Naples, Italy.

Church of San Francesco di Paola. Naples. Campania. Italy.

Laying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and rising like a mythical siren from its half-moon bay, Naples, is Italy’s third largest city and arguably its most bewitching.

Capital of the southern Italian region of Campania, Naples was founded by ancient Greek colonists between the Seventh and Sixth Centuries BC and for most of its history, since then, it’s been the desire of many conquerors and admirers and the city is filled with magnificent indelible legacies of its past.

For a period, Naples was Europe’s largest city, a capital of glamour that attracted kings, aristocrats, intellectuals and artists. Travellers on the famous grand tour acclaimed Naples to be the most glorious capital of the west.

When the 18th century famous writer and poet Goethe visited Naples, he declared it a paradise. The site of the bay, the islands and volcano the castles and villas inspired him to famously declare that ‘anyone can be forgiven for losing his mind in Naples’.

The central neighbourhoods of Naples are like an open-air museum where every element of life has been elevated to an art form. Streets are lined with authentic pizzerias, formidable fortresses, magnificent Baroque churches, grand royal palaces, lively piazzas and colourful outdoor markets.

Narrow dusty cobblestone alleys branch off the bustling streets and are replete with laundry fluttering above between houses. Whilst below, barking dogs hastily avoid being run-over by zooming scooters piled with two or three helmetless passengers. The Historic Centre of Naples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The complete image gallery of Naples can be viewed via this link – Naples Italy.

All Images, Text and Content are Copyright Steven Sklifas.

Author: Steven Sklifas

Freelance Writer and Photographer

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