History of City of Naples


The history of city of Naples and the legends:

from Neapolis's foundation to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

The city of Naples is a city in southern Italy, capital of the Campania region and overlooks Capri’s Island.

This city is surrounded by Ischia, Capri, and Procida’s islands, Phlegraean fields, the Sorrento peninsula, the volcano Vesuvius, etc. is among one of the most visited places in the world. Naples is an inherited culture and the buildings built by the invaders who for centuries dominated and reigned in this city. Its history in fact, be-gins in 900 BC.

But we must not forget the art of cooking: The Pizza, the Casatiello, the Tarallo napoletano, the mozzarella, the limoncello, the Babà, the Naples local food Pastiera napoletana, the sfogliatella, the struffoli, and what it's called in Naples “ò Cafè" (the Coffee).
In Naples, it’s tradition to buy a cup of coffee for brothers, friends or strangers. Nothing can stop this custom, not even in serious economic difficulties, and the real Napolitan knows that. He pays al-so for à Caffé sospeso (Hanging coffee). For a homeless, beggar or someone else that can't afford it.


Naples is also called city of Parthenope (from Greek “Virgin”), the mermaid who tried to en-chant Ulysses, but she failed. So, she took her own life and threw herself from the cliffs of the island (it’s not certain if the island is Capri or Li Galli near Positano). The body of the enchantress was carried by the sea until the Islet of Megaride, where now there is the Egg Castle: the oldest fortress of the city.

The Egg Castle in the city of Naples, how to reach the fortress.The Egg Castle: The virtual Tour from walls
About this fort there is another legend that give it the name. Virgil the ancient Roman poet (lived in the 1st century B.C.) he hid an enchanted egg in the basement of the castle, but if it was lost or bro-ken, the castle and the city of Naples will be it would collapse eventually. During the IX century A.C. an arch that supported the castle fell down. The queen, Johanna, sworn to have the egg replaced, because the people were in panic.

History of city of Naples:


In the 9th century BC the Greeks settled the little island of Megaride, and they created the first inhabited center: Parthenope.

In 470 BC Cumae (Greek colony) founded Neapolis (from the Greek new town) on the old inhabited center which changed its name from Parthenope to Paleopolis (from the Greek ancient city).
In 326 BC the Romans conquered Naples. During the empire the Neapolitan city, with its enchanting landscapes and natural thermal baths, became a holiday destination for the Roman nobles and the many writers of that time: Virgil, Cicero, Horace etc.
In 79 A.D. there was the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabia and Oplontis were destroyed.



In 476 A.D. the entire Italian peninsula was conquered by the Barbarians (Germanic people).



In 536 A.D. Naples was conquered by the Byzantines and the Duchy of Naples is born.



In 1137 A.D. the Normans (Danish and Norwegian people) conquered Sicily and Naples. The kingdom of Sicily was born.


In 1194 A.D. The kingdom of Sicily was conquered by the Suevi (Germanic people). Federico II University was established there.


In 1266 A.D. Charles I of Anjou (son of King Louis VIII of France) conquered the kingdom of Sicily

In 1272 A.D. the construction of the Maschio Angioino (Also called the New Castle) begins.

The New Castle, in the city of Naples: how to reach it

The New Castle in Naples: the virtual tour.

In 1275 A.D. the construction of the sant’ Elmo Castle begins

The Naples city and the St Elmo Castle on the Vomero hill: how to reach it

The walls of St Elmo in Naples: the panoramic

In 1302 A.D. the kingdom of Naples is born: the Angevins lose Sicily. The Aragon's troops of Spain conquered the island.


In 1442 A.D. Alfonso I of Aragon of Spain, king of Sicily, conquered the kingdom of Naples. So there are 2 different realms (Naples and Sicilie) but there was the same king.
Among the works built by the aragonese there are: Porta Capuana (Capuana door, one of the ancient gates of the city)...

The city of Naples and the porta Capuana: How to reach it

The Porta Capuana, in the city of Naples: the Virtual Tour.

...the aragonese castle of Ischia...    
The aragonese Castle in Ischia island The aragonese Castle of Ischia

...the aragonese castle of Baia...

The castle of Baia, near the city of Naples: how to get there.

Close to the city of naples there is the Aragonese Castle of Baia.


In 1501 A.D. Louis XII of France (Valois-Orléans dynasty) conquered the kingdom of Naples. But only after 2 years the Aragonese regained it.



In 1503 A.D. Ferdinand II of Aragon, known as the Catholic, reconquers the Neapolitan kingdom. He also adapts the viceroyalty system.
In 1516 A.D. Charles V of Habsburg, son of Joan of Aragon became king of Naples (same family but the surname is changed).
In 1600 A.D. the construction of the Royal Palace of Naples begins (in Plebiscito square).

The Royal Palace of city of Naples

Plebiscito square in the city of Naples: the Royal Palace.

The Halls of the Royal Palace of city of Naples. The city of Naples and the Royal Palace: the grand staircase.

In 1647 A.D. The Neapolitan Republic is born, but after a few months of revolt the Austrian conquered it. The new reigning king adopted the vice-royalty system.
In 1700 A.D. the king has no heirs and the Spanish succession war begins with the Bourbons of France against the Habsburgs of Austria. Charles VI of Habsburg rises to the throne.


In 1734 A.D. the Spanish Bourbon army conquered the Napolitan kingdom. New King of Naples is Charles of Bourbons. 
Next year the Bourbons also conquered the Kingdom of Sicily. Two differents reigns but with same monarch.

In 1737 A.D. the Royal St Charles Theatre was inaugurated.

The St Charles Royal Theatre, in the Royal Palace of city of Naples.

The St Charles Royal Theatre of city of Naples.

In 1738 A.D. the construction of the Royal Palace of Portici begins

The Royal Palace of Portici (near the city of Naples).

The Royal Palace of city of Portici, (near Naples).

In the same year the construction of the Royal Palace of Capodimonte begins, now is the National Museum of Capodimonte.

The city of Naples and the Capodimonte Museum, in the homonymous hill

The halls of Capodimonte Museum, in Naples city.

  The museum of Capodimonte in the homonymous hill (city of Naples). The Capodimonte Museum's gardens in the city of Naples.

In 1751 A.D. the construction of the Bourbon Hospice for the Poor begins. It is a place where the homeless of the city was hosted.

Naples city: the Bourbon Hospice for the Poor

Naples city and the Bourbon Hospice for the Poor.

In 1752 A.D. the construction of Royal Palace of Caserta begins.

Near the city of Naples there is the Royal park of the bourbons in Caserta

Near City of Naples there is the Royal Palace of Caserte: the virtual tour of the Throne Hall

The Staircase of Honour of Royal Palace of Caserta

The Great Waterfall in the gardens of Royal Palace of Caserta, near the city of Naples.

In 1757 A.D. the construction of Foro Carolino (now called Piazza Dante) begins.

In the naples city: Piazza Dante (Dante square)

Piazza Dante (Dante square), in the city of Naples.

In 1799 A.D. the Neapolitan Republic was born.


In 1806 A.D. Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the kingdom of Naples.


In 1815 A.D. after the Congress of Vienna, the Reign of the 2 Sicilies was born with the Bourbons back in power.
In 1816  A.D.  Plebiscito square (in italian Piazza del Plebiscito) and the Basilica of Saint Francis of Paula were built.
In the city of Naples: the Basilic of St Francis of Paola, in Plebiscito square Naples city: the the Basilic of St Francis of Paola, in the Plebiscito square

 In the same year (1816 A.D.) is realized on the Vomero’s hill The Villa Floridiana (the large park with a big terrace that overlook the golf of Naples).

Naples city: the park of villa Floridiana, on the Vomero hill

City of Naples and the big terrace that overlook the golf of the city Naples.

In 1839 A.D. the first railway of the Italian peninsula was inaugurated. It connects Naples with Portici. In this city there is the Petrarsa Museum (Museum of Old Locomotives).

The Pietrarsa Museum in Portici, near the city of Naples.

The Pietrarsa Museum in Portici, near the city of Naples.

In 1841 A.D. the Vesuvian observatory was inaugurated.
In 1860 A.D. with the expedition of the 1000 (led by Garibaldi) Italy reaches unity. The kingdom of Sardinia has conquered that of Naples and Sicily. Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy becomes king of Italy.

In 1887 A.D. it was starting the construction of Umberto 1st gallery.

Naples city: the Umberto I Gallery,

Naples of city:  the Umberto I Gallery

 In 1946 A.D. the Italian Republic is proclaimed. The Kingdom of Italy of the Savoys came to an end.

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