Destination guide

The ringing of the bells in Nola

Set 16 miles from the city of Naples, the ancient city of Nola is a fascinating spiritual and historic destination. On a plain between Mount Vesuvius and the Apennine Mountains, it was one of the oldest cities of Campania and the site of several key battles during the Second Punic War. Eventually the town became a bishopric, due largely to the popularity of Christianity. In fact, a bishop named Paulinus introduced the concept of ringing bells during Christian worship services. The bells became known as “nolas,” and Nola eventually became a revered pilgrimage site for Christians all over the world.

Things to do

Historic Nola is a dream

Nola is jam-packed with delightful attractions that are musts for history buffs. And if you happen to be in Italy, you must make room for a little history! First stop: The restored Gothic Nola Cathedral. Orsini Palace was built in 1470, while the late-Renaissance San Biago’s church is a sight (and site!) to behold with its dramatic marble finish and stunning Neapolitan artwork. Observe the ruins of Cicala Castle, which was the birthplace of the renowned philosopher and poet, Giordano Bruno. A monument to this historical figure also stands in town.


Shop in a volcano and celebrate the bells

Who doesn't dream about shopping in Italy? Nola is a shopper’s paradise! The volcano-shaped Vulcano Buono is charming, and even has a crater-like center. Nola is also home to a handful of hip nightclubs that serve up colorful cocktails. The town also plays host to 2 annual festivals, including a 7-day event in June and another in November. There’s also a festival honoring the bishop of the church bells, St. Paulinus, which takes place in July.


It’s a sunshine day with glorious temps in Nola

It’s another beautiful day in Nola! If you’ve booked your Nola vacation rental during summertime, you can expect plenty of heat and dry air—in other words, water and a fan wouldn’t go amiss. Winter is more of a rainy season, with moderate temperatures that never quite feel too painful. Springtime is lovely, with temperatures averaging in the mid-70s. Even fall offers similar weather patterns; it’s when the sun sets that you’ll experience a slightly cooler autumnal breeze. Any time is a nice time to be in Nola!

Natural features

In between the mountains, Nola thrives

Situated between Mount Vesuvius and the Apennines, Nola offers exquisite views from nearly every vantage point. If you can tear your eyes away from the crisp blue sky and pillowy clouds overhead, enjoy the abundantly leafy pathways and the green fields where stone ruins rest. The Gulf of Naples is a 2-hour drive from Nola; if you wish to experience some of that traditional Italian charm that you only see in films and travel magazines, a little day trip would be delightful. You can book your Nola vacation rental with confidence—the beauty here is in the magnificent surroundings.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Nola

Fly into Naples (NAP-Naples Intl.), the closest airport, located 13.2 mi (21.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Salerno (QSR-Costa d'Amalfi), which is 29 mi (46.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Nola Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Nola?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 461 vacation rentals near Nola. From 135 Houses to 168 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nola for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Nola?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nola:

  • Positano City Centre: 393 vacation rentals
  • Sorrento City Centre: 749 vacation rentals
  • Historical Center: 1,582 vacation rentals
  • Quartieri Spagnoli: 888 vacation rentals
  • Vomero: 1,527 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Nola?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Nola. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vulcano Buono Commercial Center: 2,511 vacation rentals
  • Nola Cathedral: 2,744 vacation rentals
  • Nola History and Archaeology Museum: 2,755 vacation rentals
  • Amalfi Beach: 4,314 vacation rentals
  • Positano Town Hall: 5,801 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nola listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nola?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 135 Houses in Nola. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nola include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 168 rentals available
  • Villas: 35 rentals available
  • Cabins: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nola?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 55 vacation rentals with pool available in Nola. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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