Procida, Naples, Italy (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Aerial view of Procida, Naples, Italy (iStockphoto)

Procida, Naples, Italy (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Naples

Despite Naples’s enviable location above the Tyrrhenian Sea in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the city is often overlooked. Rome has the Coliseum; Venice, those canals; Florence, David and all that other art. But Naples is the birthplace of two of Italy’s greatest treasures—Sophia Loren and pizza. And while the former is more elusive, you can find fresh, simple pies that epitomize Italian culinary artistry on nearly every block of this city’s cobblestone lanes. At Antica Pizzeria da Michele, master chefs have used the same methods since 1870 to craft beautifully simple margherita and marina pies, the only two on the menu. The city also boasts multiple arts academies and a visual collage of medieval-, Baroque-, and Renaissance-era architecture. But it’s the food that leaves a lasting impression (even, perhaps, on your waistline).

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