HISTORY OF NAPLES:
Naples was founded by the Ancient Greeks, who settled in this area in the 2nd millennium BC. The Romans conquered Naples in 326 BC, and the city grew under Roman domination. Read More [...]
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, Naples was conquered by the Ostrogoths. In 536, the Byzantines sieged Naples, and the city became a duchy, the Duchy of Naples.
In 1139, the Normans took control of Naples, and the city became part of the Kingdom of Sicily. In 1265, Charles of Anjou conquered the city, and Naples became the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily.
In the 16th century, the city was part of the great Spanish Empire, and by 1600, Naples was the largest city in Europe, with a population of around 300,000. In 1799, the French army occupied Naples and a republic was created. After the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, and after the Austrian occupation of 1821, Naples joined the newly created United Kingdom of Italy in 1860.
GEOGRAPHY OF NAPLES:
Naples is the capital of the Campania region and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. The city is located in the Gulf of Naples, on the western coast of Southern Italy, between two volcanoes, Mount Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei. Read More [...]
Naples is located 225 kilometers southeast of Rome and about the same west of Bari, 470 kilometers south of Florence, 500 kilometers northwest of Reggio Calabria, 573 kilometers south of Bologna, 720 kilometers south of Venice and about the same distance southeast of Genoa, and 765 kilometers southeast of Milan.
TRANSPORT TO NAPLES:
You can get to Naples by plane, arriving at the Capodichino Airport, located just outside the city. To get from the airport to the city, use the special line Alibus. A ticket costs 5.00€ and the trip takes about half an hour. Read More [...]
If you travel to Naples by train, the main railway station is Napoli Centrale, where you can find connections with the nearby cities like Sorrento, Pozzuoli or Caserta, but also with Rome. The cheapest train ticket to/from Rome costs 13.10€ and the trip takes about 3 hours.
To get to Pompeii or Sorrento, you must use the Circumvesuviana, a railway separated from other national and regional railway lines. A ticket from Naples to Sorrento costs 3.60€ and the trip takes about 1 hour.
To get from Naples to the nearby islands, you can use the services of Caremar (routes to Capri, Ischia and Procida) or Medmar (routes to Ischia and Procida). To get to the Amalfi Coast, the best way is to take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, and then one of the SITA buses.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN NAPLES:
Naples is known for having one of the largest historical city centers in the world, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Read More [...]
The city is filled with interesting places, of which we can mention the beautiful square Piazza del Plebiscito, the seaside castle Castel dell'Ovo, the magnificent medieval Castel Nuovo, Galleria Umberto or the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale). But these are only a few of the things awaiting you in Naples.
EVENTS IN NAPLES:
The most important event in Naples is the Feast of Saint Januarius (Festa di San Gennaro), a religious celebration which takes place every year on September 19, to commemorate the martyrdom of the city's patron saint.