The official home of Napoli pizza, Naples nevertheless has plenty to offer besides excellent Neapolitan food. Nestled in the shadow of the infamous volcano Mount Vesuvius, Italy’s third largest city is a cultural dream. Home to medieval palaces, ancient catacombs and some of the best museums in the world, a rich heritage bubbles beneath the city’s roughened surface.
The best time to book cheap flights to Naples is from March to May, between the city’s two high seasons.
Unsurprisingly, this southern Italian metropolis is popular during the summer months when tourists flock here to enjoy the fine weather. While the volcanic beaches are not best for sunbathing, an amble along them is an excellent complement to the city’s cultural delights.
Winter also attracts many visitors, as the temperature drops to balmier levels. It is best to avoid this time of year if you’re looking for cheap flights.
The other thing to consider is timing. The further in advance you can book and the more flexible you can be on dates, the better your chances of finding cheap flights.
As a guide, approximate flight times are as follows:
Small but functional, Naples International Airport has a single runway that receives flights from a range of budget and premium airlines. Located just a few miles north of the city centre, it is a mere 20 minutes to Naples’ cobbled streets and sun kissed piazzas.
While the city’s Metro system doesn’t yet connect to the airport, regular taxis and buses run to the historic heart of Naples.
Once you’ve settled in, you’ll find most of the tourist attractions located in the beautiful old town, Spaccanapoli. The best way to immerse yourself in the atmospheric surrounds of this Mediterranean idyll is exploring on foot.
Of course, with so many beautiful islands dotting the sapphire coast, a boat trip could also be on the cards, and car hire is another great option if you want to explore the striking Italian countryside beyond the city.
There’s plenty to keep even the most fervent traveller busy in Naples. Wander the city’s Unesco-listed historic centre, pausing to enjoy a Neapolitan ice cream or other classic Italian delicacies in a nearby restaurant.
Naples is also home to a seemingly endless maze of catacombs. Eerie yet peaceful, they are definitely worth exploring, and make a nice break from the sun.
Finally, you will be just a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Pompeii, frozen in time by a major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The remains of those who died have been strikingly well-preserved. It makes for a haunting excursion.
Italy is very a welcoming country so you should feel right at home here. But, if you are invited to kiss someone in greeting, you should do so on both cheeks.