Tour Naples and surroundings.
In the room there are maps, guides and the ‘Here Napoli’ magazine (with museums, shows, timetables, transport means, etc.). If you are staying several days, you might profit from an “Art Card”, which could be purchased at the first museum or the first archaeological site (because the first is free, you might want to start from the most expensive).
1) A short walk from our B&B the following can be found:
Palazzo Zevallos (Toledo, Banca Intesa San Paolo building) where “The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula” by Caravaggio is exhibited; Maschio Angioino (New Castle), Teatro San Carlo (right in front there’s an info point), Galleria Umberto and the Royal Palace. You can book a guided tour that shows all three. Definitely worth seeing the inside of the San Carlo theatre (among the most important in Europe). Before crossing Piazza Plebiscito you can stop at Caffè Gambrinus, all painted inside; next is the ” Caffè del Profesore”, where special coffees are prepared. Continuing, you arrive at the seafront where the important hotels and the Castel dell’Ovo (a castle on the water) are located, and onto the left we have the lovely Borgo Marinari with many small bars and restaurants. If you can make it, keep walking to Vittoria Square (where the Villa Comunale is located), then leave the boardwalk and go inside where there is the élite of Naples: Piazza dei Martiri, Via dei Mille (shopping street) and the Museum Pan at the Palazzo Roccella. There is an excellent pastry-shop, named Moccia, in S. Pasquale street.
If you walk down to the Riviera di Chiaia, you can see an amazing villa from the 18th century, the Villa Pignatelli. If you have the strength, keep up along the waterfront until Chalet-bars of Mergellina (excellent icecream to Chalet-bar Ciro).
Before the castle Maschio Angioino you can take the bus tour, City Sight-Seeing, which also cross the whole hill of Posillipo Via Petrarca, known for its splendid views.
2) Historical Downtown:
From Via Medina you arrive in Piazza del Gesù. You must visit: the Church del Gesù, the Monastery of Santa Chiara, the S. Domenico Maggiore circle, the Sansevero Chapel, peculiarly chapel which belonged to Prince Raimondo di Sangro Sansevero (writer, art connoisseur and alchemist), with sculptures of great value, among them the Cristo velato Veiled Christ, and a small chapel in polychrome marbles (often closed, but opened upon request). Between the Tribunal Courts and San Biagio dei Librai street, you find the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, the San Gregorio Armeno (the street where traditional Neapolitan crib is made), the Chapel of the Pio Monte della Misericordia (with Caravaggio’s Sette opera della Misericordia painting), the Church of Purgatorio ad Arco, famous for the veneration of so-called “capuzzelle” (opened on Saturday morning), the skulls of dead people have always been considered Neapolitans´ benevolent protectors; the Chapel of Monte di Pietà (with many frescos) and the via S. Biagio dei librai. Then you arrive to the Via Duomo where you can visit the Cathedral, the Treasure of San Gennaro, and Picture Gallery of Girolamini, a Baroque-style complex that includes a church, two cloisters and a library that contains about 60,000 volumes.
Walk along almost all way Via Duomo and get to Via Settembrini, where there is the Madre Museum (wich was opened a few years ago, very interesting its contemporary art collection) and besides the Gothic Donnaregina church.
3) Archaeological Museum and the Royal Palace of Capodimonte:
From Medina street, take a bus to Piazza Dante (but you could also go on foot), get off at the bus stop of the Archaeological Museum, the oldest and most important of Europe. It contains all materials found in the Vesuvian area. The Roman mosaics, the Meridian Hall, the Farnese Bull, etc., and a curiosity: the hall of sex in Roman times are unique really pieces.
Take another bus to Capodimonte’s Royal Palace (art gallery, Chinese lounge, real rooms, china hall…). Often there are new shows (check on the internet).
4) Certosa di San Martino and Castel Sant ‘Elmo
Go for Via Santa Brigida and take the funicular at Piazzetta Augusteo and get off at the last stop (Piazza Fuga). Then, just upon arrival, on your right, take the two conveyor belts that take you near the Certosa di San Martino (it’s magnificent! Recently opened two new rooms with Bourbons’s boats). Then visit Sant ‘Elmo Castle from which you will enjoy a wonderful panorama.
5) Caserta’s Royal Palace (can be reached by train, about 30/40 min.):
Reputed to be more beautiful and important than that of Versailles. In spring and summer all visits should begin in the evening, with lights and shows.
6) Excavations: Herculaneum Oplonti Pompeii
With Circumvesuviana get to see the excavations at Herculaneum, but you can’t miss its Virtual Museum, very exciting, recently opened.
Continue with the circumvesuviana for Torre Annunziata, where there is a beautiful Roman villa, very well preserved, in Oplonti. It was the villa of Poppea, Nero’s wife, now a UNESCO World Heritage in ’97.
Continue to Pompeii.
7) Islands: Capri, Procida, Ischia
The hydrofoil can be taken from the Molo Beverello, right in front of our B & B.
8) Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi
Can be reached by bus or the Metro of the Sea (the service usually starts in May, check on the internet all routes that can be done by sea).
With Solfatara, the archaeological excavations (including those submerged), the Castle of Baia (also reachable by the Metro of the Sea), the Flavian Amphitheatre and Rione Terra in Pozzuoli. Very pleasant promenade at Bagnoli, Pozzuoli and Via Napoli, with many fine restaurants.