Also, a number of churches in Naples that now seem 'merely' medieval have their origins in the middle of the first millennium well before the beginning of the great age of church building.
Italy, in my humble opinion, is one of the most glorious countries in the world. The winding streets and hidden underground wonders of Naples. The iconic rolling hills and olive groves of Tuscany. well, the endless echo of I ignorantly exclaimed to the world (or at least whispered to myself).
The snobbish stares of my fellow tube passengers somehow seemed preferable to...
Naples has a number of these to offer, though, as is the case with many ancient things, they have been covered over by the handiwork of later centuries.
To begin with, the catacombs of San Gennaro, on the way up to Capodimonte, are the most extensive and interesting examples of early Christian cemeteries to be found in Italy south of Rome.
, one of the three original east-west thoroughfares of the Greek city of Neapolis.
The modern church stands above a spectacular stairway, and, in the form you see today, was built at the end of the sixteenth century.
Until, of course, I fell in love with an Italian or, to be more precise, a Sicilian (the difference this makes, I will leave up to you).
The perks of attaching oneself to a foreigner soon became clear.
Don't let misguided tourist experiences fool you, Italy is pretty fabulous for more than just its spectacular scenery.
And indeed, according to 2014 reports in newspaper La Repubblica, more and more young Italians are flocking to London in search of work. There are a multitude of reasons to consider dating a lad or lady of the Italian persuasion right now.
Large scale palace and park created by the Bourbon King of Naples Charles III in the mid 18th century. The site also includes an ambitious new town and industrial complex.