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The bay of Naples.
The bay of Naples.
Alfresco dining in Naples.
The beautiful streets of Naples.


Thursday, October 5, 2000
This is possibly Europe's most frenetic city, built on a bay with many friendly people, loads of monuments, churches and museums and, of course, the best pizza and seafood in the world.

The Greeks founded Naples in 600BC; it was where aristocrats who wanted some Athenian culture went for holidays. In the 16th century it was ruled by the Spanish; later the Bourbons took control.

This city is built on a bay and packed with old churches, a medieval university and amazing archaeological finds. There are countless eateries and cafes and noisy and colourful markets. Approaching Naples by water at sunset, watching the moon rise over Vesuvius, is a very moving experience.

It seems that whatever happens in Naples happens on the street — working, eating, gossiping, shopping, Pickpocketing, poverty and unemployment are also very evident. Traffic lights and stop signs don't seem to mean much and crossing a road can be a challenge — but things are on the improve. Since 1993 a group called Naples 99 has been responsible for decreasing crime by 25 percent and increasing tourism by 40 percent.

Naples sits under a volcano and on top of a fault line and is the world capital of contraband, but somehow it's a magical place. While it is possibly Europe's most frenetic city with its share of hard edges, a little perseverance will reveal a place with many friendly people, loads of monuments, churches and museums and, of course, the best pizza and seafood in the world. Their pizza consists of tomato, mozarella and basil — the colours of the Italian flag — and it really is a taste treat.

Naples is not a city to drive yourself around in. The best way to get around is by taxi — they are cheap and fast.

Once you've taken in the attractions of Naples and feel like moving on, take a hydrofoil trip to the Isle of Capri, where you can climb mountains, stroll through ancient Roman ruins and swim in clear, azure water.

The once-buried city of Pompeii inland from Naples is imposing and haunting at the same time. Its coloured frescoes, colonnades and architecture show the sort of life its inhabitants had before the city was destroyed by a Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD 79. There is evidence of it being a modern metropolis, with outdoor theatres, banks, bars, working-class and wealthy areas, public baths, health clinics and brothels.

Just a little further on are the beautiful hilly seaside towns of Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi.


Italy's third largest city, in the southern region of Campania.


Qantas is offering an exclusive fare to Rome for Getaway viewers. Return economy airfares are $1399 from the east coast, Adelaide and Perth for departures between January 20 and February 20, 2001. The sale ends at 5pm AEDST, October 12, 2000. Conditions apply. See your licensed or AFTA travel agent, Qantas Travel Centre or call Qantas on the special Getaway hotline: 132 223.
CIT World Travel has twin-share b&b accommodation in Naples from $73 per night per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Qantas: 132 223
Italian Government Tourist Office
Ph: (02) 9262 2000
Fax: (02) 9262 1677
CIT World Travel
Ph: (02) 9267 1255 or 1300 361 500
Fax: (02) 9261 4664 or (03) 9654 2490

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