With its vast array of historical sites and unique atmosphere, Naples is unlike any other Italian city. It's easy to reach by rail: trains run into Naples from Rome, Bari, Milan, and virtually all major Italian cities. Mixing convenient arrival points, comfortable seating, and affordable fares, trains are often the best way to explore what this enchanting city has to offer.
The vast majority of rail services bound for Naples will terminate at Naples Centrale. As the name suggests, Centrale is very close to the heart of the city and provides easy access to city-center accommodation. Passengers can also transfer easily to services for the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, which include some of Italy's most popular coastal resorts. Walking to the port is simple as well, allowing quick transfers to ferries to Capri.
Relatively few train companies cover the major routes into Naples. Services are operated by Italo and Trenitalia. The latter offers standard fares and slightly faster Frecciargento options, which come with a small surcharge.
Catching a train to Naples is a magical way to get around southern Italy. There are few better ways to watch the country's scenery pass by than from a comfortable window seat, and the approach to Naples from both north and south is often jaw-droppingly beautiful. Trains are also very handy for North American visitors, with services from Rome-Fiumicino and other aviation hubs. Italian trains tend to be highly affordable, comparing favorably with buses so there are few better ways to travel to the Bay of Naples.
Naples is a fairly large city and it's nice to take the stress out of getting around. To that end, it helps to pick up a Visitalia Naples Card. This provides free transport and reduced admission costs to popular attractions. In the city itself, don't miss the Royal Palace, and the Archaeological Museum, which houses many treasures from Pompeii. Take the ferry to Capri to see the villas and Roman remains, and catch trains or buses to Pompeii, one of the world's great archaeological sites. After that, find space for Neapolitan cuisine. From spaghetti alle vongole to Neapolitan pizzas, there's plenty to devour.