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Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world. Often overlooked by travellers who opt to see Italian giants, Rome and Milan, Naples isn’t so much an underdog but a closely kept secret. Modest and content with its own fortunes, the city centre is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting some of the most exclusive museums throughout Europe
and there are enough royal palaces, castles and churches to sate the appetite of every culture vulture. Drenched in history and home to historic sites Pompeii and Herculaneum, soak up the breath-taking scenery as you munch on a perfect pizza and enjoy the city’s rich and friendly nightlife. Naples won’t disappoint.
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With so much to do, there really is something for everyone here. Visit La Pignasecca, the oldest street market in the city,
the Cappella Sansevero, a beautiful baroque chapel and explore the Catacombs of Saint Gennaro.
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Similar to Pompeii, Herculaneum and all its inhabitants were destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was submerged in mud and lava which means that it was completely fossilised. Once an old fishing village, items as small as jugs, jewellery and even clothing were well-preserved. Step back in time to when Rome ruled and witness some of its splendour under a caveat of Herculaneum’s poignant remains: incredible mosaics in the Casa dell'Atrio a Mosaico, bath complexes, ancient high streets and old atriums.
National Archaeological Museum
Ancient History fans should head to the National Archaeological Museum. This museum houses some of the best Greco-Roman artefacts in the world, including treasures excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum. There are entire floors full of Egyptian relics, fabulous Roman sculpture, mosaics, a royal library where you can see Atlas carrying the weight of the world and items from all over Ancient Greece. The best bits? Papyri saved from Herculaneum that gives a real insight into everyday life back in 79 AD.
San Lorenzo Maggiore
If stunning architecture is what you’re after, look no further than the Complesso Monumentale di San Lorenzo Maggiore. This is a religious, richly layered gathering of buildings. The basilica is tipped to be one of Naples’ finest buildings, constructed in medieval times, its beauty still resonates today. Visiting this Gothic collection of ruins will take you back almost two million years – its well worth it. You’ll see everything from ancient covered markets, tombs featuring remarkable mosaics inside, items excavated from archaeological digs like ceramics and jewellery as well as wineries and even bakeries.
Via del Tribunal
Hungry? Make your way to Via del Tribunal where you can sample Naples’ finest pizza in a little restaurant called Sorbillo. Known for its pizza, you might think that you’ve tasted the best from any restaurant in the city, but Sorbillo’s pizzas take the prize. They’ve been spinning pizza dough since the 1800s and have developed a classic menu full of distinctive Italian flavours; from simple to quite glamorous toppings. Think you know pizza? Think again! Seriously yummy.
Ancient village of Cuma
Any aspiring Indiana Joneses out there should immediately go to Cuma, an ancient village in Naples that dates all the way back to the 8th century BC. A mythological masterpiece, those familiar with the works of Latin poet Virgin will enjoy knowing the caves here supposedly housed Cumaean Sibyl, the oracle who passed on messages to the god Apollo. You can see old parts of fortresses here, as well as ruins from the Temple of Apollo and an ancient acropolis, where a Temple of Jupiter sits atop.
10 facts about Naples
Naples is Italy’s third largest city after Rome and Milan. The current population is about one million.
Famous hit ‘Mambo Italiano’ which features a girl travelling back to Napoli (Naples) was first recorded by Rosemary Clooney in 1954. It has since been covered by the likes of Dean Martin and Bette Midler.
Naples was founded by the Ancient Greeks in the 2nd century BC. Back then it was christened Neapolis, which translates to ‘new city’.
The city centre is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is historic, one of the world’s major cultural centres and was particularly influential during the Renaissance and Enlightenment era.
Naples is home to the margarita pizza, named after Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni, and the ingredients reflect the colours on the Italian flag, red (tomato), green (basil) and white (mozzarella).
Hollywood actress Sophia Loren was born in Naples.
There are 448 churches in Naples.
Naples has three castles: Casel Nuovo, Castel dell’Ovo and Castel Sant’Elmo.
The city is divided into 21 zones, or areas, and each is distinctive with its own feel. From modern city sky lines and historic centres and the bar scenes and shopping districts.
Naples is home to both Pompeii and Herculaneum – both of which were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The preserved remains are still here.