Naples is much more than “‘o paese do’ sole”, there is the proud tra­di­tion of pizza mak­ing, de­li­cious pas­try, cho­co­late art, coffee rit­u­als and freshly squeezed or­ange and lemon juice. Ev­ery­thing with a sec­u­lar tra­di­tion.

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It’s no won­der that many wrin­kle their noses, when they hear the name Naples. For the poor South­ern Ital­ian cap­i­tal has cer­tainly not been known for any­thing pos­i­tive in re­cent years. Images of waste piled up in the streets have been go­ing round the world for sev­eral years. But that’s not all: Italy’s big­gest book suc­cess in re­cent years, the jour­nal­ist Roberto Sa­viano’s “Go­morra”, was trans­lated into 45 lan­guages, in­clud­ing Dutch. In Sa­viano’s very ef­fec­tive lan­guage, he de­scribes the out­skirts of Naples, torn apart by crime, where the lo­cal Camorra clans fight each other in what seems to be un­stop­pable car­nage. Naples, how­ever, is much more than waste prob­lems and Camorra killings, for with its more than 2,500 years of his­tory, Naples is one of the Ital­ian cities with the most im­pres­sive abun­dance of cul­ture, hand­i­crafts, folk­loris­tic and re­li­gious tra­di­tions, nat­u­ral beauty and mon­u­men­tal ar­chi­tec­ture.

In fact, Naples is not just a city. Naples is also – and per­haps most of all – a state of mind, one large the­ater scene where the vis­i­tor im­plic­itly agrees to be ex­posed to con­stant “sen­sory bom­bard­ment”, which in­volves eyes, ears and nose.

And of course, also, your palate be­cause here at the foot of Mount Ve­su­vius, you’ll be able to find a num­ber of his­toric gas­tro­nomic shops which con­tinue to fly the city’s culi­nary flag high. So, in the search for Naples’ gas­tro­nomic roots, All About Italy has gone for a his­toric-gas­tro­nomic walk in the city cen­tre and presents here an “at­mos­phere re­port” from some of Naples’ old­est and most fa­mous gas­tro­nomic places, which will cer­tainly bring a smile to the lips of gas­tro­nomic con­nois­seurs.

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