When to fly
The high season in Naples is July to September. Most residents leave the city for the second half of August and close many restaurants and shops, but this also means fewer crowds for the summer visitors. Cheap flights to Naples might be difficult to find during peak season.
April to June and October are the best times to take a flight to Naples and tour. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds. Although from the last weekend in April, an impressive and unique calendar of free events kicks off during Maggio Dei Monumenti. It is a citywide cultural festival that is devoted to celebrating the rich architectural and artistic heritage of Naples through opening Monuments and exhibitions that are normally closed to public for one month. During this event, the city also hosts various performances in historic venues, literary events and guided tours and special exhibitions.
Spring and autumn provide the best views from Vesuvius, but the days are shorter than in summer.
The off season is November to March when you will see few tourist crowds who have grabbed a cheap flight to Naples, but the weather can be chilly and damp.
Other than Christmas and Easter, Ferragosto is Italy’s biggest national holiday which is when Catholics celebrate Virgin Mary’s ascend to heaven. The locals celebrate this national holiday with extreme passion fervour and head down to the beach to enjoy an evening of bacchanalian fun and fireworks. However, if travelling to Naples during Ferragosto, be prepared for many shops and restaurants to be closed just before, during and after the holiday.
‘See Naples and Die’ was the saying in the 18th century, when Naples was Europe's second-largest city and at the very height of its power and wealth.
Lying between two volcanic areas, Campi Flegrei to the west and Vesuvius to the east, Naples is a hilly city sloping into the Gulf of Naples. The Bay itself is gorgeous, its sparkling blue waters are framed by Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri.
Italy's most populous city is industrial and faded in parts. The old town is Unesco-listed, but you'll find scaffolding propping up crumbling stucco in some places and Bourbon palaces standing beside streets of laundry-slung tenement buildings in others. There is a wealth of museums, galleries and awe-inspiring churches. The Cathedral is Naples' most important place of worship and hosts an annual "miracle" when the dried blood of its patron saint, Saint Januarius (San Gennaro) liquifies.
This city is heaven for foodies - pizza originated here after all.
Many travellers booking flights to Naples plan to visit the Roman city of Pompeii, buried by Vesuvius's eruption in AD79. Herculaneum is a better-preserved site, just 12 miles east of Naples.