The City of Naples was founded as Neapolis by the Greeks in 470BC. Amazingly the city has retained the imprints of its successive dwellers and their cultures. Its urban fabric is reminiscent of Europe and Mediterranean basin peoples. Its cultural heritage is best illustrated by the Church of Santa Chiara and the Castel Nuovo.
Naples is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its urban fabric has been able to preserve its long history. The street patters, ancient buildings and the setting of the city in the Bay of Naples have credited this city with unrivaled universal value.
Naples urban landscape is representative of 25 centuries of growth. Although little survives of the original Greek town, excavations that have been done in the town since the WWII have revealed a very rich culture. There are 3 sections on the original town walls that are visible in the northwest of the city of Naples. From the Roman times, there are substantial remains that include theaters, cemeteries, and catacombs.
On the city’s periphery you are going to find suburbs that have developed over the years. Both inside and outside the walls the city is divided according to nationality, trade, and social grade. The city’s port also grew in importance to meet the requirements of the 17th and 18th centuries.
After the unification of 1860, a lot of rehabilitation and planning was done in Naples. Some neighborhoods that had become slums were cleared and in their stead came up new buildings. New, better roads were constructed and better street patterns were adopted.
Today, the city is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Italy. It is an all-round destination with great hotels and restaurants, beautiful sandy beaches, historical buildings, Mediterranean cruising companies and all the facilities that a tourist would want. Enjoy your holiday.