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ITALY : NAPLES

The city of Naples is situated in the region of Campania in Southern Italy, about 2-hours south of Rome. It sits on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, and its harbour is  the most important port in Southern Italy. ). It is located just halfway between the Vesuvius volcano and a separate volcanic area, the Campi Flegrei, all part of the Campanian volcanic arc. Naples is the main city in the south of Italy, the capital of its home region of Campania, and the third biggest town in Italy. It's an overcrowded and sprawling metropolis holding around a million souls, with a further two million Neopolitans populating the suburbs. The seaport has large shipyards and thriving industries including iron and steel, petroleum, and porcelain. 

La Villa Comunale (formerly a royal park) has been refurbished and stretches along the seafront in the smarter western end of the city. It contains an aquarium which is possibly Europe's oldest and is favoured by the locals for family walks on Sunday mornings.  

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli contains a large collection of Roman artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as the Farnese Marbles, some of the greatest surviving Roman statues, an amazing numismatical collection; The Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte contains art collections including works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and Caravaggio. Naples is the home of the Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest active opera house in Europe, which opened its doors on November 4, 1737. 

Naples is a major airport hub, and has three train stations, along with an extensive bus and ferry system. A "Giranapoli" ticket lets you use the bus, subway system, tram, and funicular for an unlimited time in the period you purchase.


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