See Naples and Die

The Phrase ‘See Naples and die’ or in Italian Vedi Napoli e poi Muori was a reference that the city is so beautiful there is nothing to top it and therefore no reason to go on living, as in ‘You’ve seen it all.’ Here are some facts that I have gathered about this beautiful city:

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Naples has a total of 448 historical churches (1000 in total), making it one of the most Catholic cities in the world in terms of the number of places of worship.IMG_6235

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Naples was the most-bombed Italian city during World War II.

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Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Phlegraean Fields around Naples has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The earliest Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC.

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Naples’ historic city centre is the largest in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) and enclosing 27 centuries of history, and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Naples is traditionally credited as the home of pizza. This originated as a meal of the poor, but under Ferdinand IV it became popular among the upper classes: famously, the Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy after her visit to the city.

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Naples is the Italian city with the highest number of accredited stars from the Michelin Guide.

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Naples and its surroundings also gave birth to many of Italian directors and actors such as Sophia Loren, the academy award winner who was born in the Pozzuoli area of Naples.

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Naples hosts what is thought to be the oldest state university in the world, in the form of the University of Naples Federico II, which was founded by Frederick II in 1224.

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