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Experience a slice of real Italy in Naples

The taste buds will tingle and the artistic valves will pulse in Naples. Italy's most passionate, raw, and real city enthralls with 4 millennia of history, culinary prowess, and more UNESCO sites than you can shake a tomato-topped Neapolitan pizza at. From the "breathe-to-get-through" lanes of Spaccanapoli, where washing lines tangle between age-stained Baroque churches, to the hanging gardens of Chiaia and the salt-washed quays of Santa Lucia, it's a place always throbbing with life, purring with scooters, and roaring with football fans. Naples vacation rentals are also a ticket Italy's most amazing archaeology sites _ Pompeii and Herculaneum around the bay.

Historic sites abound in Naples

The heart of old Naples hasn't been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing. Layers of life unfold around the narrow lanes there, with mozzarella makers mingling with monumental fountains, and dirt-caked cathedrals creeping over cobbled piazzas. Guided walking tours of that area are a must for first-time visitors, while bagging Naples vacation rentals in bustling Spaccanapoli means sleeping in the midst of it all. And in the evening? How about a lesson in pizza making from the masters? Or maybe a romantic meal on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea?

Take an excursion into ancient times in Naples

The 2 biggest draws of Naples actually lie just to the south of the city, around the arcing bend of the Bay of Naples. They come in the form of the ruined Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both were encased by plumes of ash and dust when the pyroclastic flows of Mount Vesuvius came rushing over the Campanian plains in 79 AD, giving archaeologists a plaster-cast image of a real, working Roman town. Everything's preserved spectacularly well, from the bathhouses to the brothels, the mosaics to the rich villas.

Nice summers Naples

With nearly 300 days of sun every year, and temperatures that sit in the 80s and 90s throughout the summer months of June, July, and August, it's hardly a surprise that many Naples vacation rentals come with glistening pools and shady gardens or patios. They are in most demand between May and September for sure, but culture vultures, art enthusiasts, and sightseers all still flock to Campania's capital when the rains and cold days of December and January come around _ heritage doesn't wait for the weatherÉ

Naples sits in the shadow of volcanos

Just look to Pompeii to see the precarious position of Naples. Set beneath the glowering dome of Mount Vesuvius, one of Europe's most active cones and a national park with crater-rim hiking routes, it's strung along a wide bay _ the Bay of Naples. The city itself drapes over a series of low coastal plains and sheer-cut cliffs, while the nearby massifs of central Campania are protected at the Partenio Regional Park, where old Avellino is surrounded by verdant valleys and waterfalls. Out at sea, the isle of Capri beckons, while the Amalfi Coast has gorgeous vistas aplenty.