NAPLES: A CITY JUST WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED
A day among the narrow streets of Naples' enchanting historic centre, with a visit to Posillipo to admire the beauty of the city from a more distant vantage point.
What we will see
- The Maschio Angioino
- San Carlo Opera House
- Galleria Umberto I
- Piazza del Plebiscito, Palazzo Reale, Church of St. Francis of Paola
- Riviera di Chiaia
- Via Caracciolo
What we will do
- We leave the port for an excursion that takes us to the major places of interest in Naples: from the imposing Castle known as the Maschio Angioino - built 700 years ago by Charles of Anjou and subsequently the sumptuous residence of kings and viceroys - to the San Carlo, one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe, and on to the Galleria Umberto I, the spectacular arcade built between 1887 and 1890 as part of an effort to revamp the city.
- We then cross the Piazza del Plebiscito, one of the most famous and beautiful of Naples' piazzas. With a surface area of 25,000 square metres it is one of the biggest piazzas in Italy and often serves as a venue for major events. Here we can see the magnificent Palazzo Reale, one of the four residences used by the Bourbon Royal Family in the period of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and the Church of St. Francis of Paola, which features an impressive pronaos with six Ionic columns.
- We then head along the Riviera di Chiaia, a seafront boulevard of noble palazzi that links Piazza della Vittoria with Piazza della Repubblica in the Chiaia district. The name means 'beach' in the Catalan language and dates back to the time of the Aragonese domination. Here we pass in front of Villa Pignatelli to reach Posillipo, an elegant quarter which occupies a hill in the west of Naples and offers sumptuous views of the gulf and the city.
- At the end of this part of the tour we cross Via Caracciolo, the street named after the hero of the Neapolitan Republic who was captured and sentenced to death by Nelson in 1799. This coastline is truly breathtaking and is indeed considered one of the most beautiful coastal panoramas in the world. Once it was only the beach that separated the road from the sea, but now there is also a substantial man-made reef. At this point we have some free time before we return to the ship.
What you need to know
- This excursion involves walking for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.