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Getting around Naples

Public transport

The public transport system in Naples includes a metro, trams, buses, suburban trains and funicular railways. Azienda Napoletana Mobilità (tel: +39 081 763 1111; www.anm.it) operates most of the city's public transport. 

You can buy a single ticket, a TIC ticket valid for 90 minutes' unlimited travel, or a day pass.

Taxis

Taxi drivers in Naples have a reputation for tricking tourists into paying higher fares. The best advice is to avoid unofficial taxis and insist that the meter is turned on before setting off. Official taxis are white and can be found at taxi stands in the main piazza.

To pre-book a taxi, call Consorzio (tel: +39 081 8888) or Partenope (tel: +39 081 0101).

Driving

Roads in the historic centre are narrow, cobbled and often congested. Blue markings denote pay-and-display parking. Buy tickets at the meter or in the nearest tobacconist. Elsewhere, informal parking attendants expect a small tip for ‘watching’ your car. A 24-hour car park is located north of central station on Via della Piazolla (tel: +39 081 231 1731; www.newparking.it)

Car hire

You can hire cars at the airport, railway station and hotels. To hire a car you need to be over 21 and require a credit card and an EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Providers include Avis (tel: +39 081 780 5790; www.avis.com), Europcar (tel: +39 081 764 9838; www.europcar.it) and Maggiore (tel: +39 081 780 3011; www.maggiore.it).

Bicycle hire

In a city where almost every road rule is ignored, cycling is not recommended. If you’re determined, try I Rent Bike (tel: +39 081 585 2570; www.irentbike.com) at Via E Scaglione 474A, or Bike Sharing Napoli (www.bikesharingnapoli.it/en), the city’s bikeshare scheme, which has stations throughout the city. Subscription is free but must be linked to a debit or credit card. Download its app for ease of use.

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Chiaja Hotel de Charme

Situated on Naples' premier shopping street, Chiaja Hotel de Charme is housed in a former residence of a marquis. The owners have recreated a period feel with restored architectural details such as marble fireplaces and grand staircases alongside decorative touches like the gilt-framed portraits and antique furnishings.

Grand Hotel Oriente

A few minutes from Toledo metro station, the Grand Hotel Oriente is within easy walking distance of both the historic centre and the seafront. Sleeping quarters are clean and bright with large comfortable beds and immaculate bathrooms. Ask for a room with a private terrace to soak up the sounds of the city.

Grand Hotel Parkers

One of the finest hotels in Naples, the Grand Hotel Parkers has 71 luxuriously appointed rooms along with a spa, a beauty salon, restaurant and the exclusive atmosphere of an historical palace. It is decorated with belle époque-style frescoes and paintings, and Armani-clad guests lounge in the foyer in gilt Louis XVI chairs or on the stunning sea-view terrace.

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

The grand dame on the seafront, this 5-star deluxe hotel is renowned for hosting millionaires and screen legends. Appropriately, its refined public spaces drip with twinkling chandeliers and are furnished with period antiques, and it has a cabin cruiser service which lets guests island hop in style. The Caruso Roof Garden restaurant is gorgeous too.

Romeo Hotel

Eschewing the Baroque extravagance of other luxury hotels, the Romeo Hotel is a temple of modernist design. The striking steel-and-glass exterior encases soothing minimalist interiors of marble, wood, stone and steel. The rooftop restaurant and pool include one of Naples' few sushi bars and there's a seriously sexy modern spa.

Port Alba Relais

A haven for book-lovers, Port Alba Relais houses a wonderful library with sections dedicated to the city's art, music and history alongside a book swapping section. Rooms with wooden beams are dedicated to literary genres and furnished with bedding and accessories from Mario Bottiglieri. It has a super central location and some rooms overlook buzzing Piazza Dante.