Vedi Napoli e poi Muori

"See Naples and die." It was a phrase coined during the reign of the Bourbons of Naples, considered by historians to have been the city's Golden Age. Until its annexation to the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was the wealthiest and most industrialized of the various Italian states. Naples was the third most populous city of Europe (after London and Paris), and certainly one of the most opulent. Even today, a visit to Naples would not be complete without seeing the royal palaces in and near the city.

It means that before you die you must experience the beauty and magnificence of Naples.

Some say that it was Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe of Faust fame who coined the phrase. In 1786-88 he made a journey to Italy, which inspired his play IPHIGENIE AUF TAURIS, and RÖMISHE ELEGIEN, sensuous poems relating partly to Christiane Vulpius, who became Goethe's mistress in 1789.

The phrase can be found in Italian Journey {1786-1788} (Penguin Classics)

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