Ah, Napoli! While this grand dame of the Italian south might be a little less glamorous than in centuries past, she still has secrets to tell and treasures to share with the discerning visitor. A sun-soaked city that lazily curves around the Bay of Naples, there is so very much to see and explore. Art, culture, food and shopping - it’s all on offer here, and in abundance. 

Where to go

Wander the streets, piazzas and alleyways to discover the city’s ancient castles, palazzos and churches. Sit in a cafe on the Piazza del Plebiscito and watch the world go by, before a short over to Galeria Umberto, a major shopping centre full of boutiques. Explore the city’s museums, including the Museo dj Capodimonte, full of centuries of stunning art. Sit in the sun with a picnic at one of the green open spaces and gardens throughout the city, with stunning views over the bay. Delve into the vast tunnels beneath the city, originally excavated by the Romans. Relax in an open air cafe in the evening with a drink, watching one of the world’s most interesting take on an entirely new aspect. Drink in the faded glamour of the place - it’s a vital part of the charm!

Food & Drink

Neapolitan cuisine draws heavily from the sea that it sits beside - mussels, urchins and other sealife often makes an appearance. Bright vegetables and vivid, spicy flavours introduced by Arab and Spanish invaders provide a wonderful contrast. Naples is also where the pizza was invented as we know it in the 19th century. For the best of classic local cuisine, head over to Palazzo Petrucci (Piazza San Domenico Maggiore 4) for refined surroundings alongside the excellent food. For something a little more contemporary, try Urbino (Via Alabardieri 30) for its ‘slow food’ approach, elegant charm and innovative dishes. 

Nightlife

Perhaps due to the Spanish influence of centuries past, things kick off later in Naples than the rest of Italy. Spending a long evening strolling and stopping frequently for a drink is practically the city’s own sport. For fun cocktails, try Intra Moena (Piazza Bellini 70,) on a leafy bustling square. Elsewhere, wine sippers will love the Enoteca Belledone (Vico Belledonne a Chiaia 18) for its huge selection of wines and rustic charm. 

Where to stay

Our picks for Naples are both outside the city, but are worth the trip, The Mezzatore Resort on the island of Ischia is a wonderfully secluded retreat, nestled in a 15th-century building, high above a private bay. The hotel boasts a fully equipped spa, lovely swimming pools and tennis courts ready for you to play. From the hotel, Naples can be reached by a boat ride. An hour away in Sorrento, the Palazzo Marziale is a boutique bed and breakfast surrounded by a gardens and full of wonderful antiques - just the place to make you feel like nobility. The central location also makes it ideal for exploring the wonderfully pretty town of Sorrento. The wonderful Capri hotels of JK Place Capri, Capri Palace Hotel and Spa and Villa Marina Capri Hotel and Spa are also a short 45-minute hydrofoil ride away.

How to get there

Both British Airways and Easyjet fly to Naples daily. 

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HOTEL VILLA FRANCA

amalfi coast, italy

High on the hillside of Positano, luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Villa Franca has some of the best views in town, right across the bay of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.

MEZZATORRE RESORT AND SPA

ischia, italy

Without a doubt Mezzatore Resort and Spa is the best luxury boutique hotel on the island of Ischia, just 2 hours by boat from Naples. This luxurious hideaway is a great alternative to the sometimes overcrowded boutique hotels on the Amalfi Coast.

PALAZZO MARZIALE

sorrento, italy

In the heart of Sorrento boutique B&B Palazzo Marziale is ideally located for exploring Italy's Amalfi Coast.

CAPRI PALACE HOTEL AND SPA

anacapri, italy

Ermanno Zanini, host and Manager extraordinaire has, over the years, built up an exceptional team at this luxury 5 star hotel in Capri, offering the best service on Capri ensuring that Capri Palace Hotel and Spa wins award after award. Luxury-lovers will fall head over heals for Capri Palace Hotel and Spa which should be at the top of your list of places to visit in 2017.

CASA ANGELINA

praiano, italy

With 2 small swimming pools, a spa, restaurant and private access to the beach, Casa Angelina is one of the most luxurious small boutique hotels on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Add to that elegant rooms and excellent service and the picture is complete.

IL CANNITO

paestum (sa), italy

Il Cannito is a small luxury hotel located just a few km from Paestum and the Cilento seaside. These 2 ancient buildings have been restored to create a super exclusive chic hill-top hideaway with a wonderful restaurant.

JK PLACE CAPRI

capri, italy

Voted Best Hotel in the World 2008 by Tatler. This stunning 22-room villa is the only boutique hotel in Capri where guests can walk from the hotel to one of only 2 beaches in Capri. Relax in the spa and by the pool and enjoy the utterly charming team of staff.

LA MINERVETTA

sorrento, italy

La Minervetta sits in a unique position overlooking an old fishermans village, with views stretching across the ocean, just minutes from the centre of Sorrento. One of our favourite boutique hotels in the area - we advise early booking!

RELAIS BLU

province of naples, italy

Relais Blu is a small, chic and beautifully styled hip hotel on the Amalfi coast. The villa is surrounded by deep blue sky and crystal clear blue sea with stunning views of Capri, Ischia and Vesuvius.

VILLA DEI D'ARMIENTO

sant´agnello di sorrento (na), italy

Villa D'Armiento opens its doors in March 2012 after being transformed from an elegant noble villa into a stunning and super chic boutique hotel just 50 metres from the beach and 10 minutes walk from the main square of Sorrento.

VILLA MARINA CAPRI HOTEL AND SPA

capri, italy

Villa Marina Hotel and Spa is a beautiful Chic Retreat and 21 room boutique hotel just a few minutes from Capri's Marina Grande.
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