For people with a passion for history, then visiting one of the oldest cities in the world is arguably one of the best ideas for a city break. Located in the Campania region in the south of Italy, just two hours south of Rome, Naples' history stretches back more than 2,800 years. As a result it has a wealth of architecture and culture which has grown ever richer with the passing of the centuries.
The area has a Mediterranean climate and as such, Naples is a destination for all seasons whatever you're looking for. That said, the rains tend to come during the early months of the year, leaving long, hot and dry summers. Spring and autumn are popular as temperatures remain warm but mild.
If you love the heat of the summer but appreciate some occasional respite, then follow the locals and head south for an hour until you hit the stunning Amalfi Coast. With its whitewashed houses, mesmerising azure sea and rocky cliffs and coves, it's easy to see why this area attracts jet-setters from all over the world.
Capodichino airport is just eight kilometres outside of the city centre, and the easy transfer is another reason why Naples is an ideal destination for a city break. Once settled, there is plenty in the city to keep you entertained.
The historic centre of the city has actually been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, which gives an idea of how the artistic and architectural riches which the city possesses. Spend a reflective few hours visiting some of the city's 448 historic churches, gaze upon lovingly created statues and monuments, and relax in Naples' picturesque piazzas.
If it's entertainment and crowds you're after then head to the city in May, during the Maggio dei Monumenti (May of the Monuments) festival and you're sure to get caught up in the carnival spirit.
Accommodation is varied and you are sure to find something to suit your taste and budget. Naples is famous for its food and drink and widely renowned as the birthplace of the pizza.
When you're ready to unwind at the end of a hectic day's sightseeing then make your way to one of the city's hotspots. Choose from jazz clubs with live music, relaxing wine bars with tempting dishes on offer, student boltholes and nightclubs. If it's more culture you're after then make for the 19th century Bellini theatre or the recently-restored 18th century Mercadante, home to the Teatro Stabile theatre company.
Italy has so much to offer that a break in Naples with The Co-operative Travel could be the start of a beautiful love affair with a country people return to year after year. Contact us and find out what Naples city breaks are available so you can sample living la dolce vita.