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City of Naples-Italy

City of Naples, Italy

Naples is beautifully situated on the Bay of Naples. Considered one of the most lovely in all of Europe, it extends from Cape Misena in the north to the Sorrento peninsula in the south. Near the Bay are the famous and beautiful islands of Procida, Capri, and Ischia. This third largest city in Italy is one of the major seaports. Naples has an area of 117 sq km and a big population of over 1 million.

Naples has a very diverse history. In the 4th century, it was conquered by the Romans, who favored Naples for its Greek culture and its beauty. In the 6th century, Naples passed under Byzantine rule and in the 8th century it became an independent duchy. In 1139, it was added to the kingdom of Sicily. In 1282, Sicily passed to the house of Aragon, and the Italian peninsula became known as the kingdom of Naples. In 1860 Naples was annexed to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Today, Naples is a thriving industrial city.

Some of Naples’ Attractions:
The Capodimonte Museum and Park was built as a hunting lodge for King Charles III. It houses one of Italy’s richest museums with a great picture gallery and collection of majolica and porcelain. You can wander through the royal residence and grounds. The Duomo is a 13th century Gothic cathedral dedicated to Naples’s patron saint, San Gennaro. It also includes the oldest church in the city, a 4th century basilica, a baptistery, and Renaissance crypt.

Spaccanapoli is one of the main streets crossing Naples and is the center of the historic heart of the city. The Spaccanapoli district holds interesting shops, churches and other buildings and is mainly a pedestrian zone. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world’s finest collections of Roman and Greek antiquities, including mosaics, sculptures, gems,
glass and silver as well as a collection of Roman erotica from Pompeii.

The Castel Nuovo, a huge castle erected in 1282, houses the Civic Museum. Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples, sits in distinction on the harbor and is used for exhibitions and concerts.

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Festivals in Naples:
Naples has one of the best New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in Italy. There are many decorations for Easter, too, and a huge parade. During the summer, there are many music festivals with entertainment held on open air stages. Two huge religious festivals are held in September, the Festa di Piedigrotta on the 7th and San Gennaro on the 19th. During Christmas, hundreds of creches decorate the city.

As one of the major hubs in southern Italy, Naples has several train and bus services found in the grand Piazza Garibaldi on the eastern side of Naples. Naples has an airport, Aeroporto Capodichino, with flights to other parts of Italy and to Europe. A bus connects the airport with Piazza.

For getting around in the city itself, there is an abundance of public Transportation such as buses and taxis, so there really isn’t a need to have a rental car of your own. Besides, the best tours through some of the districts are on foot. Naples is definitely a place you don’t want to miss when you visit Italy.

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