Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Forget Naples in the summer. It is hot, expensive and overcrowded.
Prefer April, May and June, which are the most pleasant months in the town, the islands and the gulf. Early autumn is also very agreeable. September is particularly dear to Neapolitans because it is the festival day of the town’s patron saint, San Gennaro.
Winters are also quite mild and temperatures range between 4 and 12°C/40 and 55°F. Naples is easy and pleasant to discover on foot all year round, except at Christmas time. December is a very festive period and Via San Gregorio Armeno seems to turn into a giant nativity scene.
Finally, Naples’ religious festivals are simply stunning and not to be missed on any account if you are there at the time. Among the most well-known are the Madonna del Carmine on July 16, Madonna de Piedigrotta, on September 8 and the Miracle of Saint Janvier in May, September and December. The Easter festivities of Sorrento and the island of Procida are particularly worthy of note.
Formalities and useful addresses
Azienda Autonoma di Soggiorno, Cura e Turismo – www.inaples.it
British Consulate - Via dei Mille, 40 - 80121 Naples - [TEL] 081 423 89 11
Canadian Consulate - Via Giosuè Carducci, 29 - 80121 Naples - [TEL] 081 40 13 38US Consulate General - Piazza della Repubblica - 80121 Naples - [TEL] 081 583 81 11
Azienda Autonoma di Soggiorno, Cura e Turismo - Palazzo Reale - piazza Trieste e Trento - [TEL] 081 25 25 711. Has two tourist offices: Via San Carlo, 9 and Piazza del Gesù.
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fri from 8.30am-1.30pm. Only large branches are open in the afternoon and Saturday mornings.
Health and safety
Keep an eye out for pick-pockets and scippo, bag-snatchers on scooters.
Easter Sunday and Monday
25 April – Anniversary of the 1945 Liberation
2 June – Republic Day
24 June – San Giovanni
19 September – San Gennaro
7 December – Sant’Ambrogio
8 December – Immaculate Conception
25 and 26 December
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 8am-1.30pm (and Saturdays in the case of large branches).
Capodichino airport – www.aeroportodinapoli.it