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    Naples - a brief overview

    There is nowhere in Italy more theatrical than Naples, a city with over 3,000 years of history layered with lashings of culture and chaos. Both literally and metaphorically, these ancient streets and squares are a stage upon which locals play out life’s daily dramas framed by an extravagant baroque backdrop.

    Beside its glorious churches, tranquil cloisters and storybook castle, the city can lay claim to some of Europe’s most important art and archaeology, some of its finest farm-to-table cuisine and a large-hearted sense of hospitality seldom found elsewhere.

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    Museo Archeologico Nazionale

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19
    80135 Naples
    Tel: 081 440 166
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 0900-1930

    This cavalry barracks now houses one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artefacts, including a hall of exquisite mosaics from Pompeii. Beyond the mosaics, the Gabinetto Segreto (Secret Chamber) contains a salacious collection of ancient erotica.

    Basilica di Santa Chiara

    Via Santa Chiara 49
    80134 Naples
    Tel: 081 551 6673
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1700
    Sun 1000-1430

    Behind this Gothic basilica, an exuberant majolica cloister raises frescoed porticos on pillars covered in 18th-century ceramic tiles idealising country living.

    Cappella Sansevero

    Via Francesco de Sanctis 19
    80134 Naples
    Tel: 081 551 8470
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1830
    Sun 0930-1400

    More fascinating than the frothy frescoes in this Masonic-inspired chapel are Giuseppe Sanmartino’s incredible sculpture Cristo Velato (Christ Veiled) and two meticulously preserved human arterial systems stashed away downstairs.


    Via Settembrini 79
    80139 Naples
    Tel: 081 1931 3016
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat 0900-1400

    Escape the past in this contemporary art museum showcasing photography, painting, sculpture and specially commissioned installations such as Ave Ovo, the erotically charged fresco for Neapolitan artist Francesco Clemente.


    Via Duomo 147
    80138 Naples
    Tel: 081 449 097
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1230 and 1630-1930

    Naples’ spiritual centrepiece sits atop a pagan temple dedicated to Neptune. In the baroque chapel, San Gennaro’s skull and two vials of his blood are locked away in a strong box.

    Mercato di Porta Nolana

    Via Cesare Carmignano
    80142 Naples
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1500

    This gut-rumbling street market is a must for those who want to see the full panoply of Neapolitan street life in action.

    Teatro San Carlo

    Via San Carlo 98
    80132 Naples
    Tel: 081 797 2468
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1030-1630 hourly
    Sun 1030-1230 hourly

    Even if Puccini don’t take your fancy, a tour of Italy’s oldest opera house is a treat. After peaking backstage, pop next door to MeMus, the theatre’s museum of costumes and set design.

    Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte

    Parco di Capodimonte, Via Miano 2
    80137 Naples
    Tel: 081 749 9111
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1800
    Sun 0900-1400

    This former Bourbon hunting lodge, surrounded by a huge park, is now a cultural jewel with over 160 rooms showcasing Italian greats such as Botticelli, Caravaggio, Masaccio and Titian.

    Catacomba di San Gennaro

    Via Tondo di Capodimonte 13
    80136 Naples
    Tel: 081 744 3714
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1000-1300

    Below street level, an even more ancient city survives made up of a labyrinth of catacombs, aqueducts and passageways. The catacomb of San Gennaro is Naples’ oldest collection of tombs complete with second-century Christian frescoes.

    Cimitero delle Fontanelle

    Piazza Fontanelle alla Sanità 154
    80136 Naples
    Tel: 081 744 3714
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Mandatory for the morbidly inclined, the Fontanelle cemetery and charnel house are home to an estimated 8 million human bones dating all the way back to the 1656 plague.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.


    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.


    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)

    Public Holidays 2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Easter Sunday: 05. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Republic Day: 02. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Given the traffic, it’s best to navigate Naples on foot. Otherwise, city buses are operated by ANM ( with most services passing through Piazza Garibaldi. The Naples Metropolitana ( metro system has two lines covering the centre of town. Unico Campania manages ticketing, which covers the metro, bus, tram and funicular. Daily passes are the most cost-effective option.


    Official taxis are white and can be found in the main piazzas; always ensure the meter is running. You can also call Consortaxi (tel: 081 2222) and Consorzio Taxi Napoli (tel: 081 8888) to book one. Some grasp of Italian is helpful.


    Nightlife in Naples


    Neapolitans aren’t big drinkers and many people simply buy a bottle of beer and hang around in the piazzas and alleys of the centro storico (historic centre).

    For a chicer scene, hit upmarket Chiaia. Clubs fill up after midnight although many transfer to out-of-town locations between July and September.

    Intra Moenia

    Piazza Bellini, 70
    80138 Naples
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    The perfect outdoor drinking spot on Piazza Bellini.

    New Around Midnight

    Via Giuseppe Bonito, 32
    80100 Naples
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    A tiny, swinging bolthole featuring home-grown jazz gigs.

    Teatro San Carlo

    Via San Carlo 98
    80132 Naples
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    One of Italy’s top opera venues with a year-round programme of concerts and ballet.


    Via Carlo Poerio 47
    80121 Naples
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    Stylish cocktails match the fashionable crowd at this aperitivo hotspot.

    L’Arenile di Bagnoli

    Via Coroglio 14b, Bagnoli
    80124 Naples
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    Naples’ most fashionable beach club has gorgeous views and a full roster of cultural events.


    Restaurants in Naples


    Naples is a leading light in the Italian culinary landscape and for that alone it is worth a trip. Seasonal ingredients are sacred here, and the region’s

    larder is intensely flavoursome thanks to the rich volcanic soil. This is also the hometown of pizza and nowhere will you eat it better.

    Palazzo Petrucci

    Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, 4,
    80134 Naples
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    Price: Expensive

    A nouveau take on traditional dishes in a sleek contemporary dining room.

    Trattoria San Ferdinando

    Via Nardones 117
    80132 Naples
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    Price: Moderate

    Theatre aficionados love this traditional, low-key trattoria.

    Ristorante dell’Avvocato

    Via S.Lucia 115/117
    80132 Naples
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    Price: Moderate

    Divine seafood dishes in a chic Santa Lucia nosh spot.

    Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo

    Via dei Tribunali 32
    80138 Naples
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    Price: Budget

    The king of the pizza pack.


    Via dei Tribunali 379
    80138 Naples
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    Price: Budget

    Brave ravenous students and professors for hearty home-cooking at communal tables.


    Calendar of events

    Maggio dei Monumenti

    29 April – 28 May 2015

    Venue: Various venues.

    May of the Monuments is a month-long, citywide cultural festival dedicated to celebrating Naples’ rich artistic and architectural heritage. Monuments and collections that are typically closed to the public are opened for the month. In addition, the city puts on special exhibitions, concerts and performances in historic venues, literary events and city tours.

    Napoli Teatro Festival Italia

    1 – 30 June 2015

    Venue: Various venues.

    Set in some spectacular locations, such as abandoned breweries, castles and even whole neighbourhoods of the historic centre this three-week theatre festival is pure spectacle. The productions, from European and international directors, push the boundaries of the theatrical experience.


    Neapolis Festival

    1 – 30 July 2015

    Venue: Mostra d’Oltremare

    Drawing up to 25,000 people, the Neapolis music festival brings together international and local bands from Italy’s thriving indie, rock and pop scene. Performances are held at the new Mostra d’Oltremare complex in Naples Fuorigrotta district.



    10 – 20 July 2015

    Venue: Various venues.

    As the home of Italy’s most famous export, the pizza, Naples rightly holds a 10-day celebration in its honour. Pizza makers from all over Italy travel to Naples to compete with the city’s most highly trained pizzaiole to see who really makes the best pizza.

    Festa della Madonna del Carmine

    11 – 17 July 2015

    Venue: Piazza del Carmine.

    Held in Piazza del Carmine, this religious celebration starts the night before the official saint’s day, with the Incendio del Campanile, which literally means ‘the burning of the church tower’. It does actually looks as if the belltower itself, the highest point of the city, is on fire. The next day Holy Mass is celebrated every hour from 0700 until 1900 when there is a spectacular fireworks display.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Naples


    From cute bed and breakfasts and convents to converted Bourbon palaces, accommodation in Naples spans all predilections and prices.

    Top-end hotels tend to be classically styled, while small mid-range hotels and bed and breakfasts in the historic centre offer more intimacy and personality.

    Partenope Relais

    Via Niccolo Tommaseo 1
    80121 Naples
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    Category: Expensive

    Sea views and contemporary rooms styled after cinematic legends.

    Hotel Romeo

    Via Cristoforo Colombo 45
    80133 Naples
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    Category: Expensive

    A beautiful design hotel with stone and ivory interiors, A-list and a glam rooftop restaurant.

    Piazza Bellini

    Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, 101
    80138 Naples
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    Category: Moderate

    Contemporary styled art hotel housed in a 16th-century palazzo.

    Costantinopoli 104

    Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli 104
    80138 Naples
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    Category: Moderate

    Elegant rooms in a neoclassical villa with a palm-fringed pool to boot.

    Hotel Rex

    Via Palepoli 12
    80132 Naples
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    Category: Cheap

    Simple, pleasant rooms in an art nouveau building a stone’s throw from the seafront.

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    Follow the faithful in processions marking Easter Holy Week and at the Feast of San Gennaro in May, when vials of blood from the city’s patron saint are said to liquefy warding off another year of volcanic cataclysm. May and June are also chock full of cultural events, concerts and theatre, before the summer heat clears the city. The other side of summer, Pizzafest beckons in September when warm, languid days ensure good sightseeing and balmy evening dinners. Finally in December, Naples hosts fabulously atmospheric markets and the streets are lined with presepi (nativity scenes).

    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.


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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39


    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.


    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.


    Shopping in Naples

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    Key Areas

    Shopping in Naples is all about heritage businesses, many of them family-owned for generations. The main drag is Via Toledo. Tailors and high-end labels are to be found in Chiaia along Via Calabritto, Via dei Mille and Via Gaetano Filangieri. For more mixed offerings, Via San Biagio dei Librari is a good spot, as is Vico San Domenico Maggiore off Via dei Tribunali. Antiques are also big business along Via Domenico Morelli and Via Costantinopoli. Most shops close for lunch between 1pm and 3.30pm.


    Porta Nolana and La Pignasecca are Naples’ most legendary markets. Other markets worth the walk are Chiaia’s Bancarelle a San Pasquale, the Mercatino di Posillipo on Viale Virgilio and Mercato di Poggioreale located in the city’s old slaughterhouse. Most are open in the mornings only.

    Shopping Centres

    Shopping centres don’t hold much sway in this ancient city. Even the main arcade, the Galleria Umberto I, dates back to the 19th century.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Castiglione, Fabiana
    Via Michelangelo Schipa 64
    80122 Naples
    Tel. +39-81-681283

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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