Naples in detail

Sleeping

Where to slumber? The centro storico is studded with important churches and sights, artisan studios and student-packed bars. Seafront Santa Lucia delivers grand hotels, while sceney Chiaia is best for fashionable shops and aperitivo bars. The lively, laundry-strung Quartieri Spagnoli is within walking distance of all three neighbourhoods.

Mergellina & Posillipo

With Liberty palazzi, anchored yachts and a buzzing seafront scene, Mergellina is well connected to the city centre and handy for an early-morning hydrofoil out to the bay islands.

Vomero

Middle-class Vomero feels a world apart from the seething sprawl below. It's not exactly bursting with sights, but the views are divine, the streets are leafy and that heady Neapolitan chaos is just a funicular ride away.

Apartment Rentals

If you are in Naples for more than two nights, short-term rental accommodation may allow you to experience life like a local and take advantage of the great markets to buy produce and to prepare meals at home. Rates average at around €60–€80 and you can find entire apartments ranging from terraced attics overlooking the medieval old town to tiny bassos – typical ground floor apartments traditionally found down tiny cobbled alleyways in the Quartieri Spagnoli. Rooms can also be found in the once-grand but now crumbling palazzos inhabited centuries earlier by Spanish nobles in the Sanità district or in elegant Liberty–style palazzos in Chiaia that come furnished with views over the bay of Naples.

Home-sharing site Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) is the go-to source for finding an apartment, but be sure to check the listing thoroughly as often you can be caught out with the number of rooms versus beds being offered and apartments without windows (or heating in winter).