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Shine and glory of the past, on a rainy day...
Sawn on the Via Tribunali.

Extract from Naples-history
“Naples is the main city in the south of Italy, the capital of its home region of Campania, and the third biggest town in Italy. It’s an overcrowded and sprawling metropolis holding around a million souls, with a further two million Neopolitans populating the suburbs. It’s a major seaport, with shipyards, and thriving industries including iron and steel, petroleum, and porcelain … Naples combines great riches with some grinding poverty.

Yet the bald statistics don’t start to describe this extraordinary, chaotic, exciting and resolutely southern city - Naples isn’t like the rest of Italy.

Of course Italy is a country of regions, of former city states and fierce local loyalties and rivalries. Modern Italy broadly divides itself into north and south (the Mezzogiorno) with Naples sitting proudly as the Mezzogiorno’s capital. Staunchly Catholic, Naples is rich in historical, artistic and cultural traditions and with its own distinct cuisine. The pizza originated here and is eaten, like so many other delicious local foods, out on the street.
In fact the street is where Naples happens. Life is lived here in all its chaotic glory. It’s bustling, noisy and rather dirty; there is sometimes shocking poverty on display, and it pays to keep your wallet in an inside pocket. Cars and scooters weave frantically around each other and the baffling road system - we’d suggest you leave the car at home and walk. Meanwhile, Neapolitan is a language in its own right and you’ll hear the harsh dialect bellowed at volume. And this adds up to? One of the most exciting places you’ll ever visit. It also has some beautiful architecture, a thriving port area, and frequent ferries out to the lovely islands of Capri and Ischia; and the ancient world lies just out of town in the shape of Pompeii, Herculaneum and their ruins.”

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