Dreams of pizza, piazzas and partying can only mean one thing: You need a trip to Italy! And not just any part of Italy—you need a holiday in Naples. With plenty of opportunity to stuff your face with iconic foods and feast your eyes on art and architecture, Naples is the quintessential Italian town. Let us show you around.
Channel your inner Indiana Jones with a tour through the Napoli Sotterranea (Naples Underground) tunnels. You won’t find any treasure, but you can see the remains of the city’s Roman theatre. The notorious Emperor Nero performed his singing-and-lyre routines here—when he wasn’t plundering or killing his rivals (Don’t be like Nero; be like Indy). You can take part in some sunnier traditions too. At Piazza del Plebiscito, near the port, close your eyes and try to walk backwards through the two horse statues outside the palace. It’s not as easy as you’d think!
Naples is located on Italy’s scenic southwestern shore, with Rome to the north and the beautiful Amalfi Coast to the south, so a road trip is basically mandatory. Hop in one of lastminute.com.au’s Naples car hire deals and book it 225 km north to the “Eternal City”. As everyone knows, this city wasn’t built (or seen) in a day, so add on one of our Rome holiday packages to make sure you experience it all.
Want to dress like the rich and famous? Forget Milan. Prince Charles, Bill Clinton and David Bowie have all sported Naples-based designers. Milan may get all the glory, but the leather workers and tailors of Naples have hundreds of years of family tradition on their side. Piazza dei Martiri in Chiaia is the top choice for shopaholics on holidays in Naples. There are tons of name brands, but don’t forget to explore the side streets and alleys for coral jewellery, leather and ties.
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: pizza! There are actually laws on how a real Neapolitan pizza can be made—and there are only three authentic types. Naples even invented the margherita pizza (that’s mozzarella, tomato and basil, if you’ve been living under a rock). As if that’s not enough for a city to be passionate about, holidays to Naples are all about gelato too. There are two varieties and endless flavours to choose from, so settle in with a coffee and get ready for a sugar (and caffeine) high.
You might not think “beach party” when you think of a Naples holiday, but you should! Head to Pontile Nord, the pier in the Bagnoli neighbourhood, and kick back with a frozen adult beverage before getting down to indie rock or high-energy dance music. For nightlife with a history lesson, take a tarantella class. This old-school dance involves winding scarves around your partner, making for some pretty awesome photo ops.
Get out of that chair and start staring at Mediterranean sunsets instead of your computer screen. But not yet! First, book Naples holiday packages on lastminute.com.au. Then you’ll be all set to live la dolce vita in Italy.
Don't stress out about securing your Naples hotel. lastminute.com.au lists more than 315 accommodations. Don't forget though, the sooner you choose, the sooner you can make a start on setting out your adventures! (You'll probably save a little cash too.)
If you'd rather spend cash on adventures than on accommodations, the Hotel Micalo and the Relais sul Mare are two places you should take a look at. But then again — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live the good life while you're here, we certainly don't blame you! The experienced staff at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio and the Eurostars Hotel Excelsior are specialists in life's finer things.
Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2018
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.