Naples and the surrounding areas

The Heart of Naples. Discover its hidden charm

“From what it is said, it is narrated, or it is painted, Naples exceeds everything: the shore, the bay, the gulf, the Vesuvius, the city, the nearby countryside, castles, walks ... I apologize all those that with the view of Naples faint!”

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The cityscape of Naples as seen from the sea. From bottom left: the Royal Palace, Castel Nuovo and the Maritime Station. Up on the hill: Castel Sant’Elmo The Royal Palace of Naples A view of the city from the hills: in the foreground the dome of San Pietro a Majella and in the background the Gothic facade of the Cathedral of Naples The Cathedral of Naples The Royal chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro Paradise scene of the dome of the Royal chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro frescoed by Giovanni Lanfranco The evangelist San Matteo, detail of the 4th century AD frescoes of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte, probably the oldest in western Christianity, in the crypt of the Cathedral of Naples The splendid baroque interior of the church of Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuova, a monumental church of Naples, today an episcopal museum The splendid baroque interior of the church of Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuova, a monumental church of Naples, today an episcopal museum Skulls, worshipped by the Neapolitan people and affectionately called “anime pezzentelle” (beggar souls), in the ancient ossuary of the church of Santa Lucianella Chapel and tomb of Sergianni Caracciolo del Sole, in the church of San Giovanni a Carbonara, one of the most beautiful Renaissance churches in the city Mosaic of the “itinerant players” from the Villa of Cicero in Pompeii depicts a group of 4 characters, perhaps the metragyrtai of the Cybele cult. National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Detail of the “runner”, bronze statue found in the Villa dei Papiri in Ercolano. National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Leone knocks down a leopard, Pompeian mosaic, detail. National Archaeological Museum of Naples Detail of the Torment of Dirce, better known as Toro Farnese, a Hellenistic marble sculptural group. National Archaeological Museum of Naples. The “Fontana del Gigante” is one of the monumental fountains of Naples from the early 17th century; it is located in the historic center in via Partenope, a short distance from the castel dell’Ovo. View of “Piazza del Plebiscito” towards the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola Night view of the city: in the foreground the tourist port of Mergellina, in the background: Castel dell’Ovo and Mount Vesuvius.

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