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Naples, Italys 3rd Largest City

Italy Travel Notes presents: by Douglas Scott

Naples, Napoli in Italian, is the third most-populated city in Italy and the biggest city in Southern Italy. Its close proximity to many interesting sites, such as Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, makes it a good base.

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Naples is a lively and vibrant city, full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops, making it worth at least a few days visit. The name comes from the Greek Neapolis meaning new city.

Set around the beautiful bay of Naples and lying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, . One of Europes most densely populated cities, it is chaotic, overcrowded, dirty and noisy. And yet this is part of its unique charm.

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Naples Travel Guide

Italy Travel Notes presents: MAX PIECESNI

A point of embarkation for emigrants in the past, Naples now has a large traffic of merchandise (petroleum, carbon, cereals) and passengers. In the vast urban area one can distinguish many different neighborhoods: the old center, characterized by buildings closely crowded together, is bordered on the west by the new administrative district and on the east by the business district, into which flows almost all the road and rail traffic. Other neighborhoods, with narrow climbing streets, rise around the base of the San Martino and Capodimonte hills. These neighborhoods have experienced intense development, typically of the simpler kind, in contrast to that of the residential neighborhoods that stretch out comfortably along the Vomero and Posillipo hills.


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Today Naples is a filthy, large, overbearing and crime-infested city – but in all these things lies the city’s charm. Although the living circumstances for most of Naples’ inhabitants are low, they know how to survive and to enjoy the joys of live.
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Naples Travel Guide

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Naples, south of Rome in the Campania region, is the third largest city in Italy and has a lot to offer to the traveler. Naples is a lot of fun, Sunny, lively, sassy and simply unforgettable. Superbly positioned on a bay, Naples has a little – and often a lot – of everything. It pulsates with noisy street markets and their colourful characters. Naples is music, theatre, Vesuvius, coffee, pizza and the sea… all those colors, sounds and aromas that capture your attention, win you over and seduce you.


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Naples is a mixture of heart-stopping beauty, life-threatening chaos and a strong sense of life being lived to its limits, right in your face. If Milan is Italy’s ego, Naples is its id. Squeezed in between Europe’s second-largest active volcano on one side and the sulphurous springs and boiling mud pools of the Flegrean fields on the other, all hemmed in by the blue bay around which the city clusters.
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See Naples and Die!

Italy Travel Notes presents: By: Juliana De Angelis

There is a saying in Italy that goes ‘vedi Napoli e poi muori’. Translated, this means ‘see Naples and die’. The actual meaning of this refers to being overwhelmed by what a beautiful and an incredible city Naples is. (although some may argue that what it really means that Naples is such a dangerous and chaotic city that it will kill you!)


Love it or hate it, Naples really is a city and a half. It is full of life and the life is full of passion. And yes, you may have heard some negative things about Naples, but there are so many more positive things about Naples, it would be a shame to make a judgement without ever having visited the place yourself. In my opinion, it is probably the most colourful, vibrant and magical city in Europe, if not the World.
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Discover the Artistic Treasures of Historic Naples

Italy Travel Notes presents: ROBERT BELL

Naples, located southern Italy is a vibrant city with many historical places of interest. When staying in this large city which has a charm all its own, notwithstanding the noise and pollution, graffiti on monuments & trains, and unemployment protest marches, there are so many things worth visiting. Among the must-see places is the Archeological Museum founded by Ferdinand IV in the 18th century, which offers a massive showcase of awesome ancient statuary that is considered an important archeological collection. This was mainly acquired from the Roman Farnese family. There is also the Duomo, a Gothic-style cathedral consecrated in 1315, and has seen many changes. By visiting Duomo, visitors can gain access to the age-old ChristianBasilica of St. Restituta, and the Chapel of San Gennaro (Cappella di San Gennaro). Another place worth checking out is the Spaccanapoli, which is characterized by a neopolitan atmosphere. Spaccanapoli, expect to see a sequence of streets that wend their way to the heart of the city’s historical center. Famed sites that may be seen are the church of Gesú Nuovo and the Santa Chiara church, to name some. The inner courtyard of the Santa Chiara monastery complex is quite interesting. History records that during the period 1739 until 1742, Italian painter and architect Domenico Antonio Vaccaro designed a colorful garden with majolica benches and pillars.


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Naples is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is noted as a World Heritage city. For the first time traveler raring to experience first hand the allure of , it’s best to get settled first and check in at a hotel with s superb location. A good option is the Piazza Garibaldi, which happens to be one of the most beautiful squares in the heart of Napoli. It is where one can find the Palazzo del Comune , a massive brick building designed way back in 1632. Another good option may be a nice hotel along Naples bay. There’s a hotel which offers a splendid view of the gulf and Mount Vesuvius.
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Italy – Naples and Sorrento

Italy Travel Notes presents: by Richard Chapo

Italy is really two countries in one with the wealthy, historic north dominating. To get a taste of the south, Naples and Sorrento are your destinations.


If ever there was a city with a reputation, it is Naples. Dirty, nasty, crime infested and fanatical are all words thrown around when describing. In this case, the descriptions are true and it is GREAT! The place is a madhouse and colorful beyond description. Crime is a problem, but you will be fine if you use common sense.
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Naples Attractions

Italy Travel by Constance Blair

Naples is the third biggest city in Italy (after Rome and Milan) and its second main port. It`s the largest city on the south of the country and the capital of Campania province. Nowadays Naples has a population of about 1,5 millions (3 millions with suburbs). Naples is also a very important railway and cultural center of Italy.

Italy Travel Notes – Naples Attractions

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Naples stands on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea not far from the famous Vesuvius volcano and the remains of the city of Pompeii destroyed by its eruption.
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An Ancient History of Naples

Italy Travel Notes presents: by Steve Jones

Naples of modern day shows all of the signs of it`s long history. Listening to the language and looking at the remnants of lost civilisations, the buildings and architecture, remind you of the long traditional history of this city.

Naples was originally a Greek colony founded by sailors coming from Rhodos. It was a merchant colony which they called Parthenope and was situated on the island of Megaride.

Italy Travel Notes – An Ancient History of Naples

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The name of Naples actually has it`s roots in the 5th century BC when new Greek colonists displaced the original settlers and founded “Neapolis“, Greek for “New City“. From then on, Naples was born. The old city of Parthenope gradually became part of the new city and Neapolis itself became a thriving place with a range of powerful wall defences which manage to withstand Hannibal.
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Mediterranean Spotlight: Naples, Italy

Italy Travel Notes presents: by Roy Witman

From the exceptional architecture to the world-class cuisine to the astonishing natural beauty, Naples is a city that should be on everyone’s “one day” list. History and culture combine with a regal past to delight visitors with a violent past that has led to a bright future.

Italy Travel Notes – Mediterranean Spotlight: Naples, Italy

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Can you imagine a volcanic eruption of such force and size that it covers your entire town? In 79 AD, that’s precisely what the citizens of Pompeii faced as Mt. Vesuvius gave forth her fury and literally buried the town, causing the entire population to perish, including nobility.

Now, centuries later, thanks to diligent archeological expeditions, the ruins of Pompeii can be toured by visitors to the Naples area. Much like a ghost town of the Old West, you can walk through the empty streets, taking in the distinct sense of bareness. The world’s largest Roman amphitheater is an amazing sight and should be the starting point of your exploration.
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