Historic Centre of Naples

Naples is a major port city in the centre of the ancient Mediterranean region. Its origins go back to its foundation as Parthenope or Palaepolis, subsequently re-established as Neapolis in 470 B.C. It is therefore one of the most ancient cities in Europe, whose current urban fabric preserves a selection of outstanding elements of its long and eventful history, as expressed in its street pattern, its wealth of historic buildings and parks, the continuation of many of its urban and social functions, its wonderful setting on the Bay of Naples and the continuity of its historical stratification. Naples was among the foremost cities of Magna Graecia, playing a key role in the transmission of Greek culture to Roman society. It eventually became a major cultural centre in the Roman Republic. In the 6th century A.D., Naples was conquered by the Byzantine Empire, becoming an autonomous Duchy­, later associated with the Normans, Swabians, and the Sicilian reign. With the Angevin dynasty (1265-1442), Naples became the living symbol of the prestige, dignity, and power of the dynasty. The city expanded to include suburbs and neighbouring villages. From the 15th to 17th centuries, Naples was governed by the Aragonese, who remodelled the defences and street patternas well as in the following Spanish period. From 1734, under the government of the Bourbons, Naples emerged as one of the major capital cities of Europe. The component parts of the property are: the Historical Centre of Naples; the District of Villa Manzo, Santa Maria della Consolazione; Marechiaro; the District of Casale ; the District of Santo Strato and the Villa Emma.