The Province of Naples is a magical place where colors, flavors, culture and history are intertwined in a charming mix of knowledge, joy and fun.
The area is loomed over by Mt. Vesuvius and overlooks a wonderful bay, whose beauty has served as driving inspiration for many artists.
The allure of the landscape, the beautiful islands that dot the blue waters of the Mediterranean like jewels, the energy of the fiery and vivacious people open the doors to that “joie de vivre” that pervades every inch of this land, whose popular songs and delicious recipes never fade.
The multitude of places will excite every type of tourist: from the art and history enthusiasts to the nature and sea lovers, from the enogastronomy to the ancient traditions.
Two places highlight and define the bay: the Sorrento Bay in the south and the magnificent area of Phlegraean Fields in the north. In the center of this arc lies Naples with the majestic Vesuvius directly behind it.
The sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum are of great archaeological value and are famous worldwide for their astounding number of ruins. The entire area is interspersed with finds from the long-ago past, especially those that saw the presence of the Roman emperors that first recognized the beauty of this terrain.
Not to mention the natural masterpiece created over the course of the millennia by the volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have drawn such a unique landscape: it is a reminder of the strength and “grandeur” of Mother Nature, against which man can do very little.
Finally, in a sea so blue that blends with the sky, three islands - Capri, Ischia, Procida and a few islets - boast unique identities and history!
Naples' historic center
Visiting Naples' historic center means traveling through twenty centuries of history. The design of its streets, piazzas, churches, monuments, public buildings and castles constitute a jewel box of artistic and historical treasures of exceptional importance, so that, together, they earned their spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.
Extending over 720 hectares, the historic center of Naples is the largest historic center in all Europe, and includes testimonies from diverse styles and periods – from its foundation in the 8th Century B.C. as the Greek colony Neapolis, to its subsequent domination by the Romans, and from the Swabian-Norman era to the Reign of the Anjous, and finally from its time under the Aragonese Empire to the period of Unification under Garibaldi and the resulting Kingdom of Italy.
Address: Via Francesco de Sanctis 19 80134 – Naples
It's in this Masonic-inspired baroque chapel that you'll find Giuseppe Sanmartino's incredible sculpture, Cristo Velato (Veiled Christ), its marble veil so realistic that tempts to try to lift it and view Christ underneath. It is one of several artistic wonders, which also include Francesco Queirolo's sculpture Disinganno (Disillusion), Antonio Corradini's Pudicizia (Modesty) and riotously colorful frescoes by Francesco Maria Russo, the latter untouched since its creation in 1749.
Originally built around the end of the 16th century to house the tombs of the di Sangro family, the chapel was given its current baroque fit-out by Prince Raimondo di Sangro who, between 1749 and 1766, commissioned the finest artists to lavish the interior. In Queirolo's Disinganno, the man trying to untangle himself from a net represents Raimondo's father, Antonio, Duke of Torremaggiore. After the premature death of his wife, Antonio abandoned the young Raimondo, choosing instead a life of travel and hedonistic pleasures. Repentant in his later years, he returned to Naples and joined the priesthood: this was an attempt to free himself from sin and is represented in Queirolo's masterpiece.