Naples, top 5 experiences to discover the real City

Scenic, legendary, rich of art and history: Naples is one of the most incredible cities in the world.

With so much to see, there is the risk of getting lost: by following the red thread of the experiences we have selected for you, you can live the real soul of the city.  You will never want to leave!

A piece of Eden between the Riviera di Chiaia and Via Caracciolo: a majestic coastline that with ancient houses and the splendid Palazzo San Teodoro. An evocative historic residence that brings back the splendor of the Neapolitan nobility of the end of the 18th century: the new layout, based on new technologies, focuses on immersive reality and will offer you an unforgettable multisensory experience that will lead you straight to the glorious Bourbon court.

Amongst marbles antique furnishings, a stop at the historic Caffè Gambrinus in Piazza Trieste e Trento is a must. You will enjoy a good “tazzulella”  in the same atmosphere that kidnapped Hemingway, Wilde and Sartre sinking your teeth into a hot oven puff. If you are in Mergellina, make a stop at the famous Ciro chalet: the best ice cream in front of the sea. A good walk on the coast will complete your day. For lunch or dinner, don't forget the Lady of Naples, Her Majesty, The Pizza: traditional or fried, it is always a good idea. Via dei Tribunali offers much to see: San Gregorio Armeno, the Duomo and the Archaeological Museum. Nearby you will find some of the most famous pizzerias in the city: Sorbillo and Di Matteo, famous for Bill Clinton's visit in 1994.

From the narrow alleys of the center to the soaring heights of Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples is a vertical city: the funicular is the most suggestive way to explore even the most hidden corners. The three funiculars of Centrale, Chiaia and Centrale connect the heart of the city with the Vomero and the bustling shopping streets. The Mergellina funicular leads instead to the most suggestive of the views, the Posillipo hill. The steep slope will give you the impression of standing still on an inclined plane, with a really strong emotion. It then climbs up to the small port of Mergellina crossing splendid private parks, flying over an evocative urban jungle without interruption.

Who said magic is only from above? The city of Naples offers some of the most evocative underground routes in the world: Napoli Sotterranea, with entrance from Piazza San Gaetano, is the most famous. A tour in the bowels of the city that will make you closely observe the Greek and Roman influences that make Partenope so peculiar and will make you return to the tragic days of the Second World War, when more than 40,000 Neapolitans took refuge underground to escape the bombing and German retaliation.

For the Neapolitans he is a  friend and a father: San Gennaro is the patron saint of the city. The Cathedral, as well as for its connection with Yellow Face, an affectionate name with which the people talk to the effigy of the Saint in gilded silver, is also worth a visit for its historical and architectural value. Located in the nineteenth-century Via Duomo, it was built for will of Emperor Constantine I and was expanded and refined over decades. Inside the Cathedral you can observe a cycle of wonderful paintings by Luca Giordano and the crypt of S. Gennaro. It is worthwhile to attend the sumptuous celebrations of the Miracle of San Gennaro, to understand the pathos and sense of apperence that the Neapolitans feel towards their patron saint. The Miracle of San Gennaro, the liquefaction of the blood of the saint kept in an ampoule to which the Neapolitans attribute good fortune significance, is repeated three times a year: the first Sunday of May, September 19th and December 16th.

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