|Postcard from Roberto Iacono - Italy|
Come stai? (how are you in Italy), so this beautiful postcard I got from my handsome friend, Roberto Iacono. this postcard had a long journey, probably about 3 months. hm... I dont know why..
so lets talk about Naples (italian: Napoli). Naples is the capital of the Campania region in Italy. The city is the third most populated municipality (city proper) of Italy, but the second metropolitan area, after Milan. It was founded between the 7th and 6th centuries BC by the Greeks and was named Neapolis, which means new city.
The historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO WHC denomination. It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city. Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples (but also Mount Vesuvius, the music, etc) is arguably one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.
In Naples, some may find the actual conditions of many buildings and streets, and the rampant graffitti, off-putting. others clain this is "the immense character and culture of Napoli.... and even the dirt and grime has its own flavor .... a Neapolitan recipe for reality and great fun!"
anyway, the picture from the card, is Aragonese Castle (Castello Aragonese). Castello Aragonese is a medieval castle located in Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. The castle which stands on a volcanic rock, is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia, built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC. In 1441, Alfonso V of Aragon built a stone bridge which connected the rock to the island. and fortified the walls in order to defend the inhabitants from the raids of pirates. It has been occupied since ancient times by a various nations.
And..... Lets talk about food!
Pizza, one of Italy's most famous foods, originated in Naples and Pizza is taken very seriously here. You'll find lots of great pizza places but be sure you look for one with a wood-burning oven! Eggplant Parmesan originated in Naples and Spaghetti also became popular in Naples, try it with clams or mussels. Seafood is abundant and very good in Naples.
In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita.
you can learn more about Italy here :)
Have a nice day!