PROVINCIAL CAPITALS: Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Salerno
OTHER INTERESTING PLACES: Campi Flegrei, Pozzuoli, Baia&Cuma, Capri&Ischia, Procida, Ercolano, Pompei, Mt. Vesuvius, Sorrento, the Amalfi coast, Postano,Paestum
The landscape is varied, especially around the gulf of Naples and the gulf of Salerno:the alternatine of plain, hill and mountain, jagged coastline, a flourishing vegetation, luminous sea and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida create views and settings that are always equal to thei celebrated reputation.
PLACES TO SEE:
Naples:the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and its Secret Room (Gabinetto Segreto) recently opened to the public;Castel Nuovo; Teatro San Carlo; the Palazzo Reale;Castel dell’Uovo:the Vomero;Castel Sant’Elmo;Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte;the Catacombs of San Gennaro;the Maschio Angioino.
Pozzuoli:the Temple of Serapis;the Anfiteatro Flavio;the Solfatara crater.
Baia and Cuma:the Museo Archeologico dei Camoi Flegrei;the Antro della Sibilla Cumana(Cave of the Cumaean Sybil);the Acropoli; the Lago d’Averno(lake Averno).
Capri:the Grotta Azzurra;the Salto di Tiberio (Tyberius’leap);the Arco Naturale;Villa San Michele.
Ercolano and Pompei ruins:these ancient cities were completely submerged by a river of volcanic mud(Ercolano)and lapilli ashes(Pompei)in the AD 79 eruption of Mt.Vesuvius.
Paestum:the ruins of ancient Greek temples.
Caserta:the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace).
In Naples you can taste the real perfect pizza with mozzarella di bufala and pomodoro(tomato sauce). A typical dessert is the sfogliatella:layers of flaky pastry with ricotta filling. And donìt miss limoncello,a bright-yellow sweethish lemon liqueur with a hidden kick.
FOLKLORISTIC NEWS AND TRADITIONAL FESTIVITIES:
Stories tell how sirens lured sailors to their deaths off Sorrento;how islands in the Gulf of Naples were the domain of mermaids;how Lago d’Averno was believed to be the entrance to the underworld. Naples’main festivals honour San Gennaro. On the first sunday in May ,on 19th September and on 16th December each year thousands gather in the Cathedral to pray tht the Saint’s blood held in two phials will liquefy.
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