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Naples is a lively city in southern Italy that boasts unparalleled historical riches, a stunning coastal setting and a vibrant atmosphere. As the third largest city in Italy, Naples is a major metropolitan area with plenty to see and do. There are several universities and higher education institutions in Naples, including the University of Naples Federico II.
The history of Naples (known in Italian as Napoli) dates back to the second millennium BCE, when the area was settled by the Greeks. Although the city eventually fell under the control of the Romans, Naples retained its Hellenistic influence through the centuries.
Mount Vesuvius looms large on the Naples skyline and the ruins of nearby Pompeii offer a stark reminder of its volcanic status. Postgraduates interested in Geology or Classical History will be hard-pressed to find a more evocative destination for their studies than Naples and its environs.
Naples’ museums and chapels are among the finest in Europe, containing a wealth of priceless cultural artefacts from across the ages. The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, for example, has a world-class collection of relics from the Greek and Roman eras, while Caravaggio works can be found in palaces and churches across the city.
The city has more to offer than ancient history, though. Modern-day Naples is a vibrant, dynamic city with a proudly independent spirit. Neapolitan cuisine is the envy of the world – as well as being the birthplace of the pizza, there are many Michelin-starred restaurants in Naples and the surrounding area.
Book-lovers flock to Naples to visit the locations of literary sensation Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, retracing the steps of its heroines through the streets of the city as well as the idyllic nearby island of Ischia. Football is a huge part of daily life in Naples, with S.C.C. Napoli followed religiously. Murals of Maradona, the legendary Argentine who won Serie A during his time with Napoli, grace the walls of buildings around the city.
Naples is a major centre for Italian higher education, with a large student population and several universities based in the city. The largest is the University of Naples Federico II, which holds the distinction of being the oldest state university in the world (it was founded back in 1224). Medieval philosopher and theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas is among the University of Naples’ alumni.
Other universities in Naples include the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and the Parthenope University of Naples. The primary language of instruction is Italian, but some Masters programmes are available in English at these institutions.
Naples is the fourth largest economy in Italy, serving as a regional centre for many industrial sectors. Some of the most important industries in Naples include tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. The Port of Naples is one of the most significant in the Mediterranean.
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