With its electrifying atmosphere and a skyline dominated by Mount Vesuvius, it's little wonder that Napoli (or Naples) is one of the most-visited cities in Italy. A thriving hub of cultural activity and artistic influences, there's no shortage of things to discover here. And, thanks to its mild climate all year long, it's always the right time to plan a journey to this stunning destination. For those who bought a ticket and are catching the train to Naples, there's a regular schedule of regional and national trains, making arriving into Napoli Centrale railway station simple and convenient. In addition to Napoli Centrale, the city also presents other important stations like Napoli Campi Flegrei, Napoli Mergellina e Napoli Piazza Garibaldi. High-speed services are operated, via Napoli Centrale station, by both Italo and Trenitalia; the latter boasting the already famous Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains. Journeys to and from the capital of the Campania region are quick and comfortable: the route from Milan to Naples takes 4h13mins, from Rome only 1 hour during peak times, with more than 40 trains arriving into the city daily, while travelling from Salerno to Napoli takes as little as 33 minutes.
Having caught the train to Naples, visitors should get set to discover a vibrant atmosphere and historic landmarks. Here, travellers will find meandering narrow streets, ancient buildings and small squares around each street corner, in what the natives call Spaccanapoli — an important artery that extends from the so-called Spanish Quarter to the Forcella district, right in the heart of the city centre. Tourists can enjoy a 20-minute stroll from Napoli Centrale train station to this part of the city, with a visit to the main square, site of the Tesoro di San Gennaro, an essential stop along the way. For those feeling hungry, there's plenty of gastronomic delights to experience here too, including pizza, pasta and potato soup, gnocchi in tomato sauce with mozzarella, and the renowned Naples dish, Timballo (a mouth-watering pasta pie) — Italy's tastiest specialities can literally all be found here.
Also part of the Spanish Quarter is the Piazza del Plebiscito, another symbol of Napoli. This is the place for visitors keen to get stuck into local life. Here, tourists will find the famous Palazzo Reale, home to the national library. In this vicinity, just a 3-minute walk away, there's also the Teatro di San Carlo, a fascinating building that boasts impressive Neoclassical architecture. The Castel Nuovo can be found here too — a castle that’s now home to a museum. Continuing on past the Spanish Quarter and heading to the northernmost part of Naples, it's worth scheduling in some time for a visit to the Museo di Capodimonte — a museum that serves as the main repository of artworks in the city. Masterpieces from Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio can all be enjoyed here. Once the sightseeing is done, there's no better way to cap off the day than to head to Castel dell’Ovo (literally, Egg Castle), which is a historic fortress just a 15-minute walk from Piazza del Plebiscito, for first-rate views of the city!
Every visit to Naples should also include an escape to the nearby Pompeii, just 30 minutes away by train, and to the stunning Amalfi Coast. Regional trains daily connect the city to both these destinations; specifically, to visit the Amalfi Coast, it's necessary to get off at the Salerno station and then continue the journey by bus. The combination of affordable train tickets and a good rail network allows people to travel to and from Naples in an easy, fast and comfortable way — leaving no excuses for not exploring the stunning Campania region.