As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card - EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
If you're visiting the Neapolitan Riviera specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/health.
British citizens don't need a visa to enter Italy but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements.
Due to its mild climate, the Neapolitan Riviera has a long holiday season running from March to October. It has a humid sub-tropical climate, which means that city areas like Naples can become fairly hot in July and August when temperatures may reach over 30°C. The islands and coastal areas will be cooler and more comfortable though due to the sea breezes, making Amalfi Coast holidays in the Neapolitan Riviera are a great choice throughout the year.
It can be really pleasant to visit in the slightly cooler months of March to May and September to October when temperatures are still warm. Even in winter, from November to February, temperatures generally remain above 13°C.
There's one airport in the region, Naples International Airport, and transfer times to most Neapolitan Riviera resorts will take around 90 minutes from here. Naples' modern Metro underground train system serves the Naples city area and has just three lines, so it's reasonably easy to navigate. There's also a comprehensive train line servicing all of Italy, which runs from the far north of the country all the way down to Sicily.
Car hire is widely available from the airport and in towns in the region. If you use taxis be sure to use officially licensed taxis – these are identified by a taxi sign on the roof. Also make sure the meter in the taxi has been reset before you set off.
You'll find the Neapolitan Riviera extremely family-friendly. Hotels and restaurants will happily accommodate with items such as high-chairs and cots and often have children's activities and play areas. There are lots of package holidays to Italy available that can take the stress out of finding dining options and entertainment for the little ones.
The sea along the coastal areas and around the islands is warm enough to paddle and swim in for most of the year. The water is also generally shallow and calm in holiday resort areas.
It does get hot in the summer months, so ensure that children are protected with a high factor sunscreen and have plenty of fluids. Also, it's worth checking what access is like in the resorts you're interested in, as many Neapolitan Riviera towns are set in cliffs or hilly.
Connector type: 2-pin connector, type L
Voltage: 230V, 50 Hz – the same as the UK
If you need emergency assistance dial 113. This is the general emergency number for police, ambulance or fire.
Other useful direct emergency numbers are:
112 – Carabinieri (police)
115 – Fire Department
118 – Medical Emergencies
If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, contact the British Embassy in Rome which serves the Naples area.
Address: British Embassy Rome, Via XX Settembre 80/a, 00187 Rome, Italy
Telephone +39 06 4220 0001
Fax +39 06 4220 2333
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours) +39 06 4220 0001
There are several well-equipped hospitals in the Naples area.
Ascalesi Hospital Address: 31 Egiziaca a Forcella Street, Naples 80139 Tel: +39 081 254 2111
Pellegrini Hospital Address: 41 Portamedina alla Pignasecca Street, Naples 80134 Tel: +39 081 254 3410
Cardarelli Hospital Address: 9 Antonio Cardarelli Street, Naples 80131 Tel: +39 081 747 1111
Incurabili Hospital Address: 50 Maria Longo Street, Naples 80138 Tel: +39 081 254 9431
Santissima Annunziata Hospital Address: 18 Egiziaca a Forcella Street, Naples 80139 Tel: +39 081 220 5025