Naples is the regional capital of Campania and the third-largest city of Italy, after Rome and Milan, with a population of 967,069 within the city's administrative limits as of 2017. Its province-level municipality is the third-most populous metropolitan city in Italy with a population of 3,115,320 residents, and its metropolitan area (that stretches beyond the boundaries of the Metropolitan City of Naples) is the second-most populous metropolitan area in Italy and the 7th-most populous urban area in the European Union.
First settled by Greeks in the first millennium BC, Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world.
Mount Vesuvius is probably the most famous volcano in the world. School children across the world have read about it in their history textbooks for generations – the volcano that destroyed Pompeii! Usually Vesuvius is discussed in the context of the eruption in 79 AD – a story of history and a natural disaster of the Ancient World. Rarely do we mention that Mount Vesuvius is still active and one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Since Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius, there have been dozens more eruptions. We don’t know the exact number because the historical records of ancient time are incomplete, but the best estimate is about 40 times in the past 2000 years.
In fact, Mount Vesuvius is the only volcano to have erupted in Europe in the past century. In its most dramatic volcanic event of the 20th century, lava flowed over the rim and huge clouds billowed into the air – all of it clearly visible from Naples.
Hiking Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy
It makes you stop for a moment and wonder whether hiking Mount Vesuvius really is a good idea?
Pompeii was an ancient city located in what is now the comune of Pompei near Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area (e.g. at Boscoreale, Stabiae), was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Largely preserved under the ash, the excavated city offered a unique snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried,and an extraordinarily detailed insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants, although much of the evidence was lost in the early excavations. It was a wealthy town, enjoying many fine public buildings and luxurious private houses with lavish decorations, furnishings and works of art which were the main attractions for the early excavators. Organic remains, including wooden objects and human bodies, were entombed in the ash. Over time, they decayed, leaving voids which archaeologists found could be used as moulds to make plaster casts of unique — and often gruesome — figures in their final moments of life. The numerous graffiti carved on the walls and inside rooms provide a wealth of examples of the largely lost Vulgar Latin spoken colloquially at the time, contrasting with the formal language of the classical writers.
Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors annually.
After many excavations prior to 1960 that had uncovered most of the city but left it in decay,further major excavations were banned and instead they were limited to targeted, prioritised areas. In 2018, these led to new discoveries in some previously unexplored areas of the city.
I fell for Procida as soon as I saw the view from the Terra Murata. A tangle of houses painted in pink, yellow, blue and green tumbled towards Marina Corricella, the sun setting behind it and lighting up the sky in a blaze of orange and pink. Small fishing boats were dotted in the water—the fishermen use the lavishly bright buildings to find their way home.
Marina Corricella sunset, Procida islandI wondered how I’d never heard of this gorgeous island. Procida is the smallest island in the Bay of Naples and despite its location just a 40 minute hydrofoil ride from Naples it receives nowhere near as many foreign visitors as the neighbouring islands of Capri and Ischia. Procida seems to want to keep its secret to itself, although it’s popular with napoletani looking for a summer escape from the steaming, chaotic city.
The tiny island is only 4 square kilometres and we walked everywhere—to the black sand beaches that ring the island, almost empty during the week and bustling with families on weekends; and through the winding narrow streets in the centre, the high walls hiding cube shaped houses and lush gardens.
Paintwork is faded and crumbling, doors are ancient and rusted, and the streets are enlivened with pink bougainvillea and tiny white jasmine, their scent accompanying us on our strolls. Lemon groves are squeezed into every available space.
Procida island travel guideProcida island washingProcida island doorThe Terra Murata is the highest point on the island and the oldest village—the fortress walls were built as protection from invaders in the 15th century. We wandered the medieval streets and visited the rather quirky and crumbling church the Abbazia di San Michele which has excellent views from its terrace.
One of the most colorful Island in the world: Procida ❤️
A small island in front of Naples, made famous by the famous film Il Postino.
I wanted to have one of those colorful houses and to be able to wake up every day with the sound of the boats of the fishermen arriving at the port accompanied by seagulls.
What to see on 24 hours?
1) Marina Grande (where you can get there by ferry from Naples).
2) Palazzo d'Avalos and Terra Murata (for an incredible view from above).
3) Marina della Corricella (pictured and absolutely the most suggestive place to stay).
4) the beach of Chiaia (if you decide to have lunch here there are boats that make free shuttle service from the Marina di Coricella).
All absolutely feasible on foot!
And have you ever been to Procida? #awesomepic #couplestrip #italy #Procida
Diana De Lorenzi
Day and night in Napoli ⛵️🏰🌋🏖
Life is a journey 🐬✈️
Missing the trip to Italy the year before last.
The best is yet to come🙏🙏
I love landscapes but I m also passionate about architecture! every time a travel to a city, I always look for beautiful architectures, like this one, Stazione di Toledo in Naples. The station is ranged as one of the prettiest subway in the world.
One of the best sunsets you'll get in the mediterranean is on this Italian islands. Get up on the hill and overlook the hrabour. This place is perfect for a summer holiday.
Italy is more than just Rome. On the outskirts of Rome on the way to visit the Catacombs we saw pleasant fields with grazing sheep. Not your usual idea of Italy. But now a favorite memory. #givethanks