Naples and Campania

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Naples (Italian: Napoli) – the third largest Italian city, with a metropolitan area population of over 3-million inhabitants – is commonly considered the cultural and economic capital of southern Italy.

Founded in the 8th century B.C by the Cumans population with the name of Parthenope, the city was already an important center during the Magna Graecia period, and the Roman era. Ruled, in succession, by the Romans, the Byzantine Empire, the Normans, the Spaniards, and French, Naples was chosen in 1816 as the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, before becoming part of the newly-born Kingdom of Italy in 1861.
Such a long and articulated history has originated great museums, monumental architectures, and some of most famous archaeological sites in the world.

Overall, the city and its surroundings express all the multiple cultural influences which shaped them for centuries; therefore, Naples is today a unique mixture of Greek, Italian, Spanish, French, and indigenous elements. Must sees include the National Archaeological museum, and the Capodimonte museum in central Naples; the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum on the city’s outskirts; the Royal Palace of Caserta, and the archaeological site of Paestum a bit farther. Yet, also lesser known museums, such as the MADRE museum of contemporary art and the City of Science, are interesting places to visit.

Our suggestion: try to avoid driving your car in Naples, a city infamously known for its chaotic traffic, and use the public transport network or a taxi, instead.

Banner: panoramic view of Naples with the Maschio Angioino fortress (on the left) and Mount Vesuvius (in the background); photo: Alessandro De Vita
Cover image: David McAughtry

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Herculaneum archaeological site – Naples

Herculaneum archaeological site – Naples

Ercolano - Corso Resina 1
closed on: open daily, except Christmas, New Year's day, and May 1st
The Herculaneum archaeological site features the ruins of the ancient Roman city with the same name, destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
MADRE contemporary art museum | Naples

MADRE contemporary art museum | Naples

Napoli - Via Settembrini 79
closed on: Tuesday
The MADRE-museo di arte contemporanea Donnaregina is a contemporary art museum in Naples, conceived to promote art and culture in the Campania region
Museum of Capodimonte – Naples

Museum of Capodimonte – Naples

Napoli - Via Miano, 2
closed on: Wednesdays, and 25 December
The Museo di Capodimonte is an art museum in Naples, Italy, particularly renowned for its collections of old masters' paintings
Naples National Archaeological Museum

Naples National Archaeological Museum

Napoli - Piazza Museo 19
closed on: Tuesdays, Christmas and New Year's day
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples is one of the world's largest archaeological museums, particularly known for its collections of Roman antiquities
Pompeii archaeological site

Pompeii archaeological site

Pompei - Viale delle Ginestre
closed on: open daily, except Christmas, New Year's day, and May 1st
Pompeii is an archaeological site near Naples, Italy, featuring the ruins of an ancient Roman town destroyed in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
Royal Palace of Caserta

Royal Palace of Caserta

Caserta - Viale Douhet, 2/a
closed on: Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December
The Royal Palace of Caserta is a monumental 18th century complex, a museum, and an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city of Caserta, near Naples

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Salerno Maritime Station by Zaha Hadid inaugurated in Italy

Salerno Maritime Station by Zaha Hadid inaugurated in Italy

The Salerno Maritime Terminal, the first building by Zaha Hadid completed after she passed away, was inaugurated on April 25 by the Italian PM Matteo Renzi

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