'See Naples and die' – so said Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his Italian Journey, commenting that ‘once one has seen Naples, one can die peacefully, since nothing else can match its beauty’. It’s a sentiment many who visit the Campanian capital share, such is the city’s ancient beauty and intoxicating pace of life.
Naples is the energy, vigour and ‘la dolce vita’ of Italy writ large. Here, Roman-age passageways are hung with the laundry of the locals, as scooters zip to and fro through the labyrinth, negotiating walls and monuments which have stood for centuries. It’s a place of colour, authenticity and, of course, pizza – a dish fiercely beloved by locals, and viewed as a rite of passage for all who visit.
If you’re keen to experience another side to Italy than that afforded by the cities of the north, Naples is the place for you.