VIEWS FROM A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
#12 - NAPLES, ITALY
Size: 3" x 5"
Lithographer: Joseph P. Knapp
Illustrations: Tomb of Virgil; The Crater Mount Vesuvius; Santalucia, Naples; Orange
Vendor; Naples; Temple of Mercury; A Calabrese Boy
There appear to be 2 printing
varieties for this card, distinguishable by the presence or absence of
a caption beneath the portrait of a boy in the upper right corner of
||Card has a caption beneath the boy's portrait that reads "A CALABRESE BOY."
||Card has no caption beneath the boy's portrait.
(This is the variety shown on the full-size card, above).
|Reverse - Text
YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
|Naples is very ancient, having been founded by a
colony from Greece, the name Neapolis signifying "the New City." The
Greek language, manners and customs prevailed exclusively for a long
time. The location is one of great beauty, partly seated on a spacious
bay upon the shores of which are magnificent villas and gardens. Its
general form is oblong, and with its suburbs, nearly 18 miles in
circumference. On the east stands the isolated summit of Vesuvius, its
sides to near one-third its height dotted over with houses, the
villages of Portici, Resina, and Torre-del-Greco lying below. On the
other side is the hill of Posilipo with the tomb of Virgil. The city is
situated on the slope of a range of hills fronting the south and east.
Its entire aspect is pleasing, the principal streets wide and well
built, the public edifices so lofty and solid as to give it an air of
grandeur. The streets are paved with square blocks of lava laid in
mortar, and are said to resemble the old Roman roads. The houses are
like those of Paris, except being on a larger scale, the ground floor
being used for business purposes, the upper portion for dwellings, the
roofs serving as promenades. The finest street is the Via Roma,
extending half the length of the town, having at one end the
Largo-Mercatello, and at the other the Royal Palace. There are 300
churches, many of them containing remarkable works of art.
|The Museo Nazionale, with its vast number of
apartments, has become the general depot of all the riches recovered
from the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as other
localities of Naples and Sicily.
|The Observatory, founded in 1812, commands a
magnificent view in every direction. The University of Naples was
founded by the Emperor Frederick in 1224.
|Population 1881, 463,172