The third largest city in Italy, its entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being one of the oldest, most artistic and quaintly strange European cities. It is also just a stone's throw from Pompei, the infamous Vesuvius volcano and the beautifully picturesque Amalfi coastline.

A city known not only for its monuments and "favourable climate", but also for its heritage and its contribution in all aspects of European life. Whether it be for the birthplace of the pizza, the part it has played in performing arts with the introduction of Pulcinella and friends, Naples is a place so unique that it is difficult to find any place similar in the entire world.

In fact, its quirkiness is outlined by a first impression of grime, anarchy and absolute chaos. But once you start looking closer you find yourself nestled in a bewitched community of super-friendly people (the Neapolitans are known for being chatty and eager to help) accompanied by breathtaking views, frescoes and sculptures.

Be warned also that you'll find the best pizza, pasta and coffee in Italy, served in classic restaurants or even by street vendors (perhaps under one of the many shrines dedicated to Diego Maradona!). As the Italian saying goes "Only once you've seen Naples, can you die content!".

La Vignola is on hand to offer day trips to Naples, departing in the morning and returning after dinner (you can't miss the experience of eating in one of Naples' authentic pizzerias!). There is also the possibility of taking a day trip down to the Amalfi Coast, including visits to Amalfi, Sorrento and Positano.

Or if you feel more adventurous, you can go there alone by car (a 1 hour journey on the A1 motorway) or there is a regional train that takes you from Ceprano to the centre of Naples in under 2 hours (changing trains at Cassino). Getting to the Amalfi Coast however depends on the season. In a car it could take from 80 minutes to 3 hours!!

Piazza del Plebiscito

The Neapolitan Pizza


The Amalfi Coast