AROUND NAPLES LIKE TRUE NEAPOLITANS
We stroll around the centre of Naples admiring unusual sights off the beaten tourist track for a closer look at the city, using public transport with spectacular surprises in store for us and driving through evocative popular neighbourhoods with of course a final snack in pure Neapolitan style.
What we will see
- Piazza del Plebiscito
- Royal Palace and church of S. Francesco da Paola
- Toledo station
- Pignasecca market
- Montesanto funicular
- Certosa di San Martino and Museum
- Typical Neapolitan street food
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us on foot and go on a stroll around the city centre with a first stop in Piazza del Plebiscito, one of the most beautiful and renowned in Naples that leaves us speechless due to its huge size: 25,000 sq metres, perfect to organise big events.
- Here, we can see the magnificent Royal Palace, one of the four residences used by the Bourbon Royal Family in the period of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, as well as the Church of S. Francesco da Paola, which features an impressive façade.
- From Piazza Municipio, we get on the underground to reach the Toledo station, a truly spectacular project. Completely covered in mosaic tiles, the station is dedicated to light and water and features a light fixture by Robert Wilson replicating the sea waves.
- We get out in via Toledo, famous for its nice shops and boutiques, and cross the colourful Pignasecca market, the oldest in Naples thanks to which we can take in the city folklore: fish, fruit, vegetables, fried products and local sweets are displayed among stalls selling clothing, accessories and CDs.
- We reach the Montesanto funicular, one of the three that connect the lower part of the city to the Vomero, and climb to the Certosa di San Martino, an imposing monastery built in the 14th century and now home to an extraordinary art collection dedicated to the city including an exhibition of traditional cribs.
- After visiting the museum, we stop to admire the fantastic views from the top of the hill over the entire city. A truly breathtaking sight!
- We then take the funicular back to Naples’ city centre (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where we bid farewell to the city with a tasting session of typical Neapolitan street food before walking back to the ship.
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