Naples (for Pompeii & Capri) - ITALY
08:00 - 18:00
- Naples is Italy’s most red-blooded city. This is the place where the pizza is so good people don’t wait for their slices at restaurant tables, they order it to-go from street side windows. And it’s the city where the soundtrack is the beeping of moped horns. For all its joy de vive, you wouldn’t know Naples is actually one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. The city centre is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s dripping with ancient architecture, cathedrals and churches.
- Visit the time-frozen cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, whose citizens were stopped in their tracks by the famous eruptions of 79 AD.
- Call in at the cliff-top town of Sorrento. Pull up a chair on the cobbles of Piazza Tasso and sip a cappuccino in the sun.
- Teeter on the brink of Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano you can climb in Europe.
- Snake your way along the outrageously gorgeous Amalfi Coast and stop at the postcard-perfect fishing village of Positano or the working town of Amalfi.
- Hit the sleek boutiques of the jet-set isle of Capri.
- It’s true what the guide books say. Naples is chaotic. It’s got none of the romance of Venice. None of the style of Rome. But what it has got is bags of character. It’s an authentic slice of southern Italian life. Washing is strung out between buildings. A forest of skew-whiff TV aerials punctuates the skyline. And buzzing Vespas and honking Fiats weave manically through the streets. But it’s not all hustle and bustle. The city centre is packed with ornate palaces, churches and monasteries, including a 14th-century cathedral and a 13th-century fortress, the Castel Nuovo. Don’t miss the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, either – it’s one of the world’s most important archaeological museums and is literally stuffed-full of finds from nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum.