Visit Naples with a private car with english speaking driver!
Naples was founded by the Greeks around the VIII century B.C., just few kilometers from the older town of Partenope; this ‘new town’ or ‘Neapolis’ has been absorbing the influences of its settlers and invaders ever since.
Romulus Augustulus, the last emperor of the Roman Empire, was imprisoned here after being overthrown in 476. In the VI century Naples was conquered by the Byzantines, and it was one of the last duchies to fall to the all-conquering Normans in 1039, as they founded the Kingdom of Sicily.
In 1266 Naples and the kingdom of Sicily were given by Pope Clement IV to Charles of Anjou, who moved the capital from Palermo to Naples. In 1284 the kingdom was split in two parts, and stayed that way till 1816, when they would form the kingdom of Two Sicilies.
Naples is the main city of Campania Region and of all the south of Italy, and the third biggest town in Italy. It’s an overcrowded and sprawling metropolis holding around a million souls, with a further two million Neapolitans populating the suburbs.
It’s a major seaport, with shipyards, and thriving industries including iron and steel, petroleum, and porcelain.
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Positano was a prosperous port of the Amalfi Republic in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the mid-19th century the town had fallen on hard times and more than half the population emigrated, mostly to the United States of America.
Amalfi is a town and commune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, in Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno, 24 miles southeast of Naples. Today Amalfi is one of the most important touristic places of Italy, and millions of people come there.
Ravello was an important town of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. Places to visit: Villa Rufolo (1270), built by Nicola Rufolo, one of the richest men of Ravello.
Mount Vesuvius is a volcano east of Naples, in Campania Region, in Italy. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years, although it is not currently erupting.
Paestum in an ancient city located in the south Italy, in Campania Region, on the Gulf of Salerno (the ancient Bay of Paestum).
Herculaneum was originally discovered when a well was being dug in the early 18th Century at a depth of 50–60 feet below the modern surface.
The Caserta Royal Palace is a palace and former Royal residence in Caserta, once used by the Kings of Naples. It was the largest palace and probably the largest building erected in Europe in the 18th century.
Founded in the sixth or early fifth century B.C., Pompeii was a Roman colony by 80 B.C. and became a prosperous port and resort with many noted villas, temples, theaters, and baths. Pompeii was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Sorrento is a small city in Campania Region, in Italy, with some 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination.