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VISIT NAPLES AND IT WILL BE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Founded with the name of Parthenope, after a mythical siren, Naples rises from the waters of the gulf of the same name, cradled by Vesuvius. The Castel dell’Ovo stands out against a background that seems frozen in time in postcards the world over. From here you can enjoy a romantic panorama and the enticing smell of the sea. Meanwhile, not far from the port, you can visit the Castel Nuovo, better known as the Maschio Angioino, the theatrical Piazza del Plebiscito, the monumental Galleria Umberto I and the stately Teatro San Carlo, next to the Palazzo Reale.
NAPL STATE OF MIND
It is not by chance that John Turturro called his documentary on Naples and its music Passione: this is certainly something that the Neapolitan people know a lot about! It is impossible to wander through the narrow streets of the historic city center without hearing a lady singing from her balcony while she hangs out her washing in the sun, small boys shouting out the Italian football team's anthem while they play football in the street, or the street traders or shopkeepers offering their customers products of every kind to the sound of music. You will also notice that true love on the face of lovers, embracing or kissing on the seafront as if the blue of their sea could never fade. And, while on the subject of music, if you see the words "Napl state of mind" as you travel around, you should know that this refers to the revival of young artists: from the young Rocco Hunt from Salerno to the Neapolitan Clementino. In recent times the Campania hip hop and rap have demonstrated young people's desire to re-emerge from the ruins of Pompeii.
GOLD IN THE KITCHEN
If you don't have much time to spend in Naples, your food and wine tour must start in one of the cafeterias near Piazza del Plebiscito: a cup of boiling black coffee, "quickly", as an old tradition has it, is the best way to savor the aromas of this city. And a sfogliatella pastry, still warm, in the "riccia" or "frolla" variety, proves that the local pastry enriches mind and stomach! Following the scent of newly baked bread, sea food caught at dawn, ragù boiling in the pan for whole nights in the houses of the most skillful ladies, you can remain in the Mergellina area or go to Via dei Tribunali where the best, lightest and most patriotic pizza in the world awaits you: the red of the tomatoes that grow on the slopes of Vesuvius, the bright green of fresh basil and the milky white of mozzarella DOP are the ingredients of a dish you will no longer be able to live without.