Naples in Brief or better in a few words ... Nestled between the giant and silent Vesuvius and the smoking Campi Flegrei, Naples is a metropolitan city made up of a thousand contradictions. Noisy, funny, melancholic, volcanic, spiteful and generous, however, it is full of life.Naples is fascinating at times irresistible, it is a city to which extremes seem to like a lot: narrow and dark alleys crossing avenues shaded by palm trees, facades left at the time concealing baroque salons and sanctuaries, chapels alongside trendy clubs. Sometimes it seems to be in a city where everything is left to chance, sometimes in the elegant Paris.Few European cities are so surprising, and few are equally misunderstood. The first impression coming out of·the Central Station in Piazza Garibaldi·will be that of a city more left to the free will of its citizens, given the traffic that in some days of the week grips the area, you will also notice stalls and street vendors of all nationalities from loose talk that will try to sell you something curious. Try to go beyond the appearance to discover a European city with a thousand faces refined, erudite and full of feeling. To the south and southwest is the Mercato district, with the·beautiful Piazza Mercato·and the nearby Piazza del Carmine. A few blocks west of Piazza Garibaldi begins the historic center: dense, with its alleys similar to an intoxicating labyrinth, its ancient streets are full of tourists who can now walk comfortably in the pedestrian areas adjacent to the new restricted traffic area, votive chapels and treasures hidden, they will surprise you because they will come out of nowhere when you least expect it. In the western part of Via Toledo, the traditional Neapolitan shopping street, full of shops, stretches from Piazza Trieste and Trento·to the south to Piazza Dante in the north.·To the west the streets of the·Quartieri Spagnoli widen. To the south of Via Toledo, before the Santa Lucia district, the majestic Piazza del Plebiscito, the Palazzo Reale and the world-famous Teatro San Carlo. Not far away is Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), which stands on Piazza Municipio·with its history and beauty. Distant spectator of the life that takes place at his feet, the·bourgeois·neighborhood·of Vomero is a green area with beautiful Art Nouveau villas , quiet condominiums and the bulk of Castel Sant'Elmo. To the west of Piazza del Plebiscito, Chiaia is an elegant district of boutiques and trendy bars that extends westwards to the small port of Mergellina, and from here the luxurious Posillipo rises on the promontory that separates·the Gulf of Naples from that of Pozzuoli.
how to get there General Information
Travelling by plane From Napoli Capodichino airport take the Alibus busline and get off at Piazza Municipio. Continue on foot to via Acton and take bus 154; get off at the stop for Saint Lucia, and the hotel is just a few steps away.
Taxi Pre-fixed taxi rate from Napoli Capodichino airport to Via Partenope eur 25,00 Fare races must be required at start race and is for each cab. Download Taxi rates
Travelling by car From the motorway, drive towards Piazza Municipio/Porto, continue on Via Acton, cross the Tunnel della Vittoria and follow Via Morelli. After 100m turn left into Piazza Vittoria. Turn left to stay in the square and then turn left into via Arcoleo. Just before the entrance to the Tunnel della Vittoria, turn right into via Chiatamone. At number 54, turn right into via Dumas and at the end of the road turn left into the garage of the hotel.
Travelling by train From Napoli Central station, take Metro Line 1 (Garibaldi, just outside the station), going towards Dante, and get off at Toledo. From there, you can take a taxi or enjoy a pleasant walk along Via Toledo and through Piazza del Plebiscito.
Taxi Pre-fixed taxi rate from Napoli Central station to Via Partenope eur 15,00 Fare races must be required at start race and is for each cab. Download Taxi rates
As first approach with the city a panoramic tour will allow you to have a wonderful synthesis of all the beauty of Naples !! Starting from the seafront on which the Royal Continental Hotel faces, you meet Castel dell'Ovo and you can admire a splendid view of the gulf; along Via Saint Lucia will reach Piazza del Plebiscito, the symbol of Naples, a veritable open-air theater, which overlooks the historic Caffè Gambrinus and the Royal Palace, home to high representation of royal power during the long years of the Bourbon monarchy, palace of king and viceroy of four dynasties. Continue along the elegant Via Chiaia to Piazza Trieste and Trento with the Fontana del Carciofo. It comes in the famous Via Toledo where you enter the Galleria Umberto to cross it in all its majesty and exit find the Real Teatro San Carlo, the oldest in Europe and one of the most famous and prestigious in the world; continuing, you come to the Angevin, which because of its strategic position was not only the role of a royal residence, but also to the fortress, and the famous Town Hall Square, one of the largest in Europe
Historical Napoli City Center
An afternoon dedicated to a guided walk to discover the most fascinating points of the historical center of the city and many curiosities. The Cathedral and in particular the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro where the ampoule is kept miraculous that contains the blood of the Saint, who "miraculously" melts among thousands of faithful. Along Via Duomo you arrive in Via dei Tribunali, the "street of pizzerias", then Piazza San Gaetano, ancient agora / forum of the city with the basilicas of San Paolo Maggiore and San Lorenzo Maggiore under which it extends today, about 10 meters of depth a real archaeological area that will allow you to make an extraordinary journey back in time in the ancient "Neapolis Subterranean" in which to take a road of the time with the related shops and appreciate the clear and visible overlap of the Greek, Roman layers and medieval. We go back and continue along San Gregorio Armeno, the famous street of artisans of the nativity scene, famous all over the world for the countless artisan shops dedicated to the art of crib, Via San Biagio dei Librai along the renowned Spaccanapoli, a path that divides the historic center with precision. almost geometric composed not by a single road but the set of seven streets, Piazzetta Nilo the so-called "Body of Naples" with the statue of the god Nile up to Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, the center of Neapolitan cultural and nocturnal life. Then we reach the Cappella Sansevero where we find the Veiled Christ, one of the most fascinating and mysterious works of which it is said that the veil of marble on the body of Christ, is actually a veil in fabric, transformed into rock thanks to a special liquid invented by the sinister Prince of Sansevero, an illustrious alchemist. We continue, passing in front of the historic pastry Scaturchio and with the opportunity to discover the tradition of the babà and Neapolitan pastry to reach the Monastery of Santa Chiara that will allow you to visit a true oasis of peace right in the center of Naples entering the ancient fourteenth century cloister with a colonnade of 66 arches, a central courtyard with four large beds and 64 pillars embellished with hand-painted majolica tiles. Exit in Piazza del Gesù where the Church of the New Jesus stands out, whose singular engraved signs that can be seen on the façade, have the shape of diamond spikes and it seems that, given their particular sequence, they allow to understand a mysterious key of reading and still the spire of the Immaculate and Palazzo Pandola where some scenes of "Matrimonio all'italiana" were filmed with Sofia Loren, taken from "Filumena Marturano" by Eduardo De Filippo. Go down to Calata Trinità Maggiore admiring the Church of Monteoliveto and Palazzo Gravina to end the visit.