Naples International Airport serves Naples, Italy. It has two terminals: one for travellers and the other for charter operations. It served the United States air forces during World War II and it was not until 1950 that commercial flight operations began. Today, it is equipped with modern airport facilities.
How to get around
The airport is located 7km away from the city centre and getting to the city centre takes less than 30 minutes.
Naples Alibus airport shuttle connects passengers from the airport to the city. It stops at the Central Train station and Naples Molo Beverello Port. You may purchase UnicoAlibus tickets from the driver at less than NZD7. They depart from the airport every 20 minutes.
You can also book the ‘Auto Blu’ in advance. Upon arrival, chauffeur-driven cars bring you to your destination. Another alternative is to cab to the city. There are fixed taxi fares to different places in the city. Private vehicle services also bring you to the city centre at fixed rates, depending on the number of people in the vehicle. Each passenger is entitled to one piece of luggage.
Public transport in Naples consist of subways, buses and funiculars. Ticket types range from hourly, daily to weekend daily tickets. These tickets cost between NZD2-6 and enable you to use any mode of public transportation whereas Single trip tickets cost less than NZD2 and can be used for 90 minutes upon purchase.
Tourists typically buy Unico Artcard, a three day public transport pass with discounts for places of attraction. Taxis are another alternative. Travelling around the city should cost between NZD15-35. Ensure that the meter is on when you enter the cab. A fare chart illustrating set fares for destinations should also be made available.
With the heavy traffic in Naples, it is recommended to not rent cars. Walking is sometimes a faster and more efficient alternative to get between destinations.
What to see and do
Naples is located in Southern Italy. It is the third largest city in Italy. It is also a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site with its historical and cultural landmarks. If you are in Naples for transit for a few hours, take time off to explore this charming city.
Explore the 14th century Castel Sant’ Elmo. It is shaped like a six-pointed star. Be greeted with a panoramic view of the city on one side of the castle and the Bay of Naples on the other. Entrance is free after 4pm.
Located nearby is Certosa di San Martino (St Martin’s Charterhouse). This monastery offers you an impressive view of the city, in addition to its scenic garden terraces.
The iconic 2km stretch of Spaccanapoli (Split Naples) is also an attraction to head to in Naples. It extends through the old town and connects to many places of interests like Santa Maria and Palazzo Venezia.
Feeling peckish? Drop by Scaturchio along Spaccanapoli, touted to be one of the best pastry shops in Italy.
Explore one of the most famous excavated sites in the world, Pompeii. Mt Vesuvius’ eruption destroyed this town back in AD79. Many visitors also opt to trek up Mt Vesuvius.
Drop by the National Museum of Archaeology, home to renowned Greek and Roman Antiques like the Farnese collection of ancient sculpture.