The city of Naples is one of the oldest in Italy, dating back to the 6th century BC when it was founded by the Greeks. Ironically, its original name was Neopolis, which translates to ‘new city’. Today, Naples is a city that has the distinction of having the highest number of monumental and historic churches in a single city; the number of 448. Its city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible historic importance. And it lies just a few hours south of Rome. Combine these two cities, and you get a thorough exploration of ancient Greek and Roman cultures in one go. Here’s a photo tour of the iconic city by the sea. ALSO READ: Photos of Bilbao, a Scenic Basque Destination that Ticks Every Box Also Read - Europe Breathes Sigh of Relief as Italy & Spain Report Flattened Virus Curve

A classic Italian fountain in Naples, Italy

Classic Italian fountain in Naples, Italy Also Read - Trending News Today April 04, 2020: America Finally Comes up With Coronavirus Vaccine? International Poll of 6,000 Doctors Back Trump's Anti-Malaria Drug



Row of Roman columns from the historical site of Herculaneum near the outskirts of Naples

Row of Roman columns from the historical site of Herculaneum near the outskirts of Naples, Italy Also Read - Naples' Humanitarian Work of 'Supportive Basket' For Homeless Inspires Twitterati as Italy Struggles to Contain COVID-19

Ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the bronze Apollo statue in Pompeii, Naples

Ruins of the antique Temple of Apollo with bronze Apollo statue in Pompeii, Naples, Italy. Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD



Street view of the old town in Naples city

Street view of old town in Naples city, italy Europe

Streets of Naples with many small international flags hanging from ropes

Streets of Naples, June 11, 2016 in Naples, Italy. Many international small flags hanging from ropes along streets

View of the town of Positano just behind flowers blooming along the Amalfi Coast, Italy

View of the town of Positano with flowers, Amalfi Coast, Italy

View of Piazza del Plebiscito, a massive public square that witness many grand moments in the city’s modern history

View of Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples,Italy

Umberto I gallery, a 19th century structure and now shopping center near the San Carlo opera house

Umberto I gallery in the city of Naples, italy

Procida island and its colorful buildings on a beautiful summer day in Italy

Procida island in a beautiful summer day in Italy

Napoli or Naples and towering Mount Vesuvius in the background at sunset on a summer day

Napoli (Naples) and mount Vesuvius in the background at sunset in a summer day, Italy, Campania

Coast of Sorrento at the southern end of the Bay of Naples, which ends in an abrupt cliff that looks out onto the Mediterranean Sea

Coast of Sorrento, Italy

Naples has its rough spots, but this is a vibrant city with so much to experience, more than the historic treasures. It doesn’t have the large crowds that you would find in cities like Rome or Florence or Venice, which means that you can get closer to the culture and heart of Naples much more easily than the former cities. The sight of Mount Vesuvius and the gulf of Naples and other natural gems is stunning to say the least, and Naples has a culture and soul developed over millennia. Beyond its castles and churches and palaces, it boasts of incredible music, a rich soil and some of the best Italian cuisine in the world.