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Hotels in Barra

Barra is an eastern quarter of Naples, in southern Italy. A part of Italy's most colourful and vibrant city, there's never a shortage of things to do and places to see in Barra.

Harbour life

Barra is excellently placed for you to visit Naples' famous harbour. An important port since ancient times, the only thing that has changed in the intervening period is the technology used by the dockers. The harbour is divided into dozens of piers and docking points. Take a stroll and see fishermen unload colourful fish and barter furiously with the wholesalers who've come to size up their daily catches.

Barra is an inexpensive location from which to explore this incredible part of the world. It's very close to Naples' Eliporto (Heliport), from where you can catch a whirly-bird to the stunning islands of Capri and Ischia. Both Mediterranean paradises, these are well worth the day trip and the helicopter ride over the Bay of Naples will leave you open-mouthed in wonder.

The home of pizza

While in the harbour area, make sure you get your hands on a slice of the city's most famous export. The best outlets in town are Da Michele, near the harbour in the city's historic Old Town, Centro Storico. Pizzeria Brandi and Pizzeria di Matteo are also purveyors of exquisite pizza. Just make sure you get an authentic slice of Margherita and don't ask for a Hawaiian!

Vesuvius and Pompeii

Barra hotels are a great base from which to explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the volcanic splendour of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii was once one of the grandest cities in the Roman Empire. Today it is a ghost town of supreme archaeological sites. In 79 AD the great Vesuvius burned the city's residents alive and the volcanic ash freeze-framed them for eternity. Resist the urge to pay for a tour guide and just wander the ruins solo, looking for a quiet spot from which to contemplate the awesome power of nature.

After paying your respects to the unfortunate Pompeiians, climb the source of their downfall. Vesuvius isn't too challenging a hike for those in relatively good shape. If you're not feeling up to it, there are shuttle buses that run regularly from Pompeii that will drop you off about 1,000 metres up the peak. Once you've reached the top, gaze in awe at the beauty of Campania.

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