Naples topics of interest and background information to help you learn more about it

Why visit Naples? (Photo )

"Un gran cassino" is the Italian term for a great big teeming noisy mess. It also describes Naples perfectly, a seething cauldron of humanity showcasing the quicksilver Southern Italian character at its warm, friendly best and its temperamental, bureaucratic worst.

The nave

Free things to see and do in Naples

Presepio figurines in a shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno

Classic sights and experiences that just scream "You're in Naples now!"

The main room

My favorite things to see and do—and places to sleep and eat—in Naples

Pizza DOC—with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala

What do do in Naples that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more


A guide to the best dishes, food specialties, and wines of Italy's Campania region

Pizza DOC—with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala

The best pizzerias in Naples, the history of pizza, and more pizza, pizza, pizza


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Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent van Gogh, in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Art and architecture in Italy


From ancient Romans, Greeks, and Etruscans to the Renaissance to World War II, a brief primer on Italian history


The mysteries of the metric system


Famous people throughout Italian history