Naples (Italian: Napoli) is known for its art, culture, music, gastronomy, architecture and rich history. Naples has played an important role in the existence of the Italian peninsula for more than 2,800 years. Situated on the west coast of Italy by the Gulf of Naples, the city is located halfway between two volcanic areas, Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields. Due to its vast artistic heritage, the historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. Naples is steeped in history and has many beautiful sights, including the Palazzo Reale, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umbero I, Castel Nuovo (fortress protecting the port), the Duomo, Basilica Santa Restituta, Church of San Francesco di Paola, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and much more. Naples offers a wealth of piazzas, palaces, castles, churches, villas, gardens and even caves and structures created by centuries of mining, which is in part of an underground geothermal zone. Also, Naples is the place where pizza first originated and a strong part of Neapolitan culture which has had wide reaching effects is music, including the invention of the romantic guitar and the mandolin as well as strong contributions to opera and folk standards.
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