Many people around the world are acquainted with the city name Naples thanks to the delicious Italian dish known as Pizza Napoletana, which means in Italian a Naples-style pizza. This basic traditional pizza (as well as all the pizza of the world) originated from the city of Naples and the best of it is made here from the ingredients produced in the picturesque area near Vesuvius. However, the true Italy “lives” in this city not only because of the pizza.
Naples has been used many times in cinematography to depict a juicy image of old-style Italy. The city is still able to provide the spectators with a classic Italian atmosphere that some of us expect to see in Rome, but can hardly find since the capital city is too full of history and too eclectic to show only Italian culture of the past.
All pizza fans must obviously attend it to taste the best pizza in the world. The address is already known, it’s a modest-looking pizzeria “L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele“. This place is reported to have one Michelin star and they say that you can always find here dining priests, which is also a good sign, right? The taste is heavenly and those who taste it are always satisfied beyond imagination - not less than the heroine of the movie “Eat. Pray. Love” does.
Another reason why you might want to go to Naples is obviously for the sake of visiting a place with rich and unique history, hear its stories, and see its beauty and the landscapes around it - they are phenomenal. Even the shabby old areas are charming and cool to explore.
Naples can be used as a transitional point to Amalfi, Pompeii and Herculaneum, which are located in the vicinity and easy to reach. The notorious volcano Vesuvius that is still breathing and, allegedly, can erupt at any time can provide you with even bigger thrills if you make up your mind to visit it.
As you can see, Naples is an ideal destination to have an interchange in various directions and be fully impressed by Italy. And not far from Rome!
In order to cover the distance of 225 km from Rome to Naples you have a number of options.
You choose between the superfast high speed trains (Trenitalia or Italotreno), which cost you around 40 euro, and the regional trains with lower prices and taking longer to arrive to the place. The optimal solution would be to order tickets for a high speed train in advance and get the tickets for the prices of the regional trains. As we know, buying tickets on the spot is always pricier.
Going by bus is a money saving option with 5-20 euro for a ticket, depending on when you order it and during which season. Travel time is approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours for a one-way trip. The cheapest bus company is as usual Flixbus.
There are two ways for drivers here: either to use a 20 euro highway and get fast or go along busy coastal roads getting into jams, but having incredible sights of the Amalfi coast. You choose!
The earlier you book your tickets the better, it is the rule of thumb for Italian trains and buses. In the high season the prices become predictably more expensive.
Be aware of Ferragosto holiday - the national Italian exodus period when the traffic can be really busy and then it’s more reasonable to use a train, otherwise you will be forced to enjoy nice and long tailbacks in between the cities.
Also, I’d recommend you to take guided tours in Naples and Pompeii, as it is going to save you a lot of time and energy, and will help you not to miss the most interesting sights and information.