“Naples, I think, is the only city in Italy which looks like a Capital…” Charles de Brosses. 1739
Naples, the southern capital of Italy, is an explosion of vitality; from grandiose baroque interiors to breathtaking landscapes, music and delicious food! The city was originally founded by Greek traders in 680 BC and named Parthenope – in honor of the siren that drowned herself in the sea after failing to seduce Ulysses. Later it was incorporated into Neapolis – the new city born from the expansion of Cuma, another Greek city in the area. Besides having been a sort of ‘VIP-resort’ for the Romans, favored by Emperors such as Ceasar and Tiberius, Naples was also a microcosm of European history, having seen several civilizations come and go, each leaving traces in it’s art and architecture. From being the capital of an Empire, kingdoms and duchies, Naples has since become a primary cultural center, and today is the third largest municipality of the Italy.
Naples is eclectic. The archeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Cuma are all located within half an hour driving from the city. The celebrity studded Capri, and Positano, are definitely the places to be for a sunset aperitivo. Operatic palazzi and churches, mouthwatering markets and art crammed-museums all enclosed in a walkable area. Loud and hyperactive streets conceal a wonderland of lush bay islands, fishing villages and wild mountains. Naples is Italy at its passionate best: seductive, vivacious and often contradictory!
Spend at least a few days in this city to have enough time to absorb its atmosphere. The city’s ambience gives you a full immersion into the southern lifestyle. The sights, sounds and scents of the city, the beautiful castles, churches and squares, the sea breeze and King Vesuvius in the horizon, all basking in the southern sun – Naples is far beyond a touristic city, it’s the ultimate gateway to start your journey into the south of Italy!