domenica 27 febbraio 2011

The Top 10 things to do & see in Naples

1- Fontanelle cemetery

It's maybe the place that best represents the mixture of faith and superstition typical pf Naples

As you enter you will be fascinated by the incredible number of bones and skulls, but what impresses even more are the legends that characterize this place.

The cemetery is open daily from 10 to 17.
Closed Wednesdays.
Free admission
Free guided tours Saturday and Sunday at 10-11-12am

2 – Sanservero Chapel and the Veiled Christ

In the heart of the historic center of Naples, within walking distance from Decumano Maggiore, you’ll find the Sansevero Chapel. This place will charm you with its statues and for the experiments half way between Prince of Sansevero’s science and magic ,but what leave you breathless will be the view of the Veiled Christ.

The Veiled Christ is a marble opera made by Giuseppe Sanmartino. Legend says that the veil covering the Christ is the work of Raimondo di Sangro, prince and purchaser of the art work, as well as passionate alchemist. (photo from internet)

Sansevero Chapel Museum
Via Francesco De Sanctis, 19/21
Weekdays: 10:00 to 17:40
Sundays and holidays: 10:00 to 13:10
Closed Tuesdays
Monday "in albis": 10:00 to 18:40
May 1: 10:00 to 18:40
December 8: 10:00 to 18:40

3 - Cribs

If you cvome to Naples you certainly can’t miss the chance to visit the craft shops where all year artesans work to give light to the famous statues (Historic Centre - San Gregorio Armeno). Each piece is unique since it is created and painted by hand. All the characters end up becoming the most famous statues of the Neapolitan crib!
(photo from internet)
4 - Pizza

If you come to Naples you can’t miss the pizza! Everywhere you go you'll see many pizzeria and all of them make an excellent pizza! But if you really want to enjoy the best one we suggest you the old pizzeria Da Michele (where the pizza is the classic one: margherita or marinara and you eat your pizza sat together with other people at the same table – you’ll pay around 7 € (pizza + drink) or Starita in Materdai quartier.

If you are in the old town, however, you can eat “the pizza a portafoglio”( "wallet") is sold folded up in 4parts to be enjoyed while walking (average price € 1.50).

5 - Mozzarella

The real mozzarella is only the one made in Campania, as all people know. But not everyone knows that there are two types of Campania mozzarella: one coming from Battipaglia and the areas around with its delicate flavor and the other from the area of Mondragone with a decided taste. Thousand are the ways to cook this wonderful cheese, but if you want to experience the full flavor, eat it fresh, maybe with the tomato (Caprese) or salad.

For those who want to bring home the mozzarella here are some few simple tips:
- Should be eaten fresh within a maximum of 2 days from the date of purchase (after that period you can cook it)
- Never put in the fridge
- Should be preserved at room temperature in the bag with water as sold. About 20 minutes before serving it, immerse the bag in warm water.
(Photo from internet)

6 - Sfogliatelle

It is the typical Neapolitan pastry as well as the baba and pastier. There are 2 types of Sfogliatella : riccia  “puff” or “frolla “pastry”. It should be eaten hot, just taken out of the oven!
Places to eat classic sfogliatelle are:
- Attanasio (Central Station)
- Mary (Via Toledo - Galleria Umberto I)
- Pintauro (Via Toledo)

7 - Treasure of San Gennaro

You’ll never find a Neapolitan who doesn’t know and love San Gennaro. San Gennaro is not only the city's patron saint ,he’s considered almost a friend to turn to for any problem. Between the Saint and citizens, in fact, there is a kind of "contract" signed before a notary public in 1500 in which the Saint is committed to protecting Naples and Neapolitans agree to keep his treasure.

The Treasure of San Gennaro is one of the most precious treasures existing (it is so rich that it has never been possible to quantify its economic value) and, despite being linked to a saint, but it doesn’t belong to the Curia but it belongs to the city. (photo from internet)

Museum of San Gennaro
Via Duomo, 149
Open every day from 9.00 to 17.00
Easter Open 9.00 -14.00
Easter Monday is open from 9.00 to 19.00

8 - Chapel of Maradona

After San Gennaro the most beloved person by the Neapolitan is Maradona. It 's so popular that in the the heart of Spaccanapoli, exactly in Piazzetta Nilo (historical centre), there is a shrine dedicated to Maradona where it is kept a lock of his hair (Photo from internet)

9 - Pignasecca

Those who love the markets think that Naples is a paradise! Maybe for it’s good weather maybe for tradition, but most of the historical centre shops use to show their goods outside the shop just like in the local markets.

A typical area for this type of shopping is Pignasecca (Downtown - Montesanto). Here you will find a neighborhood that daily changes into a market. The products range from fish to meat, from fried pizza to items of clothing. (Photo from internet)

10 - A stroll through the bars!

And after a day of sightseeing what's better than a good drink?

If you really want to live the Naples’ night life we suggest the area of Chiaia, full of small bars and little clubs and in summer the “Borgo Marinari” area with its bars and restaurants right in front of the sea (at few steps from Castel dell 'Ovo).
(photo from internet)

1 commento:

  1. Wow! This is very adventurous experience in the Hotel Napoli. I didn't expect this kind of adventure and I really amazed for this place. I want to experience this Top 10 things to do & see in Naples. I will visit this soon for this coming summer. Thank you for sharing this with us.