A Guide on when to visit Naples, Italy
Are you planning a trip to Naples, Italy? Then, timing is everything. Read our guide below to know when to visit Naples.
Naples by season:
If you don’t like big crowds, then this is your time to visit Naples. With the exception of Christmas Holidays (mid-December), the months of November to February is a low season for Naples.
You can save money from airfare and hotel accommodations as this is generally the season where they offer a lot of discounts and promotions.
If you hate rains, you may want to avoid visiting in November as there is always 50/50 chance of rain everyday in this month.
No need to worry though because rain can’t stop you from discovering the hidden treasures of museums and galleries not to mention other sites that are relatively indoors.
The winter temperatures in Naples (around 10°C or above) are pleasant enough for you to be able to visit a lot of sites.
With the low volume of people, you can even enjoy some alone time in some of those areas.
The perfect time to be in Naples is probably in spring, which is in March through the middle part of June.
The larger bulk of visitors and tourists has not arrived yet so you can still take advantage of the discounted hotel rates during this shoulder season.
In March you can enjoy cool days with temperatures around 12°C to warm days with temperatures around 15°C. Enjoy pleasant days with temperatures around 21°C in the early weeks of June.
The middle of June through the middle of September and the middle of December through the early parts of January (Holiday season) are the months considered as high season and not without reason.
The scorching summer heat of Naples is perfect for swimming in the blue seas or just enjoying the breeze at the waterfront.
You may have a hard time finding a spot on the beach though because this is also the season that brings in the largest crowds.
You would have to wait in long lines to get tickets or a table in restaurants due to the number of customers.
Some establishments, stores or eateries might be closed in August. This is the month when most owners take their vacation.
Hotel rooms that are air-conditioned are expensive during this time as most rental apartments don’t have air-conditioning.
Many guests would want to have a cool place to escape the heat as most indoor sites like museums and theatres don’t have air conditioning.
The middle of December to the early parts of January is a mini-high season for Naples due to the Christmas holidays.
Anywhere in the world Christmas is a great season, and more so in Naples. With its very popular presepi, you can expect nice decorations and fun activities.
With a large number of people visiting during the holidays, airfare and hotel accommodations are also at their peak in prices.
You can expect rain showers during the earlier parts of autumn, but that does not stop guests from visiting.
You don’t have to worry about crowded sites though as people start to leave as soon as the school break is over.
In October, you’ll start to see the temperatures dropping from 12°C to 22°C and simultaneously, there is also a drop in hotel prices.
Mid-September to October is also considered as the shoulder season.
Best times to do things in Naples
– When to go shopping?
Take advantage of the winter sale which normally happens on January 5thto February and the summer sale in July and August.
With items at 30% to 50% off, expect a large crowd during the start of the sale, especially during the summer.
You can choose to go at the latter part of the winter or summer sale to avoid the crowd and get even bigger discounts of 70% off or more. Know, however, that these items are what’s left of the inventory so you won’t have many choices.
– When to go sightseeing?
As we’ve mentioned above, spring is probably the best season to visit Naples and go sightseeing. The weather in the middle of March and the first weeks of June is pleasantly dry and warm enough for adventures.
Spring is also a shoulder season which means there is only a small number of tourists. You have lots of elbow room in exploring.
Although possibly still crowded and hot, September is the next-best choice to go sightseeing if you can’t make it in spring.
If rain is not a problem for you, you can go in October or November.
July to August is not a good time to be in Naples especially if you are on a budget. This is the time where everything in Naples is at its highest, from temperature to the number of visitors to hotel prices.
August is probably the worst as during this time, most locals go on break. Most businesses, especially those run by families are closed.
To help save you some money, it is worth mentioning that in Italy, including Naples, you can visit all parks and monumental gardens, archaeological ruins, galleries and museums that are run by the state, for free on the first Sunday of every month.
Popular sites like San Martino, Palazzo Reale, the Blue Grotto, Herculaneum, the Stabian Villas and Pompeii and many more are run by the state and would not be charging a fee on the said Sunday.
– When to go to Pignasecca Food Market?
Out of more than 60 food markets in Naples, the first and one of the finest is the Pignascecca.
Pignascecca is known for its reasonably priced seafood, seasonal crops, wonderful cheeses and even pastries and bread.
A lot of local residents and restaurants get their supply of produce and fish from this food market.
Pignascecca is most lively in the mornings. You may even hear one of the vendors of the largest fish sellers in Naples sing at the market. As there are few tourists, you are free to socialize with the local Neapolitans.
Pignasecca Food Market is open from 8am to 1pm everyday.
– When to take a tour in Pompeii?
Pompeii is one of Italy’s famous tourist attraction and a must see place in Naples. With that being said, you can anticipate a big number of visitors.
If you don’t want to elbow your way through a crowd in the narrow roads of Pompeii, it is best to visit this place between November to April with the exception of course of the holiday season around the middle of December and first weeks of January.
Pompeii opens at 830am but we highly suggest that you arrive earlier than that to avoid the rush.
– When to explore the National Archaeological Museum?
The National Archaeological Museum is not only popular in Italy but is also considered as one of the most prestigious worldwide.
You’ll get to see ancient artefacts, a lot of which came from Herculaneum, Pompeii as well as other towns destroyed by the wrath of Mt. Vesuvius.
Try to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum first before heading to this museum to better understand the background of most artefacts displayed here.
You can’t visit the museum on Tuesdays as it is closed, but you can visit it on any other day of the week from 9am.
Go on weekdays in winter if you want fewer guests and some peace while admiring the displayed items.
Monthly Weather in Naples
– January Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 13°C while Precipitation averages at 80mm)
Winter in Naples is not as cold as the other cities and towns in Italy or even other European cities. Even though January is considered the month that is coldest, the weather is mostly just like the winter of those in the Mediterranean.
The temperature is cool rather than cold at an average of 9°C and even reaching 13°C or sometimes higher in the afternoon.
With an average of 80mm precipitation, don’t forget to bring your umbrellas when going out.
You may want to remove swimming from your list of agendas in January with this temperature, but it is still comfortable enough to go on day tours.
Make sure to protect yourself from the cold winds and wear appropriate clothing like shirts or blouses with long sleeves, jacket and wear long pants. Don’t forget to bring slippers as well to protect your feet from the cold tiles or marbles in your room accommodation.
If you plan to go out in the evenings, make sure to have a warmer jacket or coat as the temperatures can drop to 5°C.
– February Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 13°C while Precipitation averages at 100mm)
Just like the month January, February is also a cold month with cool temperature at 9°C and getting warmer in the afternoons at 13°C.
You’ll have more rains than in January at 100mm precipitation, but you’ll also get to see a little bit of Mr. Sun with an average of 4.5 hours in one day.
Make sure that you have shirts with sleeves, including long-sleeved ones, a jacket and of course your umbrella. Go for style and comfort with boots that are made of leather and waterproof so you can walk around with ease.
Nights still get colder with temperatures reaching 5°C. With the temperatures changing several times in a day, it is a good idea have different layers of clothing so you remove some when the temperature gets warmer.
– March Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 16°C while Precipitation averages at 80mm)
March is the beginning of springtime so temperature at this times starts to get a little bit higher at 12°C and reaching 16°C occasionally.
You’ll get a little bit of rain than in February at 80mm and lot more Mr. Sun in a day at an average of 5.5 hours.
With the Daylight Savings Time approaching at the end of the month, you can enjoy more daylight even up until 8pm. This is a perfect opportunity to go on day trips, although swimming would have to postponed until the next month or two.
You’d still get a little winter feel so make sure to still bring some shirts with short as well as long sleeves, a light jacket and no matter how fashionable it may look, you may want to still avoid wearing shoes with open toes or sandals.
If you hate the cold of winter and the warm of summer, March is the ideal time for you to visit Naples as the weather is not too hot like in the summer or too cold like in the winter. You also have fewer crowds to worry about as the bigger crowd is still to arrive.
– April Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 18°C while Precipitation averages at 100mm)
With over 13 rainy days at 100mm precipitation in a month, you would not want to leave your umbrella behind in April. At the same time, however, make sure to have a sunscreen with you.
You get to see Mr Sun is for six hours or more in a day, with pleasant temperatures at around 18°C.
Bigger crowds normally arrive in the summer so there will still be fewer tourists, plus prices at this time are still relatively low.
April weather is generally good but evenings can still be cooler so aside from your shirts with short sleeves, also bring shirts with long sleeves. A sweater or jacket is always a good item to pack for travels.
– May Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 23°C while Precipitation averages at 60mm)
You’ll need your sunscreen more than your umbrella around May as we start to say good-bye to spring and prepare for summer.
As the temperature climbs to more than 5 degrees higher than in April at 23°C, the number of guests also starts to rise.
You can spend eight hours of your day with Mr. Sun and worry less about the rain at 8 rainy days with 60mm precipitation in a month.
You can start wearing those light and loose clothes along with your hat and sunglasses. Don’t forget to pack a light jacket or a sweater in case you want to go out in evenings with temperatures of 12°C.
– June Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 26°C while Precipitation averages at 40mm)
Here comes the sun. It is officially summer. Pack your swimsuit and a lot of sunscreens. You can now wear those sandals with open toes, which are mostly perfect for those loose and light clothes. Bring a hat and sunglasses too rather than an umbrella.
June also has the longest days. You’ll get to spend over nine hours of your day with Mr. Sun and daylight of around 14 hours. The pleasant temperature averages at 21°C to 26°C and the sea temperature is around 24°C.
Cool evenings have temperatures of around 16°C even after the sun sets. You generally won’t need your warmer clothes but still pack a sweat shirt or a long-sleeved shirt if you are someone who easily feels cold.
You would still get around 5 rainy days with 40mm precipitation but nothing that would stop you from enjoying the beach in your bathing suit, flip-flops, hat and sunglasses.
– July Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 31°C while Precipitation averages at 30mm)
July is not considered the hottest month for nothing. Temperatures during this month averages at 31°C.
That is four degrees hotter than June.
Starting at the 1stof July, the sun will set just a little bit before 8:30 pm which means you have more daylight for your day trips and sightseeing tours. Mr. Sun is up and about for 10.1 hours too.
With rainfall only around 30mm, prepare for dry and hot days.
This is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean beaches of Naples and don’t ever forget your sunscreen. Choose the ones with higher SPF and sun protection. The scorching Naples heat won’t be forgiving to your skin.
Show off those long legs in shorts and those beautiful shoulders in tank tops. Stay away from black clothing as black absorbs more heat from the sun.
July is a high season month with a lot of tourists pouring in so expect more crowds on the street and hotel prices to be at their peak. You’d still want an air-conditioned room though as nights can still be warm.
– August Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 30°C while Precipitation averages at 40mm)
Italians generally go on their annual summer break in August. Neapolitans are no exceptions so don’t be surprised if you see establishments and restaurants in Naples that are closed. They are usually open and back in business after two weeks to three weeks and even four weeks for some.
There might be few locals but there a still a lot of tourists mingling around.
The temperature is almost the same as in June at around 30°C but a bit bearable due to the sea breeze. However, you’d feel a whole lot hotter during the days with high humidity.
Visit indoor sites like churches, theatres, museums or galleries during those times where the temperature is at its highest so you can avoid the sizzling heat.
Just like in July, pack loose and lightweight clothing and go for air conditioned rooms as evenings have warm temperatures of around 19°C.
– September Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 27°C while Precipitation averages at 80mm)
September signals the start of autumn and the temperature starts to drop to 27°C or less. You would still get to see a lot of Mr. Sun in a day with almost eight hours and daylight of around 12 hours.
Summer outfits like shorts, tank tops and sandals are still best during this month. Don’t forget your swim sweater and sunscreen for short dips in the sea. Evenings would start to become cooler so include a jacket or sweater in your luggage.
With the school break coming to an end, you’ll see fewer tourists on the streets as people start to leave.
Start bringing you umbrella again as there is a high chance of rain with 9 rainy days at 80mm precipitation.
– October Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 22°C while Precipitation averages at 130mm)
The arrival of October means that summer is out and autumn is officially in. You start to feel the drop in temperature at 22°C or lower.
Arm yourself with an umbrella as you get as much as 11 rainy days with an average precipitation of 130mm this month.
You can also unpack that jacket as nights can become chilly with 13°C temperature.
You would still have a few hours with Mr. sun as well as daylight. The end of October, however, signals the start of shorter days as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. The sun sets at 5pm on Halloween, October the 31st.
If swimming is part of your itinerary in Naples, go there at the first weeks of the month as the temperature of the sea goes down to around 23°C in the latter parts of October.
– November Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 17°C while Precipitation averages at 140mm)
If you are planning to go in November, bringing an umbrella is one of your top priorities.
You’d see a lot of rain in November with 14 rainy days at 140mm precipitation.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t get to explore a lot of Naples though. Mr Sun is still out for about four hours a day and the temperature is still comfortable enough for day adventures at around 13°C and at times even rising to 17°C.
Afternoons can sometimes be still bright so your summer sunglasses would still come in handy. Trade your open-toed sandals with boots that are waterproof and made of leather though as the grounds can be wet and cold.
With a lot of temperature fluctuations in November, make sure that aside from your jacket and sweaters, you bring some shirts with short sleeves too. There are days that can be a little warmer, and you might want to skip the jacket.
– December Weather(Highest Temperature averages at 13°C while Precipitation averages at 100mm)
With winter coming in, the temperatures drop down to an average of 10°C but you can still get a few pleasant days with temperatures of around 13°C.
Although not as much as November, there would still be a lot of rain with more than 14 rainy days of 100mm precipitation. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella.
You have less of those dull and cloudy days of November though as December can you as much as 3.4 hours of Mr. Sun in a day. It sets early in the afternoon, however, at only a little bit after 4:30pm.
On the bright side, even if you get days that are shorter in December, with the Christmas season, you can enjoy the longer evenings with all the festivities and fun activities.
With all the Christmas lights and lanterns and all those holiday decorations, nights are still bright and fun for your night outs. Just make sure to wear warm enough clothing on those walks.
Celebrations in Naples
January Festivals and Events in Naples
New Year– The first day of the year or the 1stof January is basically a worldwide national holiday. It follows that this is also a Naples’ holiday.
A lot of the sightseeing places like historic sites and museums and galleries would be closed as most locals would be taking their time off on this day.
Most establishments like pizzerias, restaurants and shops would also be closed but some of these dining places would open around lunch time and dinner time.
Winter Sales– As we’ve mentioned earlier, winter is a good time for shopping in Naples. On January 5th, the winter sales will start.
For clothing alone you can get big discounts of 20% and up to 30%. As the sales event comes closer to its end in February, you can get even bigger discounts as the stores try to sell out their remaining inventory.
You can even find shops that are open 24/7 so you can visit anytime.
The most popular shopping areas are the streets of Via Roma and Via Toledo, the Vomero area, the walks in the middle of the fashion shops in Via Calabritto and Via dei Mille and along Galleria Umberto.
La Befana/Ephiphany– January 6 for Neapolitans is Day 12 of Christmas. It is also a Naples national holiday that is celebrated yearly.
An elderly woman with a black-colored shawl would fly down on a broomstick at Piazza del Plebiscito and give gifts to children on this holiday.
Each year, they choose a different location to hold a concert which you can watch for free.
Saint Anthony’s Festival– January 16thand 17thare national holidays for Italy. They celebrate these days to honor Saint Anthony who is considered as the heavenly protector saint of gravediggers, basket makers, butchers and domestic animals
The Italians light up bonfires for the festivities and when it comes to the size of bonfires, Neapolitans would not be left behind.
Most would bring their old furniture and belongings that are no longer used to the streets and piazzas and have them piled up and lit as bonfires.
The locals would compete on who has the biggest bonfire, so they go out and collect as many wood as they can. Make sure to protect you wood collection or have them nailed securely if you don’t want those to be lit up in the bonfire.
February Festivals and Events in Naples
Valentine’s Day– February 14 is considered all over the world as Valentine’s Day.
On this day, Neapolitans would they install a beating bright-red heart that can be seen anywhere in Naples. This heart is their symbol for this special day that they often call as “the night of lovers.”
Naples use Valentine’s Day as an event to market the city by making tourists and locals alike “fall in love in Naples” and/or “fall in love with Naples.”
Museums and galleries celebrate this day by displaying more artworks that are about romance and love. There are also “valentine’s special menu” offered by restaurants in Naples.
Carnival– this is one of the most popular festivals in Italy that is celebrated in many of the towns in the country where people wear masks. This is also a Catholic holiday that normally takes place before Lent (40 days before Easter).
The celebration in Naples is not as grand as other towns but Neapolitan children wear fancy costumes and parade in town on this day.
The town of Capua which is about 45 minutes away from Naples is probably one of the towns that celebrates carnival the best. They would have a grand parade and even theatre and cabaret shows.
March Festivals and Events in Naples
Confagricoltura Napoli Food and Wine Market– There are several locations of this market all throughout Naples. They not only sell food from the national, local and regional produces but also wine.
They all open in the early parts of March until the end of the month. These markets help support the local as well as the regional farmers
Nauticsud– This is a show that happens on the early parts of March. This is also known as the International Boat Show.
You’ll see different exhibits on this show that features the process of building ships, nautical accessories, tourism and fisheries and even boating.
There would also be water sports events where you’ll see the greatest and latest boats in display including other kinds of watercraft.
April Festivals and Events in Naples
Maggio dei Monumenti– This is a festival to honor the rich and colourful architectural and artistic Naples’ heritage. This celebration would last for a month and celebrated all throughout the city.
This translates to May of the Monuments in English. They prepare a lot of activities that normally happen in the latter part of April like concerts and exhibitions.
You can also explore city monuments during this time that are not publicly accessible on regular days.
Napoli Comicon– This is a comic festival that features a lot of events like debates, young talent exhibitions, competitions, film festivals and film premiers, and seminars.
There are also a lot of guests who show up. You’ll get to see designers, authors and other kinds of professionals.
This festival usually takes place around the third or fourth week of April.
With those activities and guests, it is not surprising that this is considered as one of the most significant comic festivals in Europe.
Easter and Holy Week– Palm Sunday is the start of the holy week and it ends on Easter Sunday. The dates for the holy week change every year. It sometimes fall in the last weeks of March and sometimes in the early parts of April.
Neapolitans have their own traditions that they observe during this week. Aside from the religious rites, they prepare mussel soup on Maundy Thursday (this is the Thursday after Palm Sunday but before Easter).
You are sure to get mussel soup from a lot of restaurants and eateries all over the city.
Holy Friday or Good Friday for Neapolitans is the time to visit their deceased family and friends.
You’ll see a lot of families as well as friends dressed in their best and walking together along the major streets of Naples on Black Saturday.
They would attend mass and eat Easter lunch on Easter Sunday.
If the April weather permits, there would be picnics away from the city, with the islands or Reggia di Caserta as the favorite locations on Easter Monday. This signals the end of the Holy Week.
If you want a more elaborate celebration of the Holy Week, you can head out to Sorrento which is about 60 minutes away from Naples.
You can join prayer processions then attend concerts in the San Francesco’s beautiful cloisters or in Sorrento’s cathedral.
May Festivals and Events in Naples
Festa di San Gennaro– This ceremony started in the 1300s and is held three times a year. The first is on the Saturday before May’s first Sunday, with the second inSeptember and the third in December.
During this festival, the faithful would go to Naples Cathedral, which is the Duomo to attend the ceremony and bear witness to the miraculous liquefaction of San Gennaro’s blood.
San Gennaro is a patron saint and protector of Naples.
International Day of Workers/ Labour Day– May 1 is a national holiday in Italy. It is a noisy event. There will be people marching on the streets bringing red flags and banners.
Different labour unions as well as political groups organize rallies on this day. You’ll also see the leaders of these unions, and politicians give speeches at the piazzas.
It is still a peaceful day though with most business and even museums closed for the day. If you’re tourists, you’d still be able to grab some bite at some of the open eateries at the tourist centers.
Galassia Gutenberg– This is a book fair that is considered as the largest in the Southern parts of Italy. This held in the Piazza Municipio, Molo Angioino and Stazione Marittima at the latter part of May and lasts for four days.
June Festivals and Events in Naples
Pizzafest– Italy is known as the birthplace of pizza so it follows that a pizza celebration has to be held. Pizzafest is said to be the largest of these celebrations.
Tables and stands are set up for people to taste different pizzas from all over the world. World-famous pizza houses and pizzerias compete with the local pizzaioli to be judged as the very best pizzaiolo in the world.
This is normally held in the last weeks of June and the first weeks of July.
Napoli Teatro Festival Italia –Different musical events and theatrical performances from European and even international directors are featured in this event.
Remarkable venues were chosen for these shows like abandoned breweries, the whole neighborhood in Naples’ Historic Center and even in Castles.
This Festival is held in June and lasts for three weeks.
Republic Day– Italy became a Republic in 1946. The country celebrates this every June 2nd, which is another national holiday.
Republic Day is like the Independence Day of some countries minus the fireworks. There are no grand celebrations on this day, and many of the establishments are open.
Naples celebrates Republic Day with some occasional fun events and concerts.
July Festivals and Events in Naples
Giffoni Film Festival– About an hour or so away from Naples, the little town of Giffoni Valle Piana is the host of the Giffoni Film Festival.
It is the biggest children’s festival and one of the most important in the country.
Children from 39 different countries in the world, totaling more than 2,000 in number, learn the process of filmmaking, watch the films and judge which one is the best and even award the prizes to the winners.
Neapolis Festival– This is a festival of music showcasing local and international rock, pop and indie musicians. Around 25,000 people attend this festival which is held in the district of Fuorigrotta , at the complex of Mostra d’ Oltremare
Festa della Madonna del Carmine– This is a 2-day pious celebration which originated in the ancient times.
The celebration starts with Incendio del Campanile (which means, setting the tower of the church on fire) at Piazza del Carmine on the night of July 15 which is before the feast day of the Saint.
On this night, the bell tower (250 feet in height) would look like it is on fire.
On July 16, starting at 7am, an hourly holy liturgy is celebrated until 7pm, after which there will be an amazing display of fireworks to signal the end of the festival.
August Festivals and Events in Naples
Ravello Music Festival (Musical di Villa Rufolo)– This is a music festival that is held at an open-air venue in the town of Ravello. This is to escape the August heat in non-air conditioned theatres in the city.
Ravello is a small village near the coast and just an hour away from Naples. With the view it offers and the cool air blowing from the sea, this is the perfect location to enjoy music.
Ferragosto– Not counting Easter and Christmas, Ferragosto is the next big holiday in Italy celebrated every August 15.
This is considered as the first day of summer as well as Assumption.
Neapolitans would go to Naples beach and enjoy an evening of fun festivities, including a fireworks display.
Business and restaurants that are run by families are most probably closed, but most tourist spots are open.
September Festivals and Events in Naples
Festa di Piedigrotta– Featured in this festival are the Audizioni singing contest, a grand floats parade that starts at Palazzo Reale and ends at the basilica, and a concert with international artists at the Piazza Plebiscitio.
This festival starts at early September and lasts for ten days until late September.
Tano Tango Festival– This is a festival that features the tango and Neapolitan songs, and combines different traditions and cultures from Argentina, Buenos Aires and Naples.
This is held in the early days of September.
San Gennaro Festival– This festival is celebrated three times in a year with the first held in May. The second is held on September 19.
Once again, thousands of faithful devotees will head to the Duomo and Naples Cathedral to witness the “miracle of San Gennaro” which is the liquefaction of blood.
The cardinal will get a safely kept vial of San Gennaro’s powdered blood and bring it to the cathedral’s altar together with a head bust of San Gennaro.
The blood would “miraculously liquefy” with prayer and bring good fortune to the inhabitants and the city.
It said that the San Gennaro’s blood was collected in 305 AD after he was beheaded.
October Festivals and Events in Naples
Le Lune di Pompei– Pompeii is a must-visit sites in Naples and is just 30 minutes or less away from Naples.
Every Saturday and Sunday night starting in August until November, there is a special guided romantic tour of the ancient ruins of Pompei, which is called Le Lune di Pompei.
Pasta Show– As implied in its name, this is an event that is dedicated to nothing else but pasta.
This is an international event that is held every October 25 around the time of World Pasta Day.
There are shows, exhibitions and debates during this day. You can also learn the production processes of pasta, and its different types. Best of all is the opportunity to get a taste of these outstanding products.
The Pasta show is held at Piazza del Municipio in the Satzione Maritime of the Port of Naples.
Halloween– Halloween in Naples does not involve trick or treat. Most Italians don’t celebrate this holiday except in some big cities. Luckily, Naples is one of those cities.
Adult venues, clubs and bars in Naples host costume contests and parties during the Halloween.
November Festivals and Events in Naples
Naples International Film Festival– This is a festival where different theatres all across Naples show only European, Mediterranean and Neapolitan films.
As the name implies, this is an international film festival that happens in the early parts of November.
All Saints Day– November 1 is observed as a holiday not just in Naples and Italy but also in other countries. This is a time for most people to visit family members and friends who have already passed away.
Most businesses and all offices of the government are closed.
December Festivals and Events in Naples
Christmas Eve/Christmas Day– Generally, Italians, including Neapolitans would have their family dinners and attend the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
Local residents would reconnect with family and friends and have a big sumptuous lunch on Christmas Day.
This family get together can sometimes go on until December 26 which is also a national holiday of Santo Stefano and the best time to use the leftover meals from the Christmas Day lunch.
Most establishments are closed on Christmas Day but you can still find a few open bars and eateries.
New Year’s Eve– With people waiting to welcome the New Year, parties abound in Naples on December 31st.
There is a rock-music concert as well as a classical music and traditional music concert at the Piazza del Plebiscito that lasts until morning.
When the clock strikes at 12 midnight, a spectacular fireworks display can be seen over the Castel dell’Ovo.
Natale a Napoli– As part of the Christmas holidays’ celebration, a lot of events are being held all across Naples starting in December and sometimes even earlier, starting at the last days of November.
You get to watch parades, free concerts, plays and exhibitions.
Naples is known worldwide for its hand-crafted presepe which means crib or nativity scene. You can view and purchase different nativity scene figures on the street of San Gregorio. Don’t be surprised if you find it packed with people during this time though.
Gorgeous nativity or manger scenes are also displayed in churches. The finest ones are in the Certosa-Museo di San Martino and Palazzo Reale with their 18thcentury presepe.
Feast of the Immaculate Virgin– December 8 is a public holiday to celebrate the day that the Virgin Mary conceived Jesus.
There would be no classes on this day and government offices are closed.
December 8 is considered as the start of the holiday season for shopping so most stores would be open.
In a nutshell:
· August has the highest temperature of 31°C with July coming in as second with 30°C.
· December to February are the months with the lowest temperature. The highest it can get in these months is 13°C.
· July is when you get to enjoy the sun the most which is also why it is the driest. You only get 3 rainy days and precipitation of 30mm.
· November is the month that is wettest with 11 rainy days and precipitation of 140mm.
· The later part of April, the months of May and September and the early parts of October are probably the perfect months to visit the city of Naples. During these months, the city is not so crowded and the weather is great.