Information & Facts
The Mediterranean climate of southern Italy is milder and
sunnier than the north, with Naples being characterised by dry
summers and wet autumns and winters. The average temperature in
summer (June to September) is 72°F (22°C), and in winter (December
to March) it's about 48°F (9°C).
Naples has a public transport network consisting of buses,
trolleys and a subway, which is complicated to use but preferable
to taking on the city's notorious traffic jams in a hired car or
taxi. Tickets for all forms of transport are uniform, and can be
obtained at stations and kiosks that advertise the 'Gira Napoli'
(Naples Pass). The city's ANM buses are fairly frequent, most
departing from the Piazza Garibaldi. There are two metro lines, the
'Metropolitana' line being the one that serves downtown (where most
sights are located). Funicular railways run up the Vomero from
stations at Piazza Montesanto, Amadeo and Augusto. There are taxi
ranks in most piazzas, but using a taxi can prove expensive because
of traffic congestion.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is
understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into
100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain
Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are
widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the
large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are
accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities.
Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than
casas de cambios.