Spliced between two volcanic ranges, 100 miles southeast from Rome, Naples’s volatile personality is legendary. The city’s romantically crumbling core forms one of the largest old towns in Europe. Grand palaces, opulent churches, and eerie monasteries stand as fine testament to Naples’s rich cultural legacy, which reached its zenith during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras. Less than 30 minutes by train from the city, visitors flock to the Roman ruins of Pompeii. Founded in the 6th century B.C., the city was turned to ashes when Mount Vesuvius blew her top in 79 A.D. What remains of the city has been miraculously preserved by a lack of air and moisture. The site provides a compelling insight into the culture of the Pax Romana; visitors can see the exact position the victims assumed at the time of their death.
Today, Naples is a vibrant commercial and industrial center with the rough diamond soul of a mariner. While Rome has the Colloseum, Florence the Basilica, Venice St. Mark’s, Naples’ greatest allure resides not in its sights (although it has its fair share of those too) but in the theatricality of the effusive Neapolitans, whose gruff manners and earthy passions both invite and defy cliché. As you wander through the chaotic maze of streets and alleyways, strewn with laundry and clogged with cars, you may find yourself, suddenly, in the midst a lavish wedding party celebration that looks like a still from The Godfather. In a storefront pizzeria, you are likely to have the best pizza of your life served to by a vested, leather-faced man while a mattress is squeezed out the door behind you.
Airports within a 50-mile radius of Naples:
- Capodichino Airport (NAP)
- Grazzanise Airport (LIRM)
- Pontecagnano Airport (QSR)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Naples region include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.