Our travel goes on to discover the beauties spread all over Italy.
Today is the day for one of the most loved Italian cities for what regards food. Yes guys, we are speaking about the amazing city of Naples, the city of Mount Vesuvius – the characteristic Volcano which arises on one Naples’ side – the city of Spanish Quarters which have become more than a symbol, one of the most active cultural cities of Italy and, of course, the city of Pizza. But, before dedicating a long and important paragraph to Pizza, let’s go together to Naples, visiting the most interesting Quarters and streets, its characteristic foreshortening and its culture.
It’s absolutely not easy to summarize the history of one of the greatest Italian cities, a history which makes Naples an important European historical and cultural center.
Founded in the 8th century BC., thanks to the Greek influence Naples became a significant trade route. The impact was terrific and Naples became rapidly a considerable cultural center. Today, it’s considered the motherland for figurative arts, classical music and Opera, worldwide.
Moreover, a center of the naturalistic philosophy of the Renaissance and the illumination at the European level, in Naples arose original architectural and pictorial movements, such as the Renaissance, Baroque, and the Neapolitan Liberty.
If you speak about Naples, how not to mention Vesuvius. Become a symbol of the city, this is one of the two Vulcans active in Europe and one of the most studied and dangerous in the world, as the adjacent area is very populated.
Talking about Vesuvius, it’s impossible not to mention Pompeii and Herculaneum. These two cities, once shining, were completely destroyed by the eruption (especially by the ash rain) of the Volcano in 79 BC.
Today, only the remains remain, becoming an archaeological site of global importance. Every year, in fact, millions of tourists from all over the world visit Pompeii and Herculaneum to admire their perfectly preserved remains.
A song by a well-known Neapolitan artist, Pino Daniele, was titled “Napul’è” (Naples is).
It’s not so easy to explain what are the sensations you can feel walking around the city;
Every neighborhood is beautiful and you can easily pass by admiring different styles in a few meters. From the exquisite beauty of Baroque and Art Nouveau, you quickly move to the Spanish quarters, a very poor but at the same time extremely characteristic district of the city.
Here, between the washing lines and the typical aromas of the Neapolitan tradition, it’s possible to savour the true identity of a unique city of its kind.
Regarding Naples, it’s impossible not to talk about one of the symbols of Italy in the world. Although the Neapolitan cuisine represents a world-wide excellence rich in unique delicacies – just think of the Mozzarella di Bufala, originally from the neighbouring areas, of the Pastiera, a traditional dessert made from Ricotta Cheese, Sugar and Eggs, or Babà, sweet made with Rhum, Flour and Sugar and served with Custard, and “Pasta Alla Puttanesca”, a kind of pasta, typically Spaghetti, topped with a Tomato-based sauce made from Black Olives, Garlic, Capers and Oregano – it’s impossible not to spend abounding words in favor of Pizza.
Born centuries ago, and of course of popular tradition, as simple food to make and very cheap, Pizza that originally was only “Marinara”, which in Italian means “of the sea”, as eaten by fishermen who came back from long days at sea, it became famous especially thanks to the chef Raffaele Esposito, who cooked for King “Umberto I” and Queen “Margherita di Savoia”. Just the Queen, fell in love with a pizza made with Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce and Basil that recalled the colours of the Italian flag Green, White and Red, and which in her name was called “Margherita”! (you didn’t know it eh?! )
From that point, Pizza became a true symbol of Naples first, and Italy as a whole then, all over the world. Today, in any part of the globe, in fact, you can find at least one restaurant called “Pizzeria”.
But if you want to taste the real Neapolitan pizza, our advice can only be to go “Da Michele”. This is undoubtedly one of the most famous Neapolitan restaurants to go to eat Pizza. This restaurant in which only two kinds of Pizzas are made, “Margherita” and “Marinara”, perfectly respects the tradition and the tastes of the most original recipe…
We assure you, even if the queue for waiting will be very long, the Pizza is huge and, of course, extremely tasty, probably the best Pizza you can have in your life!!! 🙂