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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.

Napoli - Osservatorio Astronomico di CapodimonteArmando Mancini / CC BY-SA 2.0

Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte

Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte

Famous The Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte

The Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte Editors' Note

Owned and operated by the National Institute for Astrophysics, the Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte was inaugurated in 1819, and as such, is one of the most ancient institutions of Southern Italy.

Among its interesting collections, the Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte features a library, and a historical archive that contains 48,000 papers ranging from the years 1802 to the end of the Second World War.

Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
Salita Moiariello, 16 Napoli, 80131 Naples