Escorted Rail Tours to Naples
Overlooked by Mount Vesuvius
Naples is the third largest city in Italy, with a population of approximately one
million. Located in the glorious Bay of Naples, the city is
overlooked by Mount Vesuvius, the volcano famous for burying
Pompeii. The city was founded 3,000 years ago by Greek merchants
and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the
Naples has had a variety of different names and roles throughout
its long history. It was capital of the Kingdom of Naples from 1282
to 1816. It then spent the next 45 years as the capital of the
Kingdom of Two Sicilies - a union between Sicily and the Kingdom of
Naples. Finally, it became part of a unified Italy in 1861.
The historic centre of Naples boasts splendid palaces,
castles and churches, as well as the magnificent Duomo. There is
also an unusual underground city. The centre of Naples has been
awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
An ancient city
The National Archaeological Museum in Naples is one of the
most important archaeological museums in the world. Among its
collections are bronzes, sculptures and many other objects from the
Bourbon collection, from Pompeii and from Ercolano.