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Zone: UTC/GMT +1
hour (+ 1 more hour from the end of March-the end of October for Daylight
saving time). The time is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight
Time. When it is noon in New York City, it is 6PM in Naples.
experiences late summer heat waves and vacationing crowds. . Any other time of
year is less congested and has a more temperate climate. Summer is also the
worst time for ascents to Vesuvius as the best visibility occurs around spring
and fall In winter, the temperatures are and rain is rare. The best times are
May-June and September-October. Due to the temperate climate, bougainvillea and
other flowers can bloom through Christmas, and swimming is possible (though less
popular from October-May) year-round. August, when much of the population is on
the move, especially around Ferragosto, Vacations are usually taken around the
time of the August 15 national holiday. In August, cities are deserted and
many restaurants and shops are closed.
Day (January 1)
Sunday and Monday (dates vary)
Day (April 25)
or May Day (May 1)
of the Republic (June 2)
of Mary, better known as Ferragosto (August 15)
Saints' Day (November 1)
Conception (December 8)
Day and Boxing Day (December 25 and 26)
two annual celebrations are held at the Duomo on the first Sunday in May and on
September 19 to celebrate the Festa di San Gennaro.
country code for Italy is 39. The area code for Naples is 081. For example, a
call from New York City to Naples would be dialed as 011 + 39 + 081 + phone
dialing an Italian number from abroad, do not drop the initial 0 from the local
area code as in the past.
Directory & Operator Information
general information in English, dial 176. To place international telephone calls
via operator-assisted service, dial 170 or long-distance access numbers.
country code for the United States and Canada is 1; for Australia, 61; for New
Zealand, 64; and for the United Kingdom, 44.
laws were enacted in Italy banning smoking in many public places, including bars
and restaurants. Some smokers comply with the new rules; others donâ€™t. Large
restaurants are more likely to be smoke-free. If you are a smoker, check to see
if there's a "Vietato Fumare" (No Smoking) sign before lighting up. All FS
trains have no-smoking cars: always specify when you make reservations.
flights from Rome and other major Italian cities fly into Aeroporto
Capodichino, Via Umberto Maddalena (tel. 081-7896259), 6km (3 3/4 miles) north
of the city. A city ANM bus (no. 14) makes the 15-minute run between the airport
and Naples's Piazza Garibaldi in front of the main rail terminus. Flying time is
1 1/2 hours from Milan, 1 1/4 hours from Palermo or Venice, and 50 minutes from
trains connect Naples with the rest of Italy. One or two trains per hour arrive
from Rome, taking 2 1/2 hours. It's also possible to reach Naples from Milan in
about 8 hours.
has two main rail terminals: Stazione Centrale, at Piazza Garibaldi, and
Stazione Mergellina, at Piazza Piedigrotta. Most travelers will arrive at
Stazione Central. For general rail information, call tel. 892021 toll-free in
trains to Naples stop at Stazione Centrale (Piazza Garibaldi, 848/888088.)
Naples is easy, but driving in Naples is a challenge. The Rome-Naples
autostrada (A2) passes Caserta 29km (18 miles) north of Naples, and the Naples-Reggio
di Calabria autostrada (A3) runs by Salerno, 53km (33 miles) north of Naples.
Sicily, you can take a ferry to Naples that's run by Tirrenia Lines, Calata
Marinai d'Italia, Porto di Palermo (tel. 199-123199 or 091-6021111) in the port
area of Palermo.
Metropolitana (subway) line runs from Stazione Centrale in the east to Stazione
Mergellina and even beyond to the suburb of Pozzuoli. Get off at Piazza
Piedigrotta if you want to take the funicular to VĂłmero. The Metro uses the same
tickets as buses and trams.
subways are the safest and fastest mode of transportation during rush hours.
urban subway system, Metropolitana Collinare, currently links the hill area of
the Vomero and beyond with the National Archaeological Museum and Piazza Dante.
Construction is under way to extend the route to Piazza Garibaldi. Subway
information is available from FS at (848/888088).
the fare before setting out as cab drivers in Naples often disregard the meter
and the shortest routes.
passengers up and down the steep hills of Naples. The same tickets are used for
buses, the Metro and the funicular.
network of suburban trains connects Naples with several points of interest. The
line used most by visitors is the Circumvesuviana (081/7722444) which runs from
Corso Garibaldi Station and stops at Stazione Centrale before continuing to
Herculaneum (Ercolano), Pompeii, and Sorrento. Frequent local trains connect
Naples with Caserta and Salerno. Travel time between Naples and Sorrento on the
Circumvesuviana line is about 75 minutes. Benevento is on the main line between
Naples and Foggia.
line, the Circumflegrea, runs from Piazza Montesanto Station in Naples toward
the archaeological zone of Cumae, with three departures in the morning. The
Ferrovia Cumana runs from Piazza Montesanto Station to Pozzuoli and Lucrino. For
the archaeological zone of Baia, get the shuttle bus outside Lucrino station.
Additional information is available from Circumflegrea and Cumana (081/5513328).
open weekdays 8:30 to 1:15 and 2:45 to 3:45.
offices are open Monday through Saturday 9 to 1; central and main district post
offices stay open until 6 PM weekdays, 9 to 2 on Saturday.
museums, such as Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Museo di Capodimonte, Palazzo
Reale, and San Martino are now open through to the evening. However, many
smaller private museums are only open from 9 AM to 1 or 2 PM. The opening times
of archaeological sites are subject to seasonal variations, with most sites
closing an hour before sunset. When this book refers to summer hours, it means
approximately Easter to October; winter hours run from November to Easter. Most
museums are closed one day a week, often on Monday. Always check locally.
electrical current in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC);
wall outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two or three round prongs. f
your appliances are dual-voltage, you'll need only an adapter. Do not use
110-volt outlets marked "For Shavers Only" for high-wattage appliances such as
blow-dryers. Most laptops operate equally well on 110 and 220 volts and require
only an adapter.
where you are in Italy, dial 113 for all emergencies, or find somebody (your
concierge, a passerby) who will call for you, as not all 113 operators speak
a national police force (carabinieri) as well as local police (polizia). Both
are armed and have the power to arrest and investigate crimes. Always report the
loss of your passport to either the carabinieri or the police, as well as to
hotels have English speakers at their reception desks, and you can always find
someone who speaks at least a little English. Remember that the Italian language
is pronounced exactly as it is written. Try to master a few phrases in Italian
for daily use.
Italy are in line with those in the rest of Europe, with costs in its main
cities comparable to those in other major capitals, such as Paris and Madrid
Good value for the money can still be had in many places in Campania, especially
the easiest way to get euros in Italy. Italian ATMs are reliable, and are
commonly attached to a bank rather than in supermarkets, etc.. Do check with
your bank to confirm you have an international personal identification number,
to find out your maximum daily withdrawal allowance, and to learn what the bank
fee is for withdrawing money. The word for ATM in Italian is bancomat.
2002, saw the introduction of euro coins and notes. The former local currency,
the franc, ceased to be legal tender in mid-February, 2002. All transactions are
now made in euros.
come in denominations of EUR500, EUR200, EUR100, EUR50, EUR20, EUR10 and EUR5.
The euro is divided into 100 cents, and coins are available as EUR2 and EUR1 and
50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 cents. The euro can be used in 11 other European
countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.
Value-added tax (IVA, or VAT) is 20% on clothing, wine, and luxury goods. On
consumer goods, it's already included in the amount shown on the price tag,
whereas on services it may not be.
subsidizes low wages and shows appreciation for good service. In restaurants, a
service charge of about 15% sometimes appears as a separate item on your check.
A few restaurants state on the menu that cover and service charge are included.
It is still customary to leave an additional 5%-10% tip for the waiter,
depending on the service.