Visit the super-chic Italian city
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK, via Paris. This is the main station in Naples.
Vibrant and exciting, but also a little rough round the edges – it’s a city like no other. For history, culture, archaeology and pizza (of course!), you can’t go far wrong.
There are over 400 churches in the devoutly Catholic city of Naples but the Duomo is the most important of them all. Having spent 150 years under construction, it was finally completed in the early 14th century. Inside, the church is richly decorated with devotional frescoes, mosaics and sculptures along with the work of prominent Italian Baroque artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. The main attraction is the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro with frescoes by Domenichino and Giovanni Lanfranco.
Mount Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of the Roman cities Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD, dominates the skyline of Naples. And a visit to the ancient, evocative ruins is an absolute must. Pompeii is one of the most compelling archaeological sites in Europe allowing you to travel back thousands of years and get a true understanding of how the Romans of the first century AD lived. Don't leave before visiting the Forum, to view the astonishing death plaster casts of Pompeii's victims.
After walking around the town make your way to the volcano, and take the 20 minute hike for an unforgettable view of the perished town below.
Escape to the Castel dell'Ovo, a medieval castle dating back to the 13th century and Naples's most famous building. Originally the seat of Charles I of Anjou, head of the Kingdom of Naples, the castle was repeatedly overrun by invading forces in the Middle Ages. It has become known as the Egg Castle, thanks to the medieval legend that Virgil placed a magical egg in the foundations. Make your way up to the top for fantastic views. Time it right, and watch the sunset here too before heading to one of the bars or restaurants nearby and enjoy a drink or bite to eat to finish off your evening.
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class one way fare. Prices may vary due to exchange rate changes.
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