Italy's third-largest city thrives on the chaos that prevails
amid its busy streets. This is the place where pizza was invented,
and its restaurants continue to serve some of Italy's finest
Sheltered by the Bay of Naples and dominated by the slopes of
Mount Vesuvius, Naples is imbued with the best of nature's bounty.
The city is somewhat schizophrenic in its juxtaposition of superb
museums, Renaissance and Baroque churches alongside crumbling
tenement blocks and squalor. Noisy markets sell a collection of
items, from high-quality fresh produce to fake designer goods.
Roads are characteristically hectic with gung-ho moped drivers
weaving wildly through the streets and frustrating traffic jams
clogging the city's arteries. Despite these less refined elements,
Naples is a fascinating destination and a great base from which to
explore the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The city's transport hub is located around the immense Piazza
Garibaldi, on the east side of Naples. The area's growing African
population has imbued the streets with the flavours of its
immigrants. Southwest from here is the Piazza Bovio, and branching
to the left of it, the Piazza Municipio and nearby Piazza del
Plebiscito. On the watery edges are the Molo Beverollo and the
Stazione Marittima, the point of departure for ferries. From the
reaches of Spaccanapoli one can explore the historic part of Naples
with its numerous palaces and churches.