Naples is a city of contrasts. It’s known all over the world. Someone admires it, someone is controversial. But it definitely cannot leave anyone indifferent.
Naples is located in the south of Italy and it is one of the biggest and most attractive Italian cities. It was founded in the VIII century B.C. and since then a number of important historical events are associated with this city.
Today we would like to talk about some interesting facts about Naples which can be a good spot to start your trip planning when heading to Naples for the first time.
The real Pizza Margherita
First of all you should know that pizza was born exactly in Naples!
The first pizza was cooked by the skilful Neapolitan chefs in the far VIII century B.C. Margherita of Savoy, the wife of the Italian king Umberto I, tried it and just loved the taste. That’s how the famous Pizza Margherita got its name. Nowadays a pizza festival is organized every year in Naples.
Vesuvius: the destructive beauty of Naples
In 12 km from Naples the Mount Vesuvius is located. Nowadays Vesuvius is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and the only active volcano in the continental Europe. In the 79th Vesuvius erupted burying alive the city Pompeii and all its inhabitants. In the 1944th another eruption has wiped from the map other two towns, Massa di Somma and San Sebastiano al Vesuvio. The volcano is still active, even if in the last decades it hasn’t demonstrated any destructive activities. Nevertheless every day its beauty attracts tourists from all over the world and it definitely worth seeing: the breathtaking views on the old town of Pompeii and the Mediterranean sea are just priceless!
The Southern Italian Alma Mater
The University of Naples is one of the oldest Universities in the world. It was founded in the 1224 at the order of Frederick II. It’s curious that it was the first case in the Italian history when a University was founded without the Pope’s authorization.
Which else are the places to see and the things to try in Naples? There are a lot: from a football game to numerous churches, from the typical flaky pastry to the delicious spaghetti with clams. See for yourself!