UK travelers wanting to visit Naples as their primary destination should try booking flights from London, which offers the best availability and lowest fares. The city’s only airport receiving international travelers is Naples International Airport. Located in the south of Italy, and the capital of Campania, Naples lies halfway between the volcano Vesuvius, which buried the ancient city of Pompeii, and the Phlegraean Fields. Naples is an ancient city, over 2,800 years old. It enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long, hot, dry summers and short, mild, rainy winters.
Naples is famous for its art and culture, especially music, including the invention of the romantic guitar and the mandolin. Neapolitan musicians have also made strong contributions to opera and folk standards.
This southern Italian city is home to many museums, notably the Naples National Archaeological Museum, regarded as one of the most important repositories for artifacts of the Roman Empire. The museum displays many of the antiquities discovered at Herculaneum and Pompeii, as well as some pieces from the Hellenistic period and the Renaissance.
Probably the most important museum in Naples, however, is the Museo di Capodimonte, a museum and art gallery. The gallery features paintings from the thirteen to eighteenth centuries, including major works of Luca Giordano, and Jusepe de Ribera of the Neapolitan School, and also works by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, and Simone Martini.
The majority of people of Naples are Catholics, their city home to the Archdiocese of Naples. The cathedral is the site of the yearly Miracle of St. Januarius, Naples’s patron saint. In this ritual, the dried blood of Januarius is reputed to turn to liquid when brought close to his relics. Many Neapolitans regard this annual miracle as sacred.
But the one thing almost every for around the world knows that originated in Naples is pizza. The procedure for making pizzas is strictly regulated by Italian law. The pizza is traditionally baked in a wood-burning oven. The ingredients in the dough must be type “00” flour with the addition of type “0” yeast and natural water. The sauce is to be made from peeled tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes, along with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Another world-renowned Neapolitan dish is spaghetti. Neapolitans eat their spaghetti with a ragu. The cuisine of Naples, like all of Italy, is known for its use of local fresh ingredients. The city is also famous for its gelato dessert, and for limoncello, a popular lemon liqueur.
The history of Naples goes back three millennia, making it even older than Rome. Naples has endured the Greeks, the Romans, and the Plague, and then a succession of kings from Spain and France. But it has not just survived, it has changed and thrived. If you are already planning a visit to Italy, visit Naples, too. Or make Naples your entire vacation. The city has much to offer you, especially its wonderful, simple food and wine, and UK visitors will be more than just happy if they make their stay a day, a week, a month, or more.
Tom Martens is the content coordinator for Bestukflights.co.uk the UK’s premier flight and travel comparison portal which includes a detailed section on Travel and Flights to Naples
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