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About Naples: facts

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In Naples…

  • There are 4 funiculars: the central funicular, Chiaia funicular, Montesanto funicular, Mergellina funicular.
    Naples’ central funicular is one of the most popular means of transport. It is also the most recent funicular: it was inaugurated in 1928.

 

  • Catacombs date back to the 3rd century
    There are several catacombs in Naples that you can visit. The catacombs of San Gennaro, those of San Severo, and the catacombs of San Gaudioso. The most famous are the catacombs of San Gennaro, dating back to the 3rd century and containing more than 2000 sepulchers.

 

Naples is…

  • The third-largest city in Italy
    Naples has a total area of 119 km². It is the third-largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan.

 

  • The ‘new’ city
    What does Naples mean? The name Naples means a new city. In fact, Naples derives from the ancient Greek Νεάπολις or Neapolis. Naples was founded 2,500 years ago in the 6th century BC. The history of Naples begins around the 6th century BC when the Greeks arrived in Italy and founded a new city called Parthenope. This is why even today the inhabitants of Naples call themselves Neapolitans.

 

  • The city of starred restaurants
    Naples is the Italian city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants. There are 24 (Rome is second with 23).

 

  • The city of 7 castles
    Naples was once also known as the city of seven castles. Some of these can be visited. The seven castles are Castel dell’ovo, Castel Nuovo (also known as Maschio Angioino), Castel Capuano, Castel Sant’Elmo, Forte di Vigliena, Castello del Carmine, Castello di Nisida.
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