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The history of Naples is a fascinating journey that runs through millennia, dotted with dominations, cultures and events that have shaped its unique character. Its origins date back to the eighth century BC with the Greek settlers who founded Parthenope on the islet of Megarides.
Over the centuries, the city has seen Greeks, Romans, Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese and Spaniards alternate, each leaving its own mark. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Naples for over five centuries, from the thirteenth to the eighteenth, and has experienced a period of great splendor under the Bourbons, becoming a cultural and artistic center of reference in Europe.
Naples has also faced tragic historical events, but it has always been able to rise from its ashes, showing a tenacity and vitality that distinguish it.
Today, the city boasts an invaluable heritage: from Greco-Roman archaeological remains to medieval churches, from Renaissance palaces to Baroque monuments, to works of art preserved in its museums. Naples is also a kaleidoscope of traditions, flavors and popular culture, which are expressed in its lively festivals, its craftsmanship and its renowned gastronomy.
With its millennial history, its contagious vitality and its timeless beauty, Naples continues to enchant and conquer anyone lucky enough to visit it.

Historic Center

The beating heart of Naples, a labyrinth of winding alleys and historic squares, where you can breathe the true soul of the city. A UNESCO heritage site that encompasses 27 centuries of history, including Baroque churches, Renaissance palaces and Roman archaeological remains. A kaleidoscope of colors, flavors and traditions, where you can get lost among the market stalls, savor pizza in a typical trattoria and immerse yourself in the lively and authentic atmosphere. An unforgettable experience for those who love art, culture and lived life.

Maschio Angioino

Emblem of the city, the Maschio Angioino stands proudly on the port. Erected in the thirteenth century by Charles I of Anjou, this medieval castle was a royal residence and military fortress. Its crenellated towers and mighty city walls tell stories of battles and sieges. Inside, the Palatine Chapel and the Treasury Hall charm with frescoes and works of art. Today, the Maschio Angioino is a museum that hosts exhibitions and events. Climbing to its top, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the Gulf of Naples. An unforgettable experience for lovers of history, art and culture, which will remain imprinted as a journey through time.

Veiled Christ

In the Sansevero Chapel, the Veiled Christ of Giuseppe Sanmartino moves with its ethereal beauty. Scarved from a single block of marble in 1753, it represents Jesus lying on a bed, covered by a transparent veil. The sculptural mastery makes the veil soft and light, almost as if it were real fabric. The delicacy of the features of Christ and the serene expression of his face convey a deep emotion. A work of art that drives reflection and conquers visitors with its timeless beauty. An absolute masterpiece not to be missed for those visiting Naples.

San Gregorio Armeno

In the heart of Naples, Via San Gregorio Armeno is a riot of colors, shapes and tradition. Here, artisans create unique nativity scenes, populated by masterfully sculpted terracotta characters and dressed in sumptuous clothes. From sacred figures to shepherds, from typical crafts to scenes of everyday life, each nativity scene is a small masterpiece that tells the story, culture and devotion of the Neapolitan people. An immersion in the magic of Christmas that excites young and old, between smiles and amazement. An experience not to be missed for those who want to discover the authentic soul of Naples.

Spanish Quarters

Hidden between the Church of the New Jesus and Via Toledo, the Spanish Quarters wind like a male of lively and colorful alleys. A popular neighborhood rich in history, where you can breathe the authentic soul of Naples. Between waving drying roas and artisan shops, you meet genuine people and witness scenes of everyday life that tell the true essence of the city. Colorful murals embellish the walls, while in the evening it comes alive with music and vocifulant trattorias. A dive into the true Naples, between tradition, passions and contrasts.

National Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples, one of the most important in the world, holds an invaluable treasure of archaeological finds from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Frescoes, mosaics, sculptures and objects of everyday life take us back in time, offering a unique testimony of life in ancient Rome. The statue of the Farnese Bull, symbol of the museum, and the secrets of the Villa of the Papyrus are just some of the treasures that await you. A fascinating journey into ancient history and culture, not to be missed by any archaeology and history enthusiast.

PAN - Palazzo delle Arti Napoli

Located in the eighteenth-century Palazzo Carafa di Roccella in Via dei Mille, it is a museum of modern and contemporary art. Born in 2005, the PAN has taken a central role in the city’s cultural landscape, hosting temporary exhibitions of great importance and enhancing contemporary artistic production. After a period of renovation, the museum reopened its doors in March 2024 as a Museum of the Image, with a renewed project that aims to resew the relationship with the city and propose itself as a research center on the new frontiers of the visual landscape. Exhibition spaces, consultation, services and tools for the meeting and study of contemporary works of art await visitors, offering a rich and stimulating cultural experience. The PAN, with its new guise as the Museum of the Image, is confirmed as a place of reference for lovers of contemporary art and for all those who wish to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Naples.

Shopping streets

Naples offers shopping lovers a wide variety of streets and neighborhoods dedicated to all tastes and budgets. For unbridled luxury, Via Chiaia, Via dei Mille and Via Calabritto host high fashion boutiques and international big names. For a more traditional experience, the streets of the Vomero district, or Corso Umberto I and Via Toledo offer a wide range of shops of clothing, shoes, accessories and typical local products. Antique enthusiasts will find their paradise in the Historic Center, between alleys and stalls displaying period objects and local crafts. For lovers of vintage and second hand, the Porta Nolana Market is an unmissable stop, with its colorful desks offering clothing, accessories and unique items at advantageous prices. Finally, for lovers of books and objects, Port’Alba and Via San Gregorio Armeno are a real paradise, with historical bookstores and artisan shops that make nativity scenes and miniatures.

Royal Palace

Symbol of Bourbon power, the Royal Palace dominates Piazza del Plebiscito with its neoclassical architecture. Residence of the sovereigns for over a century, it holds a treasure trove of works of art and period furnishings. Today, the Palace is a museum open to the public, a journey into Neapolitan history and culture. Between frescoed apartments, art galleries and the spectacular staircase of honor, you will relive the splendours of the Bourbon court. An unmissable experience for lovers of art, architecture and history, which will remain imprinted as a regal dream.

Castel dell'Ovo

On the islet of Megaride, the Castel dell’Ovo dominates the Gulf of Naples. Founded in the twelfth century, this Norman castle has seen a succession of Swabes, Aragonese and Angevins. Its ancient walls and striking location make it a magical place. Inside, the Museum of Castel dell’Ovo traces the history of the castle and the city. From the panoramic terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Naples and Vesuvius. A real jewel to discover, for an immersion in the history and beauty of Naples.

Naples Underground

Under the lively heart of Naples, a secret world extends: Underground Naples. A maze of tunnels, galleries and cavities that guard the history of the city since its Greek origins. Between Roman aqueducts, medieval cisterns and anti-aircraft shelters of the Second World War, you will relive the events of Naples, from the Roman Empire to the tragic bombs. A suggestive journey between mystery and legend, discovering the hidden soul of the Neapolitan city. You will admire ancient archaeological remains, hidden treasures and works of art, accompanied by expert guides who will reveal the secrets of this underworld to you. An unforgettable experience for those who love adventure, history and mystery, which will leave you breathless.

Lungomare Caracciolo

The Lungomare of Naples, with its 12 km of coastline, is a real gem. From Castel dell’Ovo to Mergellina, it offers enchanting views of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and the Sorrento peninsula. Walking or cycling, you can admire historic palaces, Liberty villas, flower gardens and the Castel dell’Ovo. Stop by for an ice cream or to enjoy the exquisite Neapolitan cuisine in one of the many restaurants by the sea. The Lungomare is perfect for a relaxing morning, a romantic sunset walk or a family outing. An experience not to be missed for those visiting Naples!

Rione Sanità

In the heart of Naples, at the foot of Capodimonte, lies the Rione Sanità, a district rich in history, art and authentic traditions. Between narrow alleys and historic palaces, there is a lively and genuine popular atmosphere. Suggestive catacombs, such as those of San Gennaro and San Gaudioso, preserve frescoes and early Christian sculptures, while the Basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità reveals masterpieces of the Neapolitan Baroque. Living traditions are manifested in the local market, where you can taste the real Neapolitan pizza and immerse yourself in popular devotion during the processions. A neighborhood in rebirth, thanks to young artists and activists who re-evaluate it with murals and cultural initiatives. An experience not to be missed to discover the true soul of Naples, between history, art, tradition and a unique atmosphere.

Reggia e Bosco di Capodimonte

A perfect combination of art, nature and history that offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. The Reggia, an ancient Bourbon royal residence, houses the National Museum of Capodimonte, one of the most important art collections in Italy. Works by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian and Van Dyck are thrunk on the walls, while the porcelain of Capodimonte, a precious local manufacture, elegantly decorates the rooms. The Dorica Gallery, with its golden stuccoes and battle paintings, represents a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The Bosco di Capodimonte, which surrounds the Reggia, is a 120-hectare green oasis that offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Paths and centuries-old trees accompany the steps on a path that leads to the Villa Floridiana, also inside the woods, which houses a collection of modern and contemporary sculptures. Reggia and Bosco di Capodimonte are not only places to visit, but real experiences to live. A plunge into Naples’ glorious past, a journey through artistic masterpieces of inestimable value and an encounter with the lush nature of the woods. A place where art, history and nature meet to create a magical and evocative atmosphere.

Certosa of San Martino

On the hill of Vomero, in Naples, stands the majestic Certosa di San Martino, a monumental complex that encompasses history, art and culture. Founded in 1325 by Charles of Anjou, the Charterhouse was expanded and embellished over the centuries, assuming the current Baroque aspect in the seventeenth century. Today it is a National Museum, housing a rich collection of works of art, including paintings, sculptures, tapestries and Neapolitan nativity scenes. The Church, with its majolica dome and frescoes by Mattia Preti, is a true baroque jewel. The Big Cloister, surrounded by a porch decorated with majolica, offers a striking view of the city. The Treasury Room, holds precious sacred objects and relics. But the Certosa di San Martino is also a place of spirituality. The church and noisters are still used by the Certosians for their prayers and meditations. An oasis of peace in the heart of Naples, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of art and the spirituality of the place. Since 2023, the Certosa also houses the National Museum of San Martino, which traces the history of the monumental complex and the city of Naples. A unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of this magical and suggestive place. Finally, from the courtyard in front of the entrance you can admire one of the most beautiful and suggestive views of Naples, both day and night.

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