naples

About

Visitors will be able to view buildings with medieval architecture, Renaissance designs and Baroque styles.  The city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With a population of almost 1 million people, the city is vibrant and the perfect place for a combined city/beach holiday.

Beaches

The city’s beaches can be found along the Gulf of Naples, the Amalfi Coast and on the Phlegrean Islands.  The island beaches involve a short ferry ride but the trip is worth it as areas such as Amalfi and Ischia are very beautiful and it is a great contrast to the bustling city, although there are some beaches within easy reach of the city where there is no need to cross water.  Minori is a town a short distance from the city of Naples and it has a great beach for those who want to stay away from the crowded tourist hot spots.

Capri

This island is home to the Marina Grande Beach which can be seen as you arrive.  The beaches on the island are mainly pebble beaches but this does not seem to put anyone off.  Access to the beaches is only available for a small fee they still tend to be very busy during the summer.  The Marina Piccola beach can be easily reached from the larger beach and s perfect for those who want to spend some time swimming or snorkelling.  The island is ideal for those who want to indulge in a bit of retail therapy or just have a bite to eat and watch the world go by and there are plenty of excursions to be enjoyed.

Ischia

The island of Ischia has mix of beaches along its 37 km of coastline – some pebble, some sand.  One of the best beaches on the island is the Spiaggia dei Maronti and it can be found on the southern coast.  Alternatively, visitors can try the beaches of Spiaggia dei Pescatori or Citara.  These beaches are ideal for families and there are plenty of opportunities to go swimming or snorkelling.  The beaches are long and very popular during the summer months.  Some of them are very crowded in summer and there are sunbeds as far as the eye can see.

Water taxis are available to the more remote coves which are not accessible on foot or by car.  Some sections of the beaches are privately owned but can be used if you are prepared to pay a small fee.

Positano

There are some tranquil beaches on the island of Positano, even during the holiday season.  There are two main beaches – the Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo.  Fornillo is a secluded beach which is accessible on foot, although there are several bars along the shore.  The Spiaggia Grande is a busier beach where there are plenty of activities for all the family.  Alternativel there is the Arienzo beach which can be reached by climbing down 300 steps and has views of a number of villas belonging to the rich and famous.  The island of Positano is popular with celebrities in the summer.

Things to do
Visitors who want to get away from the beach for a while can take a trip to the Castel Nuovo.  This fortress is right in the heart of Naples where artworks dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries can be viewed.  In addition it is home to one of the city’s museums and the amazing views of the city can be enjoyed from here.  Alternatively tourists can take in the Capella Sansevero which is also home to a number of sculptures.

History enthusiasts will enjoy the National Archaeological Museum where they can view artefacts from Pompeii, from the Greek heritage of the city and a sculpture of Aphrodite which dates back to the 4th century.  Mosaics are also on view and the detail in these is amazing.

Tourists who want to see the city from a whole new angle can do so by taking one of the funicular cars up to Vomero.  There are views of the Gulf of Naples and it also gives visitors the chance to see one of the wealthier areas of the city.  There are also trips to the top of Mount Vesuvius, located just a short distance outside the city.  Those who are not sure about heights might prefer some of the subterranean attractions of the city.  The tunnels and catacombs beneath the city date from Roman times and there are plenty of interesting stories to hear about their long history.