Naples is magic, happiness, color… Naples is the city that steals the heart and transports those who visit it to a truly unique atmosphere. Visiting it even for just one day is an experience not to be missed. Naples is the last stage of the Grand Tour where sacred and profane constantly mix. Here are the things to do to love him in just 24 hours…
Naples, is the city of colors, is the chaotic city of Mount Vesuviusof the sun, of San Gennaroof Maradona, Pino Daniele and Toto, babas and pizzas. Naples is the city of festivities, of Spanish quarters, of its people so beautiful and true, it is the place that tells in all its the essence of our entire Peninsula. This wonderful city never loses its charm that always makes those who pass through it fall in love, even by chance, those who only stay there for a day, a week or those who decide to live there forever. Spend even alone 24 hours in this town it is an incredible experience that leaves a deep trace in the heart. Here is a to do list of things to see and do to understand its magic even in a short time…
Rione Sanità: the most contradictory place with a bad reputation and a wonderful soul
If you choose to start your love affair with Naples by choosing the health district, you are in love with the true spirit of Naples, its controversial identity. This district, which for years represented a problematic area of the city, has now become one of the emerging neighborhoods able to transmit the authentic spirit of the Neapolitan city. Here was born the great Totò. No place, it is said, is more contradictory than health. Known perhaps more for its dubious fame than for its tourist attractions, Sanità, as the locals call it, has in recent years become a center where gastronomy, art, culture and fashion coexist to transmit the Neapolitan around the world. In this district, in fact, there is the famous Concettina to the Three Saints, an institution for pizza lovers, a place that knows how to combine flavors with the sounds and colors of the neighborhood. Always among these streets you can revel Poppella Pastrywith Fiocco di neve, a bomb of brioche dough filled with ricotta, in the classic version, or with chocolate and pistachio in the variations.
Quartieri Spagnoli: the portrait of Neapolitan craftsmanship
The Quartieri Spagnoli is one of the best neighborhoods charming and characteristic of the city. A network of lanes and alleys always hides something wonderful around the corner that descends from where it towers Sant’Elmo Castle and extends over 3 areas: San Ferdinando, Avvocata and Montecalvario. Since their birth, due to the high density of population and construction, they have always been a small “border” place, but also those that bring out all the beauty of Neapolitan craftsmanship. Here are the historical workshops of craftsmen who produce unique pieces. For example, if you are looking for antique buttons, fabric and leather bags and stone and silver jewelry, hats or handmade sandals, you will find everything here. Here is also the Pignasecca Market, one of the best known and most appreciated by Neapolitans. The name of the market and the street that hosts it derives from an ancient legend, it is very characteristic, full of many stalls that populate the street with their stalls full of daily fish, here you can also find fresh fruit, vegetables, and various food products, as well as clothes, underwear and shoes. From one purchase to another, you can stop at the characteristics kiosks and pizzerias offering crocchè, zeppole and slices of pizza. Visit this neighborhood at Christmas so… it really becomes something unique and exciting as the spanish quarters become the undisputed kingdom of nativity scenes and among the stalls you will find all kinds of figurines with the San Gregorio Armeno market. Before abandoning them, the Spanish quarters must be looked at from below, enchanting is the beauty of the 18th and 19th century buildings illuminated above by the dazzling sun.
Palazzo Reale: example of royal immensity with a facade of 169 meters
The Royal Palace represented for more than three centuries the center of power in Naples and throughout southern Italy. Its facade of 169 meters red and gray who dominates Piazza del Plebiscito it is the entrance ticket to an imposing and severe building. A succession of rooms, arcades and courtyards accompany those who visit it on a fascinating journey through the history of the court. Inside the Royal Palace it can be visited the Historic Apartment, used as a museum, which contains, among the many rooms, the Court Theatre, the Throne Room, the Mariacristina di Savoia Room and the Royal Chapelwhich contain prestigious masterpieces created by best-known painters of the Bourbon period like Guercino. Not to be missed, at least just for a photo, the walk outside the Royal Palace accompanies a wonderful succession of courtyards up to the view that becomes the theater amazing on the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.
Monumental complex of Santa Chiara: the haven of peace in the Neapolitan chaos
In the heart of the Neapolitan historic center, between the deafening chaos of the city, the car horns, the cries of those who walk the streets in search of the old Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara. Its construction began in 1310, by the will of the king Robert of Anjou and his wife Sancia de Mallorca and consists of two convents: one female for the Poor Clares and the other male for the Franciscan Friars Minor, and the Gothic church, with a simple facade in which there is an old openwork rose window. this complex is the most important and significant example of Gothic architecture in Naples. One of the most significant places in the complex is the marvelous Cloister of the Poor Clares. The colonnade of the old 14th century cloister has remained unchanged 66 arches, while the current aspect of the garden is the work of Vaccaro, the Cloister restructured it by arranging the central part of the courtyard into four large flowerbeds, divided in turn by interior paths, and 64 small pillars with hand-painted majolica.
Borgo Marinari: the old fishermen’s marina with a suggestive atmosphere
On the Via Caracciolo promenade and near the entrance to the magnificent Castel dell’Ovo, it is located one of the most beautiful places in Naplesthe Borgo Marinari the place that seems to catapult anyone into a 19th century black and white photo. This former marina has been a fishing area since the 19th century and is located in the Neighborhood Sainte-Lucie. It is located on the islet of Megaride and is accessible from the mainland, especially along the seafront, by a short but very suggestive walk. Borgo Marinari, a place rich in history, is today one of the places of Neapolitan nightlife meeting place: here everything is special, it is a citadel in itself full of bars, restaurants, pizzerias where everything takes on a special atmosphere, far from the frantic pace of the city and where it seems that time has stopped. The marvelous is the protagonist here Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples.
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