The ancient city of Naples, or Napoli in Italian, is a striking presence in the south of Italy. The city’s natural beauty on the Bay of Naples provides the perfect backdrop to the city’s urban architecture. First-time travelers booking flights to Naples are usually caught off guard by the city’s chaotic vibe. Naples is not one of Italy’s take-it-slow towns. From five-star restaurants to world-famous music festivals, Naples is a hodge-podge of excitement for visitors.  

In 1995, the Naples historic center was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more travelers are booking flights to Naples to explore the energetic city. After the city sights, visitors can take in some of Naples’ culinary treasures including pizzas and fresh seafood. Music lovers will fly to Naples in June for the city’s biggest music festival, Neapolis, which features local and international artists. Need another reason to book Naples flights? Head to the city in September for the 10-day pizza festival and gorge on world-famous pizzas while listening to local music groups and entertainment. One thing is for certain about Naples, if the sights and sounds don’t seduce you, the aromas will.

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Naples climate

Although you might be scheduling your flight to Naples around tortellini rather than temperature, climate is still something to consider when planning. Southern Italy’s Mediterranean climate provides warm, dry summers, and wet autumns and winters. It gets a bit milder in the north, with the hottest month of the year (July) reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest month, January hits lows as steep as 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and the west coast experiences Sirocco winds that bring more humidity and rain than the east coast.

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Best Time to Fly to Naples

Arguably, Naples is at its paramount in July, so if you’re looking for long days of sunshine and clear skies, book your flight to Naples in the summer.

Peak Season: Summertime in Naples brings clear skies little rain, and up to 10 hours of beaming sunshine a day. Weather conditions reach a pinnacle in July, so try to book your Naples flight when the perfect combination of high heat, low humidity, and unwavering sun is the norm.

Off-peak Season: Winter time drives away tourists with heavy rainfall in November and very little sunlight in December. Humidity usually peaks as the temperatures get colder, but if you bring a durable umbrella, you might just find the best hotel deals and cheap flights to Naples.

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Getting downtown Naples

Buses leave regularly from the airport for Napoli Centrale railway station and the city center. Taxis are also available.

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Getting around Naples

It’s a good idea to get a map of Naples’ bus terminal and schedules before you hop on your flight to Naples. Stazione Centrale is the city’s central station, but the bus map provided at the station isn’t known for its accuracy. Doing a little homework ahead of time will help you get in and get out quickly. Naples is considered the heart of southern Italian rail, so you won’t have any trouble getting around. The city is divided into four quarters. Despite its name, the so-called underground, Metropolitana, actually runs above ground, from Giunturco, which is just east of Stazione Centrale, through Piazza Garibaldi and Bagnoli to Pozzuoli. You can buy a ticket at any station, ANM booth or tobacconist. While tickets are valid for unlimited travel on buses, trams, or the Metropolitana, they expire after one hour. Taxis are best found around taxi stands and piazzas; drivers rarely stop for fares on the street. Avoid catching a cab during times of heavy traffic, as the traffic delays could rack up your rate. Driving yourself in Naples sounds easier than it actually is, and high theft rates make mopeds difficult to hire.

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Naples Travel Information

Accademia di Belle Arti: Students flood this prestigious art institution hoping that the talents of former alumni (Giacinti Gigante and Vincenzo Gemito, to name a few) will rub off on them. Students seeking cheap flights to Naples to learn more about art will find everything they need here. Once the convent of San Giovanni Battista Della Monache, the building was constructed in the 17th century, and was made over in 1864 by Enrico Alvino. Beyond its prominent neoclassical façade and grand staircase, is the first floor gallery, housing many 19th century Neapolitan paintings

Basilica di Santa Chiara: After an all-out air raid in 1943, the Basilica di Santa Chiara has only two things that remain undamaged: its 14th century fresco, and its chapel. When it was first built, it was meant to house more than 200 monks, and has become a popular religious destination for tourists. Stroll through its beautiful outdoor walk way, lined with ornately painted columns on your way into its stately gothic interior.

Teatro di San Carlo: For the opera-loving tourist, Italy has one of the leading selections of vocal prodigies, and if you’re booking your flight to Naples between October and May (opera season), you’re in luck: Teatro di San Carlo, the opera house across the street from Galleria Umberto, is one of the largest in Italy. Built for King Charles’ birthday in 1737, construction took only six months to complete, and to this day still boasts its restored neo-classical style. Acoustics here are of the best and often compared to opera houses of Milan. And if it’s good enough for Pavarotti to sing there, you can bet it’s worth a visit.

Christmas: It’s no secret that Italians know how to celebrate, and Christmas is something they specialize in. If you book a flight to Naples during the holidays, you can forget about your one-day shin digs, because Naples hosts a month-long fiesta in the Chiana district that’s enough to make you forgo peak season. Laden with live music, gospel singers, art exhibitions, walks through historic churches, and performances onstage, you won’t leave Naples empty handed. If the kids are in tow, there’s a Christmas forest called Bosco di Natale that has special hidden surprises and children-geared acrobatic shows at Circo Vagante. Lastly, be sure to check out Christmas Village, where devoted to artisans and craftspeople display their work.

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Naples airports

Your cheap flight to Naples is likely to land at Naples International Airport (NAP).

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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