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Gritty Italian City Fascinates

In Naples, a sense of the old country prevails in its historic center. Visit the city's churches, palaces, castles and museums, which house some of the Europe's most important archaeology and art. Finally, be sure to eat. The city boasts divine pizza, pasta, seafood and coffee.

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Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius

The Gulf of Naples with Mount Vesuvius looming in the background.  960 1280

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Saint Lucia Port

Saint Lucia Port

Boats dock at Santa Lucia port in Naples.  960 1280

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Church of San Domenico Maggiore

Church of San Domenico Maggiore

The Church of San Domenico Maggiore, built between 1283 and 1324, is just one of the 448 historic churches in Naples -- the city has the largest concentration of churches in the world. 960 1280

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Graffiti Train

Graffiti Train

Naples is one of the most continually inhabited cities in the world and is full of historic buildings, but it is also one of the most populous in Italy. Naples may be a little grimier than other European cities, but it can also be breathtakingly beautiful. 960 1280

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Street in Downtown Naples

Street in Downtown Naples

A typical street in a Naples neighborhood.  960 1280

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Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

Naples is perhaps most famous for its pizza -- pizza margherita in particular. The red sauce, sliced mozzarella and basil are said to represent the Italian flag's colors. 960 1280

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Castle Nuovo

Castle Nuovo

One of the main architectural symbols in the city, Castel Nuovo (also called Maschio Angioino) was built in 1282 for Charles I of Anjou, the King of Naples. 960 1280

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Piazza Del Plebiscito

Piazza Del Plebiscito

The statue of Ferdinando IV di Borbone in Piazza del Plebiscito, one of the largest piazzas in Naples.  960 1280

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Castel dell'Ovo

Castel dell'Ovo

The Castel dell'Ovo, built on a peninsula in the Gulf of Naples, is connected to the city by a 330-foot-long causeway. 960 1280

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Immacolatella Fountain

Immacolatella Fountain

The Immacolatella Fountain, built in 1601, was constructed by Pietro Bernini. 960 1280

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Pompeii

Pompeii

The Roman city of Pompeii is just a short train ride from modern Naples. When nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., the city and its inhabitants were buried in ash and pumice, leaving the buildings perfectly preserved for 1700 years. 960 1280

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La Corriecella

La Corriecella

The fisherman's village of La Corricella in Procida, Italy, one of the small islands off the coast of Naples. 960 1280

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Capri

Capri

Visit the island of Capri and spend a day on a beach like this one. The island is just a short ferry ride from Naples, and is famous for the Blue Grotto, a sea cave illuminated by sunlight shining up through the water. 960 1280

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