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Naples, the capital of Campagnia, is the largest city in South Italy, and is often considered one of the
most beautiful. It was founded by the Greeks circa 500 B.C. And is located on the Golf of Naples, in
a volcanic area comprising the famous Mount Vesuvius.
One can appreciate the « lungomare », where the Castel dell'Ovo fortress stands since the 12th century, and now displays temporary exhibitions.
With the impressive volcano to one side of the city, and the pittoresque islands of Capri, Ischia and
Procida on the other, Naples offers plenty to keep any sightseer happy.
Wander for hours in the cobbled streets of the old town centre to discover churches and palaces, convents, and simply enchanting little street-corners.
Museums are also well worth the trip, and you will find the famous Capodimonte museum.
If you have time left, you should definitely take a tour of the Catacombs and the city's undergrounds, and don't forget to go through the Piazza del Plebiscito, which is build around four major monuments: the Royal Palace, in front of the San Francesco di Paola Basilica, the Prefettura and
finally the Palazzo di Salerno.
In central Naples, the official tourist information centres stand on the Piazza dei Martriri, the Piazza
dei Gesu Nuovo and the Via San Carlo, while further tourism outlets are based at the Mergellina and
Stazione Central train stations. These branches all stock the excellent 'Qui Napoli' brochure, which
comes with a good map and an English guide to the principal sights.
Naples is also a good base for day trips, either to the neighbouring islands or to some of the most interesting Roman sites, like Pompeii and Herculanum, submerged under the erruption of the Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.
You can easily find many restaurants, cafés and bars in Naples, and lots of them afford great views of the city and bayfront. Hotels in Naples vary greatly, with some of the most affordable choices being based around the Piazza Garibaldi and the Mercato quarter. Especially central is the Centro Storico, where accommodation is plentiful and within walking distance of many attractions.