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Discovering the most beautiful gardens in Campania

Quiet and nature anti-stress remedies. We are looking for gardens where to spend free time surrounded by trees and flowers

Work and daily routine weaken not only the body but especially the mind. Finding places to relax becomes essential to regenerate and to be able to face with new forces the “struggles” of every day. Reading a book in the open air, walking on the meadows, running through the trees or simply observing plants and flowers, are activities that improve our lives in every way.

Turismo Campano will guide you to discover the most beautiful gardens in Campania where you can rest and at the same time live beautiful emotions in close contact with nature.

Our region is rich in green oases, we have chosen for you some of the most important and fascinating, both in the most strictly naturalistic and historically – landscape point of view.

Parco Virgiliano – Napoli

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From the top of the Headland of Posillipo, Parco Virgiliano dominates the Gulf of Naples. Its prime location allows you to enjoy breathtaking views. Placed on the most advanced rocky outcrop of the hill, it allows you to admire, walking or stopping, in one of the many belvedere enchanting places. Suffice it to say that its terraced structure allows you to observe, not only the coast of Posillipo and the Flegrea area from Pozzuoli to Cape Miseno, but even the whole of the Sorrentine Peninsula from Vesuvius to Sorrento. In the blue of the sea you will also see the islands of Capri, Procida, Ischia and Nisida.  The park is much loved by Neapolitans precisely because it allows you to spend free time in the green breathing pure air, away from the noise and smog of the city. Inside you will find rich vegetation, characterized by centuries-old trees, such as holm oaks, olive trees and then oaks, pines, myrtle plants, rosemary and fillirea.

Spending a day immersed in the Mediterranean bush will undoubtedly be very pleasant, it is the ideal place to practice jogging or other sports, there are in fact a sports facility with a football field and an athletics track. There are a lot of bars and kiosks for refreshment. In short, a real oase of pleasure, to live alone, with the family or with your four-legged friend!

Free admission

Address: Viale Virgilio – 80123 Napoli

Contact:

Tel: 0817953613 | 08119706082

Opening times:

October 1 – April 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

May 1 – June 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 4 p.m.

June 21 – September 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Orto Botanico di Napoli

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Sometimes you don’t need to leave the city to dive into the greenery and surround yourself with plants of all species. This is what happens if you choose to visit the Botanical Garden of Naples. It is in fact located in the heart of the city, along the historic Via Foria and next to Palazzo Fuga. And it’s the proximity to the traffic and the city’s chaos that makes it a real fairytale place. The peace, the silence and the scents you will find inside will make you live a daydream. It is one of the largest and richest gardens in Italy. A true pearl for its immense heritage of herbaceous, arboreal and shrub species, from all over the world. Almost all the specimens of flowers existing on earth are admirable in this fairytale garden.

Your visit will follow thematic paths and gardens: desert plants, poisonous ones, beach plants, orchards, citrus fruits, Mediterranean, plants mentioned in the Bible, are just some of the paths you can take. Greenhouses at different temperatures and other historical structures, now used as museum and exhibition venues, will allow you to admire plant species of every place on earth but also from past eras. A journey into the heart of nature that is truly unmissable.

Free admission

Open to the public Monday to Friday with the following times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To visit it, you need to call (-39) 081-2533937, leaving your last name and specifying the number of people who will visit the Garden. This can also be done on the same day of the visit.

Important: on public holidays the Garden is closed.

Giardino segreto di Airola – Benevento

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Il Giardino Segreto Airola is born from the dreamlike vision of its creator, the architect Giovanni Ianniello. A veritable terrestrial paradise, with its  fourteen thousand square meters of extension, the garden welcomes about 16,000 plants and 300 animals from 53 countries. In the heart of Sannio, just a few kilometres from Benevento, you can visit a truly amazing place. Both animal and plant species are collected in thematic areas that reproduce seven types of garden: the Japanese garden, the Chinese, the English, the Australian (unique in Italy), the Mediterranean, the dry, the tropical and the aromatic herbs. The organization of the garden is constantly evolving, many new things in the pipeline, but it already represents now a unicum for passion and attention to detail. You can’t miss this opportunity to admire exotic animals up close and spend a day in a fairytale garden. It’s also ideal for kids.

Address: Via Lavatoio, 38 – Airola (BN)

Opening times: Saturday and Sunday is open to the public; . Sunday opening: 3pm (winter) – 6pm summer – 5pm (spring and autumn) or by reservation. Closed from January to mid-March.

Price: 5.00 euros including guided tour

Giardini la Mortella – Ischia

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The island of Ischia is home of one of the most distinctive gardens of the whole peninsula. The Mortella is undoubtedly a wonderful and indispensable place for those who are looking for quiet and beauty. It is divided into two parts: a lower garden, in the so-called Valley, and an upper garden on the Hill, characterized by terraces with dry walls. Really vast the amount of exotic and rare plants included in this garden that extends over 2 hectares. It is now recognized by all the experts in the field its value, for variety and richness of the collections present, enough to consider La Mortella a kind of real botanical garden. The gardens were created in the late 1950s at the behest of the noblewoman Susana Walton, wife of the English composer Sir William Walton. In addition to the stunning views of the beautiful Bay of Forio, there are some corners of the gardens: for example, the three tropical greenhouses, the ‘Victoria House’, where the Amazonian Victoria, the Temple of the Sun and the Orchid’s Greenhouse are cultivated, where it can be admire the Miltassia Lady Susana Walton, a new orchid hybrid named after the creator of this lovely place. At first we talked about the search for peace and in fact in the most hidden area of the garden you will find the Thai Hall, a place dedicated to meditation and solitude, which takes up the structure of Thai temples.

Address: Via Francesco Calise, 45 80075, Forio d’Ischia (NA)

Garden entrance: 12.00 – Entire

Opening Days: Tuesday-Thursday – Sunday

Opening times: 9am-7pm

tel: .39 081-986220

Il Giardino della Minerva – Salerno

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Let’s finish our short guide with Il Giardino della Minerva. A corner of peace and beauty that stands out on the top of the old town of Salerno. It was created in the 18th century by Dr. Matteo Silvatico, a well-known physician of the illustrious Scuola Medica Salernitana, the oldest medical University in the world. And it is precisely the connection with the historic University that has characterized the structure of this garden, which is one of the very first examples of a botanical garden. The original idea and the impression you will still have today is that of an educational space where doctors taught students to recognize the “semplici”, that are the plants used to treat diseases. In fact, there are many references to the healing value of the plants and herbs present. Rare and exotic species, all united by their medicinal properties. Many of these were already known in the Middle Ages and it is precisely from this era that you can admire some recently painted tiles during excavation operations. A breathtaking view of the entire Gulf of Salerno helps make this paradise a timeless eden. Don’t miss the opportunity to sip one of the herbal teas made with the plants of the garden, in the characteristic herbal tea house overlooking the sea.

Address: Via Ferrante Sanseverino

Ticket: 3€

info : 39 089.252423 www.giardinodellaminerva.it

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Famous Neapolitan traditions

In this article we will guide you to the major Neapolitan traditions. Naples is a city rich in history, art and culture, but its traditions are even more spectacular. Christmas, Carnival, San Gennaro… Naples is not only a thousand colors, but is able to excite with its devotion.

What are the Neapolitan traditions?

  • Cantata dei Pastori: Christmas is a very beautiful moment in all parts of Italy. The historic centers are decorated, the lights accompany the signs of the shops. However, visiting Naples during this period allows you to rediscover an ancient Neapolitan tradition, namely the Cantata dei Pastori. Andrea Perrucci, a playwright of Sicilian descent, wrote this play to celebrate the birth of Jesus, at the end of the 1600s. It is divided into three acts and is one of the most fascinating shows to attend. If you are around Naples during this time, do not miss it!

San Gennaro: the auspicious miracle

  • The Miracle of San Gennaro: everyone knows San Gennaro. The patron Saint of the city is the one addressed to the Neapolitans in difficulty. For the people of Naples, San Gennaro is much more than the patron: it is a kind of positive entity that watches over them. Among the most famous traditions, therefore, it is impossible not to mention his miracle. The latter dates back to August 15, 1389. It was the feast of the Assumption, there had been performances and the celebration in the city. Notables were coming to Naples from Avignon. On this occasion, the relic of the saint was exhibited. The miracle concerns the blood liquefaction, which was contained in an ampoule. This tradition is maintained twice a year: in September and May. Blood liquefaction is considered a good omen;
  • Pulcinella mask: if we name Pulcinella, Naples immediately comes to mind. The mask is an invention of Silvio Fiorillo, during the second half of the ‘500. However, Pulcinella’s origins date back to antiquity. Every year, at Carnival, you can watch people dressed as Pulcinella. It is one of the most appreciated costume of all time and it is possible to attend at the theater numerous shows with him as protagonist;
  • The Neapolitan Smorfia: Lotto is a game now known and appreciated throughout Italy. Draws take place live nationally and the numbers have a precise meaning, which comes from the “Smorfia”. Although the origins of the Lotto game can be traced back to Ancient Rome, it is in Naples that this tradition has found its maximum expression. Thanks to the Neapolitan Smorfia – a book that, often, everyone has in the house – it is possible to understand the meaning of various numbers;

The Neapolitan Nativity: we had anticipated it before. In Naples, Christmas is a truly fascinating event. In addition to the Cantata dei Pastori, we recommend you to visit the various living Nativity scenes around the city. In addition, you can buy, at the handcraft shops in the center, the shepherds, made completely by hand, for your own Nativity scene. Their realization is a very long, finely artistic work. They are very faithful reproductions and are invaluable.

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Herculaneum and Pompeii: what to see

Herculaneum and Pompeii are among the most fascinating places to see in Campania. We must be honest and admit that the historical and archaeological sites contain a lot to discover and explore.

After a careful observation, we were able to list the five buildings that, if you are close to the famous archaeological site, you absolutely must not miss.

In search of the fascinating places of Pompeii and Herculaneum

  • Pompeii: House of Menander. Among the most interesting buildings to be rediscovered, we cannot but mention the house of the famous Latin playwright's fresco. In fact, among the most interesting attractions inside, you can study the fresco. It is not a small building: it boasts 1800 square meters and it detangles between art, paintings and depictions of hunting. The theme of the house is purely thermal: we can therefore understand how the Patricians Pompeian lived. They were a life devoted to unbridled luxury and art in every form. We advise you to dwell on the paintings depicting the scenes of the Trojan War;

Timeless history, art and culture

  • Pompeii: The House of Pinarius Cerialis. One of the most fascinating houses, full of history and… gems. Well, yes: his previous owner was a carver. The house was considered a real mine, because inside there were well 116 gems. It is a place that will make you understand one of the most famous works in Pompeii, that is the realization of jewels. Today, you will be able to buy inlaid precious stones of inestimable value at the handicraft workshops;
  • Pompeii: Temple of Isis. There are few buildings that have managed to save themselves from the weather during the centuries. The importance of this temple is unparalleled: here the worship of the goddess Isis was all. In a newsstand, you think, you kept the water of the Nile. The Pompeian used you for home ceremonies. A curiosity that binds this temple to Mozart: he composed the Magic Flute after having visited it;
  • Herculaneum: House of Neptune and Anfitride. Discovering the fascinating places of Herculaneum, you come across this little gem. The wall of the building, the Oriental, will allow you to observe an ancient glassy-paste mosaic, which gives its name to the building. In the vicinity of the house, right on the border, there is also a shop: Here you will visit the ancient pieces of a bed in brass and many amphoras of the time;
  • Herculaneum: Villa dei Papyri. It is probably one of the most popular places, which is immediately flanked by Herculaneum. The Villa of the papyri was totally destroyed and buried as a result of the eruption of Vesuvius, dated in 79 A.D. Thanks to archaeologists Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierr and Karl Jacob Webere, from 1750 we can admire the remains. The Villa owes its name to what found archaeologists during the excavations. You think that inside the villa there were well 1800 papyrus: Unfortunately, some of these were lost, while others are still in translation. Many treat the philosophy of Epicurean. The building is traced between 60 and 50 B.C. It seems that the owner of the Villa of the papyri was Lucius Calpurnius Piso Cesonino, or Julius Caesar's father-in-law, but is to be confirmed.
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Visit Naples: Discover the Sansevero Chapel

A mysterious and esoteric Naples, made of beliefs and suggestions, lies behind the Neapolitan metropolis. Discover with us the other face of Naples

Are you in Naples and looking for an alternative tour to discover the mysterious side of this city? We accompany you along a fascinating and esoteric path.

Our journey can only begin from the Sansevero chapel. Located in the heart of the Old town, behind Piazza San Domenico Maggiore and near San Gregorio Armeno, it is famous for its "Veiled Christ". It is a marble sculpture made in 1753 by the Neapolitan artist Giuseppe Sanmartino depicting Jesus dead, covered by a transparent shroud.  The chapel, now deconsecrated, is all to be discovered: it is in fact imbued with alchemical symbols.

The history of the Sansevero Chapel

Visiting Naples cannot disregard this stage. The chapel was the Prince of Sansevero, Raymond Di Sangro, who was a sort of sorcerer, an evil alchemist, and the first Grand Master of Neapolitan Freemasonry. Described by Croce as "the Neapolitan incarnation of Dr. Faust", Raymond is the protagonist of many popular legends also related to the chapel itself. Just think that to explain the realization of the famous veil reclining on Christ, finely draped as if it had been placed after on the statue accomplished, it is claimed that it was precisely Prince Raymond to intervene through his magic, " Crystallizing "With an alchemical procedure a true veil. Later, always according to the "Black legend", blinded the author Sanmartino, so that he "never performed for other such extraordinary sculpture".

It was the prince who organized the decoration of the chapel in an astonishing and original manner, according to the structure of the Temple of Freemasonry. Visiting you will find the statues of the liberality, the education, the sincerity, the suavity, the zeal, the dominion, the modesty and the disillusion that would find correspondence even in the tarot cards. Each of them would refer to the Alchemist's rite of Initiation.

The Masonic and esoteric references are also not lacking in the vault of the chapel. The fresco that decorated it was the work of a certain Francesco Maria Russo and represents the glory of paradise or the paradise of Sangro. There are two elements that characterize it: the triangle and the colors.

The first, placed at the center of the scene with a dove, represents the Trinity for Christians, the cosmic birth for the followers of Pythagoras and the sign of the venerable master for Freemasons. The colors, however, would have been obtained through a mixture formulated by Raymond and, after almost three centuries, are always alive and shining without ever having been retouched.

The labyrinthine floor

In the allegorical itinerary designed by Raymond, the labyrinthine floor was fully covered: between the years ' 60 and ' 70 of the eighteenth century by the artist Francesco celebrate, today it is coated with Neapolitan terracotta tiles. Given its difficult execution, the prince did not have time to see it finished before his death. The project in fact envisaged a floor of marble polychrome inlay with shades from blue to white, with internally embedded a line of white marble, continuous and seamless, conceived by the prince himself. The strenuous effort to realize the floor was made vain when in 1889 a severe collapse destroyed it almost completely, so as to discourage any attempt at restoration. But if you pay attention, still today some slabs of the eighteenth floor are visible in the sparrow in front of the tomb of Raymond Di Sangro, while others can be found exposed in the underground cave and in the sacristy. Of these remains you can appreciate the labyrinth motif, which represents the difficulty of the itinerary that must make the initiate to reach the knowledge. The numerous crossroads and Bal must induce man to choose the right way to get to the truth.

The anatomical machines of the Sansevero Chapel

The mysteries and legends that surround the chapel do not end here. For the less impressionable, on the lower level, descending a spiral staircase, you will find "the anatomical machines".  Kept in two glass cases, in the entrance to the secret laboratory, they were built around 1763-64. To conceive them was Prince Raimondo aided by the Sicilian doctor Giuseppe Salerno.  These are the true skeletons of a man and a woman wrapped in the arterial and venous system in exceptional state of preservation. We still do not know with certainty the procedure used to achieve such an astonishing result. The bodies and the entire circulatory system are too complex and anatomically precise so that they may have been simply "reproduced" and have given rise to numerous, but disturbing, conjectures and legends. Many at the time told that it was two of Raymond's servants who had been injected with an unknown liquid that would have made all blood vessels solid, the so-called "metallization process". Later the corpses would have been deprived of the organs, leaving only the bony structure with the whole circulatory system. This hypothesis leaves dismay if you think that the woman was pregnant, remains visible the umbilical cord, and at the same time poses many questions about methodologies: How was the liquid injected, since there were still no needles for medical purposes? It certainly leaves astonished the precision of the reproduction considering the fact that at the time there was no complete knowledge of the venous and capillary system. At the same time, the hypothesis that liquid (like mercury) could have been injected into the body of a corpse does not hold, since only the blood in the bloodstream pumped from the heart could spread the liquid throughout the body.

What is the truth then? Mystery. Even today there is no unique explanation, only visiting you can get an idea! Still no doubt about what to see in Naples?

If this story intrigued you continue to follow Campania tourism. The next stage of our tour of "mysterious Naples" will speak of death but also of life and hope. Curious to know more?

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Visit Naples Underground

The visit to Naples Underground is very suggestive. You will have the opportunity to explore a part of Naples which, unfortunately, is devoted to little attention, preferring to observe the city as it is now.

Here is what you will have the pleasure to discover during the excursion to Naples underground

You can discover the Greco-Roman aqueduct, the medieval tunnels, the Bourbon tunnels and the modern tunnels. Go down to about 40 meters deep, thanks to the presence of 136 steps, which are low and comfortable.

There are some tuffaceous cavities dating back to the Greek era, i.e. to the 4th century B.C., and which were reused during World War II as an anti-aircraft shelter.

The visit to the underground Naples also includes the scientific laboratory where the seismic station Arianna, the underground gardens, the Museum of War and the Serra have been installed.

Every room has been illuminated in such a way as not to pose a danger to the people who make the excursion. There is only one path a little more narrow, but it is optional: We advise you to do so, because it is very impressive. This trail leads to the Roman cistern with water and is lit by candles. It is really a spectacle of lights and shadows, as well as history.

The Italian language tour lasts for an hour, while the English language excursion has a duration of two hours.

Included in the price of the ticket, you will have the opportunity to visit the ruins of the Teatro Romani, a typical Neapolitan house, where you can admire where the emperor Nero was staying during the visits of the shows that were held in the city. It's really a unique opportunity, looking for pure history.

Discover the times of the excursions in Italian and English language

The Times of the excursions in Italian language are:

  • There is a scheduled departure every hour from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. There is an excursion on Thursday evening at 21:00, but it must be made by booking and reaching 10 people;

On the other hand, the English language tour times are:

  • A departure is scheduled every two hours, from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. Also in this case it is possible to book Thursday evening at 21:00 and is worth the same rule of the previous. The duration of this route is two hours.

Contacts and prices of the visit to Naples underground

Ticket prices for access to Naples underground are as follows:

  • The whole ticket costs 10 euro;
  • The reduced ticket for students costs 8 euro;
  • For children aged 5 years up to 10 years, the ticket costs 6 euro;
  • School groups enter 8 euros, for teachers is free;
  • You can request a 10% discount with the Artecard;
  • Admission is free for children under 5 years of age.

In the following, we also leave you contacts to speak with those in charge of Naples Underground (beware of other visits, could be scams):

  • The phone number is 081 29 69 44. The mobile number is 340 46 06 045. The number to contact via Whatsapp is 333 58 49 479;
  • The e-mail is: info@napolisotterranea.org;
  • The official site is napolisotterranea.org.
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The most famous streets of Naples

Naples is a city that tells the art and history under many forms. Here you can breathe the air of the past, walk through its alleys, discover new roads. There is no way to explain the beauty of Naples with appropriate words, because it should be lived.

Many Italian cities are fortunate to have very old streets or neighborhoods. The Neapolitan charm is timeless: there are symbols that immediately speak of the city Bell.

Spaccanapoli and Via San Gregorio Armeno: Artistic and cultural excellences

Understanding the neighborhoods of Naples is curious and complicated at the same time for those who come from outside. In Every street, you can see the history, the eternal continuum between the past and the present, the lifestyle. The city has its own customs, which are still followed with love and dedication by its inhabitants.

Among its most famous points, renowned all over the world, we can quote first of all Spaccanapoli, also known by the term decumanus inferior. It is located in the old town, the heart of Naples, and is one of the most characteristic places you will ever visit. Nothing like Spaccanapoli represents the Neapolitans at full. The architecture, the art that intersects with everyday life, the smell of pizza, the various shops in which to buy souvenirs.

Speaking of the most famous streets of the city, it is also necessary to talk about via San Gregorio Armeno, known as the street of the Cribs. The Neapolitan handicraft has always amazed those who are visiting the city.

Via Toledo: The shopping street and the noble palaces

This way is not important only in the Christmas season, but throughout the year. Handicraft workshops sell original or canonical wooden productions. It is very easy to reach Via San Gregorio Armeno, because it is connected to Spaccanapoli. Places of interest include the Church of San Gregorio Armeno and the birthplace of San Gennaro at the Elm.

One of the most "rich" streets of the city is Via Toledo: Here you will have the opportunity to indulge in shopping and at the same time to admire the great palaces of the past. This road extends from Piazza Dante to Piazza Trento and Trieste. We suggest, among other things, the Zevallos Palace.

Via Toledo is one of the most famous in the world: it owes its fame to the many filmmakers who have chosen it as a place of filming in several films. In addition to shopping and palaces, it is advisable to head to the Spanish districts. Along the way, there are dozens of trattorias and pizzerias, which churn out and cook typical regional products.

Stop by to eat a pizza along the streets of the center

After walking around the city and discovering its treasures, we advise you to stop at a typical pizzeria in the centre. Here you will have the opportunity to taste the real Neapolitan pizza, or the daisy or marinara, a culinary experience that everyone should do at least once in their life.

In the evening, we suggest you to reach via Caracciolo, the promenade of Naples.

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The Wines of Naples

Campania is a land that is not only known for good food. Land of peasants, delicacies and rich in history and culture, this region offers some beauties that can rarely be admired elsewhere.

What are the wines of Naples?

The history of Naples originates in antiquity. In the course of the various eras, the importance that this city has had for Italy is known to all. The famous saying "see Naples and then die" aims to tell the heart of the city; After witnessing his wonders, you will be able to say that you have lived.

But Naples is not only good food, quaint neighborhoods and crystal clear sea. Naples is much more than that. Today, we want to tell you about its wines, grape varieties and how the history of the grapes has been undermined within the world scene.

In Naples, but also in its surroundings, the territory is very fertile, particularly suitable for the cultivation of vines. Here the viticulture begins in ancient times, when the peasants were looking for a way to earn some extra money.

A list of wines to taste

Although it was the scene of great noble titles and great palaces, Campania and Naples itself were inhabited by a people particularly dedicated to the land, which could survive thanks to its fruits.

And this is where the love for grapes and wine in general is born; Many have built their fortune by serving the cellars of the palaces.

The grapes of the territory are manifold. We can quote the Piedirosso, the Aglianico, the Greek, the Falanghina, the tail of Fox… but they are only some of the grapes. The DOC wines of Naples can amaze fans of the genre, in an exploratory journey back in the cellars of the past.

  • Aversa Preprino: This is also found in the tree-lined and sparkling version. During the Angevin period, Louis Pierrefeu spotted in Naples the best territory to cultivate his vines. In this way, he served the court of Robert of Anjou with first-class wines;
  • Campi Flegrei: Within this category, we can mention a lot of wines. There is the Falanghina, but also the Partire and Palus, the Piedirosso and the Novello red. Excellent to taste the Passito;
  • Capri: The Capri Wine is presented in the types of white and red. Both have a taste on the palate really exceptional;
  • Ischia: Various wines are available, such as white, sparkling wine, the superior… but also the Biancolella, the Forastera, the Piedirosso and the for ' e Palui, which also comes in the version of Passito;

The most famous and precious is "the Tear of Christ"

  • Lacryma Christi: This is probably the most famous DOC wine of the Neapolitan. Appreciated all over the world, it is also known by the term of Lacryma Chirsti of Vesuvius, or Vesuvius. The wines belonging to Vesuvius were also appreciated in Roman times. Of them, it was written that "Bacchus loved these hills more than the native hills of Nisa." The origin of the name of the wine is among the most interesting stories of Naples. It is said that here wept God, and that where his tears came, were later territories of great fertility.
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The beaches of Naples and surroundings

Speaking of Naples, it is practically impossible not to name its splendid sea. Naples offers a crazy panoramic view: its beaches are many and not enough a whole week to visit them as they deserve.

"Naples is a thousand colors," Yes, and it is no exception to its sea. The infinite expanse of Blue kisses the sky in a fantastic way to say the least. When the Sun falls, the red of the sunset pours over the waters, which change nuance, until it becomes blue night. An intense spectacle that enters the heart of tourists. In many, after having visited Naples, they decide to return the following year.

What beaches to visit in Naples and surroundings?

It was really difficult to select the best beaches in and around Naples. Because some are real villages, to visit, and not only beaches in which to bathe, or, worse, be besieged by tourists. No, we would like to take you to real Naples, in its magic.

The goal is to make you breathe the Neapolitan air. Whether you are looking for an exclusive and private beach, or a well-equipped bathhouse, we were able to select the best coastlines.

  • The cliff of Marechiaro: This village overlooks the coastal of Posillipo. It is a typical fishing village, where you will have the opportunity to take long walks immersed in the green. Very impressive, we advise you to dedicate a day, to experience the magic of Naples in the best way. Besides, the water is really clean and crystalline;

The beach of the gay: admire the landscape and the Vesuvius

  • The beach of the gay: This is also located near the village of Marechiaro. It's a very quiet beach. As we said before, it is important to be able to enjoy the landscape and the scenery in silence, to enter in contact with Naples. It offers a splendid view of the Vesuvius and also of the Gulf of Naples. We suggest the presence of a boat with a transparent bottom with which to visit the archaeological park;
  • Bagno Elena: Is one of the first bathing establishments in the city and dates back to 1840. This lido has seen famous names during the course of its existence, local and international, such as Eduardo De Filippo and Totò. In addition, it was used as a landing point by nothing less than Richard Wagner and Oscar Wilde;
  • Riva Fiorita: We are in front of one of the most characteristic beaches of Naples. It is the backdrop to the sea the fantastic Villa Volpicelli. For those who do not know, is the famous red Castle of the famous soap opera A place in the sun. The beach is not easy to reach, however: you can lighthouse by sea or along a slightly arduous descent. If you are fond of the long exploratory walks, it is for you;

Are you looking for a fully equipped beach? They put and Miliscola are perfect

  • Beaches of Mises and Miliscola: If you are looking for well-equipped beaches, you can only head towards these two. In fact, they are bathing establishments that offer different services. There are relaxation areas or dedicated to family and children, to allow anyone to enjoy the scenery and have fun at the same time. They are also considered economic, compared to other establishments.
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Typical Neapolitan dishes

If you are in the surroundings of Naples, you should definitely try the dishes of his kitchen. The regional Neapolitan cuisine is very special because it is predominantly poor. There are many dishes in fact that are prepared with the leftovers of the day before.

However, not for this they are less good, indeed! Ready to find out what dishes you should absolutely eat in Naples?

What are the typical Neapolitan recipes?

  • Buffalo mozzarella, fior di latte and Provola: The cheeses in Naples are really… well, perfect. Mozzarella is known all over the world to be of a unique goodness. In addition to her, you can also taste the flower of milk, often used for pizza, and the Provola. The latter is also used for the famous pasta and potatoes;
  • Gateau of potatoes: It's The Sunday Food par excellence. Inside, you can find ham and cheese. The potatoes are boiled and then seasoned with salt, pepper, parmesan and egg. Above, a sprinkling of parmesan and breadcrumbs… a delicious, really. It is served in various trattorias and taverns as an appetizer;

Between appetizers, first and second, an exceptional gastronomic tour

  • Sausage and Friarielli: You can not not mention this dish, probably one of the most good condiments in the world. It can be served as a second, but many use this condiment for pizza. A kindness, assured. The Friarielli are also used apart as a side dish, with a drizzle of oil and chilli;
  • Pizza: It is quite obvious, yes, but after all the Queen of Naples may not be on the list. It is the most famous and imitated Dish in the world. It is the dish that pushes thousands of tourists every year to go to Naples, to taste the real Neapolitan pizza. Among the most popular pizzas of recent years, we can mention the one with Buffalo and fried meatballs. Assaggiatela and then let us know;

"Advanced" recipes: How not to waste leftovers

  • Casatiello: It is the Easter dish par excellence in Naples. This special bread is prepared with salami and cheese. On top, you must put hard-boiled eggs, which are "stuck" with a little dough. In addition to being aesthetically beautiful, it is a very tasty and flavorful dish;
  • Macaroni Omelette: You have certainly heard her mention at least once in her life. Usually, it is prepared with leftovers of pasta, like spaghetti. The Neapolitans love it especially in the summer and consider it a great lunch to go to the sea! The pasta must be whipped together with the eggs and a little parmesan;
  • Sartù: There are several ingredients with which you can order your Sartù of rice. Moreover, this dish served cold in summer is a real bomb! The two most famous condiments include Neapolitan ragout or with mozzarella and mushrooms. In any way, it's really spectacular;
  • Pasta and potatoes: The great classic of Neapolitan cuisine, which we could not but mention. The paste is usually mixed, a surplus of what remains in the kitchens, such as celery, pennette, grass. It is topped with potatoes and provola. It looks like a soup, but it's actually dense and tasty!

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Sorrento: What to see

To the only mention Sorrento, we come to mind of the dream holidays, a destination so coveted as to be considered among the best present in Campania. It is probably the most known resort of the Sorrento coast.

What you can admire in the beautiful Sorrento

Its landscape is able to take your breath away, so much is the beauty to which we can attend: the views, the gardens, the citrus groves, the exceptional coast… we can not but mention its old town.

Here in Sorrento you can breathe a really magical air, made of nights spent along the center, to drink an aperitif in the trendy rooms. Or, still, you can eat the real Neapolitan pizza, observing the sea and let yourself be conquered by the enchanting delicacies Sorrento.

Between historic architecture and the ancient tradition of inlay and lace, Sorrento is a very important piece of history of Campania. Everyone knows her and everyone wants to visit her at least once in their life.

Here is a list of places not to be missed: from the valley to the church of San Francesco

Of Sorrento, we can hear in the songs, in the poems: it is known as the homeland of the Sirens. It is practically impossible what to tell you to view. We can, as always, leave you a list of typical places.

  • Vallone dei Mulini: It seems to be catapulted into a spectacular scenery. The rift in the rock is traced back to 35,000 years ago. Probably, the Walloon is the consequence of the eruption occurred in the Flegrei fields. Then, the erosion of the rocks has taken its course, making this place particularly suggestive. Inside Sorrento, there are four other valleys, but this is the best kept. Its name is derived from the presence of the mill, of which we can still admire the remains;
  • Church of San Francesco: Located near the Villa Comunale, here you can visit the complex of St. Francis of Assisi. There are the church, the cloister and the monastery. It has been restored over time to keep the façade and interiors in a flawless way. During the summer, the cloister is home to numerous artistic and cultural events, such as concerts, exhibitions and expositions. Not missing what to do in Sorrento;

The famous Piazza Tasso and the best beaches of Sorrento

  • Square Rate: Here we can discover the pulsating heart of Sorrento. It is famous all over the world and everyone dreams of walking around and admiring the Sorrento beauties. Lively and colourful, it owes its name to its most illustrious citizen, Torquato Tasso. There are many buildings in the square, the Casa Chandra (famous Majolica Courtyard), the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine and the Grand Hotel Vittoria. Take a nice walk, buy a slice of lemon cake and sit down in the many outdoor bars to fully experience the Sorrento magic;
  • Marina Grande and Marina Piccola: After having talked about art and culture, we could not refrain from mentioning its most famous beaches, in addition to the Baths of Queen Margaret. After all, on summer days it is impossible not to dive into the Sorrento Sea. The beaches are clean and the sea is so blue and clear to make us feel at the border with the sky.
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The island of Ischia: What to do and what to see

Ischia was not known to the most as it is today: its "rediscovery" is recent, and it owes itself to the publisher and film producer Angelo Rizzoli. Ischia is definitely among the destinations most coveted by Italians and tourists from all over the world, for what it represents and for the fun it offers.

The island of Ischia: A place full of wonders

From 1951, or since Rizzoli decided to make this locality one of the most famous in Campania, Ischia has quickly transformed, becoming attractive for Hollywood divas, tourists and entertainment people.

Until that time, Ischia was an island that was basically based on fishing and agriculture. There were no trendy clubs or hotels: Neapolitans preferred other places for their summer vacations.

Then, Rizzoli understands the importance of this island: the conformity of the Territory is perfect to build, the sea is clear, a expanse in which barely distinguishes the sky with the horizon. The places to visit in this wonderful island are many: you will have the opportunity to spend many hours dedicated to the Salanatin and the sun, of your choice.

What can you visit on the island of Ischia?

The first place of historical interest that we would like to invite you to visit is the Aragonese Castle. To reach Ischia, you will have to ferry: As soon as you see its silhouette on the horizon, you will understand that you are approaching the beautiful island. The castle is the symbol of the island: every now and then, you have to resort to the maintenance of the bridge that connects the place with the island, because the sea seems to "drag it Away". Nearby you can also visit the Cathedral of Assunta with the crypt, the convent of the Poor Clares and the Church of the Immaculate. In addition, you can not just take a look at the Gulf of Naples, from which here you can enjoy a great view.

Another of the points of interest of the island are certainly its spa gardens. We advise you to head to the Poseidon, to enjoy a day of relaxation serve you with its excellent waters. You can find pools with water of different temperatures, Kneipp paths, saunas, various waterfalls… certainly interesting are also the treatments for the body and the face. In short, in Ischia you can relax and be reborn completely, as well as cure that annoying back pain.

The magnificent Bay of Rise: Here are the natural and free spas

If we talk about Ischia, it is impossible not to mention the Bay of Rise. To get there, you have to climb 234 steps: Not really a few, huh? However, the view and the beauty, the springs of hot water, the natural pools, in short: it's like the spas, but totally free. We advise you to go there early in the morning or at sunset, because the bay of Rise is targeted by thousands of tourists.

Where to go in the evening to Ischia? It's full of trendy clubs

The last place you absolutely need to visit is the village of Sant'Angelo. Here you can meet VIPs, movie stars and television. An extremely chic place where you can follow a trendy local and fish restaurants. To spend an evening of fun and unbridled luxury, is ideal!

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The Neapolitan Sfogliatella

The world knows and appreciates the famous Neapolitan Sfogliatella. The traditions of the regional cuisine Campana are many and each makes us want to live forever in its beautiful places. But there is one other thing that is impossible to not appreciate in Naples and concerns its pastry.

The Neapolitan Sfogliatella: here is its history

When we visit a city bell, we remain ecstatic and fascinated by its beauties, history and culture, the art that exudes every place. However, it is virtually impossible not to mention its secular culinary tradition.

Today we focus on the most famous dessert of Naples, together with the Baba and the pastry, or the sfogliatella. This cake can be tested in two variants: Curly, or when its preparation involves the use of puff pastry, or short pastry, when the pastry is used instead.

In Both cases, we are faced with one of the most good sweets in the world, able to make us lick the mustache and to order another portion immediately!

But what is the story of the Sfogliatella? When is this dessert so good?

When the Sfogliatella was called Santarosa

It dates back to the eighteenth century, in the Conservatory of Santa Rosa da Lima, in the province of Salerno. This cake, we can say, is born absolutely by chance, like all the best things in the world or the great inventions. It seems that in the convent was advanced of the pasta of semolina. The sisters, attentive to saving, instead of throwing the surplus in the garbage, they thought of working the pasta with dried fruit, limoncello and sugar.

The sisters put the filling in the surplus of puff pastry, put a cap to cover it and put the product in the oven. They had no idea whatsoever of having written the history of the regional cuisine bell.

When they baked and tasted it, they were very impressed by the kindness of the cake, so much so that they decided to start selling it. The inhabitants of the area appreciated it so much that they always asked for the preparation.

All the variants of Neapolitan Sfogliatella: curly, short pastry, lobster tail

Initially, the Sfogliatella was known to the public as Santarosa, namely the convent, dedicated to the saint.

It was 1818, when Santarosa's secret recipe was entrusted to a Neapolitan pastry chef, Pasquale Papas. Papas began to introduce the Sfogliatella to Neapolitans: He modified a little the recipe and the filling and defined the variant that we all know, or the curly-puff.

Today there are dozens of variants of the curly or short pastry sfogliatella. In addition to these two, you can still taste the Santarosa, or the original recipe, or the lobster tail. The latter is known in Salerno under the name Apollino.

The lobster tail is a side variant of the Curly Sfogliatella: it is slightly larger and elongated than the sister. Its filling has whipped cream, chantilly cream, jam or chocolate cream.

Today the variant with Nutella, the famous cream of Ferrero, is also very appreciated. In each Neapolitan bar you have the possibility to order it, maybe for breakfast, together with the coffee. It is impossible not to be entranced by the fragrance of Sfogliatella and very tasty stuffing.

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Pizza

Everyone loves it and everyone wants it at least once a week. What are we talking about? Of the famous Neapolitan pizza, of course (read the previous article). Pizza is the food that all agrees, but all of them: the whole of Italy owes a lot to Naples for inventing this delicacy.

And not just Italy! Pizza is probably the most prepared dish in the world: from Hawaii to Bangladesh we can hear about her. It is so famous that when we happen to go to a foreign land, the first association with Italy is just you, Mrs. Pizza.

Pizza is part of the intangible Heritage of humanity

On a global scale, just to hear it named generates Languorini and an irrepressible desire. Pizza is not only a food, but the art of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli has recently been declared in 2017 as an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

In short, pizza was the only food in the world to receive this award, probably the highest you can ever receive.

But how is the pizza? Where does your story belong?

Around her, after all, many legends revolve: even today, her origin is the subject of many debates among historians. For sure, we know that pizza and pizzerias make their appearance in Naples during the eighteenth century. Since the twentieth century, it becomes an extended phenomenon even beyond the Neapolitan city.

The first two pizzas invented in the world: Marinara and Margherita

At the day of the eyes, it is impossible to quantify the pizzerias present all over the world.

There are two pizzas considered “classic”, or the first ever invented and baked:

  • Pizza Margherita: It is topped with San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella with cubes or mozzarella STG or Fior di latte, a leaves of basil and extra virgin olive oil to raw;
  • Marinara Pizza: It is prepared with San Marzano tomato, oregano, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

Of course, over the years, many pizzas have been invented: lately, in Naples goes much the one with the fried meatballs, a typical food of regional Neapolitan cuisine.

Moreover, the variations of the pizza are many:

  • Pizza A wallet: it was invented at the time, from the pizzeria the President, where was served the first pizza to portfolio of history just to President Clinton;
  • Fried Pizza: There are as many as two types. One provides the round fried pizza and with the addition of freshly cut fine tomato and mozzarella flakes. The second variation includes a fried-wallet pizza in hot oil.

What date does the birth of the pizza go up? A bit of history

The story about the birth of the pizza is quite seasoned with details, a bit like her.

  • Marinara Pizza: It goes back to 1743;
  • Pizza Margherita: It could have been born in the time interval between the years 1796 and the years 1810.

Basically, it is believed that the pizza was born in June of 1889; The chef Raffaele Esposito prepared the pizza for the Queen of Italy Margherita di Savoia. The condiment was to represent the Italian flag, so he chose the tomato, mozzarella and basil and named Margaret in his honor.

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Vesuvius: History

All the bells, and more generally the Neapolitans, are fond of their beloved volcano. Vesuvius is awe-inspiring, but also beautiful: Thousands of tourists are fascinated and try to understand its history.

Vesuvius

Vesuvius is famous for reproduceing some of the worst volcanic eruptions in continental Europe. If you are passing through Naples, you will admire its magnificence, because it looks out right on the bay and on the city: it seems that it watches over it, but in a particular way.

The history of Vesuvius: Here are all the volcanic eruptions that have put Naples at risk

Famous are the walks in the Neapolitan promenade, where on one hand you can be kidnapped by the Blue Sea and on the other side feel the power of Vesuvius. The most important eruption of Vesuvius is probably known all over the world: it dates back to 79 A.D. During this volcanic eruption, the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii were razed to the ground.

Of the two cities, remains some ruin that you can visit: Many make the route from Herculaneum to Pompeii, observe how the landscape has changed. We advise you to rely on the wisdom of a tour guide to discover everything you need to know about it.

Returning to Vesuvius, the last eruption dates back to 1944. Currently, the volcano has been dormant for more than 70 years. It is probably better this way, because it could represent a real danger especially for the Neapolitan metropolis.

The eruption of 79 A.D.: When the Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum

In over 17,000 years of history, there are about 8 eruptions of disastrous proportions. It seems that in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, 16,000 people died. The latter is known by the term “Pliniano”, since it was narrated by Pliny the Younger: The historian lived and saw the eruption with his own eyes and decided to leave his testimony.

His business has always been very discontinuous. If from 1631 Vesuvius has kept constantly active but without creating inconvenience, there is a rather high activity apart from the end of ‘ 700 until the beginning of ‘ 900, where the constant flows of lava, the roars and the explosions were constantly putting at risk the Life of the bells.

Vesuvius has always destroyed part of Campania, not to mention that many people have found death. In one of his last eruptions, that of 1906, one counts that more than 100 people have lost their lives.

The last eruption of Vesuvius: It was March 8, 1944, lasted more than twenty days

As we mentioned before, the last eruption is on March 8th of 1944. They were stormy days for the inhabitants of the city, in which for over 20 days the eruption was protracted, between lava, gas and ashes. It ended on March 29: In this case, to lose sight were the people who lived in less robust homes. Many deaths were recorded as a result of earthquake shocks that caused the roofs of the houses to collapse.

The history of Vesuvius is certainly fascinating, but at the same time it inspires fear and respect, for a volcano that, for now, sleeps and watches over the city of Naples.

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The island of Capri: what to see and do

Talking about CAPRI and not using strongly enthusiastic words is not easy. Because Capri is the most famous island of Campania in the world. We often hear from tourists, but also in the travel sites: It is the ideal place, the summer destination preferred by many Italians.

In Capri you can fall in love with its sea, but also in its cuisine. While being small, you can actually find all the typical Campania specialties. Let yourself be enchanted by the rock of the sirens, or take a moment along the Piazzetta of Capri. In addition, we will talk about the Certosa di San Giacomo, whose construction dates back to 1300. Ready to taste a little bit of wonder Caprese?

Visit the island of Capri: What is there to see?

If you find yourself in this magical place and are looking for small tips not to be missed, we have chosen the four main points of the island for you.

  1. The Piazzetta of Capri: as first place we could not mention this beautiful square. Those who live in Capri call it "a Chiazz". His name is Piazza Umberto, but almost no one calls it that. It is the beating heart of the island of Capri. A fascinating place to stop for a coffee or order one of the many typical Capri sweets, including the cake, which we strongly recommend you to taste. Here you can find the newsagent and the tourist company, where you can choose different tourist guides and let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful island. You can admire the landscape, extricate yourself between the tables of the rooms along the road, daydreaming… everything is allowed in CAPRI. Take a cocktail after being in its beautiful faraglioni, which we will talk about shortly;

The fascinating stacks of Capri have names: Did you know?

  1. The Faraglioni of Capri: The famous three rock peaks that give to the sea, known by all like the Faraglioni, are a place to visit at least once in life. Did you know they even have names? Star, Faraglione out of the way and Faraglione out or aim it. The place is spectacular, especially at sunset, when the sky turns red and gets wet on the sea. Romantic and tourist at the same time. You can rent a boat or a pedalo and take a swim off, indulging in total relaxation outside the tourist environment. Here you will find two bathing establishments, namely the Fontelina and Luigi, where you can enjoy all the typical maritime services. There are two restaurants, which offer very good typical specialties;
  2. The Certosa of St. James: The year of its construction dates back to 1371. It is probably the oldest building in Capri. The Certosa is the place to visit for those who love history and who loves to discover the origins of the place where it is on holiday. Many tourists take an assault every year. Among other things, despite having almost 800 years of history behind it, it is among the historical buildings best kept in Italy;

The Rock of the sirens: those who tried to enchant Ulysses…

  1. Marina Piccola: This beach gives its faraglioni. The legend of Ulysses is linked to this place: in fact, here is the famous rock of the Sirens that induced the hero into temptation.
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The 5 most good pizzerias in Naples

When we think of Neapolitan cuisine it is impossible not to mention the pizza, which is probably the food par excellence. The history of pizza is linked to so many mysteries and secrets that this food is not only characteristic of Naples but it is probably its symbol.

Pizza is the most popular and known food in the world: each country has tried to propose a variant without equaling the Neapolitan one. And how to do it after all? Neapolitan pizza chefs are considered true masters.

Pizza is the most famous food in the world: History and Legend

They say that it is the water or the air the secret of the Pizza chef; In short, something present only in Naples, which makes the dough so good and envied by all. Yes, because in no other part of Italy pizza is as good as in Naples, or at least it does not look like us at all.

Many pizza makers are good, however it is not the classic Neapolitan.

If you are on holiday in Naples, you should definitely eat the best Neapolitan pizza in town. Between a visit to the various historical monuments and museums, at a certain point you will stop in a typical pizzeria and order it.

Of course, you do not have to expect a pizza of who knows what tastes: to have a more complete and totally sensory experience, we advise you to order pizza Margherita.

Where to order a pizza in Naples?

The classic pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil leaf, called Margherita in honor of the Queen, or because the pizza reminds of the homonymous flower, is to be tasted, because with other ingredients risk not to fully understand its history.

Here then we have selected for you the best five pizzerias in Naples!

  • Pizzeria Brandi: It seems that this pizzeria holds the gold medal. Because? Because he would have prepared the first Margherita pizza in the world. At the time of the event, the pizzeria was known by another name, "Pietro e Basta";

    Photo Pizzeria Brandi Photo Source: Pizzeria Brandi

  • Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba: It is necessary to mention this pizzeria, because its is a centenary story. In fact, we are talking about one of the oldest pizzerias present in Naples. Also, being in the center, you can stop for lunch to enjoy a nice pizza after visiting the streets of the city. The Port'Alba area is really fantastic;

    Photo Pizzeria Antica Port'Alba SOURCE Photo: Gennaro Luciano of the Pizzeria Antica Port'Alba

  • Gino Salazar: It is impossible never to have heard of Gino Salazar. Probably, it is the most famous and appreciated pizza maker in the world.  All Neapolitans recommend to eat the pizza of Salazar; Something's going to mean in the end. obligatory stop;

    Photo Pizzeria Gino Sorbilllo Photo Source: Pizzeria Gino Salazar

Between hanging and wallet pizzas: That's where President Clinton ate

  • Pizzeria Oliva: You probably all know the Neapolitan tradition of suspended coffee. Here, in this pizzeria could make a similar gesture with pizza. Imagine finding a pizza already paid for you. What about? a place to try;

    Photo Pizzeria Oliva SOURCE Photo: Pizzeria Oliva

  • President and daughter of the President: here we speak of history, because it was the 1994, when Maria Ciacalli made the most beautiful gift that we can ever receive to President Clinton. Yes, he gave him a wallet pizza. Since then, the latter gained a stratospheric popularity and in New York tried to imitate it in every way, without succeeding. They will not have the famous water or the air of Naples…

    Photo Pizzeria the president's daughter SOURCE Photo: Pizzeria The daughter of the President

Enjoy your meal!

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What to visit in Naples

How not to fall in love with Naples? This city welcomes its tourists in a very special way. Here you can not only feel simple visitors, but locals. People are warm, they cause you to want to stay forever.

Naples is one of the most visited cities in the world and among the most famous in Italy. It is celebrated on par with Rome and Milan for its history and culture, but above all for its beauty, which has no equal.

The unmissable places of the Neapolitan city

Coming to visit the city is difficult, because how do you choose what to visit first? After all, the places of interest are many and it is really difficult to make a ranking even for us.

Tourism is one of the focal points of the city, which every year welcomes millions of travellers from all over the world. Recently, it was home to an episode of Sense8, the famous TV series Netflix.

Dolce & Gabbana often set their commercials here; Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, star of the Throne of Swords, were welcomed by the city in a superb way, with the warmth that only Neapolitans know how to grant.

We wrote for you a mini guide, but keep in mind that the places of this city are really many: choose some at the expense of others saddened us a lot! Let's see together which are the places that should be absolutely visited.

Spaccanapoli: The city's focal point, discovering Neapolitan uses

  • Spaccanapoli: Probably the most important point of the city. This neighborhood is the real Napoli. Here you can admire many monuments, know the customs and customs of Naples, buy fish at the market, visit the various workshops of artisans… it's all done strictly by hand. The attention of Neapolitans for details is known to all. Among the places of interest, we recommend you to stop at the cloister of the Clarisse and the monastery of Santa Clara;
  • Piazza del Plebiscito: the most famous square and symbol of the city. Here you can stop to admire the aesthetics of the Royal palace and the Church of San Francesco di Paola. The greatest expression of Neapolitan art is depicted in this square. A must visit;
  • The Angevin male: Located just before the Piazza del Plebiscito, this castle has a secular history and a world significance. The new Castel was built in the Angevin kingdom. The five towers rise upward; We advise you to stop to study the triumphal arch, which joins the Watchtower and the Middle tower;

The Underground city: looking for the past

  • The underground of Naples: made a dutiful premise, that this place should be avoided like the plague if you suffer the cramped spaces, the dungeons are a part of the city to visit. You can join the two-hour tour, where you will be guided to the various alleys of the dungeons. The most famous use dates back to the Second World War: Thanks to the underground, during the bombing here the Neapolitans found a safe haven. The Neapolitan subsoil is one of the most fascinating and historically cultural points of the city.
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What to eat in Naples

There is a famous saying: See Naples and then die. Well, the beauty of the city is indisputable: Naples boasts a history so powerful and glorious as to echo all over the world. Its artistic and cultural heritage is very important, but do we want to mention the splendid Neapolitan cuisine?

How to forget about her? In fact Naples was born the most famous food in the world: pizza. In every remote corner of our land, you can find a pizza retailer after all.

The most famous dishes of the Neapolitan culinary tradition

Of course, it is not nearly as good as the one prepared by the Neapolitan pizza makers, but the fame of the pizza has spread all over the world, immediately.

If you are in Naples, you must know that there is not only her waiting for your stomach! The Neapolitan excellences are among the best in the world: pastry, baba, buffalo mozzarella, this is just an appetizer of what you might find in this wonderful city.

Do you already have a mouth water?

The final gastronomic path

Here is the gastronomic route that every tourist should do when visiting Naples:

  • Pizza: Well, we couldn't not put it in the first place. The pizza was invented in 1889, although this dish is surrounded by several mysteries. It seems that Raffaele Esposito was the first pizza maker in the world. He worked at Pizzeria Brandi. At that time, Margaret of Savoy was visiting Naples. To her you owe the name of the most famous pizza in the world: the daisy! However, lately the hypothesis has been that the pizza can look like the famous flower…
  • Friarielli: You can buy them also in northern Italy, but obviously their place of origin remains Campania. It seems that the term is related to the word frijere, fry. And, in fact, the Friarielli should be sauteed in a pan with a drizzle of oil, garlic and chilli. They are nothing short of fabulous. They are served together with sausages or pasta;

The origins of the Baba: France and Poland vie for the title, but in Naples has been improved

  • Baba: What to say? Although the origins of this heavenly food can also be linked to Poland, the Baba is one of the symbols of Naples. France also advances the hypothesis that the baba was invented by them. However, the dessert belongs in the right to the Neapolitan tradition, because during the nineteenth century it assumed the appearance with which we know it today;
  • Omelette and macaroni: In Naples is entitled the Primacy of durum wheat pasta. Even today, the best pasta are located in its territory. This dish, in which usually for its preparation is used spaghetti, is very famous. comes from the leftovers of the day before. In fact, among the ingredients we find advanced pasta, salami, cheese and eggs.
  • Pasta beans and mussels: if there seems to be a risky combination, you are mistaken. Probably, when you taste this dish, you will do the encore. The pasta is cooked in the beans, because it does not have to take stocky appearance. Along with the mussels, the taste is very decided and tasty. In the trattorias of the center is often the proposal of the day.
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Sea and culture in Sorrento

With the advent of the summer the tourist destinations start to crowd tourists and bathers, and without a doubt Sorrento is one of the pearls of Campania. In fact, Naples, the islands of the Gulf of Naples (Capri, Ischia and Procida), the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento coast are among the most coveted destinations in Italy by the lovers of sunbathing, beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea.

As we read in this post explaining what to see and what to do in Sorrento, the small town is really very close to Naples, and as a result is easily accessible by sea, by car, by train and by bus.
But what do you do once you arrive in Sorrento? Is there only sea? What to eat and what to visit? Here are the questions that plague all those who decide to spend their holidays in the Sorrento coast.
Well, I'll try to give some explanation based on my experiences.

Among the main monuments to visit in Sorrento you must absolutely see the cloister of St. Francis, Piazza Tasso, the Cathedral of Sorrento, the Villa Comunale, the Basilica of Sant'Antonino, and the Vallone dei Mulini.
Of course Sorrento has a lot more to offer, I advise you to spend a few hours at Marina Piccola and Marina Grande, two small fishing villages very characteristic. I personally found them lovely. All the monuments and places of interest are visited in a single day, but why live in a stressful way your holiday? It is not better to visit monuments and enjoy some moments of relaxation doing things characteristic.?

Among the things to do absolutely in Sorrento I recommend a walk to the main shopping street in Sorrento, Corso Italia, a street dotted with bars, ice cream parlours, restaurants and shops of all kinds. Of course, do not miss the boat ride, a day trip to Capri, enjoy a beautiful granita in the characteristic Piazzetta of Sorrento. As far as sports activities are concerned, know that there is only an embarrassment of choice: sport fishing, snorkeling, jetskis, canoes and so on and so forth.

But of course, we started this post describing Sorrento as a seaside resort and therefore it is obligatory to mention some beaches, at least the most popular. The sea in Sorrento is beautiful, blue, with rocky or sandy bottom.
The two main beaches are the Solara and the Baths of Regina Giovanna, but I guarantee that the options are really many.

The most beautiful thing in Sorrento? This city is practically an immense itinerary to do on foot, every distance is never prohibitive and above all walking in this place after the afternoon thirst is a real spectacle. Moreover, what not recently, spend your holidays in Sorrento will be the opportunity to visit the entire coast of Sorrento and Amalfi, namely places such as Ravello, Positano, Amalfi, Vico Equense, Massa Lubrense, Cetara, furore and Vietri Sul Mare.
In short, to be in this city will not only offer you the opportunity to discover what to visit in Sorrento, but also allows you to visit and savor many other small villages and towns really characteristic.

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What to see in Procida

Its volcanic origin is still evident in the traces of the ancient craters found in its typical crescent Golfs.

On a soil of grey tuff, the bright colors of the colorful houses, the intense green of the rich vegetation, caressing the coasts lying on the clear sea, generating glimpses of landscapes of rare beauty. The liveliness of its colors, the beauty of the beaches, the flavors and smells of the typical products, the strength of its traditions, exalt the beauty, which fascinates the visitor, welcomed in a genuine and certainly familiar environment. Its history is read in the village of Terra Murata. Born from the need to defend against Saracen raids, is a splendid example of natural architecture, with houses that seem to embrace, to form a wall, almost had been designed by a single mind, but so posed by the need to remain United to be less weak.

Here the abbey of San Michele, which houses numerous works of art and the vantage point, from which you can embrace with the view the Gulf of Naples, enjoying a breathtaking spectacle. From the top of the steep ridge, you can admire the other charming village; that of Marina Corricella, where the colorful fishermen's houses, form a unique agglomeration, with singular architecture, overlooking the narrow alleys, where to walk, in a complicated tangle of bows, bleachers, "Vefi", windows, and domes, which They create a suggestive path in an atmosphere of absolute tranquillity, interrupted only by the voice of fishermen intent on spinning the nets. Here accompanied by the scent of the sea, you plunge into a timeless journey, discovering the ancient traditions of this island of fishermen and sailors. Traditions that are revived every year in the suggestive processions, which attract thousands of tourists. In the Easter period, the alleys, those of the hooded apostles, of the Dead Christ veiled and of the sorrows, preceded by chariots, built by the young Procida, depicting the episodes of the Life and Death of Christ.

Another obligatory stop on the tour of this beautiful island, is Marina Chiaiolella, today equipped tourist port, with the picturesque restaurants, where to taste the delicacies of the sea, the famous lemon salad, or the languages of Leone, exquisite dessert, to which Accompany the delicious limoncello. On the Long Beach of Ciraccio there are bathing establishments with tourist landing places, bars, pizzerias, playgrounds, accommodations by the sea, like the small pensions on the harbour and opt for a relaxing holiday.

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