"Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy." − Bertrand Russell, Nobel Laureate Literature 1950
In 1889, pizza originated in Naples. A culinary and musical hub, Naples was also the home to the inventions of the mandolin and six-string guitar. The city boasts the oldest state university in the world, University of Naples Federico II, and the largest historic city centre in Europe. Architecture, music, culinary delights, art and vibrant culture abound here. It is a bustling metropolis which boasts some of the most eclectic sites in the country: from world-class museums and architecture to neighborhood football games and shops which transform into private homes at night. The city’s fascinating history (once the capital of Sicily) is endless and on our tour we will delve below its’ surface, both figuratively and literally. A visit to the underground caves and sculptures which are beneath Naples offer a glimpse into life over the centuries. Destinations on this walking tour include the Archaeological Musuem, Cappella Sansevero, the underground caves at Via dei Tribunali, Museo di Capodimonte and the Cathedral of Naples.
The most densely populated city in Italy, Naples is situated in Southern Italy in the Campania region. “The New City” is a thrilling intersection of Italian life and will delight the most curious minds. On our tour we will visit the Archaeological Museum and have a close-up view of the jewelry cases from Pompeii as well as frescoes and murals which were moved to Naples from the ancient city. At Cappella Sansevero we will delve into baroque art and sculpture - in its crypt are 18th century skeletons which were used in an early anatomical study of the human veins. We will learn about the city underneath the city – entering Its passageways and geothermal zone at Via dei Tribunali, the historic center of Naples. We will walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno to experience the bustling street of nativity-scene makers and meander through the famous open-air markets filled with vivacious vendors. We will visit the Museo di Capodimonte which is built in a grand Bourbon palazzo and is home to the finest Neapolitan paintings and decorative arts. Other highlights include the Cathedral of Naples and the legend behind the blood of the city’s patron saint, San Gennaro. Join us on this walking tour of this vibrant and satiate your curiosity of all things Neopolitan!