Let's go and discover the Egyptian culture in Naples. The Egyptian section, the temple of Isis and the cult of Isis lactans. After a guided tour of the sections of the Archaeological Museum concerning the cult of the Egyptians, we will proceed towards the old Regio Nilensis, in the neapolitan historical center, inhabited by the Alexandrians in the ancient times. They built what is now known as "The body of Naples", a marble statue of the God Nile. The tour is also available as "tour for children", with playing cards and crosswords.
The meeting point is in Piazza San Domenico, next to the obelisk. We discover the esoteric triangle of Naples: from Piazza San Domenico to Piazzetta Nilo, and then we reach the Sansevero chapel. Cappella Sansevero was built as a family chapel, in 1590, and was then, during the eighteenth century, restored by Raimondo di Sangro, who made of it a real Masonic temple. Inside the Chapel, in addition to the sublime Veiled Christ, you can admire other amazingly beautiful marble sculptures, such as Modesty and Disillusion.
The history of Naples has had many queens, some have worn the crown, while others, despite not having blue blood, have become "queens" of the people. We will follow an itinerary to discover the women who have made our city great. After visiting the Royal Palace, home of the last queens of Naples, we will enter the Spanish neighborhoods, where "Donna Linora", journalist and revolutionary lived, and we will discover the stories of the female protagonists through the neighborhood murals. The last stop of our tour will be Palazzo Mastelloni in Piazza Carità, which owes its fame to Luisa Sanfelice, the one who will go down in history as Mother of the Fatherland despite herself.
Meeting point in Piazza Carità, in front of the monument dedicated to Salvo D'Acquisto. We will go to the discovery of the murals of the Spanish neighborhoods. Vico Totò, the murals by Ciop & Kaf, Hypatia, Tarantina, Maradona, the Isis, and many others. The alleys of Naples are also famous for the so-called "figurelle", votive images dedicated to the saints.
Meeting point by the Church of San Giovanni a Carbonara. Do you know why the church is called this way? We will walk along the hidden decumanus, the Anticaglia. The Anticaglia was the area of the theaters, in the ancient roman Neapolis. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the street was filled with churches and convents: the church of the Santissimi Apostoli, the church of San Giuseppe dei Ruffi, the church of Donnaregina nuova, and many others.
Meeting point by Materdei undergroung station, designed by Atelier Mendini. The first stop will be the Fontanelle Cemetery, famous because of the cult of the "anime pezzentelle", abandoned and anonymous souls, in need of the compassion of the living to alleviate their suffering in Purgatory. After that, we'll go to the Church of Santa Maria della Sanità, also known as the "church of San Becienzo", due to the presence of a reliquary with the nineteenth-century painted wooden statuette of San Vincenzo Ferrer , who defeated cholera epidemy in Naples in 1836. We'll see in Sanità district murals by street artists like Francisco Bosoletti, Tono Cruz, Mono Gonzalez and many others, as well as the works of contemporary art by Riccardo Dalisi and Paolo La Motta. Along the descent towards via Foria we will also give a look at Palazzo dello Spagnuolo, a noble building designed by the famous architect Ferdinando Sanfelice in 1700. The tour will end in via Foria at the Porta di San Gennaro.
The sea. A nice tour in the "monumental" area of Naples. Piazza del Plebiscito, Piazza Trieste and Trento and Galleria Umberto. We then head towards via Chiaia to reach the seafront. Do you know where the name "Chiaia" comes from? We will discover the history of Piazza dei Martiri and the monument with the lions. From Piazza Vittoria, on the seafront, to the Egg Castle.
From Piazza del Gesù to via Duomo, we will walk along the streets of the historical centre, visiting the main churches, part of San Gregorio Armeno, the famous street of the cribs, up to the Cathedral of Naples
What is the origin of the term "Antignano"? Where did the miracle of San Gennaro first take place? The village of Antignano, between Arenella and Vomero, the aim of our tour, is the keeper of these and of other events. Meeting point in Piazza Vanvitelli, we will discover the three churches dedicated to the most important Neapolitan patron (San Gennaro al Vomero, the Little Pompeii and San Gennaro ad Antignano). We will then visit the village of Antignano, which in 1400 housed the Pontano gardens, and now houses a colorful market. We will then arrive at the Salvator Rosa subway line 1, where, during the excavations, in 2000, some Roman arches, belonging to the ancient "via per colles", which connected Naples to Pozzuoli, were discovered.
The tour starts in Piazza San Gaetano, the ancient agora and then the forum of Neapolis, the old greek-roman city. We reach then the upper decumanus, the Anticaglia.
It was, in the first century A.D., the quarter of the theaters, and it seems that Nero, during one of his shows, forced the spectators to sit down in their seats, despite the earthquake in progress.
We will then cross Vico Limoncello (formerly Vico Spogliamorti), to arrive to Porta San Gennaro (a door of the old city), and finally into the Borgo Vergini.
The street art works of Bosoletti, Nafir and other Iranian artists, the mural by Maradona and the one dedicated to Neapolitan traditions by Antonio Cotecchia, Palazzo dello Spagnuolo and Palazzo Sanfelice, and many other Neapolitan peculiarities wait for you during this tour. After visiting the church of Santa Maria della Sanità, better known by the Neapolitans as the Church of San Becienzo, or even the church of Monacone, in honor of San Vincenzo Ferrer, we will discover where the "house of Totò" and the "alley of culture" are located.
Let's start from the Università metro station, in Piazza Bovio. The site is part of the circuit of the art stations, and was designed by the Egyptian Karim Rashid, who chose the theme of communication as main subject of his project . After briefly visiting the subway atrium, we reach the Spinacorona fountain, also called "fontana delle zizze" (fountain of the boobs). It is the only greek iconography of the mermaid Partenope still present in Naples as a statue: half woman and half bird, and not, as represented from the Middle-Age onwards, half woman and half fish. From there, we will reach the Church of San Filippo and Giacomo, an old conservatory where they produced the silk. After visiting the church, we continue along one of the "semi-hidden" alleys of the historic center, and we go to the small chapel of Santa Luciella, the famous skull with the ears, kept in the church of the same name. The church of Santa Luciella, founded by Bartolomeo Di Capua in 1327, is nowadays entrusted to the association Respiriamo Arte, which has allowed its reopening, after a long period of closure. The end point of our tour is via San Gregorio Armeno, cradle of the Neapolitan crib.
The tour starts in Piazza del Gesù, with a visit to the Palazzo Sanseverino (current church of Gesù Nuovo). In Naples, a Renaissance palace becomes a Baroque church, and keeps on telling us many Neapolitan stories and traditions. From there we move to the Palazzo Zevallos, which belonged to the noble family of the seventeenth century, and which is now an art gallery.
Did you know that the silk guild existed in Naples as early as 1477, in the Aragonese era? And that cameos manufacturing was born thanks to the Neapolitans? The ancient center has always been the cradle of craftsmanship, the streets still have the names of the ancient trades today. Starting from Piazza Bellini from Piazza Bellini, where we can see the rests of the ancient Greek walls, we walk the along the decumanus and then cross the via degli artigiani. We will see several workshops of artisans: ceramics, soaps, musical instruments.
We visit, then, the Church of San Filippo and Giacomo, the cradle of Neapolitan craftsmanship, because in 1601 the silk guild was transferred there. We see the eighteenth-century sacristy, the result of the fine Neapolitan wooden craftsmanship, the crypt, burial place of the silk corporations, the frescoes, testimony of the first church of the end of the 16th century, and the archaeological remains, found under the internal courtyard, the only remains of the ancient city south of the lower decumanus. After visiting the church, let's get to know the manufacturing of cameos at the Piccolo Museo del Cameo. Last but not least, among the Neapolitan excellences there are undoubtedly the culinary ones. And, for those, you are spoiled for choice!
The tour starts at Piazza Muzij and goes discover the old village of the Arenella, on the hill. We arrive to the Case Puntellate. Do you know why they are called this way? We will go together to the discovery of these villages of the past, and we will evoke the memory and the treasures often overshadowed by the fury of post-war unauthorized building.
The church of San Giovanni a Carbonara, recently reopened to the public after the restoration, was built by the will of the Augustinians starting from 1343, on land donated by Gualtiero Galeota. Inside the religious complex, one of the most fascinating in the Neapolitan city, it is possible to visit the Somma chapel, the Caracciolo di Vico chapel and the Caracciolo del Sole chapel.
Among the most suggestive monuments, the funeral monument of Ladislao di Durazzo, built in the first half of the fifteenth century, by will of his sister Giovanna II.
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