The history of pizza is the history of civilisation and empire. The Ancient Greeks topped flat bread with herbs and garlic before sticking it in the oven; Persian soldiers added cheese, and baked it on their shields.

The Romans mass-produced a related focaccia-style bread, and after Spanish conquistadors brought the tomato back to Naples, a city then under their control, local cooks put the two together.

As the home of Italy’s most famous export, the pizza, Naples rightly holds the biggest Pizza Festival in the World in its honour.

As well as sampling the true Neapolitan pizza, the festival offers lessons on how to make the perfect dough and traditional tomato sauce, so you can take a little bit of Napoli back with you!

Noting that the cultural heritage and the natural heritage are increasingly threatened with destruction not only by the traditional causes of decay, but also by changing social and economic conditions which aggravate the situation with even more formidable phenomena of damage or destruction, considering that deterioration or disappearance of any item of the cultural or natural heritage constitutes a harmful impoverishment of the heritage of all the nations of the world, protecting the Culture of Naples and the Art of Neapolitan Pizza is something every Italian should take seriously.

Salvatore Cuomo