Naples is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world.
Bronze Age Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC.
The city was refounded as Neápolis in the sixth century BC and became a lynchpin of Magna Graecia, playing a key role in the merging of Greek culture into Roman society and eventually becoming a cultural center of the Roman Republic.
Naples remained influential after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, serving as the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples between 1282 and 1816.
Naples became the capital of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861. During the Neapolitan War of 1815, Naples strongly promoted Italian unification.
Naples was the most-bombed Italian city during World War II.
As the train neared Napoli, the sights became more beautiful…
We had booked a room at the Hotel Mecure while we were in route…
….we never expected these views……..
…my goodness a Castle with excavation in progress with much older sites…..and that with just from the bathroom balcony!!!
As the sun began to set we looked down and saw this marvelous restaurant ….
Off we went to find some of the most delightful food…Mussels, Squid, Octopus….
followed by the most marvelous pizza…
In the morning we found breakfast on the hotel roof…..
……we dined looking out at this marvelous view…
Layer upon layer of history…….
It was a short visit to Napoli this time around, but she continued to delight and inspire us.
- A young Naples (ilmezzogiornodotcom.wordpress.com)
- Getting to know the south (ilmezzogiornodotcom.wordpress.com)
Happy that you enjoyed Naples!! Never a bad choice 😉
Simply wonderful! Thanks for the tour!
Sent from my iPhone Lily Wright
Thank you dearest Lily!
Dropping back by to take another look at the pizza! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I spotted it yesterday. As always, your shots are gorgeous, Tin Man. I especially love the photograph of the castle. Talk about a room with a view! I just noticed the little meal on the breakfast table. What did they serve? T.
The Pizza was incredible, Theadora! The breakfast had all the most marvelous breads and pastries along with those incredible Italian meats and cheese and Truffle Eggs……oh swoon!
A room with a view indeed! And I want my coffee on the roof. You travel in style, Tin Man!
Oh, Jo Nell the roof was divine! We had it all to ourselves!!! We had breakfast for hours!!!
I have pizza envy! Thank you for all your inspirational travel journals, I’ve now added Naples to my ever increasing ‘To Visit’ list!
The pizza was the most marvelous ever! Napoli is the city of charm and culinary delights.
“In Napoli beside the sea. It happened on a night like this. In Napoli – our hearts were free.” Look down again Tinnny, Across the street, just where a bit of the old cobble stones still can be seen. There, beside that rather scruffy palm tree.That’s me swaying and singing the praises of Napoli, nose pressed against the cafe window. And oh the gorgeous yeasty garlicky fragrance of the pizza. Oh, oh the feast of sea food!!! I followed you two intrepid travelers by the castle, past the row of shiny Vespas, up and down the streets until my ruby slippers begged for a glass of Prosecco. Cia darling. XXO) V.
I knew it was you! I told Augustine that the corner of my eye caught the sparkle of your slippers! Alas, you melodic voice was carried in the night breeze……….you enchantress you are always with us!
Great photos, looks like an incredible place.
a beautiful city – brings back memories!! “See Naples and Die!!”