Ancient Naples


the seafront - coastal zone  

At the end of the panoramic via Posillipo begins Mergellina, coastal zone that already in the antiquity it was centre of suburban villas. In Largo Sermoneta there is the Fountain of Sebeto, built on project of Fanzago. Then there is the church of Santa Maria del Parto, realized by the humanist J. Sannazzaro and the dock Sannazzaro. From here it begins via Caracciolo, realized in the second half of the XIX century and that borders the restored Villa Comunale, a great public park. Inside the Villa there are numerous statues and fountains, a circle of the tennis, the cloister of the music in liberty style of 1877; the Neapolitan Zoological station, that welcomes in its inside a rich aquarium; a scientific laboratory of international level and a very furnished library. Inside the Villa every third Saturday of the month takes place a characteristic fair of antique. After Piazza Vittoria we arrive in via Partenope, a stretch of the seafront rich in famous hotels. Then we reach the port of Santa Lucia that allows to reach the islet of Borgo Marinari or the ancient Megaride with its restaurants. The islet, whose first installations go back to Greek and Roman periods, is characterized by the imposing massive structure of Castel dell’Ovo, one of the five fortresses of the city; built around the IX century to face the Longobard threats, the castle is object of a legend that wants Virgilio to put an egg in the castle, whose breakup would be coincided with the destruction of the castle. Via Partenope finishes in via Nazario Sauro where the Fountain of the Immacolatella is situated; continuing we arrive in Piazza del Plebiscito.


  how to get there
ship or ferryboat
buses, trams
taxi , cash dispenser, hotels/boarding-houses/hostels/refuges , oeno-gastronomic typical products , pharmacies , bar/restaurants
  practicable ...
by bicycle, on foot, by boat

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