City profile

Naples  is the capital of Campania and the third-largest city in Italy, after Rome and Milan. Nearly 1 milion people live within the city's administrative limits and the wider Naples urban area has a population of over 3 million.

Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Greek settlements were established in the Gulf of Naples as early as the 9th century BC. Naples' historic city centre is the largest in Europe, covering 4,200 acres), and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The city has experienced significant economic growth in recent decades, and unemployment levels in the city and surrounding Campania have decreased since 1999. However, Naples is still characterized by political and economic corruption and a thriving black market, and unemployment levels remain very high. Night life is hectic and exciting.

Lonely Planet describes Naples well: “Extremes are something Naples does impressively well. Grimy streets hit palm-fringed boulevards, crumbling façades hide baroque ballrooms and cultish shrines flank cutting-edge clubs. One minute you’re in dusty Tangiers, the next you’re thinking of Paris”