Naples has a famously scenic setting on the Bay of Naples in the southern region of Campania. The third-largest city in Italy, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited municipalities in the world. Once gritty, chaotic and crime-ridden, it was shunned by a majority of tourists, who chose to head directly to the Amalfi Coast (35 miles to the southeast) and the Isle of Capri. But recently, Naples has undergone a revitalization, as lawmakers have come to grips with some of the city’s persistent problems. Many avenues are now reserved for pedestrians, streets are kept reasonably clean, and crime rates are down. Today, the city is lively and full of character, with bustling cafés and restaurants, plus notable museums and archaeological sites. Naples is also renowned as the birthplace of pizza.

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