Naples is an incredible city with a long history and prolific culture. There are many reasons why one should stop here, but if you still have doubts on why you should visit, here we give you 5 good reasons to visit Naples!
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Naples is the Italian capital of pizza. Every Italian agrees that this city is home to some of the most delicious pizzerias in the world, as it is the cradle of pizza production. There are even rules made by the "Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana", which ensures pizzerias meet the requirements for official certification. For example, the center of the dough can't stretch more than 0.4 centimeters in thickness, and pizza makers are only permitted to use specific tomatoes and certified mozzarella di bufala. It isn't hard to believe that pizza was most probably invented here!
Also, notice how the ingredients and colors of this pizza reminds you of the Italian flag? This is not a coincidence! The legend says that Pizza Margherita was created here in 1889 by Pizzeria Brandi in via Chiaia and dedicated to Margherita di Savoia, Queen of Italy.
Naples' city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and dates back to 470 B.C.
The place is full of beautiful ancient monuments and art pieces, like the "Veiled Christ", and of the most precious artifacts from Pompeii and Herculanum, found in the Naples National Archaeological Museum. The museum also features a section with historical coins and a secret room dedicated to both cities’ famous erotic art. And just to mention it, what about the fact that there is a volcano - Mount Vesuvius - watching over you the whole time?
Not everybody knows this, but the Neapolitan city was equipped with a well-studied defense system made up of a serious of fortresses, or castles.
Of these amazing defense mechanisms, we can still see the remaining seven buildings: Capuano Castle, Castel dell’Ovo, Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Castel Sant’Elmo, Castello del Carmine, Castello di Nisida and Forte di Vigliena. Each of the buildings are strategically placed to defend the important Gulf of Naples.
The most common stone that makes up the subsoil of Naples is tuff, which is a friable volcanic stone that's easy to dig up and resistant enough to create self-supporting tunnels. Hence, Naples hosts a huge network of tunnels, galleries, aqueducts, and spaces. They were used throughout the history of the city since several centuries before Christ until a few years after the end of the Second World War. And a big part of this tunnels they can be visited today!
The cavities were made for various purposes, depending on the places and historical periods.
Geographically, Naples is placed between Italy's two most famous tourist destinations, so it only makes sense to stop by Naples, even for just one night. Spending a day - or more - wondering through its narrow lanes, beautiful lively and crowded streets, churches and museums is well-worth the trip!
These are only 5 good reasons to visit Naples, of the many! To explore the best of the city, there is nothing better than asking in-person local assistance from Prontopia to outline the best itinerary for you!
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