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Naples, Romans, and Louis Vuitton

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March 21, 2015 by Ville Raivio

“Like Rome and Istanbul, Naples is a palimpsest, one era of humanity superimposed over another. Construction on the new subway station near the Castel Nuovo (the ‘New Castle’ – completed in 1282 A.D.) proceeds at fits and starts because workers keep discovering ruins of historical importance.

Retracing this history from the very beginning would mean visiting the Greek ruins at Cumae and Paestum – Naples (‘Nea polis’, ‘new city’ in Greek) began as a Greek settlement. But like the rest of the Italian peninsula, eventually it was subsumed into the Roman Empire, the LVMH of its time.”

— The David Isle


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