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MOC Mediterranean Open Championship Orienteering 2017
8/11/2016 - Naples is one of MOC 2017 locations


Naples is one of MOC 2017 locations XIII edition Mediterranean Open Championship Orienteering Naples is: - The city where pizza was invented, and where the Margherita was named - The city of Vesuvius Vulcan - Famous for the Archeological Park of Pompeii - The third most populated italian city, and it hosts the international airport called “Capodichino” - The city of Naples Football team, in which Maradona played - UNESCO site (its historical centre) - the location of one of the oldest University in the World - the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies According to popular tradition, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen - Pizza Margherita. The Vesuvius Vulcan, still active, is part of the characteristic Naples skyline. The incredible crater (Gran Cono) of the Vesuvius of nowadays has a diameter of 700m, a circumference of 12km and is 200m deep. The Mount Vesuvius is 1182m high and has been sleeping since 1944. Very close to Naples, there is the Archeological site of Pompeii. The ancient pagan city is famous because of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD that completely covered it with ash. The casts of the people who died there now represent a tragic testimony to the catastrophe ,while the countless discoveries of paintings, pottery, ornaments and various tools help you understand the habits and customs of ancient Pompeii and constitute a complete and living testimony of the society and of daily life at a specific time in the past. A visit to this archaeological site of a distant world that vanished long ago will no doubt convey extraordinary genuine emotions. Naples is the third most populated city in Italy, with almost 1 million people living there. Napoli also hosts the international airport called “Capodichino”, and one of the largest seaports of Italy. Do you remember the legendary Naples football player Diego Maradona? He was the man who could give a worldwide renown to Naples and to the soccer team, the S.S.C.Napoli. This club, founded in 1926, had never won any Italian Championship. Thanks to Maradona, Naples won the Italian League in 1987 and 1990, and UEFA Cup in 1989. The historical centre of Naples is UNESCO heritage site since 1995. Its narrow alleyways lead to mysterious churches, catacombs and underground caves. Until today, Naples’s old folk culture reveals itself to the visitor among craftspeople, fluttering laundry and shouting fish sellers. You’ll be amazed! The University of Naples Federico II was founded in 1224 and it is among the oldest universities in the world. The Kingdom of Naples, also called the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was the largest of the states of Italy before the Italian unification. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies lasted from 1815 until 1860, when it was annexed by the Kingdom of Sardinia to form the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The capitals of the Two Sicilies were in Naples and in Palermo. The kingdom extended over the southern part of mainland Italy and the island of Sicily. The name "Two Sicilies" originated from the division of the medieval Kingdom of Sicily. Around 1300, the King of Sicily lost the island of Sicily (also called Trinacria) to the Crown of Aragon, but remained ruler over the peninsular part of the realm. Although his territory became known as the Kingdom of Naples, he and his successors never gave up the title of "King of Sicily" and they officially referred to their realm as the "Kingdom of Sicily". At the same time, the Aragonese rulers of the island of Sicily called their realm the "Kingdom of Sicily" as well. Thus, formally, there were two kingdoms calling themselves "Sicily" hence, the Two Sicilies. Between 1816 and 1848, the island of Sicily experienced three popular revolts against Bourbon rule, including the revolution of independence of 1848, when the island was fully independent of Bourbon control for 16 months. In 1860 Sicily was invaded by a corps of volunteers, led by Giuseppe Garibaldi from the Kingdom of Sardinia. They successfully conquered the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and incorporated its territory into the new Kingdom of Italy. Are you still thinking about join MOC 2017? Register now at: http://www.orienteering.it/race_subscription.php?subsite=n250516_150041 Stay with us and… follow the sun! PWT CREW