Guided tours

Vertical Naples

Calata San Francesco

The calata (hill) San Francesco is a stepped street that starts from via Belvedere al Vomero and ends in Corso Vittorio Emanuele. We reach via Belvedere, the site of many noble villas, such as Villa Carafa di Belvedere and Villa Giordano. Our hill begins: Calata san Francesco could be found on the map of the Duke of Noja (1775), the current street in ancient times reached the coastal area, also including via Arco Mirelli. Glimpses of the panorama and pretty villas and buildings. Our tour ends on the Riviera di Chiaia.

Pizzofalcone e rampe Lamont Young

Our meeting point will be Piazza del Plebiscito, at the corner with Piazza Trieste e Trento (next to the Royal Palace). We go up along via Gennaro Serra to Piazza Santa Maria degli Angeli, where of the homonymous baroque church is located. Then, we reach Monte Echia (or Pizzofalcone hill), where the city of Partenope was born; where Lucullus, in Roman times, had the gardens of his charming villa; where Gennaro Serra di Cassano, protagonist of the Neapolitan republic of 1799 lived. The TV series “I bastardi di Pizzofalcone” (The bastards of Pizzofalcone) was also filmed on the hill, with the chief of police Lojacono. The focus of the tour is Villa Ebe, Lamont Young's last house. He was a visionary architect who lived between the 19th and 20th centuries. We will talk about its troubled history and its uncertain future. We will descend the ramps to via Chiatamone, where the so-called “suffregne water” flowed from an old fountain. Our route will end in front of the Castel dell'Ovo.

Salita Due Porte all'Arenella and Materdei

Do you know why Salita Due Porte is called this way? Meeting point at Piazza Muzji, together we will reach the entrance of Borgo Due Porte all'Arenella, in via Domenico Fontana, we will visit via Molo alle Due Porte, where the Templar church, dedicated to Santa Maria Coeli and San Gennaro, is located. Then our descent towards Materdei district begins. We will give a look at the subway station (art station, designed by Atelier Mendini), without going through the turnstiles, and the narrow streets of that area. Then let's go and give a look to the murals made by Francisco Bosoletti, a famous street artist. 

 The Charterhouse of St. Martin and the Pedamentina

Our meeting point in Largo San Martino, in order to visit the Charterhouse. We will see the cloisters and the cemetery of the monks, the sections of the museum and the church of the monumental complex. The Charterhouse of St. Martin was built since 1328 in order to house the Carthusian order, but in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it took on a baroque appearance, thanks to artists such as Dosio and Fanzago, and became what today is considered one of the most important samples of the Neapolitan Baroque. After the visit to the museum complex, we will go down the stairs of the Pedamentina di San Martino, up to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, enjoying the view over the city of Naples. 

Sant'Antonio ai Monti

This tour starts from Piazza Leonardo, at the corner with Via Girolamo Santacroce. We go down the main street to reach Corso Vittorio Emanuele, formerly Corso Maria Teresa, built in the middle of the 19th century by the will of Ferdinand II. This was the first "ring road", which connects Piazza Mazzini to the Mergellina district. The noble buildings in this area are breathtaking. But, as it often happens in Naples, if you just turn the corner, the scenario changes, and you find yourself in a popular district, made of narrow streets and clothes hanging to dry from one house to another. We walk along the picturesque Sant'Antonio ai Monti, among the little alleys, and finally reach Montesanto area, and then Pignasecca market. Let's look around and see Neapolitan culinary specialties: tripe, wallet pizza, fried pizza, zeppole and panzarotti. After delighting our eyes, our journey will end in Piazza Carità, so that whoever wants can take two steps back and eat all (or only some) of those deliciousnesses !!!

From the Petraio to the Palazzo Mannajuolo

Meeting point in Via Cimarosa, Vomero district, at the entrance of the funicular of Chiaia. To reach the lower city, however, we will not use the cable transport, but we will go down the stairs of the Petraio. One of the most spectacular of the hills of Naples, the Petraio connects the Vomero district to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, near the Church of Santa Maria Apparente. Our route goes on along via San Carlo alle Mortelle, until we reach the church with the same name. Finally, the ramps Brancaccio will take us to Via Filangieri. The itinerary ends at Palazzo Mannajuolo, a jewel of the liberty style in Naples, built at the beginning of the twentieth century on a project by Giulio Ulisse Arata.

The other Petraio: from Vomero to Chiaia

We start from Largo San Martino to discover the Art Nouveau buildings in Vomero district, and we arrive to Chiaia district. You will be fascinated by the villas in via Mancini and via Palizzi, and by the Aselmeyer Castle, now a private condominium, the majestic work of the architect Lamont Young.
We will go on along Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the Parco Margherita, until we reach the funicular of Chiaia.
The path is different from that of the classical Petraio (From Petraio to Palazzo Mannajuolo).

Sanità: sacred and profane with street art and Fontanelle cemetery

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.

Sant'Elmo Castle and the  Pedamentina

The Sant'Elmo Castle was built in 1329, by the will of Robert of the Angevins and by Tino da Camaino. Its architecture will be, then, completely modified in the viceregal period, in which, by the will of Pedro da Toledo, it will take its current six-pointed-star shape. From the terrace of this huge Neapolitan yellow tuff complex you can admire the 360 degree panoramic view over of the city of Naples and its gulf: on the east-side, Vesuvius and Sorrento coast, on the west-side, Phlegraean fields, with the islands Procida and Ischia. After visiting the castle, we will walk along one of the most suggestive descent in Naples, the Pedamentina, and reach the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and then the Pignasecca market.

Porta Posillipo and Salita Villanova

Someone goes up and someone goes down, and someone can look at the sea from the stairs. The route starts from the funicular in via Manzoni, we reach the village of Porta Posillipo and the one of Villanova. Then, let's walk down through the stairs of the "canalone" (Salita Villanova), a path dug into the tuff, up to via Petrarca. Between the panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples and the sumptuous villas of the Carelli Park, we arrive at via Posillipo, near Palazzo Donn'Anna, the sumptuous but incomplete baroque jewel built in the 17th century by Cosimo Fanzago for the noblewoman Anna Carafa. At the end of the visit, you can decide to stop for a while on the beach, or continue, for a ten-minute walk, towards Mergellina, where the funicular or the shuttle-bus will take you back to the starting point.

The Neapolitan gardens: from via Foria to the Paradisiello

Do you want to escape the city to go to the countryside, but the time available is too short? No problem, I'll bring you to a small paradise close to the city center. We meet by the Caserma Garibaldi, in via Foria, we will explore the slope of the hill, between stairs and vicarielli. We will discover noble palaces in via Foria and the surrounding areas, we will learn the history of the churches in the area, until we reach the vico Paradisiello. There, after a short climb, you can rest in a wonderful vegetable garden, among mandarin and lemon trees. You can also, if you want, collect them and buy them at a very discounted price. From the wide street to the alleys, from the palaces to the farms, come and discover the Paradisiello in the city! Duration: about 2 hours

The Salita Moiariello: from via Foria to the hill of Capodimonte

Let's discover the Salita Moiariello, the "Posillipo of the poor".
The hill that climbs towards Capodimonte in the past was full of by woods, farms and vegetable gardens.
You cannot see so many traces of the agricultural origin today, but the name "Moiariello" derives from "moio" or "moggio", an ancient agricultural unit of measurement that corresponds to one third of a hectare.
The climb, where doctors and scientists have lived, offers panoramic insights and many chances to tell the history of the city.
We start from the Caserma Garibaldi, in via Foria, we will reach Capodimonte, through the Montagnola climb and then through the Ottavio Morisani ramps. We will see, from outside, the Torre del Palasciano, the Astronomical Observatory, commissioned by Giuseppe Bonaparte and Gioacchino Murat during the French decade, and many other historic buildings.
The charm of the places of the past will accompany us throughout the journey. On the way back, we will descend through the steps to via Foria. Duration: about 2 hours

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