If there is an Italian city in which you feel a fascinating fusion of traditions and folklore it is Naples! The capital of the region of Campania, is considered one of the largest Italian cities, with about 1 000 000 inhabitants, just behind Rome and Milan and bringing together the main characteristics of southern Italy: good food, natural beauty, a mild climate, human warmth and chaos! A city that will sharpen all your senses!
This city which has a strong identity is situated on the west coast of Italy, on the edge of a bay, standing in the middle of two impressive volcanic areas where you will have some excellent adventures! On the one hand the famous and outstanding Monte Vesuvius, which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum – cities that due to their proximity are worth exploring since they have the most spectacular Roman ruins of all of Italy – and on the other hand Campi Flegrei, the dormant super volcano in the Gulf of Pozzuoli. Also, close by are the islands of Capri and Ischia which are well worth a visit!
Naples is an intense city, full of life and with endless possibilities of excursions and attractions, ideal for fun with friends or even with your family! With its unique charm it counts on universities scattered throughout the city (two in the area of medicine), many youngsters, students and an academic life that brings joy and liveliness to its narrow streets in which it is well worth to get lost in! Explore them in good company and without a destination, and you’ll surely find magnificent scenery and live unforgettable experiences!
The Port of Naples is also undoubtedly a fabulous spot to wander, eat or relax with friends. Very busy and with a beautiful sea view it is full of restaurants and bars with wonderful pizzas, were not this city synonymous with the popular Margherita pizza which had its origins here! If you like pasta and pizza, Naples is truly a paradise! The streets are full of shops where they sell cheap food, being possible to eat for 2 euros.
Being one of the oldest cities of Europe, the city of Naples boasts a rich historic center, declared a World Heritage Site of UNESCO it is full of nooks and crannies that are also worth living and exploring! Several churches, among them the Church of San Genaro (has the blood of St Genaro), the Chapel of Pio Monte della Misericordia, The Veiled Christ, the complex of Santa Clara, the beautiful Umberto Primo Gallery, Via Toledo, Via Benedetto. In addition to enjoying the architecture of the monuments here it is fascinating to feel the effervescence of the streets, the unique way of living of its people and their customs. The historic center also has night life.
If you like to go out just lose yourself there and look for the environment that most pleases you!
But Naples also hides secrets… and its underground may be very interesting! A proof of this are its metro stations, which are true art galleries with free entry and places of artistic display with works of modern art on all sides. The most beautiful of them is the Toledo, but there are also interventions in the Vanvitelli, Materdei, Quattro Giornate, Salvator Rosa, Cavour, Dante, Municipality and Università.
But Naples also hides secrets… and its underground may be very interesting! A proof of this are its metro stations, which are true art galleries with free entry and places of artistic display with works of modern art on all sides. The most beautiful of them is the Toledo, but there are also interventions in the Vanvitelli, Materdei, Quattro Giornate, Salvator Rosa, Cavour, Dante, Municipality and Università. You can have a tour called Napole Sotteranea. In it, there are more than 600 thousand square meters of tunnels, aqueducts and catacombs dating from the 8th century BC and show a truly parallel universe. Occasionally, archaeologists find more tunnels, objects and even places that were used as a refuge during the bombing of the Second World War.
In addition to that, you can travel by train from Naples to Rome in only one (by fast train) to two hours (normal train) and you also get to know all the wonders that the country’s capital has to offer you! Most trains from Rome to Naples are direct and the price of the ticket is accessible especially if booked in advance!
Do not fail to think of Naples as an alternative to study and, if you go there we leave you with a tip: the best areas to live while you’re in this city are Corso Umberto, Via Mezzocannone, Via Nilo, Piazza del Gesu, Piazza Dante, Via Duomo or Via Toledo.
You will hardly leave this wild and colorful city, without being fascinated by its superstitions and fantasies!