Travel Naples Italy

We’ve discussed traveling to various locations in Italy in previous posts. The locations we’ve discussed, Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany all are places we hope one day to explore. For now, we are just trying to learn about some of the world’s most traveled places. Once we can afford to actually travel we will at least have some ideas of the sights we should see.

This is the final piece in the “Travel Italy” series. It is about Naples—the land of pizza.

Bay of Naples

The historic city of Naples, Italy is the place where pizza originated. Not only that, it is also the place where romantic guitar and the mandolin were created. Naples is the second most populated city in Italy, with over 3.8 million people. The city hosts many historical museums like the Naples National Archeological Museum. This contains artifacts from the Roman Empire and artifacts from the Greek and renaissance period.

Naples is also known for its ancient castles, one of the most famous one is the Castel Nuovo. It was built during the time of Charles I, the first king of Naples. The Museo di Capodimonte, a famous art gallery and museum, attracts many tourists from around the world. It showcases paintings dating back from 13th to 18th century. These works of arts are from Raphael, Titian, Simone Martini, El Greco, Caravaggio, and other famous artists.

Other well-known museums are the Certosa di san Martino which used to be a monastery complex and the Pietrarsa railway museum which hosts the city’s railway history. The city of Naples also boasts a lot of magnificent churches and religious structures. One of these is the Cathedral of Naples which is considered as the most important place of worship in the city. Every September 19, the church hosts the Miracle of Saint Januaruis (the city’s patron saint). This annual event attracts thousands of people to witness the miracle of their patron saint’s dried blood turning into liquid.

In this modern times when people tend to erase the rich historic past, Italy has preserved its quaint beauty with the restoration of ancient buildings, historic landmarks, and significant monuments. Italy is a city that is truly a living art.

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Image: Bay of Naples

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