How can anyone live without visiting Naples? It is like no other city. It seems to represent the very essence of the South, encapsulating its differences, emphasising its charms and intoxicating its visitors to the point of addiction. Nowhere is Italy's north-south divide more obvious, in some ways escaping the march of time.
Do not look for the reserve of the north, the fancy cuisine, the organised driving and modern way of life. Be prepared to experience another extreme - chaos; emotions on display to the world; businesses which have been in families for generations; wonderfully warm and welcoming people; a simple, healthy cuisine, which, based on the freshest ingredients, speaks for itself; football as a religion; a thriving music scene; fabulous shops; and so very much more.
Naples is special, and that's a fact. Being one of Italy’s largest cities and oldest cities, Naples centro storico (historic centre) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with impressive palaces, castles and churches.
Our Naples Expert
Naples is vibrant and crazy (in a good way). One of my favourite things to do is walk up the Spacanapoli, a small narrow street which goes right up Naples where little shops spill out offering nativity figurines and chillies.