Actress Sophia Loren, born in the Neapolitan suburb of Pozzuoli, represents the "soul of Naples," according to the Naples Prize Foundation.

The organization voted unanimously to honor Loren by giving her the "Naples in the World" prize, said Vittorio Pellegrino, president of the foundation. Loren "skillfully represented the soul of Naples," he said on Thursday.The prize is to be awarded in December in Naples.

It is the first to be given by the foundation to thank those who have spread the "the special character and the extraordinary vitality" of the southern Italian city, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.