Naples (Napoli)…This is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the contemporary urban fabric keeps the elements of its eventful history. The layout of its streets, its wealth of historic buildings that characterize different periods, gives to the site a universal value without equal, who has exerted a profound influence on much of Europe and beyond the boundaries of this.
The compact centre of Naples, filled with palaces, churches, convent and monasteries, revolves around just a few streets:
the Piazza del Plebiscito (It is named for the Plebiscite taken on October 2 in 1860 that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of Italy ), it is bounded on the east by the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale). It is one of the four residences used by the Bourbon Kings of Naples during their rule of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (1730-1860). Today the palace and adjacent grounds house the San Carlo Theatre, a museum, the National Library of Naples and on the west the church of San Francesco di Paola with colonnades extending to both sides (the church is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome).
The historical and noisy heart of the city is characterizedby ”Spaccanapoli” (split Naples), essentially splitting Naples in two (hence the name). Spaccanapoli slices through a working-class neighbourhood of full-blooded-live-out-loud Napolitani. Here high-energy street drama plays out in public among the piazzas, palazzos, churches, galleries, bars, and street vendors. Famous sites along the way include the imposing the church of Gesú Nuovo and the gothic Santa Chiara church and majolica-tiled Cloister, then reach Via San Gregorio Armeno, the street that is lined with Naples’ most adorable Nativity scene (presepi), and very busy in Christmas time. Benedectine nuns still preside over the church of St. Gregorio Armeno. The convent is of baroque interior with important frescos by Luca Giordano.
Castel Dell Ovo (Egg Castle), which name comes from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil, who had a reputation in medieval times as a great sorcerer, that he put a magical egg into the foundations to support the fortifications. The Castle occupies a small island, facing and joining the Santa Lucia district, once the site Naples’ shellfish market. The castle was begun in 1154 and under the Normans and Hohenstaufen it was a royal residence, but today it belongs to the military. Beneath its ramparts, tiny Porta Santa Lucia is filled with seafood restaurants and the via Partenope running past it is a lovely promenade that leads west to Margellina.
On the way there is the port of Mergellina and overlooking the city is the Vomero district.
Naples is well known for its historic castles: the ancient Castel Nuovo, also known as Maschio Angioino, is one of the city’s foremost landmarks, it was built during the time of Charles I, the first king of Naples, gem of art and architecture, all around the building provide a wide range of architectural style from the French-gothic to the Florentine renaissance. The castle was once the main royal residence. The thriumphal arch of the Castle is the entrance. Commemorating Alfonso of Aragon’s entry to Naples in 1433. Part of the building houses the Museo Civico.
Important attraction of the City is the Dome of Naples (il Duomo di San Gennaro) dedicated to the protector of Naples: San Gennaro. It houses the St. Gennaro remains, who was martyred in AD 305. The ornate Cappella San Gennaro contains his head and phials of his congealed blood, which miraculously liquefies three times annually. According to the tradition, if the blood should fail to liquefy, the city will have a bad luck. The Cappella Carafa, a Renaissance masterpiece contains the Sanit Gennaro’s tomb.
At the top of the hill there is the stunning National Museum of Capodimonte (Museo di Capodimonte) is located in the Palace of Capodimonte, a grand Bourbon palazzo, situated in the Bosco di Capodimonte “Hilltop Wood“, which served as a royal hunting preserve.
The museum is the prime repository of Neapolitan painting and decorative art, with several important works from other Italian schools of painting, and some important Ancient Roman sculptures, with paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries including major works by Simone Martini, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Masaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgio Vasari, El Greco, Jacob Philipp Hackert and many others. The museum is by far the best place to see paintings of the Neapolitan School.
One of the most important museum of the world is the Museo Archeologico di Napoli (Archeological Museum of Naples). The building which houses, a former military barracks, then university seat, was remodelled in 1790 to receive the treasures of Pompeii and Herculanum. Here aslo, the famous Farnese Collection.
To the east there is the Napoli Sotteranea (hidden Naples), situated in the historic centre of the city in Via dei Tribunali. There are also large catacombs in and around the city, and other landmarks, the main cistern serving the Bay of Naples during Roman times. This system of tunnels and cisterns covers most of the city and lies approximately thirty metres below ground level.
In a while, between a museum and a monument, take the chance to eat an icecream in Margellina, have a relax by the sea and also take the typical Italian coffe, Espresso, that is a great tradition. It is ristretto, very small but the aroma is incomparable. Don’t forget to taste the Sfogliatella, the typical Neapolitan pastry.
Of course once in Naples there is a thing that you cannot miss: pizza!!!! A long tradition, very well known all around the World, a secret that only the Napolitans know! The history says that In 1889, Raffaele Esposito, chef of the most important pizzeria in Naples, made the first pizza to onorate the Queen of Italy, Margherita di Savoia. He made it with the colours of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita which is, today, the most eaten dish in Italy.
Napoli is the perfect City for families, couple and young people, it offers many attraction for all ages and very near to the famous island, 20 min to Capri, 25 min to Positano, 25 min to Ischia and Procida.
A long history, a City where you will walk between art and tradition, one of the most beautiful City of the World. Napoles is a MUST and it deserves a visit: a locally dictum says “ See Naples and then die” which means that once in a life (before dying) Naples have been seen!
TOP SIGHTS OF NAPLES BY VESPA TOUR A locally dictum says “See Naples and then die” which means that once in a life (before dying) Naples has been seen! Even more if you visit Naples by vespa! If you “wanna be Napoletano”, join our tour on a beautiful vintage Vespa, with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Discover the city’s charm in the historic center, the largest in Europe and a UNESCO World heritage site. Naples boasts beautiful scenery which was …
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The visit takes place from the famous Via Toledo, once the artery responsible for the movement of Spanish troops of occupation, is now one of the most beautiful pedestrian areas of the city.
It is possible in few minutes, to take the funicular that goes up to the hill, that overlooks the entire city center and where you can visit Castle …
From Piazza Vanvitelli We escort you from the carthusian monastery of San Martino trought the Pedamentina stairs. The Pedamentina is a complex system of down stairs, with its 414 steps connects the Carthusian Monastery of San Martino to the city centre. This road was begun in the fourteenth century by the architects of Tino Campiono and Francesco de Vito and, in centuries to come, numerous renovations and extensions have given its present appearance. Historically, several times was equipped with systems defense against those who wished to besiege Castel Sant’Elmo. Today represents an important historical record and urban planning; the Pedamentina is also interesting …
This itinerary focuses on the oldest part of the city and runs along the roads used 2000 years ago by the Greeks and Romans.
A few meters from the sea is the Maschio Angioino, French castle of exceptional beauty built in the late Middle Ages and embellished by the triumphal arch in the Renaissance, is now home …