About Raffaele N
Lives in Rome, Italy
Since Jun 2008
35-49 year old male
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Operas, Theatres, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Castles
Churches & Cathedrals
You can't start your tour of Naples with an empty stomach! Fortunately this spacious local cafe is situated right on the road that will lead you from the central station to your first sightseeing stop: Piazza del Plebiscito.
Follow the Corso Umberto I to the beautiful Piazza del Plebiscito. The best way to experience the largest square in Naples, and its historical landmarks, is to simply sit and soak in all the comings and goings.
You can't leave Piazza del Plebiscito without visiting the Royal Palace. While the building is not huge, it is stunningly beautiful, and the entry ticket is great value.
Just a three-minute stroll along S. Carlo Street, you'll come across Gallery Umberto I. Spend a bit of time exploring here, admiring the upmarket shop window displays, the fantastic ceilings, and the mosaic floor. Architecture fans in particular are bound to be impressed.
This fabulous store in Galleria Umberto I specializes in sfogliatelle pastries and is a pit-stop not to be missed. Grab a quick lunch on-the-go here, and pack another one in your backpack for later — you've still got many more places to explore!
Just outside the Umberto I gallery lies the Teatro San Carlo (Saint Carl Theater), by far one of the most beautiful and prestigious opera houses in the world. Its interior alone is well worth a visit, but if you have free time in the evening, I strongly recommend swinging back here to attend a show.
Back on S. Carlo street, head towards the sea, and after about 200 meters you will come to the beautiful Castel dell'Ovo. This historic medieval and Renaissance-style castle is a symbol of the city, and from its top you can admire the impressive town hall square and a good part of Naples. Inside the castle you can also visit many authentically furnished rooms, as well as the beautiful Chapel of the Souls of Purgatory.
To get to the museum complex of Santa Chiara, walk for about 1km along Medina street and turn right in Vico Maria dell'Aiuto. The Basilica of Santa Chiara, or the Monastery of Santa Chiara, is a church of Naples, with a very high importance from a historical and artistic point of view. The basilica is 130 meters long and richly decorated as well as its vivid internal cloisters. On the ground floor you can visit the museum born with the function to reconstruct the history of the building of the church of Santa Chiara, considered one of the greatest buildings of Gothic art in Naples.
Your Neapolitan day is over! Your feet are swollen and your eyes full of wonders! Now it's time to fill your stomach and you can do it by walking just 650 meters through S. Carlo street and then Casanova Square to get to the pizzeria Sorbillo! I hope you're hungry because pizzeria Sorbillo offers plentiful portions and good beer!