Our tour starts from the Carthusian Monastery of San Martino, the so-called “crown of Naples” is beautifully located on top of the Vomero hill and has a unique view on the city besides the most enchanting Neapolitan baroque church, with frescoes and paintings by Battistello, Jusepe de Ribera, Massimo Stanzione, Guido Reni. Moreover the museum has a wonderful collection of nativity scenes-“presepi” in Italian of the 18th and 19th century, one of the most important traditions of Neapolitan culture. After the visit we’ll take the “funicolare”, typical local mean of transport and we’ll reach a very colourful market: Pignasecca, typical local market with all the vendors along the street. Then we keep walking as far as piazza Gesù Nuovo, starting point of the walking tour and also of the discovery of the ancient hearth of the city. You will walk through the narrow streets of the ancient greek and roman city in order to find the origin of the city in its bowels, visiting the impressive excavations found by chance under the church of San Lorenzo, the ruins of an ancient street with shops and public buildings and the forum, the main square of the roman Neapolis. But Naples is also a city of superstition and popular traditions which often mix with religion, for instance along via San Gregorio Armeno where the artisans of terracotta represent the birth of Christ under the guise of the poor inhabitants of city in its narrow streets. Moreover you will get in touch with the mysteries of Naples in the Sansevero Chapel, temple of free masonry and esoterism with masterpieces of sculpture of 18th century . And then the magic atmosphere of a cloister of enclosed nouns in the middle of the city: the monastery of Santa Chiara, gothic angevine church where the cloister is completely coated by hand painted tiles, the so called “majolica”, bright colours mixing with lemon and orange-trees of the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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