Naples is the largest town in southern Italy, capital of the region of Campania.
The city has a population of about 1 million, and together with its suburbs the metropolitan area has 3 million inhabitants (Neapolitans).
It is located between the beautiful Bay of Naples and the Vesuvius volcano.
It is rich in historical, artistic and cultural traditions and gastronomy.
Naples and the surrounding areas have their own language known as napulitano.
Naples' history traces back to ancient grecian times, around the eighth century B.C., when it was named Neapolis (from Greek, meaning New City).
Its buildings, museums and even the language spoken by natives bear traces of all periods of its history, from its Greek birth, until the present days.
During its long history the city was ruled by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Sicilians and Austrians, just to name a few.
Many Neapolitan songs are also famous outside of Italy, as for example "'O Sole Mio", "Santa Lucia" and "Torna a Surriento".
Naples has an important port that connects it, for example, to Cagliari, Genoa, Palermo, nearby islands and Sorrento, and a fast rail connections to Rome and the south.
It is famous for the light railway Circumvesuviana.
The mafia-like organised crime rooted in Naples is named camorra.
Neapolitans claim that the "real Pizza" is available only in their town.
They also claim that the best coffee in the world is made in their town thanks to special kind of Neapolitan air and water.
The city is huge, dirty and crime ridden, but also beautiful and too good to miss.
During 1978, Sarolta, my daughter and I had a fairly extensive look around in Italy, many of it's cities, architectural, monumental, artistic and natural treasures.
We did enjoy our tripping around.
In 2004 Hui Chin and I visited Naples, while we were touring around Italy and some of the popular Italian islands.
A "low-life" in Naples we run across, during our visit, who cheated us, - well me - out of hundred Euros (100 Euro for a small sack of potatoes, and a truck load of bu....it).
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