Naples in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Check the validity of your passport; it should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from Italy
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Organise travel insurance
  • Make bookings for accommodation, tours, courses and concerts
  • Inform your credit/debit-card company of your travel plans
  • Check whether you can use your mobile (cell) phone

What to Take

  • Passport (and a photocopy of it, kept separately)
  • Credit cards and driver's licence
  • Italian electrical adapter
  • Mobile- (cell-)phone charger
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • One smart outfit and pair of dress shoes
  • Patience and a sense of humour

What to Wear

Appearances matter in Italy. The concept of la bella figura (making a good impression) encapsulates the Italian obsession with looking good. That said, many Neapolitans dress casually and fashionable jeans, tees and sneakers are acceptable in most places. Pack a stylish outfit (long-sleeved shirt, trousers or a dress, and shoes) for smarter restaurants and Chiaia's bars. A light sweater or waterproof jacket is useful in spring and autumn, while comfortable, supportive footwear is best for Naples' cobblestones (and potholes). Dress modestly when visiting churches and religious sites, covering torso, shoulders and thighs.

Advance Planning

Two months before Book your hotel and any tickets for the Teatro San Carlo.

One month before Book any cooking courses and email the Biblioteca Nazionale to organise access to its ancient papyri.

One to two weeks before Email the Museo delle Arti Sanitarie for an English-language tour of the Farmacia Storica degli Incurabili. Book tickets to the Cappella Sansevero.

Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/campania/naples) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Napoli da Vivere (www.napolidavivere.it) Italian-language website listing upcoming festivals, special events and recent openings.
  • Comune di Napoli (www.comune.napoli.it) Official city website with Italian-language tourist information.
  • Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) Italian railways website.
  • Italo (www.italotreno.it) Website for private train company Italo.

Top Tips

  • Speak at least a few Italian words. A little can go a long way.
  • If you plan on visiting a lot of the sights, consider buying a Campania Artecard to save money.
  • Many museums close one day a week, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday. Plan ahead.
  • Sightsee by foot. Walking is one of the best (and easiest) ways to get around the central areas of Naples.
  • Queue jumping is common in Naples; be polite but assertive.
  • Be mindful of your possessions, especially in crowds and on transport. Ignore touts, no matter how persistent they are.
  • Avoid restaurants with touts and tourist menus.
  • Neapolitans usually only drink cappuccino in the morning; after lunch, order espresso.