Get the best out of your car hire when in Naples
Naples is renowned as one of Italy’s most beautiful and picturesque cities. Often overshadowed by bigger cities like Rome and Florence, it shouldn’t be forgotten as a tourist destination. Located on the Bay of Naples, this is a lively vivacious city that you’re sure to have fun in.
You can really make the most of your car rental when in Naples, as it’s well positioned for touring and exploring some world class attractions, miles of coastline and the beautiful Italian countryside, where you’ll find lots of hidden gems!
The city of Naples…
Naples (or Napoli as the Italians call it) is the capital city of the beautiful Campania region on west coast of Italy. In fact it is a city widely considered to be the capital of southern Italy!
There is so much for you to see in Naples that you wont know where to begin!
The city’s attractions can be found just off the city’s main street, Spaccanapoli. Sites here include Chiesi di San Domenico Maggiore, a gothic church with interesting architecture, the Duomo Cathedral, which is dedicated to Naples patron saint, and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale museum houses many of the city’s greatest treasures. The Palazzo Reale is the city’s magnificent ancient palace. It has a rich collection of furnishings, porcelain, tapestries, statues and paintings.
Most attractions are within walking distance of each other so we do not advise driving in the city centre (due to congestion and parking problems!). But we can highly recommend you hire a car and venture out into the stunning countryside to get a real glimpse of Italy.
If you hire a car when you visit Naples you can really make the most of your car rental in Italy, because with Naples as a base you really are positioned to hit the road and explore one of the most beautiful parts of this country.
Here are some destinations you should explore with your car:
This famous Roman ruined city is well worth a visit. This city was completely destroyed and buried by a volcano eruption from the nearby Mount Vesuvius. It could be said that this city ‘got lost’ as it lay undiscovered for 1,700 years until it was accidentally discovered around 1599 by an architect who was trying to build a river in the area! Today this city is a World Heritage Site and one of the top attractions in Italy with 2.5 million visitors a year!
Pompeii is just about 30km from Naples and should take about half an hour driving (depending on traffic). It is very well connected by taking the A3 motorway or autostrada in Italian (this is the main motorway from Naples to Salerno).
If Pompeii has got you hooked then you should also stop off at Herculaneum. It’s another Roman town which was also destroyed and buried by Mount Vesusvius back in 79AD and lay undiscovered for about 1600 years! The city was (like Pompeii) discovered accidentally in around 1709 by men digging for a well! Whether you’re a history buff, a archaeologist or simply a lover of sightseeing, you’ll be amazed at how well preserved some of this ancient city still is after all this time.
Herculaneum is pretty close to Naples (about 15km) which should take you about 15 minutes depending on traffic. To get there take the main motorway A3 south of Naples for about 7km until you see the signs for ‘Ercolano’ on your right.
The Amalfi Coast…
The stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast of Costiera Amalfitana as it’s known in Italian, is located on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula. With its golden sandy beaches, rugged terrain, scenic beauty, dramatic coastlines and picturesque little towns this is sure to make a trip you won’t forget! The Amalfi Coast has even been awarded the status of World Heritage Site.
The Amalfi Coast drive can start at the little town of Vietri Sul Mare which lies outside Salerno. (Salerno is about 58km from Naples so that will give you an idea of the distance to Vietri Sul Mare). The Amalfi Coast is best discovered by taking the coastal road along the SS163 which will eventually bring you to a little town called Positano – a chic coastal resort which has featured in many films and is home to two hotels which have world class standards!
This drive can start at either town, but unfortunately it’s not for the faint hearted. The road is always busy with buses and it’s quite narrow in places (so if you’re putting this at the top of your to-do list, may we suggest you rent a small car!).
If you’ve managed to navigate the Italian roads without a hitch, then a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in the world is a must! Everyone should visit the historic city of Rome just once in their life and with it being just about a 2.5 hours drive from Naples you really don’t have any excuse to pass up on this opportunity.
Rome is about 224km from Naples and is quite a stress free drive along the main motorway A1 which will bring you from Naples all the way to Rome through the beautiful Campania countryside.
Before you jump into the driver seat to discover this wonderful countryside of Naples, it’s worth bearing some things in mind. Make sure you fill up on petrol before you set out on your way as a lot of petrol stations are closed between 12 noon and 3pm for lunch. Most of Italy’s autostrade (motorways) are toll roads so remember to keep some change aside for those.
Plan your journey carefully and try to avoid times in cities such as Friday evenings and Sunday evenings.
When you book car rental in Naples with us, you can collect or return your car at one of three locations – the airport, the train station or the city. So book now, grab a good roadmap (and your camera!) and prepare yourself for some serious fun and adventure! You could also brush up on some handy Italian phrases using our “Italy road vocab” guide and while you’re at it, give a glance over our “Driving in Italy” guide and pick up some handy tips to help you along your way!
Hope this little guide inspires you to take to the road and explore the beautiful countryside of Naples.
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