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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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Famous Walking by the sea

Walking by the sea Editors' Note

Lungomare was once a quiet little fishing village, but today it is one of the city’s liveliest districts, preferred for its scenic views of the Sorrento coast and the Vesuvius. Lungomare also boasts a number of luxury hotels, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Every morning the fishing boats in Lungomare are transformed into small floating markets selling freshly landed fish. Don’t miss the Sirena fountain where, as the legend says, siren Partenope is buried, and her tomb marks the site on which Naples was founded.

Via Partenope, Naples, 80121 Naples