The year 2022 opens as best as it could for Naples, as the new year dawns with a precious new award. In fact, the capital of Campania finds itself included in the New York Times list of 52 places on the planet to visit this year. Only two other Italian locations have been included in the list and they are Chioggia, a charming town in Venice, and Courmayeur, a traditional winter destination at the foot of Mont Blanc.
The parameters of the special ranking
This particular ranking was drawn up taking into account the parameter of tourism seen in terms of environmental sustainability, following the view that even "visitors can make a difference". The key must be to travel, yes, but in a new world, directed towards the renewable and eco-sustainable. Despite having several cons with it, Naples manages to be one of the 52 "lucky" places.
In fact, the New York Times focuses heavily on some of the city's negative elements. Above all, it points out that there is a risk of 55 days of extreme heat by 2049, numbers that could increase to double by 2081. However, the heart and determination of the Neapolitans is well known, so all is not lost. In fact, a community in the working-class neighbourhood of San Giovanni a Teduccio has set up a 'fair energy' group to provide free, clean electricity to families living below the poverty line. This would be done with the help of a system of 166 solar panels.
Advice for the tour: the Pedamentina
Finally, the New York Times makes a special focus on how to discover Naples, how to best appreciate all its eternal beauty. The advice is not to miss the Pedamentina, a system of descents and steps dating back to the 14th century that links the Certosa di San Martino and Castel Sant'Elmo, located in the Vomero area, with the historic city centre. All strictly on foot, of course. This is the best way to immerse yourself in the city, admiring not only the breathtaking view of the gulf, but also the Charterhouse gardens. An experience not to be missed.