Gay Naples Naples City Guide

Curation by Jamie McGhee, words by Ian Packham

Naples has it all – layer upon layer of history, dedicated fashionistas cruising on Vespas through sun-drenched piazzas, simple but sublime cuisine, and, of course, UNESCO certification as the birthplace of pizza. Italy’s third-largest city has come a long way from its staunchly Catholic traditions. Since 1996, Napoli Pride has been the party to end all parties, and same-sex couples do not faze younger Neapolitans. That said, outside of areas known for flying the rainbow flag, public demonstrations of affection between men is still rare and could raise the eyebrow of the odd passing nonna. For everything you want to know about the city, check out Mr Hudson’s Naples gay travel guide.

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The best hotels in Naples

The perfect location of ROMEO hotel, opposite the ferry terminal to the islands of Capri and Ischia, two major Naples points of interest, also provides guests with stunning rooftop pool views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius beyond. Its spacious rooms are as stylish inside as the modern edifice is outside, emphasizing natural materials such as wood and Tramontano leather. A stay at the ROMEO hotel also includes complimentary use of the 1000m2 spa, with its hot tubs, saunas, and modern gym equipment. A short distance along the bayside, and with equally fine sea views, you’ll find Grand Hotel Vesuvio. The rooftop pool overlooks the ancient Castel dell’Ovo, whose breathtakingly grandiose interior of majestic chandeliers, jardinières, and polished hardwood have to vie for attention as a result. Nearby La Ciliegina Lifestyle Hotel has a similar list of features, with a rooftop terrace complete with hot tub rather than the pool, and an interior decoration scheme with the lightest of touches. White, airy rooms are finished with floral feature materials and exquisite marble bathrooms.

The edifice of Hotel Il Convento dates back to the seventeenth century, and is the basis for one of Naples’ more tranquil stays; the convent of Santa Maria Francesca is right next door. However, the boutique stores of Via Toledo are just a couple of minutes’ stroll away, and each room has its own private balcony from which to admire this vibrant city. A little further away from the heart of Naples, midway between Sorrento and Pompeii, is Capo la Gala. Taking its cue from its surrounds, the design has a definite, but subtle, nautical theme. Together with the local limestone from which the hotel is constructed, this styling helps Capo la Gala blend effortlessly into its surroundings. Its features include a large outdoor swimming pool and spa, though it’s the endless seascapes that will stick in your memory the longest.

Hotel Romeo | Photo: Kenzo Tange Architects

ROMEO hotel | Photo: Kenzo Tange Architects

ROMEO hotel | Photo: Kenzo Tange Architects

ROMEO hotel | Photo: Kenzo Tange Architects

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