A few weeks ago,
While introducing Naples as a city that "has seen it all, [and] survived most of it," The New York Times reporter continues stressing that Naples has the power to win the hearth of all the people who find the time and the patience to explore it. Indeed, the "earthy, squalid, slightly menacing Naples" is introduced as "one of the most romantic cities in the world," but also "a surefire adrenaline rush, a slap in the face, a semifailed state." A place that, beyond seducing, it is always able to surprise its visitors as well as its citizens.
Like and probably more than many other big cities in Italy, Naples is a place where the city's past sometimes seems to shine brighter than its present. Actually, it should be remembered that it was only after Italy's unification in the mid-19th century that living standards and per capita income in the South started slowing down compared to the one registered in the Northern regions.