NAPLES, THE EFFERVESCENCE OF ITALY
‘See Naples and die’ truly indicates the breath-taking beauty of the Bay of Naples, while the city itself is a fascinating blend of ancient twisting alleyways, expansive squares and magnificent historic buildings including the palace of the King of Naples. Its museums and art galleries are numerous, including the National archaeological museum. The volatile Neapolitans as a people reflect their mixed heritage resulting from Spanish and French occupations: lively, easygoing and lovers of music and life.
There are many different aspects to this southern animated city.
The centre consists of very lively narrow alleyways that lead to open squares with their evidence of the rich historic patrimony:
– Religious edifices with the Duomo and multitude of churches.
– Beautiful squares like the piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza del Municipio.
– Remarkable monuments such as the Royal palace and the fortified medieval Castello dell’Ovo.
Naples is also famous for its gastronomy. Its pizza known in the world had its debut here and is now an institution but is only one of the varied gastronomic treats in Naples.
Next, not to be missed is day visit to Pompei, an exploration of the town buried under the ashes from the great eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Here you are transported back to life as it was in Roman times, dwellings with beautiful frescoed walls, streets and shops and daily life.
Capri, just a 50-minute ferry ride from Naples, is a romantic and magic island. You will be entranced by its natural beauty and translucent sea.