahead, sit back and relax, carried by the invigorating flow of one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean.

The capital of Campania is home to three million people who highly cherish their traditions, while remaining open to rest of the world. Cultural life is intense and feeds the rich past of the castles, palaces, villas, churches, monasteries and museums who compete for this holiday destination of the ancient Romans. The vast historic centre, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, boasts unrivalled archaeological treasures.

Far from falling asleep on its prestigious achievements, the city plays the card of progress and innovation: there Apple opened its first school for computer programmers, the network of shared electric cars continues to grow and the new metro system, at the cutting edge of technology, has 16 stations designed as works of art, a project at the forefront of urban architecture.

The Neapolitan good life is distinguished by its world-renowned cuisine. Famous for its pizza, of course, nearly as highly regarded as a national monument, gives pride of place to local products: vegetables are grown in abundance and tomatoes, another landmark of the region, are among the best in Italy. The nearby sea inspires soups and fritto misti (fried seafood and small fish). To experience another pride of the regional gastronomy, taste the unmatchable mozzarella di buffalo of Campania, nicknamed oro bianco (white gold). That says it all!

A few dozen kilometres from the centre, while nature reclaims its rights on the remarkable site of Pompeii, the fumaroles of Vesuvius are a reminder that the giant is still dormant, but that doesn't undermine the constant good humour of the Neapolitans.

Nestled in the hollow of its dazzling gulf, the radiant city will offer you the most pleasant of stays. Between history and modernity, cultural heritage and everyday pleasures, set out to discover the Neapolitan lifestyle, “right under the sun!”

Loved for

Romance
Arts And Culture
Cuisine
Sun
City Trip
Road Trip

When to go

Dec sunny 12°C
19%
Jan white clouds 11°C
26%
Feb white clouds 11°C
25%
Mar sunny 13°C
19%
Apr sunny 17°C
17%
May sunny 20°C
13%
Jun sunny 25°C
10%
Jul sunny 28°C
3%
Aug sunny 29°C
3%
Sept sunny 25°C
17%
Oct sunny 21°C
16%
Nov sunny 16°C
23%