Naples (Napoli) is the regional capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan.
First settled by Greeks in the second millennium BC, Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world. The city was an important part of Magna Graecia (Greater Greece), played a major role in the merging of Greek and Roman society and a significant cultural centre under the Romans. It served as the capital of the Duchy of Naples (661–1139), then of the Kingdom of Naples (1282–1816) and finally of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861.
Between 1925 and 1936, Naples was expanded and upgraded by Benito Mussolini’s government but subsequently sustained severe damage from Allied bombing during World War II. Naples is the third-largest urban economy in Italy, after Milan and Rome. Naples’ historic city centre is the largest in Europe with a wide range of culturally and historically significant sites nearby, including the Palace of Caserta and the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Below are some photos made during a visit to city center of Naples. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.