About the Area

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Italy has a total land surface of about 116,000 square miles with the Appenine mountain range serving as a geographic dividing line between east and west coasts. The Alps define Italy’s northern border with European spring and fall with heat creeping north from Africa in the summer.

Italy’s economy is more industrialized in the north and more based on agriculture in the south. One of its major industrial products is steel.

The northern provinces experience cold winters with rainfall in the spring and summers. Central and southern Italy enjoy a climate moderated by the Mediterranean Sea with cool, rainy winters.

Wine, cheese and wool are agricultural products important to the Italian economy. Tourism is also a key industry to all of Italy, and visitors from around the world come to marvel at its history and architecture and enjoy its culture and its food.

For centuries Naples has served as a center for the exchange of goods, services, customs and cultures. Traders, travelers and explorers from throughout the Mediterranean region found the climate here enviable. With its central location and fertile soil, this region continually attracts new citizens. The ancient city of Pompeii lies just south of the city, and Cuma, believed to be the earliest Greek settlement in Western Europe, is now a Naples suburb.

 

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