Naples is located in the region of Campania and is the third-largest Italian city after Rome and Milan.  The city is a major cultural centre with various historical sites in its surroundings, like Pompeii and Herculaneum. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world as the Greeks settled in the region in the second millennium BC. The city also offers spectacular views of the coast, the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Mount Vesuvius.

With the abundance of pizzerias at every corner in the city, one cannot forget that Naples is the birthplace of one of the most favourite foods in the world, pizza. The best-tasting pizzerias in Naples are overflowing with crowds of people waiting to get a bite of the authentic, mouth-watering delicacy. I can strongly agree that these wood-oven, masterpieces were among the greatest pizzas I have ever had in my life. I can still taste the flavour of the juicy tomato sauce, oozing mozzarella cheese and fresh basil; the perfect Margherita pizza!

Football is a sport that flows through the veins of many Italians. It is part of their culture and passion and there is one player who will forever remain in the hearts of every Neapolitan fan. This player became a legend, a symbol of liberation and measured up to the title Dios, GodHe is an adopted son of the city and fills the chests of every Neapolitan fan with pride. That man is Diego Maradona, the legendary Argentinean-born footballer.

Although his reign in SSC Napoli was from 1986-1990, the soccer legend is still worshipped in the city as shops continue to sell jerseys bearing the name Maradona above the number 10. In Maradona’s second season on the team in 1987, he helped Napoli claim the Serie A title and continued to give Napoli the most successful period in their history within his seven seasons on Napoli. Teams in the Italian south struggled to measure up to powerhouse, wealthy teams in the north like Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma. That all changed, however, when Diego Maradona stepped onto the pitch wearing the sky-blue jersey. With Maradona behind the wheel, Napoli won the Coppa Italia in 1987, the UEFA Cup in 1989,  another Serie A Cup in 1990 and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1991. Now in the city streets, thirty years after his first triumph with the team, you can find massive murals and posters of Maradona and even shrines that worship Maradona as a patron saint.

There is no doubt that Naples is a city full of culture, history and fantastic pizza.

Author: Daniella Sousa

I have recently taught abroad and developed a love for travel. I am a current Bachelor of Education student and a lifetime lover of writing. I believe the world needs a little more adventure, love and positivity and that everyone should find the courage to get up and follow their dreams.

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