Naples Walking Tour
Naples is considered the capital of Southern Italy, the third-largest municipality after Rome and Milan and one of the richest for its cultural and artistic heritage. Founded around the 8th century B.C. by Greek colonists, the town was originally called Parthenope (VII B.C.) and then Neapolis, Νέα Πόλις, the New Town, a hub of commercial activities in the Greek world. Around 320 B.C. Conquered by the Romans, they ruled until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D. Through the centuries Naples has been under several foreign dominations. The city’s religious and secular architecture show a variety of styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Catalan, Tuscan, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Neoclassical. Naples walking tour will cover all the historical periods and two different areas.
The tour start from the Neo-classical Plebiscito square, the main center of Naples, one of the biggest in Italy. Your guide will take you from there to the so called Royal area, with its imposing Royal Palace the symbol of the Power from the XVII century until the World Wars.
At a short distance you’ll find the Royal Opera House, San Carlo Theatre, built in 1737 by the king of Naples Charles III Bourbon. Important musicians and conductors had been performed.
In the center of the city the Galleria Umberto I with its polychrome marbles and the neo-Renaissance style of the decorations, today houses a shopping center and coffè bars.
The New Castel is a French fortress built in a very strategic position and entirely restored during the Spanish domination in the XV-XVI century. Nowadays is the symbol of this area.
You’ll cross Toledo street that is one of the arterial road of the city, flanked by shops and restaurants for a pleasant walk.
The Historical center is a complex and fascinating tangle of alleys that still shows the Greek layout. One of the most famous road is Spaccanapoli that literally means “that splits the town in two” and it follows a Greek road. Traditional workshops and aristocratic palaces once owned by important Neapolitan noble families are alternated along the way. Piazza del Gesù is a kind of entrance to the historical center where you’ll see the obelisk of the Virgin Mary. A Must to see is the Church Gesù Nuovo that is the triumph of the Baroque style and the old Basilica of Santa Chiara.
Piazza San Domenico can be considered the core of the historical center: another marble obelisk dominates the square along with the Church of San Domenico that was the seat of the Dominican order.
A tiny road called san Gregorio Armeno is one of the most picturesque places in Naples: this is the road where craftsmen show their skills in making the figurines for the Christmas nativity scenes. Overcrowded all year long you can really breath a Neapolitan atmosphere!
During the Naples Walking Tour you’ll see not just the well-known highlights, but also the city’s heart, the local customs, the living traditions of Neapolitans.
- Plebiscito square
- Royal Palace
- Church of Saint Francis of Paola
- San Charles Theatre
- Galleria Umberto I
- New Castel
- Toledo street
- Spanish quarters
- Piazza del Gesù
- Church Gesù Nuovo
- Basilica of Santa Chiara
- Piazza san Domenico
- Church of Saint Domenico
- San Gregorio Armeno (Nativity scenes)
- Church of Saint Lorenzo
- Ancient Greek-Roman Neapolis
The meeting point can be arranged in your hotel if is located at a reasonable distance or at the port, train station, bed & breakfast.
Feel free to spend more time on your own in the historical center, or to eat a delicious Pizza otherwise the guide will lead you back where you met.
- All the monuments can be visited from the outside if you prefer a general view of the city, but the guide is at your disposal in case you are particularly interested in some landmarks
- If you’re based in the historical center of Naples is possible to switch the places and to visit the Monumental area after the Ancient Neapolis.
- This tour is available also from Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno: for private transportation service, fill out the form at the moment of the booking.
- Lunch break during the tour
- Comfortable outfit and shoes are warmly suggested
- Full day guided service and assistance during the tour
- Entransce fees
- Subway tickets
- Transportation service
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