The art city
Naples is a city that has grown in the last two millenniums thanks to the welcome
given to foreigners and its ability to coexist with diverse cultures. Today the
city, with its wonderful geographical location can be easily reached from every
part of the world.
The great cultural patrimony of Naples is based on a number of different historical
threads, artistic and archeological, though we shouldn’t neglect the modern creativity
that allows Naples to never stop planning, developing, to always have new “arguments”
Naples is also a city by the sea, a city of light and at the same time full of
dark underground passages, a city with a great cultural and artistic identity
which can be seen in its many museums, castles, churches, piazzas, alleys and
archeological remains. Every corner of the city holds works of immense artistic
and historical value. The Museums exhibit collections of works of art and archeological
remains which are among the most important and valuable in the world. But it’s
not just ancient art. Two new sites for Contemporary Art have been established
(the P.A.N. and the M.A.D.R.E.) inside existing beautiful and historic Neapolitan
buildings. This has given the visitor the chance to discover a revitalized city
full of cultural vivacity.
The gastronomic tradition
Welcome to Naples, therefore a magnificent city of art with an extraordinary
architectural and geographic backdrop, the sea so close, the thousand different
colors, the ancient walls and palaces, but also a city with a long gastronomic
tradition, capital of the Mediterranean cuisine which represents an irresistible
attraction. Not just for the true Neapolitan pizza, symbol of the Naples culinary
tradition, but for other extraordinary dishes for all palates as well.
The harbour, the airport, the train station, the motorways and the new high-speed
trains are the all important elements in the infrastructure that on the one hand
has given Naples the role of being a fundamental transport hub for the Mediterranean,
and, on the other, connected the city with the economies and cultures of Northern
Europe and America. Reaching Naples is very easy. But it is even easier getting
about in the city itself. The Public Transport system has three Metro lines and
one in particular, Line 1, is noted for being the Metro line for Art as it has
numerous works of contemporary art within the stations. There are also three funicular
railways that allows visitors to reach in just a few minutes, some of Naples’
most striking and panoramic places to visit on the hills of Vomero and Posillipo.
As well as this, there are of course, buses, trams and taxis that allow the visitor
to easily explore the rest of the city.