Naples, Italy

Edgy and intense, Naples isn’t a looker when compared to the tourist head turners of Florence, Rome and Venice. But don’t be fooled by appearances: it’s what’s inside that counts. Who cares about canals or Gucci-trodden shopping streets when you’ve got the best pizzerias on the planet? Situated on the eponymous gulf, with Vesuvius visible from almost every angle, Naples is a modern city with a long history: the remains of the ancient Neapolis (‘new city’) are still evident, with its countless churches and mediaeval university. It’s also the gateway to the Campania region and the fairytale scenery of the Amalfi Coast, as well as the impressive Roman ruins at Pompeii. The buildings may be crumbling, the traffic hectic and the volume loud, but that’s what makes Naples fun. It divides opinion, but look beyond its reputation: this vast, energetic city has an animated nightlife, a bustling port and some of the world’s tastiest food. Neapolitans are proud of their city – visit, and you’ll feel the same.

Recommended offers

See our boutique hotel deals

Areas in Naples

When to go

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.

  • Best price guaranteed

    Found your stay cheaper? We’ll match the price and give you a $75 voucher

  • Smith Extra on arrival

    Enjoy extras such as a picnic lunch, champagne or spa treatments, on the house

Getting there

  • Planes

    Southern Italy’s main airport is Capodichino, roughly eight kilometres from Naples’ city centre. The airport’s served by Alitalia (, EasyJet (, British Airways ( and others.
  • Boats

    Daily ferries and hydrofoils link the Port of Naples with Sorrento, Capri and Ischia – try Snav (, Alilauro ( or Gescab ( Tirrenia operates ferries to Sicily and Sardinia (
  • Trains

    The city’s train hub is Stazione Centrale. Daily services run to other major cities, including Rome (see; 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 ( 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 (
  • Automobiles

    Driving 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).
  • Taxis

    Taxis 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.

Maison La Minervetta

Maison La Minervetta

Relax on the Mediterranean for three nights at Maison La Minervatta, a chic hotel that's precariously perched on the cliffs of Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Each of the 12 nattily nautical rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and any of the three terraces make an ideal spot for sipping a Negroni and taking in the spectacular Bay of Naples vistas. 

Worth getting out of bed for
– Test your driving skills and cruise the coastal roads
– Set sail to to the islands of Capri or Ischia 
– Walk to the fishing village of Marina Grande

Learn more about Maison La Minervetta
Romeo Hotel

Romeo Hotel

Perhaps pizza's not a traditional dessert, but who are we to pass up a third course of Neopolitan pizza? Wrap up your gastronomic tour with two nights at the starkly modern, art-packed Romeo Hotel, overlooking the water and Naples' docks. Experience the southern Italian good life over dinner at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant and in its stylish cigar room.

Worth getting out of bed for
– Dine at Di Matteo or Sorbillo, two of the city's best pizzerias
– Learn to make traditional Neopolitan pizza from an expert pizzaiolo
– Tour the neighbouring petrified city of Pompeii

Learn more about Romeo Hotel