With the spectacular Mount Vesuvius as its backdrop, the narrow streets of the historical centre of Naples crowd around the bay. This is a frenetic, noisy, fun city; quintessentially Italian, Naples definitely grows on you the longer you stay, but don’t expect the orderly quiet of some of Italy’s more northern cities! Visiting the historic centre of Naples means travelling back twenty centuries in history, as this is one of the most ancient settlements in Europe. Founded by the Greeks in 470 BC, the modern-day city retains some of the original street plan, as well as the imprint of the cultures that have passed through the Mediterranean. This long history makes it a unique site and home to outstanding monuments such as the Maschio Angioino, the Castello dell’Ovo and the Royal Palace.