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The most Italian of cities

Conjure up any image of Italy, and you can find it in Naples, arguably the most Italian of cities. Pizza, sunshine, scooters, football, and some of the world’s greatest art, all in the shadow of Vesuvius, mainland Europe’s only active volcano. Settled by the Greeks around 470 BC, the city has had an often troubled past, and the present is not without its troubles either – however, the infamous rubbish problems have been resolved, crime figures are down, and tourism is on the up.

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Locals' Pick Naples’ ancient streets

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Antonella Frezzetti

Specialized Archaeologist

A walk back in time. This is where you’ll discover the origins and soul of the city.

Naples’ ancient streets Editors' Note

A display of narrow streets, Spaccanapoli was planned in ancient times, and it includes Via Benedetto Croce, Via San Biagio dei Librai and Via Vicaria Vecchia. Spaccanapoli is right in the heart of Centro Storico, essentially splitting the city in two - hence the name, which means “split Napoli.”

Spaccanapoli boasts a number of important attractions, like the church of Gesù Nuovo, and the church of Santa Chiara. Shopping in the area is very rewarding too: a number of small shops, featuring everything from souvenirs to designer fashion.

Spaccanapoli, Naples, 80138 Naples