See Naples and Die was the saying in the 18th century, when Naples was Europe's second-largest city and at the very height of its power and wealth. See Naples and diet is also good advice. This city is heaven for foodies - pizza originated here after all.
Lying between two volcanic areas, Campi Flegrei to the west and Vesuvius to the east, Naples is a hilly city sloping into the Gulf of Naples. The Bay itself is gorgeous, its sparkling blue waters are framed by Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri.
Italy's most populous city is industrial and faded in parts. The old town is Unesco-listed, but you'll find scaffolding propping up crumbling stucco in some places and Bourbon palaces standing beside streets of laundry-slung tenement buildings in others. There is a wealth of museums, galleries and awe-inspiring churches. The Cathedral is Naples' most important place of worship and hosts an annual "miracle" when the dried blood of its patron saint, Saint Januarius (San Gennaro) liquifies.
Many travellers booking flights to Naples plan to visit the Roman city of Pompeii, buried by Vesuvius's eruption in AD79. Herculaneum is a better-preserved site, just 20km east of Naples.
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