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This is the city of Elena Ferrante, the mysterious signature whose novels are at the top of best-selling lists and has brought Italian literature to the international arena. But even before that Naples is the city of Totò, Enrico Caruso and pizza. It is the symbol of passion—good and bad—and Mount Vesuvius towering over it is the symbol of a volcanic power that is always about to be unleashed. If you’re visiting Italy, a trip to Naples is mandatory. Its name comes from the Greek Neapolis, new city. But before this “second foundation” of the fifth century BC, it was the site of the famous Parthenope. Dominated by the Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians, exposed to Islamic influences, a capital city and the home of one of Europe’s most important universities, Naples gradually became enriched with palaces, villas, streets, and churches.
Nevertheless, earthquakes and the consequences of volcanic eruptions have profoundly marked its history and urban layout. Summarizing its vicissitudes is practically impossible, but when you visit Naples you immediately sense the stratification of cultures, particularly that of the Spanish, who gave this city its layout between 1500 and 1700, and the Bourbon rulers, who in the nineteenth century made it the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Read more at The Huffington Post…
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