To some, Naples may sound like a quaint Italian village, but in fact, it’s Italy’s third largest city, with over three million people living in the surrounding area. Naples and the entire Campania region, are filled with tourist attractions and a rich history dating back centuries.
With so many areas to choose from, finding the best area to stay in Naples can be a challenge. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the best districts to stay in Naples, from family friendly to budget friendly, with specific recommendations for Naples accommodation in every price range. Keep reading to find out where to stay in Naples Italy.
We will cover off all types of Naples accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Naples hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Naples, the best Naples hotels, best places in Naples to visit, the best places to stay in Naples, hotels near Naples attractions, Naples neighborhood guide and many more. Airbnb is also a great option for short or long stays.
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Historic Centre / Decumani- Where to stay in Naples for tourists
The historic centre of Naples is also called Decumani, and is the best area for tourists visiting Naples for the first time. The Old Town, or Centro Storico, is one of the best places to stay in Naples Italy because of the abundance of tourist attractions in the area, the central location, and Metro within walking distance of many shops and restaurants.
Near Piazza Bellini, you’ll find a lively, charming neighborhood to call home. With comfortable accommodation like the Hotel Piazza Bellini Hotel Napoli, this is a great area of Naples. If you are seeking where to stay in Naples Italy for one night, it’s best to stay in the center of everything, so you can see as much as possible in a short time. For travelers arriving into Naples Central Station, the historic center is just 15 minutes by taxi.
Best places to stay in Naples Historic Centre
Chiaia – Where to stay in Naples with family
One of the safest place to stay in Naples is the waterfront district of Chiaia. This is where locals and travelers come to shop. From designer goods by Louis Vuitton to independent fashion boutiques, you can buy just about anything in chic Chiaia. Villa Comunale is a very popular public park in Chiaia, and once served as a royal garden.
Within the park are many tourist attractions, including the Naples Aquarium and the Naples Antiques market. Between the park and the sea is Via Caracciolo, sometimes called Lungomare, a pedestrian-only street lined with seafront restaurants, which you can stroll all the way to Castel Dell’Ovo. There are several family friendly Naples hotels in this area, in addition to flat rentals. With convenient bus and metro routes, other areas of Naples are easily accessed.
Best places to stay in Chiaia
Quartieri Spagnoli – Where to stay in Naples on a budget
For a taste of the true Naples as locals live every day, you must head to Quartieri Spagnoli. It’s not as polished as Chiaia, not as touristy as Decumani, but it’s authentic, and gritty at times. This area is cleaning up after a recent history of being a dangerous area, but travelers looking for budget friendly accommodations near the city centre may want to consider staying here. This area is rich with churches and is well known for art, and street art in particular. The southern end of this district puts you in walking distance of Piazza Plebiscito and the famous Opera House, or Teatro di San Carlo.
Best places to stay in Quartieri Spagnoli
Naples Harbor / Porto – Where to stay in Naples for first timers
The Naples harbor area, or Porto, has undergone a recent revitalization project, making this a desirable location to stay in Naples. The strategic location made Porto a target in WWII, however some historic ruins remain. Castel dell’Ovo is a fortress set on a peninsula at the mouth of the harbor, and Castle Nuovo is a medieval fortress that now serves as a museum. With many ferry lines departing from the harbor, this is a great place to stay for visitors planning to arrive by ferry from Porto Vecchio, Palermo or Cagliari.
Best places to stay in Naples Porto
Vomero – Where to stay in Naples for a local experience
On a hill overlooking Naples sits the neighborhood of Vomero. It’s a lovely residential neighborhood, with great views of the surrounding areas. Just adjacent to Chiaia and Quartier Spagnoli, the central location is perfect for anyone wanting a more “local” experience without too much time commuting to other areas of Naples. Tourist attractions here include the funicular to the top of the hill, as well as Castel Sant’Elmo. This upper class neighborhood is one of the safest place to stay in Naples.
Best places to stay in Vomero
Posillipo – Where to stay in Naples for with kids
Further west along the Naples coastline, past Chiaia, is the expensive residential area of Posillipo. Spread along a waterfront hillside, this neighborhood features several beaches, seafood restaurants and a bit of upper class nightlife. For some of the best views of Mount Vesuvius, be sure to climb the hill in Posillipo; Virgiliano Park offers incredible 360-degree views of Naples. This park is also home to the Posillipo Market, which offers designer clothing at rock-bottom prices. The market is only open on Thursdays, so don’t miss it! This area is a great family friendly neighborhood of Naples.
Best places to stay in Posillipo
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