How Would You Describe Naples?

Published October 16th, 2020 - 05:01 GMT

By Ewelina Lepionko

Sun rays shine down a narrow street in Naples. Italian Balconies protrude into the street at all levels and wooden shutters stay closed, causing pedestrians to wonder about the mystery and history they conceal.

In some ways, you need to put modern-day Naples aside. The trash, the chaos, the petty crime, even the mafia – yes, it is a large part of what this Italian city is today. But it really doesn’t do Naples the justice it deserves.

The narrow streets of the old town tell tales of Greek settlements, the Roman Empire, and Byzantine reign. 

Known as Napoli in Italian, Naples is the third most well-known city in Italy. It is considered the biggest and most populated in the country.

The city has more than 100 alleys that intertwine from the old town to the outskirts. Throughout the centuries, these alleys have been given the strangest and most unusual names. Each one reflects a piece of the city’s history.

The Vico is the most recognizable symbol of the city. To see the real Napoli just walk down these narrow streets and you will see the hiatus of daily life in the city. For a tourist, its amazing to walk along these historic streets were rainbows of laundry wave in the wind. There are bustling crowds, pungent aromas and shouting merchants offer Fellini-esque slices of life. It´s not so dangerous as you may think as long as you are careful.

Just walking the streets, you’ll find yourself surrounded by incredible buildings that appear to have no special status, they are not tourist sites and don’t even look like they’re regularly maintained.

Walk aimlessly and you’ll probably actually see enough to give you a good impression of how impressive the architecture and history of Naples is.

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Narrow dark street with cobblestones pavement of historical Naples downtown with typical Mediterranean apartment houses with tiny balconies and wooden/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Narrow dark street with cobblestones pavement of historical Naples downtown with typical Mediterranean apartment houses with tiny balconies and wooden/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina

Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina

Balconies in the narrow streets of Naples/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Balconies in the narrow streets of Naples/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Narrow alley with laundry hanging to dry in the old town of Naples/Photo by Ewelina

Narrow alley with laundry hanging to dry in the old town of Naples/Photo by Ewelina

Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina

Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina

Narrow alley with street art in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Narrow alley with street art in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Narrow alley in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

Narrow alley in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko

City view of the old town in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina

City view of the old town in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina

Narrow dark street with cobblestones pavement of historical Naples downtown with typical Mediterranean apartment houses with tiny balconies and wooden/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Balconies in the narrow streets of Naples/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow alley with laundry hanging to dry in the old town of Naples/Photo by Ewelina
Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Narrow alley with street art in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow alley in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
City view of the old town in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Narrow dark street with cobblestones pavement of historical Naples downtown with typical Mediterranean apartment houses with tiny balconies and wooden/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow dark street with cobblestones pavement of historical Naples downtown with typical Mediterranean apartment houses with tiny balconies and wooden/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Balconies in the narrow streets of Naples/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Balconies in the narrow streets of Naples/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow alley with laundry hanging to dry in the old town of Naples/Photo by Ewelina
Narrow alley with laundry hanging to dry in the old town of Naples/Photo by Ewelina
Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Street view of the old town in Naples city, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
Narrow alley with street art in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow alley with street art in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow alley in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
Narrow alley in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina Lepionko
City view of the old town in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina
City view of the old town in Naples, Italy/Photo by Ewelina