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Naples is arguably Italy's most vibrant city, and in spite of continuing problems with garbage disposal and crime, it continues to attract visitors for its world-class sights, its natural setting, its food, and its sheer energy. Noisy, chaotic, traffic-clogged, and dirty, Napoli is also cultured, fascinating and charming, but if it all becomes too much, you can easily escape to the islands for some calming sea air.
Things to Do -- The city and its surrounds boast an extraordinary wealth of artistic treasures that span millennia. The remains of the Greek and Roman colonies of Neapolis, the baroque splendor of the Palazzo Reale, and the lively contemporary art scene: culture buffs will be kept busy for weeks. Nearby are some of the world's greatest archaeological sites, while the magnificent natural beauty of Vesuvius, the Bay of Naples, Capri, and Ischia makes a perfect contrast to the more intellectual attractions.
Shopping -- In Naples, chic designer stores supply fashionistas with the latest styles, independent boutiques provide something a little more quirky and respected, old-fashioned tailors' shops turn out superbly crafted bespoke suits, shirts, and ties for the city's best-dressed men. Looking for a souvenir to take home? Head to Via San Gregorio Armeno for traditional, intricately crafted Nativity scenes.
Restaurants & Dining -- The Neapolitans love food and are proud of their culinary traditions. This is home not only to pizza, one of the world's best-loved dishes, but also to Neapolitan ice cream, another universally celebrated culinary export. Restaurants range from elegant temples of creative gourmet cuisine to earthy, back-street trattorie where locals tuck into hearty traditional dishes -- and don't miss a stand-up snack at one of the chracterful friggitorie, which serve deep-fried delicacies sizzling from the pan.
Nightlife & Entertainment -- The magnificent Teatro San Carlo is one of Italy's prime opera houses, while musicals and concerts of traditional Neapolitan music are hosted at Teatro Bellini. Naples also has a vibrant nightlife scene that encompasses hip, designer-trendy bars serving aperitivi and dinner; grungy student dives with dubious live music acts; and buzzy dance venues that move to the beach in summer.
Discover the unique charms of Italy's Mediterranean coast with American Airlines flights to Naples. Located in the shade Mount Vesuvius and overlooking a gorgeous seascape, this unique destination offers everything from history and tradition to fine wine and art. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Naples so you can start planning your trip.
One of the most memorable activities in Naples, or Napoli as Italians say, is to venture to nearby Pompeii. The city was frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and it's been preserved incredibly well. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see ruins and archaeological sites. To see many of the artifacts from Pompeii, visit the Naples National Archaeological Museum. You'll also be able to see artifacts from other significant sites and collections spanning Greek, Roman and Renaissance periods.
Naples is also home to brilliant architecture, such as that found in the city's four towering castles: Castel Nuovo, Castello dell'Ovo, Castel S. Elmo and Castel Capuano, which was originally a fortress. Simply strolling around and admiring the city's many beautiful churches and buildings is one of our favorite things to do in Naples. One which you won't want to miss is Naples Cathedral. Construction was completed in the early 14th century, and the church contains treasures such as frescoes and altarpieces by Domenichino Zampieri, a high altar by Francesco Solimena and a bronze railing by Cosio Fanzagao, all of whom were Italian Baroque artists.
Another of our top activities in Naples is to be inspired by the wonderful works of art in the Capodimonte Museum and National Galleries. Collections include works by Titan, Caravaggio, Raphael, El Greco and many more masters.
And of course you can't leave without sampling the region's exceptional cuisine and wine. When it comes to things to do in Naples, this is one of the most enjoyable! You must try a margherita pizza, created in honor of Queen Margherita, along with buffalo mozzarella and then spaghetti with mussel sauce. Naples is also known for its fresh seafood, which is simply delectable prepared Neapolitan style. You'll also enjoy sampling local coffee and limoncello -- not to mention wine. Look for wines labeled DOCG or DOC to be sure you're getting a true local bottle.
A journey of delicious discovery awaits you on the beautiful Italian coast. Fly to Naples with American Airlines and gain an appreciation for nature, ancient traditions and authentic Neapolitan cuisine. Browse flights and book your trip today.
|Napoli Theatre Festival Italia||6 - 23 Jun 2013 (various dates)||Naples|
|Home Fair||Jun 2013 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|Tattoo Expo||Jun - Jul 2013 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|Neapolitan Antique Fair||14 Jul 2012 - 13 Jul 2013; Weekends only (annual)||Villa Comunale|
|Madonna del Carmine||Jul 2013 (annual)||Naples|
|Sagra del Mare Flegrea||Aug 2013 (annual)||Naples|
|accordi @ DISACCORDI||Jul - Sep 2013 (annual)||Parco Colli Aminei|
|Tanotango Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||Milonga Porteña|
|Feast of San Gennaro||Sep 2013 (annual)||Naples|
|Terronian Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||Palapartenope|
|Napoli Theatre Festival Italia||Sep 2013 (various dates)||Naples|
|Napoli Film Festival||Sep - Oct 2013 (annual)||Castel Sant'Elmo|
|DiscoDays||Oct 2013 (various dates)||Palapartenope Theatre|
|Aestestica||Nov 2013 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|Showcolate||Dec 2013 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|Fiera Mondo Camper Sud||Dec 2013 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|Christmas in Naples||Dec 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)||Naples|
|Art in the WIndows||Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)||Borgo Sant'Eligio|
|BMT Travel Market||Apr 2014 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|DiscoDays||Apr 2014 (various dates)||Palapartenope Theatre|
|Comicon||Apr 2014 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|GameCon||Apr - May 2014 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|LifeStyle Contest||May 2014 (annual)||Naples|
|It's Spring in Naples - Windows in Bloom||Apr - May 2014 (annual)||Santa Maria La Nova|
|Giro d'Italia||May 2014 (annual)||Naples|
|S.E.B.S - Fitness||May 2014 (annual)||Mostra d'Oltremare|
|May of Monuments||Apr - May 2014 (annual)||Naples|
|Neapolitan Antique Fair||Jul 2013 - Jul 2014; Weekends only (annual)||Villa Comunale|
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