Itineraries in Naples

Itineraries, to discover Naples to immerse yourself in a single atmosphere and get to know every detail, you can’t help but live it on foot with some of the walks in the most beautiful places.

In the historic center there are numerous streets that are articulated inside, bringing tourists to discover monuments and places of interest, but also small shops and places to relax and taste good Neapolitan cuisine.

Elegant districts like Chiaia and Vomero are no different and are also perfect for those who love high quality shopping. To relax it is mandatory to take a walk in one of the parks or to be breathless in front of the panorama that the Lungomare offers.

The Vomero is a hilly area of ​​Naples and is among the richest in the city. The central area is very popular for almost complete pedestrianization and is ideal for shopping or just relaxing. Starting from via Cilea, with its shops of all kinds and bars, it crosses via Luca Giordano, via the large shopping centers such as Trony, Calzedonia, Intimissimi, as well as various Japanese restaurants. On one side it comes out in the famous Piazza Medaglie d’Oro, from the other it crosses via Aniello Falcone, animated by the nightlife.
Continuing on via Cilea, you arrive in via Scarlatti and Piazza Vanvitelli, also with bars and clubs frequented especially on weekends. In the parallel via Cimarosa you can make a stop at the green area of ​​the Floridiana. Going uphill, you arrive at the San Martino lookout point where you can admire a splendid view of the whole city and where Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino rise, which includes a museum, a church and two cloisters.

Discovering a part of the historic center where art and culture are breathed in every corner. Immediately after Piazza del Gesù begins Via Benedetto Croce, part of Spaccanapoli, where in addition to many shops of objects of the Neapolitan tradition, bars, street food and the famous artisan chocolate shop Gay Odin, stands the Palazzo Venezia. So called because it was given to the Republic of Venice in 1412, it can be visited on the first floor and is used above all for events, concerts and exhibitions. Continuing we arrive at Piazza San Domenico Maggiore with the homonymous church and the obelisk, a little further on is Largo Corpo di Napoli with the Statue of the God Nile, testimony to the presence of an Egyptian community of two thousand years ago. From here begins San Biagio dei Librai, that is the Lower Decumano, dotted with souvenir and craft shops, on which rise Palazzo Carafa and Palazzo Marigliano and where it is possible to visit the Monte di Pietà. About halfway along the route you will come across the famous San Gregorio Armeno.

San Gregorio Armeno connects the Lower Decumano with Via dei Tribunali known throughout the world as the Via dei Presepi. Along the way you can stop at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore which leads to the ancient Roman market underground, while at the mouth of Via dei Tribunali is the monumental Basilica of San Paolo Maggiore, built on the ruins of the Temple of Dioscuri . Slightly on the side is the entrance to Napoli Sotterranea. Via dei Tribunali is famous for the city's best pizzerias, including Sorbillo and Di Matteo, but also for the Pio Monte della Misericordia with the "Seven Works of Mercy" by Caravaggio. At a certain point the street crosses Via Duomo, also called the Via dei Musei. In addition to the Cathedral, in fact, there are the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro, the Filangieri Museum, the Girolamini Complex, the Diocesan Museum and the Madre Museum.

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Starting from the National Archaeological Museum, the richest in the world for the patrimony of works of archaeological interest, we continue to Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli which leads to Piazza Bellini, one of the squares of the Neapolitan nightlife, animated even during the day thanks to literary cafés and to the BRAU library, which make it an area of great cultural ferment. The presence of the remains of the ancient Greek walls is also impressive. From Piazza Bellini you can go down to Piazza del Gesù crossing Via San Sebastiano, the street of musical instruments, full of violinmakers, but also of small artisans of bags and clothing. In Piazza del Gesù stands the church of the same name, one of the greatest expressions of Baroque culture that preserves the body of Saint Giuseppe Moscati. A few steps away is the Complex of Santa Chiara with its beautiful majolica cloister.

Pozzuoli is a small town adjacent to Naples, located just after the Bagnoli district, its Lungomare is another of the most beautiful scenic walks to do. Overlooking the Gulf of Pozzuoli, it offers a wonderful view from the island of Nisida to the coast of Bacoli and Miseno in front of the Isle of Capri. On the beautiful spring and summer days it is very popular with the Neapolitans and the many tourists who like to linger on the benches that are on the path or at the tables of the many bars or pizzerias and restaurants. At the end of the walk, after having crossed the Roman arch, you reach the Piazzetta della Repubblica, full of bars and clubs. Not far away, after a series of alleys, you can reach Largo San Paolo, known as the area of the Gozzetto (from the homonymous local), which overlooks the Darsena and with a wall on which to linger for a drink with friends.

The green areas of Naples where you can enjoy a few hours of relaxation are numerous and located in various districts of the city. Among the most famous parks is the Bosco di Capodimonte, which is part of the homonymous Royal Palace, where hundreds of citizens and tourists go for a walk, jog or bike ride through the dozens of centuries-old trees. Also the Virgilian park, on the hill of Posillipo, is one of the favorite destinations to relax and offers a splendid view of the Gulf of Naples from its belvedere. At the Vomero, instead, there is the Floridiana, also with a magnificent Belvedere, where it is possible to visit the Duca di Martina Ceramics Museum. Not least are the Camaldoli Park, the Astroni Reserve, the Villa Comunale, but to get to know them all, see the section dedicated to the parks of Naples.

The one on the Lungomare is certainly one of the most fascinating walks in Naples and there are many tourists who include it as a stopover to visit the city, even for the events that are often organized. About 3 km long, it runs from Mergellina to Via Nazario Sauro, passing through the famous Via Caracciolo and the bustling Via Partenope. It offers one of the most beautiful views in the world because it allows you to admire the impressive Mount Vesuvius, the Castel dell'Ovo on the islet of Megaride, the island of Capri and the hill of Posillipo. Partly along the Villa Comunale, a green space that reaches Piazza Vittoria, with the background of the Vomero hill. On Via Partenope you can stop for a drink or a pizza, choosing from the many bars, cafes and pizzerias (including Sorbillo) that enliven the street, while on the Mergellina side there are numerous chalets. Behind the Castle, on the other hand, there is the Borgo Marinari with its characteristic fish restaurants and small bars.

Via dei Mille, via Filangieri and via Chiaia are three of the most elegant and richest streets in the city, among the most popular even for those who want to shop in high-fashion stores. The most famous are the large Louis Vitton boutique and Bulgari jewelery, obligatory stops for high quality purchases. Along Via dei Mille you can also stop at the PAN, the Palace of the Arts in Naples which hosts various exhibitions of contemporary and non-contemporary art, of local and international artists, almost always with free admission. Walking along via Filangieri, where you can stop at Prada, you arrive at via Chiaia, a street that is full of clothing and shoe stores, but also of street food, bars and ice cream parlors. Along the way is the Ponte di Chiaia, built in 1636, which connects the area with the Pizzofalcone hill (but currently the elevator is out of order), while in a side street there is the famous Pizzeria Brandi, where it is said to be the margherita pizza was born. At the end of the road you come out into the famous Piazza del Plebiscito.

Piazza Dante is one of the most important in Naples, in the historic center, and is characterized by the homonymous statue of the poet built in 1871. On one side stands the Convitto Nazionale with 26 statues representing the virtues of Charles of Bourbon and adjacent to it it is Port'Alba, one of the ancient accesses to the city. Piazza Dante is located at the beginning of via Toledo, one of the completely pedestrian shopping streets. On the way the shops of the big chains, and artisans, it is also worth stopping to visit the Art Station Toledo, considered among the most beautiful in the world. from the other end, after an obligatory stop by Esterina Sorbillo for a fried pizza, we arrive at Piazza Trieste e Trento with the famous Caffè Gambrinus and not far away, the Teatro San Carlo. Immediately afterwards there is the huge Piazza del Plebiscito, overlooked by the Royal Palace and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola.

The area of San Pasquale a Chiaia, surrounded by numerous alleys and narrow streets, is among the most elegant in Naples, along with the streets of the Vomero. After visiting the church of the same name in Piazza, you can continue on Via Carlo Poerio, lingering in the many antique shops that display paintings, furniture and even rare objects. Continuing we arrive in Piazza dei Martiri, with the monument dedicated to the fallen of the Republic of 1799, where the Feltrinelli megastore is located. Instead, going into the various cross-streets, you can walk between vico Belledonne, via Cavallerizza, via Bisignano and vico Alabardieri, rich in clothing and gift shops, wineries and some famous bakeries, little streets that make up the famous baretto area, especially in the evening by young people aged 30 and over.

The stairs of Naples are ancient pedestrian paths that connect different areas of the city, generally combining the hilly areas with the center and the Lungomare. They are considered real urban works of art and, despite the fact that today there are faster and less strenuous means of connection, they are still used for their charm. They were built from the 16th century when the Spanish viceroy decided to expand the city beyond the Vomero hill towards the "lower city", but over the centuries they were also built in other neighborhoods. They are very beautiful to go and allow you to experience the city from another point of view, discovering new corners and foreshortenings. Many have disappeared, but dozens still exist and among the most famous are the Salita della Pedamentina, the Rampe del Petraio, Calata San Francesco, Salita Moiariello and the Stairs of Sant’Antonio ai Monti. Please refer to the section dedicated to the Stairs of Naples to learn more.