Naples has a thousand faces, it’s the result of centuries of history that we read from its streets, churches, palaces and castles. It offers generous to those who wish to explore: the royal Plebiscite Square and the Royal Palace. The mysterious Castel dell ‘Ovo. The waterfront and the cozy Mergellina, through the trendy district of Chiaia. The charming hill of Posillipo, the island of Nisida former industrial area of Bagnoli. A stroll through the shops of the Vomero and the picturesque village perched on the Petraio beautiful stone stairs. A stop at the Reggia di Capodimonte. Only a few of the many routes that this city has to offer. Naples is a reality out of the ordinary to live with all the senses: art, music, entertainment, delicacies, secret places, an ideal destination for those looking for new ideas and emotions.
The New Castle: Named to distinguish it from the oldest royal residences, is also known as Maschio Angioino, the ancient fortress built by Charles of Anjou in 1279.
Castel dell ‘Ovo: The oldest of the city, which lies on the island of “Megaride”, opposite the famous district of Saint Lucia. Now connected to the mainland by a bridge, the island was chosen by the Roman patrician Licinius Lucullus to build a villa. The Castle was transformed into a monastery by the monks of St. Basil. With the Normans became a fortified palace in the 12th. century.
The Galleria Umberto l° : It has a beautiful iron and glass roof, 57 meters high, which is accompanied by an elegant marble floor inlay. Many inside stores are located here, cafes, libraries. Incorporated in the block of the gallery, the church of Santa Brigida where the beautiful fresco by Luca Giordano’s paradise is preserved.
The Teatro San Carlo: Opened November 4 th., 1737, thanks to Charles of Bourbon, is the oldest opera house in the world. In the first half of the 800’s the Teatro San Carlo lived a memorable season of glory, with the director Domenico Barbaja, who hired musicians like Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti.
National Archaeological Museum: The largest museum in the world for classical archeology. Charles of Bourbon placed in this building (the old “Palazzo degli Studi”, University) the largest collection of art in Italy. To this was added over the years the capital’s largest archaeological collection of the time, the remains of the towns and villas buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. The most precious section of the museum is represented by the mosaics, paintings, jewelry, items recovered from the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A unique collection in the world, which naturally attracts millions of visitors.
Plebiscito Square: The largest of the city, the spectacular setting of cultural events and concerts. To admire the church of San Francesco di Paola, with its neoclassical columns and the interior inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. In the center the two equestrian statues of Charles of Bourbon and Ferdinand I. Construction began in the early ‘600, designed by Domenico Fontana. Enriched by Gioacchino Murat and Carolina Bonaparte with neoclassical furniture and decorations, was damaged by fire in 1837 and restored by Gaetano Genovese.
Piazza Cavour: Attractions in this area, the beautiful 17th. century church of Santa Maria della Sanità, with a sumptuous double curved staircasesurrounding the crypt. From the church, access to the catacombs of San Gaudioso. In the district are the 18th. century Palace of the Spanish and Sanfelice , impressive architecture used for theatrical productions.
Piazza del Gesù Nuovo: It’s the gateway to the heart of Old part of the City.
Church of Santa Chiara: was built in 1310 by Robert of Anjou in Provence having a Gothic style with baroque decorations and transformed in the mid-700. Damaged by bombing in 1943, was later restored to the original style.
Sansevero Chapel Museum: Located in the heart of the historical center of Naples, Sansevero Chapel Museum is a jewel of the world’s artistic heritage. Baroque Creativity , beauty and mystery blend to create a unique atmosphere, almost out of time. Among masterpieces like the famous Veiled Christ, Sansevero Chapel is one of the most singular monuments that human ingenuity has ever devised.
Via San Gregorio Armeno: With its bustling scene, it is the heart of Naples artisan, characterized by the same name of the church bell tower roof. In the two months preceding Christmas, San Gregorio Armeno, the street becomes more lively and the old town is filled with stalls selling figurines and decorations for the Nativity scene. Alongside the traditional Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, artisans compete to expose as ‘shepherds’ figurines of characters suggested by events. In the convent of San Gregorio Armeno, attached to the church, characterized by sumptuous Baroque nave and the extraordinary coffered ceiling, not to be missed is the visit of the cloister gardens, orchards and citrus groves.
Via Caracciolo: It has one of the most beautiful views of Naples, from Vesuvius to the hill of Posillipo dotted with houses surrounded by green, framed by the deep blue sea.
The Underground of Naples: It ‘s an experience of great beauty that reveals secrets, stories and legends of the city. No one knows the actual size of the underground area of Naples, but recently, cavers have counted about 700 cavity for a space of one million cubic meters.