When you go to a city it is interesting discover in advantage facts and curiosities as well as the places where you want to go and the monuments and landscapes that you look forward to seeing. Here are some captivating facts about Naples and its very long-term relationship with arts.
– Naples, city of poets
Not everyone knows this truth about Naples: in the city lived two of the most important great poets of all times, Virgilio (i.e. Virgil) and Giacomo Leopardi. At Materdei it is possible to see a plate that indicates where the home of Leopardi was and at the Vergiliano park in Piedigrotta it is possible to visit both the tomb of Leopardi and the one of Virgil. The Virgil one is in a small cave. You can go to the park by metro or by funicular, taking as a reference theMergellina stop.
Even today poetry is important in Naples, especially those poems in Neapolitan language, a dialect that is UNESCO World Heritage.
– Naples, city of music
An important historical fact about Naples is its importance from a musical point of view. For what concerns classical music, in the seventeenth century Naples was the homeland of opera buffa thanks to composers such as Scarlatti, Pergolesi, Jommelli and Cimarosa.
In Naples there is also one of the most important theaters, the Royal San Carlo Theatre, which was directed by Gioacchino Rossini.
For what concerns the Neapolitan song, at the end of ‘800 unforgettable songs were composed about Naples. An example is ‘O sole mio. Plus, Enrico Caruso, one of the most famous tenors of the 20th century, was born in Naples.
– Naples, city of acting
Besides the musical tradition, the theatrical one is too important.In Naples were born great theatrical masters and authors such as De Filippo and Viviani. Plus, in Naples was born one of the most famous theatrical and cinema actors, Antonio De Curtis, also and probably better known asTotò. In addition to having shot a hundred films, he also experimented with other arts particularly felt as important in the city, writing songs – like the famous Malafemmena – and poems.