|3 days and 2 nights|
Guided tour of the city, through three different points of view
Naples has a thousand faces and two thousand eyes.
It is a city of perspectives, views, shadows and light that make it even more and new for its own inhabitants.
The purpose of this route is to show it through three different points of view: from below, by surface and from above. Each day will be dedicated to one of these angles transporting tourists, like in an elevator, from the bowels of the city up to the highest peaks of the body and spirit.
Day 1 - Naples underground
Arrival to the hotel chosen for stay and check-in.
At 2,00pm meeting with the guide at the historic city center and visit the monumental complex of the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore. To know the secrets of the Neapolitan subsoil, the tour begins with a visit of the excavations of the Basilica, one of the city's most important, full of valuable evidence of the passage of the Greeks and Romans.
It was built on top of the Macellum, the (Roman) city’s marketplace. You can view crumbled archways and the remains of ancient shops. A stairway located in the complex’s cloister descends just seven metres below ground, landing on one of the narrow streets of ancient Neapolis. Here the centuries-old shopfronts of the macellum are as clearly recognisable as the structure’s characteristic diamond-shaped opus reticulatum and its successor, opus latericium.
The walk continues with a visit of "Naples Underground".
Forty meters below the characteristic and lively streets of the Historic Center of Naples, you find a different world, unexplored, isolated by time, but deeply connected with the world above.
Our guides will take you on a journey through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “womb” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological and geological point of view. Going down 136 steps, low and comfortable, we will reach a depth of about 40 meters below ground, where we will visit few of the tuffaceous cavities excavated in the Greek era (IV centuries BC.), and exploited as cisterns for the water supply of our city for approximately 23 centuries.
We will also visit the air raid shelters from the Second World War, the War Museum and the Hypogeum Gardens, a new project which the association of “Naples underground” offers to its visitors as well as multiple educational and scientific activities. The visit has a duration of about one hour.
Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 2 - Naples by surface
Breakfast in Hotel. At 9,30am meeting with the guide at the historic city center and walking tour of the city. It start from the famous Via Duomo, which leads to the imposing Cathedral of Naples, repeatedly damaged and restored, and whose current facade is in neo-Gothic style.
Inside there are the relics of San Gennaro, the patron of the city, bishop and martyr during the persecution of Diocletian. Visit of the Cathedral of Naples, and the Chapel of San Gennaro. Visit the Treasure of San Gennaro, immense wealth of gold, silver and jewels donated to the patron saint of Naples, whose value was estimated to be far higher than that of the Crown of England and the Tsar of Russia.
The walk proceed along Spaccanapoli, the main decumano of the historic center of Naples, so named because it divides into two perfectly the city.
Along the way there are the countless workshops dedicated to the art of crib where skilled craftsmen create shepherds, cribs and statues depicting, among other well-known personalities. We will look at some shops to admire Master craftsman struggling with their work, handed down from generation to generation.
The tour continues with a visit of San Severo Chapel, to admire the striking sculpture of the Veiled Christ and the fascinating Anatomical Machines.
Proceeding along the way you can visit the monumental complex of the Gothic church of Santa Chiara, built by Robert of Anjou between in 1310 and 1328.
After reaching the nearby Piazza del Gesù, you can admire the Spire of the Immaculate that dominates the center of the square and the Church of the Gesu Nuovo, built between 1584 and 1601 by Novello San Lucano, with its impressive façade with diamond tips.
Free time for lunch in a typical restaurant or neapolitan “pizza”.
In the afternoon, free walking of the Town Hall Square and the Monumental area: Piazza Carità and the historic Via Toledo, famous shopping street of Naples, Angevin Castle, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I, the Royal Palace, Piazza Plebiscito.
Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 3 - Naples top view
Breakfast in Hotel, check-out and transfer to Castel Sant’Elmo that from San Martino hill overlooking the entire city, offering breathtaking views.
The first mention of the castle dates back to 1275. Later, in 1329, Robert of Anjou commissioned the expansion by making it a veritable palace for himself and his court.
Over the centuries, it was later converted to a fort and military prison, and only in recent years has become a welcoming place for social exhibitions and cultural events.
Next to Castel Sant'Elmo there is the Certosa di San Martino, one of the most successful examples of Baroque architecture and art with its church, stucco, marble and the museum is a monumental complex of superb workmanship. The Certosa houses the National Museum of San Martino. It includes a church, a charterhouse, beautiful monastery yards and a terraced garden, from which the visitor has a breathtaking view on the Gulf of Naples.
End of the tour and term of services.
- two nights at 3 Star Hotel, standard room
- Bed & Breakfast
- No.3 walking tour with professional Guide, half day
- Transfer from Hotel to San Martino hill, on the third day
- Entrance fee to: San Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples Undergroung, Museum of Treasure of San Gennaro, San Severo Chapel, Castel Sant’Elmo, Museum of San Martino.
Anything not included in the package