Visiting Naples is like a journey within a journey, you go from the sacred to the profane, from top to bottom … And then the smells and flavors and colors are unique in the world. We offer you some of the most iconic and symbolic stages of the city but we are sure that walking your gaze will stop on other details. And the beauty of Naples lies in this continuous discovery.
The evocative name is a whole program: it is a straight road that crosses the entire ancient center of Naples along which you will find hundreds of details where you can stop and be enchanted, among shops, shops, doors, alleys and squares. This street is the lower (Decumanus Inferiore) and southernmost of the three decumani, or east-west streets, of the grid of the original Greco-Roman city of Neapolis. The central main Decumanus Maggiore is now Via dei Tribunali; while the northernmost or upper Decumanus Superiore is now via Anticaglia and Via della Sapienza. The three decumani were intersected by numerous north-south cross-streets called cardini, together forming the grid of the ancient city. Today, the street officially starts at Piazza Gesù Nuovo and is officially named Via Benedetto Croce. Spaccanapoli is the main promenade for tourists as it provides access to a number of important sights of the city. To admire the perfect straight line of this road, just go up to the Certosa di San Martino and Castello Sant’Elmo. If you want from the Certosa you can walk down the Pedamentina di San Martino, arrive on Corso Vittorio Emanuele and continue along the monumental staircase of Montesanto which will take you to the Pignasecca market.
The historic center of Naples, Italy represents the historic nucleus of the city, spanning 27 centuries. Almost the entirety of the historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and included in the list of historic assets to be protected; its particular uniqueness lying in the almost total conservation and use of its ancient Greek road layout. The historic center of Naples is vast and full of surprises, our advice is to start from Piazza del Gesù, visit the Church and the Cloister of Santa Chiara, continue along via Benedetto Croce, cross Piazza San Domenico and Piazzetta Nilo and continue on San Biagio dei Librai up to the intersection with San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the crib shops.
Tucked away behind a 14th century convent church in the historic heart of Naples, the Cloister of Santa Chiara is a magnet for visitors, and reputedly the most photographed spot in Naples. The church itself dates back to 1310, but the cloister was built in the 18th century. Both church and cloister have been renovated following bomb damage in the Second World War.
The Cloister of Santa Chiara is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 to 17.30 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 14.30 the cost of the ticket is 6 euros, reduced by 4.50
Please note: Along the way you will find numerous churches, enter each of these especially that of San Domenico, they are all free. Cover your shoulders and legs.
The Sansevero Chapel Museum in the historic heart of Naples is a jewel of the world’s artistic heritage. Here, baroque creativity, dynastic pride, beauty and mystery blend to create a unique and almost timeless atmosphere.The Veiled Christ is one of the wonders of Naples, a baroque sculpture depicting Christ after the deposition from the cross, so perfect that it seems real. Something unique in the world.
Open every day from 9:00 to 19:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 20.30. Closed on Tuesday.
Entrance ticket 10 euros, reduced 7 euros, Children up to 9 years free
Piazza del Plebiscito is one of the most beautiful and characteristic squares of Naples whose name is due to plebiscite which, in October of the 1860, had established the annexation of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies to the Kingdom of Sardinia. Although in the sixteenth century the square was already present as a widening of a Palazzo Vicereale, the true story of Piazza del Plebiscito begins only when the Royal Palace was completed, when Domenico Fontana decided to design a “Largo di Palazzo”. Piazza del Plebiscito has one very particular shape. Its structure is half semicircular (the one that starts from the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola in the middle of the square surrounded by the colonnade) and half rectangular, from the closing of the hemicycle to the Royal Palace.
Useful Info: The Basilica of San Francesco di Paola is open every day from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00
The Royal Palace of Naples is a palace, museum, and historical tourist destination in Piazza del Plebiscito.
It was one of the four residences near Naples used by the House of Bourbon during their rule of the Kingdom of Naples and later the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
The palace is on the site of an earlier residence, which had housed the former Viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo, Marquis of Villafranca. Construction on the present building was begun in the 17th century by the architect Domenico Fontana, on a model of Renaissance style.
Useful info: The palace is open every dai exept on Wednesday from 09:00 to 20:00. The ticket is 10 euros p.p.
The Umberto I gallery is a monumental one commercial gallery built between the 1887 and the 1890 by the will of King Umberto I, two years after the approval of the Law for the Rehabilitation of the city of Naples. The Gallery was the historical seat of the Masonic Grand Orient lodge of Italy, as represented by the Star of David which dominates the dome drum.
In the splendid gallery, accessible through four entrances, the main one overlooking the San Carlo theater.
The gallery is open every day and admission entrance is free.
The San Carlo Theater of Naples was built in 1737 by the will of King Charles III of Bourbon, and was inaugurated 41 years before the Scala in Milan and 55 years before the Fenice in Venice, which is why today it represents the oldest opera house in Europe and among the most capacious in Italy. The theater was built in just eight months, at a total cost of 75 thousand ducats. Massimo Partenopeo is located in the heart of the city of Naples, surrounded by the main monuments and places of greatest tourist attraction.
The Teatro San Carlo is inserted today by Unesco among the monuments considered World Heritage Site.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday is open from 9.00 to 19.00
Sunday is open from the 9.00 15.00
In August it is closed
The ticket is 9 euros p.p., reduced 7 euros.
From Piazza Plebiscito on foot you can arrive directly on the seafront and you will find Castel dell’Ovo, a fortress directly on the sea, truly fascinating. The Castel dell’Ovo is the oldest castle in Naples that rises on the islet of Megaride where, according to the legend, the siren Parthenope landed there which gave the first name to the ancient city, first settlement of the Greeks, the Cumans in the mid-seventh century BC. Around Castel dell’Ovo there is Borgo Marinari, a small and picturesque fishing village with bars and restaurants specialized in fresh fish, where it seems that time has stopped. Among the most relaxing and suggestive activities to do in Naples can not miss a walk along the seafront of the city. One of the most loved and frequented places by citizens and tourists and constantly animated by events of all kinds but also by the numerous bars, restaurants and pizzerias that follow one another along the entire route. The Lungomare di Napoli is a route of about 3 km that runs along the sea and that starts from Santa Lucia, from Via Nazario Sauro, and goes up to Mergellina one of the most beautiful “views” in the world.
Castel Nuovo, better known by the name of Maschio Angioino, is a medieval and renaissance castle built on the wishes of Charles I of Anjou. From the thirteenth century the imposing Maschio Angioino, with its large five cylindrical towers, represents one of the symbols of the city of Naples, thanks to its strategic position in Piazza Municipio. The “New” castle was built to make guardian to the city from enemy incursions, in fact the position in which it was built was of strategic importance and went to complete a defensive system that previously had as protagonists the Castel dell’Ovo, too much now old and obsolete for the attack systems of the time, e Castel Capuano, in a little strategic position and far from the sea.
Useful info: Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 19:00. The ticket is 6 euros p.p.
It is one of the magic of Naples, a path dug into the tuff in the subsoil of Naples rich in myths and legends and used during the Second World War as an air-raid shelter. Guided tours are full of charm and this is one of the most beautiful experiences to do in Naples that we can recommend.
Access is from Piazza San Gaetano (historic center)
Open every day with guided tours that depart every hour. The ticket cost 12 euros, reduced for children up to 17 years, free for children up to 6
The Capodimonte palace was one of the other residences of the Bourbons Royal fanmily, the largest because it is surrounded by a park and a wood that today represent the green lung of the city. Currently the palace houses a very rich and well-curated museum of different eras and genres. The Bosco di Capodimonte is one of the favorite parks of the Neapolitans, for its extension and for the numerous activities that can be done inside.
The Museum is open every day except Wednesday from 8.30 to 19.30
Admission ticket 15 euros
The forest and park can be visited every day for free