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    It is in the southern part of Italy that the beautiful city of Napoli is located, embraced by the Gulf of Naples and shadowed by the renowned Mount Vesuvius. Naples is the third largest city in Italy, a metropolis brimming with culture, folklore and unique popular traditions. It is the perfect spot for those who want to enjoy the clean waters of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples, historic sites and an unmistakable local cuisine. It enchants visitors with its colourful facades, which seem to keep history in their clutch.

    A car hire in Naples is an excellent way of exploring the beautiful Amalfi Coast with its unique terraced cliffs and lemon groves. Why not drive along the coast in a convertible or a luxurious vehicle? Whatever your desired driving experience is, a car hire from Auto Europe will most certainly help you fulfill your holiday dreams. We not only offer a comprehensive fleet of vehicles, but we can also guarantee the most competitive prices in the market. With over 60 years of experience, we were able to create local and international partnerships with rental car suppliers and provide a unique customer experience. Fin our how we can help you - call our number +441233225114. Read our car hire reviews in Naples section to find out what previous customers have thought of our service.

    How's the traffic in Naples?

    Many streets in the centre of Naples date back to the Middle Ages, and, narrow as they are, were never actually meant to feature the modern traffic. Driving in Naples is often described as "pleasurable or happy chaos". Also be aware of some acts in traffic that may have a completely different meaning in Naples. For example, flashing your lights means that you are not going to slow down or give way to another vehicle, and that you also want the person in front of you to switch lanes. Please keep in mind that Neapolitans quite often ignore red lights, therefore be extremely cautious when approaching road junctions. Usually, on Sunday mornings, all vehicles are banned from circulating in the city centre.

    If you would like to avoid the heavy traffic, take your car to the wonderful countryside around Naples and smell the aroma of a still preserved raw nature. Explore the region of Lazio at the heart of Italy, and Latina, or Salerno, south of Naples, in the picturesque region of Campania, or go take a look at our road trip planner for the Amalfi Coast for more ideas! Our guide to driving in Italy can provide you with more details before your trip.

    Where can I park my car hire in Naples?

    In the city centre you will encounter parking shortage as in all other big cities. Your best bet is leaving your car at one of the car parks, which proves to be a safe and relatively inexpensive option. The twelve car parks in the city centre offer unlimited parking options. The most important thing about parking in Naples is to never leave your valuables in your car. That includes a car radio as well. It is highly advisable to obtain full car rental insurance prior to taking a car rental in Naples.

    Naples Airport

    Naples Airport, also known as Capodichino Airport, is located 5 miles south-west of Naples, only 20 minutes away from the city centre. The airport has two terminals which are within walking distance of each other. The car hire desks are located in the arrivals halls in both terminals. Many companies offer direct flights to the UK, such as easyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, and Ryanair, all of which take 3h to 3,5 hours.

    Naples Airport (NAP)
    Website: www.aeroportodinapoli.it/en
    Telephone: +39 081 789 6111
    Address: Viale F. Ruffo di Calabria, 80144 Napoli, Italy

    What to do in Naples

    Naples offers a little bit of everything: from hilly landscapes and paradisiac islands to numerous coves and peninsulas shaping the coast line of the Tyrrhenian Sea. As if the stunningly beautiful nature wasn't enough, the city is also full of attractions, festivities and things to see. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, Naples is always lively, welcoming and brimming with excitement. Take a look at our top suggestions to get you acquainted with the city.

    • Via San Biagio: There is no better way to soak in the splendorous city of Naples and all its charm then strolling down the lively Via San Biagio, also known as Spaccanapoli. This is the main street here, right in the heart of the Old Town, attracting tourists and locals to the promise of an eventful and fun day. We recommend starting the tour at Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, where you can have a nice meal at one of the traditional pizzerias or pastry shops around, as well as discover some of the most iconic monuments and churches in Naples. Don't forget to also explore Via San Gregorio Armeno, as it is populated by numerous nativity workshops, small shops with religious artifacts and other interesting stores.

    • Teatro di San Carlo, Naples: Even if you are not a big art aficionado, the Real Teatro di San Carlo offers an extraordinarily magnificent experience to its visitors. This pompous opera house and theatre was designed for the Royal family and it is the oldest working theatre in Europe! In 1816, the place was sadly destroyed by a fire, and then rebuilt within the next ten months. During the following years, additional refurbishments were made and the interior was decorated with red and gold adornments. To learn more about this place, make sure to take a guided tour (in English or Italian) and, if possible, stay for The Nutcracker, a rendition of Mozart, or any other performance in their agenda.

    • Piazza del Plebiscito: This is the largest public square in Naples, distinguished by its semicircular shape and incredible presence. It's the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of street performers, large-scale art installations, local celebrations and even world famous singers. Nearby, you can also reach Palazzo Reale and the largest library in southern Italy, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III.

    • Capodimonte Royal Palace and Museum: Once in Naples, be sure to visit the famous Royal Palace. This well-known local monument features a roof garden that boasts a breathtaking view of the Bay of Naples and the city itself, sprawling along the coast. The museum contains masterpieces of Botticelli, Raffaello, Goya, Andy Warhol, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Caravaggio and so many other iconic artists. Opening hours are generally from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm from Thursdays to Tuesdays.

    • Castel dell'Ovo: It is impossible to miss the massive presence of Castel dell'Ovo perched in the Bay of Naples. This 15th century seaside castle not only has a curious name that means Egg Castle in English, but it also has an interesting history, being named after a legend about the Roman poet Virgil, who was believed to be great sorcerer and predictor of future events. The folktale says that Virgil placed a magical egg into the foundations of the castle, with the intent to support its fortifications. He cast a spell on the egg, claiming that the castle would never be destroyed and Naples wouldn't fall in disgrace as long as the egg remained unbroken. Make sure to visit this place for free, every day from 8 am (Sundays and public holidays have a different opening hour).

    • Pizza, pizza, pizza!: We would be remiss not to mention that Naples, birthplace of the worldwide food phenomenon called pizza, has arguably the most authentic and delicious pizza you will ever taste! Neapolitans take this signature dish very seriously. This is why we suggest looking for a restaurant that serves the real deal, 'la vera pizza napoletana', made in a wood-fired oven and with fresh, fine products.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Naples

    Take advantage of your car hire in Naples and discover the wonders of Campania, a culturally rich region gifted with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe, including seaside promenades, ancient volcanoes, and incredible archaeological sites. Continue reading for some our expert advice on day trips worth your time!

    Sorrento

    Just an hour away from Naples is the sun-drenched coastal town of Sorrento, located on the Sorrentine Peninsula and facing the Bay of Naples. Perched on the top of hills and towering fortifications, this colorful city seems to come straight out of a magical land, as it is so enchanting and mesmerising. Driving along its narrow cobbled streets and admiring the traditional houses painted in multiple colours is the best way to take in all the charm that Sorrento exudes. This day trip will bring you sweeping water views and a shopping experience like no other. Make sure to explore the old town and look for locally made leather goods, ceramics, limoncello and inlaid wood. There are plenty activities and places to see to keep the entire family entertained!

    Mount Vesuvius and the Pompeii Ruins

    This is perhaps one of the most famous attractions in the entire country, and it's easy to understand why. For an opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe in some fresh air, trek up Mount Vesuvius, the still active volcano that famously destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Don't worry, the hike is suitable for most fitness levels and it takes less than an hour. Not only will you sense a primordial vibration rumbling through the air, but you will also be rewarded with spectacular views. Make sure to also explore the massive Unesco World Heritage Site of Pompeii and its ruin, for a fascinating insight into how life was thousands of years ago. The site is located only 6 miles away from Naples, and it's definitely not to be missed.

    The Royal Palace of Caserta

    Prepare yourself for getting immersed in the atmosphere of one of the most incredible proprieties in Italy. Known as the Italian Versailles, the Reggia di Caserta is a royal palace constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples in the 18th century. Its baroque style looks even more impressive due to the sprawling grandiose green park that surrounds it, filled with gardens, water channels, fountains, statues and even a court theater. With over 1200 lavishly appointed rooms, the sumptuous palace is considered a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is opened from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm and you can purchase a ticket to visit the entire residence for 12 euros.

    Geographic Information & History

    Naples is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe. And it is easy to understand why. The city is surrounded by impressive landscape, ranging from Mount Somma and Vesuvius to the Gulf of Naples and the opulent Phlegrean Fields, not to mention the numerous hills and lakes in the region. There are so many incredible panoramic views of its beautiful coast, rugged mountainous landscapes, and Mediterranean vegetation! It is also home to Pompeii and Herculaneum, ancient Roman cities laid to waste in a devastating eruption of the volcano at Mount Vesuvius. The spectacularly beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia can be reached by ferries and hydrofoils. Naples has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, when temperatures can reach 40°C. November is the wettest month, while July has the highest amount of sunshine hours per day.

    Naples has an interesting and long history. Founded by Greeks settling in the south of Italy, the city soon became a busy port. In 326 BC, it was conquered by the Romans, and under their ruling, there were great economic developments and infrastructure expansion. The next centuries, however, were marked by numerous wars and power struggles. In 1139, Naples was conquered by the Normans and it became part of the kingdom of Sicily. Naples University was founded in 1224. Two centuries later, the Spaniard Alfonso of Aragon became the new ruler of Naples.

    At this moment, the city was playing an increasingly important role in trade, growing fast and, at times, prosperously. By 1600 Naples was the largest city in Europe with a population of around 300,000. It was in the beginning of the 17th century that a deep economic depression, combined with heavy taxation, led to civil rebellions, aggravated by the spread of the deadly plague. The Spanish stronghold diminished to the point that in 1734 Sicily and southern Italy became an independent kingdom again.

    History once more took a turn when, just a few decades later, Naples was occupied by the French army. It was only in 1815 that Napoleon was defeated, and the Sicilian kingdom was restored. Due to an oppressive regime, Naples rose in revolt until a constitutional government was introduced in 1820. Another revolution took place, and the tears of turmoil continued until the people of Naples voted overwhelmingly to join the new united Italy in1860.

    It was only around the 1990s that the city was able to overturn the effects of so many wars and fully regenerate. Today, Naples is a thriving city with over 960,000 inhabitants and a booming tourism industry, representing the 4th largest economy in Italy.

    How to get around Naples

    One of the largest public transport networks in Italy can be found in Naples, available daily to its one million inhabitants. Allowing visitors the chance to take a break from driving around the city in their rent a car in Naples, the network is operated by two companies and includes bus lines, funicular lines, metro lines and train lines.

    Railway

    There are three main stations in Naples. The Stazione Centrale concentrates the majority of high-speed services and local trains. Sandy beaches, archaeological sites and lakes in the volcanic Campi Flegrei are ideally reached by a commuter train departing every 20 minutes. Rail tickets can be bought at stations or online. Please keep in mind that you are liable for a 50 euro fine if you fail to stamp your ticket in the yellow machines located in front of each platform before boarding.

    Metro

    There are two metro lines available in Naples, operated by Metronapoli, and departing every 8 or 12 minutes. A single ticket, valid for 90 minutes, costs 1.10 euros and can be purchased at tobacco stores and machines in every station. Metro Linea 1 operates from 6 am to 11 pm while Metro Linea 2 starts at 5:30 am. To reach the hilly areas of the city, you are welcome to use fours funicular lines running from the historic centre to the Vomero, Posillipo Hill, Montesanto and Chiaia.

    Bus

    ANM operates a large fleet of bus lines in the city, with different options of tickets. Hourly tickets cost 1.50 euros and last 90 minutes. Daily tickets cost 4.50 euros and weekly tickets cost 15.80 euros. They can be purchased at tobacco shops or newspaper stands, ticket machines at stations and selected bus stops throughout Naples. Never forget to validate your bus ticket before the journey at yellow validation machines. Having a ticket that has not been validated can cause you a pricey fine on the spot. From the airport, you can reach the city centre using the urban bus line 3S or the shuttle service provided by Alibus, which departures every 20 minutes. It takes about 15 minutes to reach downtown Naples.

    Taxi

    Taxis can be found at signposted ranks. It is easy to identify licenced taxis, as they are white with the city's emblem on the front doors and rear licence plate. The metre starts at 3 euros and there's a 4.50 euros minimum charge per trip. On Sundays or holidays the minimum charge increases. The ride between Naples Airport and the Central Station is fixed at 12.50 euros.

    Can I hire a campervan in Naples?

    A popular option for those wishing to save money on local accommodation is to stay at a campsite with a campervan. Campsites are modern, well-equiped and have all the facilities you'd expect. Some are even perfectly located within the city limits.

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