Campania welcomes you for your next trip: we help you choose the best area to stay in Naples!
Naples, the third largest city in Italy with 968,736 inhabitants, is the second largest Mediterranean city after Barcelona. Its agglomeration has more than 4 million inhabitants, and covers 117.27 km², from the west of the Bay of Naples, to the slopes of Vesuvius, near the famous villages of Herculaneum and Pompeii. In other words, the city plays with fire … With more than 28 centuries of history, the city was from its foundation one of the main commercial, cultural, philosophical and political centers of the Roman Empire. With a wealth of gastronomic, artistic and cultural colossal, Naples is also known for the powerful Camorra – named after the Neapolitan mafia -, Vesuvius, its heritage and historical monuments. Staying in Naples is not difficult, the housing supply is plentiful, from the five-star hotel to the cheap hostel. However, prices rise in the summer.
The Neapolitan territory consists of ten districts divided into thirty districts around the Amalfi Coast. Here is a presentation of the neighborhoods of the city to know where to stay in Naples.
Spaccanapoli, the historic center
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Real center of Naples, the historic center was populated by the Greeks during Antiquity. It is divided into two parts by Spaccanapoli Street, of Greco-Roman origin. The historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with more than 1,000 churches and countless fountains and palaces. Neapolitan anthill’s nerve center, it is here that everything happens: shops for shopping and bringing back your memories along the Via Toledo, places of outings of all kinds (bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, discotheques, etc. .), museums and historical monuments (do not miss the National Archaeological Museum, with one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in the world, including the remains of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 in Pompeii).
It will also be necessary to visit the underground Naples – Napoli sotterranea -, a vast network of 80 kilometers of cavities and underground tunnels dug by Man in the volcanic tuff. The accommodations will be among the most expensive in the city, but the position is central: a good compromise to stay in Naples.
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Quartieri Spagnoli, Spanish neighborhoods are very popular in Naples. It was built in the 16th century to accommodate the Spanish soldiers, who came to suppress the insurrections of the Neapolitan population. Crossed by Via Toledo, it is the commercial district of Naples. There is a jumble of pizzerias and trattorias crowded – Italian cuisine restaurant -, mazes of alleys, and quite a lot of accommodation for every budget, from hotel to room at the inhabitant. The area is slowly rebuilding its reputation as an antechamber of crime and prostitution. Why stay in Quartieri Spagnoli? To find yourself between the city center – which can be very touristy – and the upscale neighborhood, on the Bay of Naples where housing can be unaffordable…
Photo credit: Flickr – Aidan Wakely-Mulroney
If you are not afraid of calls from the banker, and you hope to see a President of the Republic, a world star of sport or cinema, you must stay in Chiaia. It is the upscale neighborhood of Naples – the affluent people were not going to build their homes on the slopes of Vesuvius … – where we find mostly luxury hotels, upscale shops and bars of jet-setters . However, you can appreciate the refined taste of Italian wine in a wine bar, where you can eat with glass. It’s also one of the neighborhoods where Neapolitan youth gather to party at the end of the week. The district, on the edge of the sea, allows good walks on the quays to admire the seafront along the Via Francesco Caracciolo.
Main photo credit : Flickr – Mauro Cacciola