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Mediterranean Itineraries

Exuberant, chaotic, and a little shaggy around the edges is the best way to describe Naples, the largest city in Southern Italy. This historically rich, gastronomically famous, and incredibly crowded urban center is a gateway to ancient wonders and inspiring beauty.

The ever-present Mt. Vesuvius

AMBIENCE

Located halfway between the Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei volcanoes, the legendary city of Naples lies on the Mediterranean coast, tucked away in a natural bay. Its majestic scenery has inspired art throughout the ages. The city is rife with underground layers and catacombs beneath its Greco-Roman avenues. There are hotels and spas there that have been operating for thousands of years; you can feel the history seep into you as you walk along the streets. Yet, thanks to Naples’ dense population, frenetic pace, and slightly grimy appearance, we predict you’ll either love it or hate it.

HISTORY

Naples, or Napoli in Italian (NA-po-lee), means new city. It was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. by the Greeks, not far from the older town of Partenope. The original city center was located on the site of Castel dell’Ovo (see page 531). Greek culture reigned early on, even during the Roman Empire’s domination of the city. This period was followed by an influx of Spaniards, Byzantines, Goths, and Normans. Eventually the King of Sicily added Naples to his territory in 1139, and shortly thereafter it became the capital. The city flourished and prospered, creating the University of Naples in 1224. After a period of rule by both the Spaniards and the Austrians, Naples became autonomous in the 18th century. Today the city is a commercial and cultural center with an active port.

FACTS

Size: 45 sq. mi. (117 sq. km.)
Climate: Mediterranean Temperatures: 72°F (22°C) to 85°F (29°C)
Population 1,000,000 (city) Busy Season Summer
Language: Italian, Neapolitan Money: Euro ()
Time Zone: Central European Transportation: Walking, taxis
Phones: Dial 011-39 from U.S., dial 112 for emergencies

 

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