Located in the heart of the most vibrant area "Spacca Napoli". All of the locals in the city know this famous pizzeria with a long history. At lunchtime, many students gather around and eat standing. In the birthplace of pizza, it’s safe to assume Neapolitans know their stuff. If an army of people are queuing up outside Di Matteo during lunch time, there’s usually a good reason as to why! Do not miss out!
Surrounded by crumbling buildings where laundry hangs from balconies and men look out from windows while busy smoking cigarettes, Via dei Tribunali is a long road in one of Naples' historic working-class neighborhoods. Number 32 on this street is home to La Pizzeria Sorbillo, Naples's best and most famous pizza hub. Pizza-master Gino Sorbillo has garnered a long list of award. When he's not flipping pies, Sorbillo is traveling around the world making appearances on cooking shows, explaining his ethos on perfecting Neapolitan pizza. In 2013, his restaurant received the award for best pizza restaurant by Gambero Rosso, Italy's most prominent food guide. Sorbillo is considered the foremost pizza maker responsible for changing the perception of the pizzaiolo from a second-rate cook into a deeply-respected position and has managed to elevate pizza into a highly-respected cuisine.
As befits the birthplace of pizza, Naples is home to some famous pizzerias, among them the historic - and iconic - L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, founded by Salvatore Condurro in 1870 and still run by the Condurro family. The choice is simple – pizza Marinara with tomato, oregano and garlic or pizza Margherita, with tomato, basil and garlic, the pizza reputedly created in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy when she visited Naples in 1889.
Forty meters below the characteristic and lively streets of the Historic Center of Naples, you find a different world, unexplored, isolated by time, but deeply connected with the world above. It’s the heart of Naples and the place from which the city was born. To visit it is to travel to the past, a world 2400 years old. Every historic epic, from the foundation of Neopolis, to the bombs of WWII, has left it’s mark on the walls of the yellow tufa stone, the soul of Naples, and the stone with which the city was built.
Herculaneum is a sister-site to Pompeii; a Roman town buried by the same eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed the larger Pompeii. Destroyed differently, by a pyroclastic surge which killed inhabitants, carbonized wood and left the city buried under 16-25 meters of rock, the archaeological site offers a different kind of insight into the Roman world. The site is included in the UNESCO heritage listing "Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata".
The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii has been, therefore, a tourist destination for over 250 years. Today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
Lake Fusaro was once a swamp, until the 18th century when it was used to cultivate mussels and oysters. Under the Bourbon King of Naples, Ferdinand IV, it became the private hunting and fishing reserve of the royal family. Completed in 1782, the hunting lodge is composed of three intersecting octagons and almost looks like a pagoda.
Via San Gregorio Armeno. Christmas Alley as it is known, it is the undisputed world capital of the Nativity and home to the artisans and merchants who specialize in the art and the craft of the Neapolitan Presepe. From the religious to secular, the sacred to the profane, the presepe is a snapshot of Neapolitan life past and present. A centuries-old tradition elevated to new heights by Neapolitan artists of the Baroque period, it continues to evolve as successive generations of artists put their own stamp on this time-honored craft.
Museo di Capodimonte is an art museum located in the Palace of Capodimonte, a grand Bourbon palazzo in Naples. The museum is the prime repository of Neapolitan painting and decorative art, with several important works from other Italian schools of painting, and some important ancient Roman sculptures. It is one of the largest museums in Italy.
This 19th-century Basilica is a star in its own right and is a rare example of the Neo-Classical style in Naples. The Basilica sits at the center of a hemicycle of 38 Doric columns that dominates Naples famed Piazza del Plebiscito. The Piazza was built as part of a redevelopment project of the area that was then known as Largo di Palazzo.
With its masterpieces such as the famous Veiled Christ, renowned world over for the remarkable tissue-like quality of the marble, feats of virtuosity such as DiThe Sansevero Chapel Museum in the historic heart of Naples is a jewel of the world’s artistic heritage. Here, baroque creativity, dynastic pride, beauty and mystery blend to create a unique and almost timeless atmosphere.
Palazzo dello Spagnolo, in Naples’s Rione Sanità, is attributed to one of the masters of Neapolitan baroque architecture, Gaetano Sanfelice (1675-1748), famous for the daring design of his staircases.
Posillipo is a residential quarter of Naples, southern Italy, located along the northern coast of the Gulf of Naples; it is called Pusilleco in the Neapolitan language. From the 1st century BC the Bay of Naples witnessed the rise of villas constructed by elite Romans along the most panoramic points of the coast, who had chosen the area as a favorite vacation spot. The remains of some of these can be seen today in the archaeological park and elsewhere.
The Catacombs of San Gennaro are arranged on two levels that are not superimposed, both characterized by much larger spaces than the more famous Roman catacombs. This is due to the workability and strength of the tuff. The original nucleus of the Catacombs of San Gennaro dates back to the 2nd century AD. It was probably the tomb of a noble family, who then provided spaces for the Christian community.
The Bourbon Gallery and the surrounding underground environments represent a description of the last 500 years of Naples’ history.
Vesuvio National Park, of great geological and historical interest, has been established in order to safeguard the values of the territory, use suitable means to allow a correct integration between man and environment, promote environmental education and scientific research activities. The Park was also born from the need to defend the most famous volcano in the world: Vesuvius, a typical example of fence volcano consisting of an external truncated cone, the extinct Mt. Somma, with a crateric perimeter which has been mainly destroyed and in which there is a smaller cone represented by Vesuvius, which is still active. The territory, rich in historical-naturalistic beauties, boasts of a unique agricultural production for the great variety and originality of its tastes.
Castel Sant'Elmo is a medieval fortress located on a hilltop near the Certosa di San Martino, overlooking Naples, Italy. The name "Sant'Elmo" derives from a former 10th-century church, Sant'Erasmo, shortened to "Ermo" and, finally altered to "Elmo". It presently serves as a museum, exhibition hall, and offices. While most visitors forgo visiting Castle Sant’Elmo, the 360° panoramic views of the city and the bay from the castle’s terrace are worth the trip. The Novecento a Napoli Museum is housed in the ex-High Prison, Carcere Alto in Piazza d’Armi and features an impressive collection of 20th Century (Neapolitan) Modern Art.
If Naples has been described as an amphitheater wrapping around the bay, then Lungomare would be its front row seats. The city’s 3km long Seafront Promenade, Lungomare wraps around the bay from Mergellina on the west to the end of Via Partenope on the east. With the sea on one side and Naples Villa Comunale Park on the other, Lungomare is a green and blue oasis in the center of the city with some of the most panoramic views in the world.
The castle's name comes from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil, who had a reputation in the Middle Ages as a great sorcerer and predictor of the future. In the legend, Virgil put a magical egg into the foundations to support the fortifications. Had this egg been broken, the castle would have been destroyed and a series of disastrous events for Naples would have followed. The castle is located between the districts of San Ferdinando and Chiaia, facing Mergellina across the sea.
Burrowed fifty meters into the earth, the bowels of the station were built below the ground water. But the deepest station built on Line 1 to date is no black hole. In fact, the further down you go, the brighter the station gets. From the black of the ground to the ocher of the earth, until finally reaching the blues of the sea.
The Real Teatro di San Carlo (Royal Theatre of Saint Charles), its original name under the Bourbon monarchy but known today as simply the Teatro di San Carlo, is an opera house in Naples. It is located adjacent to the central Piazza del Plebiscito, and connected to the Royal Palace.
Taking its name from the 1860/1 plebiscite that joined the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies to the Italian State, Piazza del Plebiscito is home to one of four Bourbon Royal Residences – Palazzo Reale, Naples own version of the Pantheon – the Basillica of San Francesco di Paola and two palazzos that are mirror images if not in age, in facade.
Castel Nuovo, often called Maschio Angioino (Italian: "Angevin Keep"), is a medieval castle located in front of Piazza Municipio and the city hall (Palazzo San Giacomo) in central Naples, Italy. Its scenic location and imposing size make the castle, first erected in 1279, one of the main architectural landmarks of the city. It was a royal seat for kings of Naples, Aragon and Spain until 1815.
The picturesque route called ''Spaccanapoli street'' will show you the heart of Naples. Spaccanapoli separates Naples into two parts and goes through the center of the city. It's the most visited place in Naples with it's churches, old houses, sights and souvenirs. The credit goes to the ancient Greeks and Romans. These early settlers thoughtfully put in place a city plan with three parallel decumani (main streets), the most famous of which was the decumanus inferior, Spaccanapoli’s forerunner. Actually, Spaccanapoli is not one street at all but the nickname given to the sequence of streets (Via Benedetto Croce, Via San Biagio dei Librai and Via Vicaria Vecchia) that cut through the heart of the city’s historical center, essentially splitting Naples in two (hence the name).