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Italy’s third-largest city is one of its oldest, most artistic and most delicious.
Naples is the 9th-most populous urban area in the European Union with a population of between 3 million and 3.7 million. About 4 million people live in the Naples metropolitan area, one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is situated on the Gulf of Naples and lies between two notable volcanic regions, Mount Vesuvius and the Campi Flegrei. Naples’ centro storico (historic centre) is a Unesco World Heritage Site, its archaeological treasures are among the world’s most impressive.
Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in 470 B.C. to the city of today, Naples has retained the imprint of the successive cultures that emerged in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. This makes it a unique site, with a wealth of outstanding monuments such as the Church of Santa Chiara and the Castel Nuovo. The city has long been a major cultural centre with a global sphere of influence, particularly during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras.
Then there’s the food. Blessed with rich volcanic soils, a bountiful sea, and centuries of culinary know-how, the Naples region is one of Italy’s epicurean heavyweights, serving up the country’s best pizza, pasta and coffee, and many of its most celebrated seafood dishes, street snacks and sweet treats.
Certainly, Naples’ urban sprawl can feel anarchic, tattered and unloved. But look beyond the grime and graffiti and you’ll uncover a city of breathtaking frescoes, sculptures and panoramas, of unexpected elegance, of spontaneous conversations and profound humanity.
Welcome to one of Italy’s masterpiece.

 

 

Sources: Wikipedia, LonelyPlanet and UNESCO.