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Bus tours

City Sightseeing Napoli offers several bus tours of the city and the surrounding region from April to October. The tours include an art tour, a tour of the Bay of Naples, a San Martino tour and also a trip to Vesuvius. Open-top buses are used within the city.

Tel: +39 81 551 7279.
Website: http://www.napoli.city-sightseeing.it

Walking tours

Napoli Sotterranea offers guided tours of the ancient caves and aqueducts beneath the city. Descend 40 metres (130ft) below the surface to discover columned rooms, WWII shelters and catacombs with an experienced guide. Tours last a minimum of 90 minutes.

Tel: +39 81 296 944.
Website: http://www.napolisotterranea.org

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Mount Vesuvius

At 1281m (4,203ft), Vesuvius is Europe's only active volcano and has erupted more than 30 times since it first took form in AD 79. Constantly monitored for signs of life, observers worry that an eruption is long overdue (there hasn't been any activity for 500 years). The area around the volcano was declared a national park in 1995, and it is possible for visitors to climb to the top. Take the path up to the crater from the car park at the summit. Half way up, stop at the Museo dell'Osservatorio Vesuviano, which tells the long history of the volcano.

Tel: +39 81 610 8483.
Website: http://www.parconazionaledelvesuvio.it

Capri

For a taste of Amalfi glamour and pure Old World holiday glitz, take a quick hydrofoil from Naples to the island of Capri. Rising out of an impossibly blue sea, Capri is a beguiling combination of natural and man-made beauty. Charming, pastel-coloured towns with cobbled streets sit amidst a verdant natural setting of citrus groves. Drink expensive cocktails on the main piazza of Capri Town, visit the stunning sea cave, the Blue Grotto, and eat exquisite seafood on flower-laden terraces.

Tel: +39 81 837 0424.
Website: http://www.capritourism.com

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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.