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Naples gets its share of sunshine, but in July and August, temperatures can get a little stifling – as can the crowds. Visit in May, June, September or October, when it’s still warm, but far quieter.
PlanesSouthern Italy’s main airport is Capodichino, roughly eight kilometres from Naples’ city centre. The airport’s served by Alitalia (www.alitalia.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com), British Airways (www.britishairways.com) and others.
BoatsDaily ferries and hydrofoils link the Port of Naples with Sorrento, Capri and Ischia – try Snav (www.snav.it), Alilauro (www.alilauro.it) or Gescab (www.gescab.it). Tirrenia operates ferries to Sicily and Sardinia (www.tirrenia.it).
TrainsThe city’s train hub is Stazione Centrale. Daily services run to other major cities, including Rome (see www.trenitalia.it); the journey to the capital takes roughly two and a half hours. The Circumvesuviana line connects Naples with destinations across the Amalfi Coast, including Sorrento, as well as Ercolano and Pompeii (www.vesuviana.it). Naples also has a comprehensive metro system; a day pass costs €3.60 (€3.00 at weekends) and is available from multi-lingual machines at most stations (www.metro.na.it).
AutomobilesDriving in Naples can get hairy: traffic lights and one-way streets are generally seen as optional and Vespas rule the road. If you are coming by car, the city is on the north-to-south Autostrada del Sole (A1 to Rome and Milan, A3 to Salerno).
TaxisTaxis regularly pass Via Cristoforo Colombo, the main road that runs along the seafront. They’ll also be waiting at the larger train and metro stations.