Naples is the regional capital of Campania and the third-largest city of Italy. Founded by the Greeks in the first millennium BC, Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world.
The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean region. Here is why:
- The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The San Gennaro Catacombs date back to the third century AD and contain ancient graves, crypts, and numerous tunnels.
- The first pizzeria in the entire world opened in Naples in 1830. Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba is still open today.
- The renowned pizza Margherita was born in Naples and was made in honor of Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni by pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito. In time it became the dish that symbolized the city. In 2017, UNESCO declared The Art of Neapolitan Pizza-making a World Heritage Site.
- Naples is home to three large castles: Castel Nuovo, Castel dell’Ovo, and Castel Sant’Elmo, but also to the Royal Palace of Naples, one of the largest and most visited structures in the city.
- Naples is situated near one of the most famous and dangerous volcanoes in the world, Mount Vesuvius. A visit here is a must as you can also discover the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were buried by the eruption of 79 AD.
- Naples is located almost at the center of the Gulf of Naples, which has many must-see attractions, including its three islands: Capri, Ischia and Procida.
If you are in Naples, you must also spend a few days on the Amalfi Coast. Its beautiful Mediterranean landscape, coastal towns and villages, and its natural diversity are renowned, having the most stunning views in the country.