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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Dome of Naples CathedralAntonio Manfredonio/Flickr


271 views to photograph
Looking up, atrium, Galleria Umberto IFred Bigio/Flickr
Marina PiccolaTango7174/Wikipedia
Procida from the breakwater horizontalFrancesco Iacomino/Shutterstock
Procida from the breakwater squareFrancesco Iacomino/Shutterstock
View from gardenMihael Grmek/Wikipedia
Aqueduct of VanvitelliKris De Curtis/Wikipedia
Aragonese CastleRolf Cosar/Wikipedia
Arco NaturaleKemmsche/Wikipedia
Atrani from southwestPaolo Costa Baldi/Wikipedia
Atrium of Galleria Umberto IMac9/Wikipedia
Chiostro del ParadisoWa/Wikipedia
Cupola of Gesù NuovoBaku/Wikipedia
Cupola of San Francesco di PaolaMm/Wikipedia
Diana and Actaeon Fountain at Palace of CasertaTango7174/Wikipedia
Fontanelle cemeteryLalupa/Wikipedia
Fornillo Beach from eastMihael Grmek/Wikipedia
Lettere CastleSterntreter/Wikipedia
Main façade of Palace of CasertaTango7174/Wikipedia
Nave of San Paolo Maggiore ChurchKarl/Flickr
North facade of Palace of CasertaMarco Segato/Wikipedia
Palazzo dello Spagnolo [Naples]Original Work: Alterdimaggio1957/Wikipedia
Positano beachJecco/Wikipedia
Reliquary of 71997 in NaplesKarl/Flickr
Stairway of Palazzo dello SpagnoloAngelo/Flickr
Street in PompeiiAlago/Wikipedia
Terrazzo dell’lnfinitoWa/Wikipedia
Via delle BotteghelleOs/Wikipedia
View of Capo di ConcaJimlonj/Wikipedia
View of Conca dei MariniMess/Wikipedia
Villa ComunaleJeffmatt/Wikipedia
Villa Donn’AnnaArmando Mancini/Wikipedia
Villa Pignatelli MuseumKarl/Flickr
Waterfall in AmalfiAndy Rusch/Flickr
Amalfi Cathedral from the Piazza del DuomoBerthold Werner/Wikipedia
Amalfi FountainElliott Brown/Flickr
Amalfi from rooftop terrace of Hotel La BussolaSudodana2048/Wikipedia
Capri from the west breakwaterSean William/Wikipedia
Dante Alighieri MonumentMstyslav Chernov/Wikipedia
Fiordo di FuroreMess/Wikipedia
Flavio Gioia statueElliott Brown/Flickr
Grand Staircase of Honour at Palace of CasertaTango7174/Wikipedia
Grotta dello SmeraldoGothEric/Flickr
Marina Grande [Capri]Berthold Werner/Wikipedia
Monte SolaroPilgab/Wikipedia
Palazzo Doria d’AngriTrivia/Wikipedia
Palazzo San Felice [Naples]Mentnafunangann/Wikipedia
Positano from the seaJecco/Wikipedia
Procida from the east Ex Carcere di ProcidaJamiethearcher/Wikipedia
Punta Carena LighthouseDr Tr/Wikipedia
Roman ruins of PompeiiMclillo/Wikipedia
Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San GennaroArmando Mancini/Wikipedia
San Domenico MaggioreInviaggiocommons/Wikipedia
Santa Maria AssuntaMatthiaskabel/Wikipedia
Santa Maria Maggiore della Pietrasanta [Naples]Baku/Wikipedia
Sant’AgnelloRobbie Jim/Wikipedia
Sant’Agostino alla Zecca [Naples]Scottstensland/Wikipedia
Steps to Amalfi CathedralDave and Margie Hill/Flickr
Villa PignatelliJzpresto/Wikipedia
Watchtower at Conca dei MariniDave and Margie Hill/Flickr
Amphitheatre of PompeiiFlapane Flapane/Wikipedia
Entrance of Amalfi CathedralBerthold Werner/Wikipedia
Gardens with turretJensens/Wikipedia
House of the FaunPorsche997sbs/Wikipedia
House of the VettiiSailko/Wikipedia
Roman fresco in Villa dei MisteriGisleh/Wikipedia
San Francesco di PaolaMm/Wikipedia
San Giorgio a CremanoRobert Fleming/Wikipedia
San Paolo MaggioreMm/Wikipedia
Shrine of Saint AndrewKim Traynor/Wikipedia
Stazione ZoologicaTatsuotabei/Wikipedia
Temple of Jupiter in PomopeiiKim Traynor/Wikipedia
Galleria Umberto IBerthold Werner/Wikipedia
Napoli Centrale railway stationCiro/Wikipedia
Piazza del PlebiscitoRa/Wikipedia


Map of Naples


  • Metropolitan City of Naples
  • Province of Salerno within Naples Metropolitan Area
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Province of Caserta within Naples Metropolitan Area
  • Back matter
  • About PhotoSecrets



    A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

    There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

    In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

    PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

    About Bob Krist

    Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

    For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

    The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


    Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

    PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

    The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

    Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

    About Andrew Hudson

    Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

    Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

    Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


    At a Glance

    Name:Naples (Italian: Napoli)
    Fame:Capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy
    Population:975,260 (city 2015)
    3,115,320 (metro 2015)
    Time zone:CET (UTC+1)
    GPS:40.845, 14.258333
    Far:188 km (117 miles) from Rome

    Naples Napoli  , Napule or; Neapolis; Ancient Greek: Νεάπολις, meaning “new city”) is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan. In 2015, around 975,260 people lived within the city’s administrative limits. The Metropolitan City of Naples had a population of 3,115,320. Naples is the 9th-most populous urban area in the European Union with a population of between 3 million and 3.7 million. About 4.4 million people live in the Naples metropolitan area, one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea.

    Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Bronze Age Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC. A larger colony — initially known as Parthenope, Παρθενόπη — developed on the Island of Megaride around the ninth century BC, at the end of the Greek Dark Ages. The city was refounded as Neápolis in the sixth century BC and became a lynchpin of Magna Graecia, playing a key role in the merging of Greek culture into Roman society and eventually becoming a cultural centre of the Roman Republic. Naples remained influential after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, serving as the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples between 1282 and 1816. Thereafter, in union with Sicily, it became the capital of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861.

    Naples was the most-bombed Italian city during World War II. Much of the city’s 20th-century periphery was constructed under Benito Mussolini’s fascist government, and during reconstruction efforts after World War II. In recent decades, Naples has constructed a large business district, the Centro Direzionale, and has developed an advanced transport infrastructure, including an Alta Velocità high-speed rail link to Rome and Salerno, and an expanded subway network, which is planned to eventually cover half of the region. The city has experienced significant economic growth in recent decades, and unemployment levels in the city and surrounding Campania have decreased since 1999. However, Naples still suffers from political and economic corruption, and unemployment levels remain high.

    Naples has the fourth-largest urban economy in Italy, after Milan, Rome and Turin. It is the world’s 103rd-richest city by purchasing power, with an estimated 2011 GDP of US$83.6 billion. The port of Naples is one of the most important in Europe, and has the world’s second-highest level of passenger flow, after the port of Hong Kong. Numerous major Italian companies, such as MSC Cruises Italy S.p.A, are headquartered in Naples. The city also hosts NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples, the SRM Institution for Economic Research and the OPE Company and Study Centre. Naples is a full member of the Eurocities network of European cities. The city was selected to become the headquarters of the European institution ACP/UE and was named a City of Literature by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. The Villa Rosebery, one of the three official residences of the President of Italy, is located in the city’s Posillipo district.

    Naples’ historic city centre is the largest in Europe, covering 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) and enclosing 27 centuries of history, and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Naples has long been a major cultural centre with a global sphere of influence, particularly during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras. In the immediate vicinity of Naples are numerous culturally and historically significant sites, including the Palace of Caserta and the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Culinarily, Naples is synonymous with pizza, which originated in the city. Neapolitan music has furthermore been highly influential, credited with the invention of the romantic guitar and the mandolin, as well as notable contributions to opera and folk standards. Popular characters and historical figures who have come to symbolise the city include Januarius, the patron saint of Naples, the comic figure Pulcinella, and the Sirens from the Greek epic poem the Odyssey. According to CNN, the metro stop “Toledo” is the most beautiful in Europe and it won also the LEAF Award ‘2013 as “Public building of the year.” Naples is the Italian city with the highest number of accredited stars from the Michelin Guide.

    Naples’ sports scene is dominated by football and Serie A club S.S.C. Napoli, two-time Italian champions and winner of European trophies, who play at the San Paolo Stadium in the south-west of the city.


















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