Naples and Vesuvius tours

ROUTE NAPLES ( Sansevero chapel museum – spaccanapoli – via san Gregorio armeno – S. Domenico Magiore square – Gesù nuovo square)

Naples is a large, sprawling city, and although its centre is clear enough, focusing on the centro storico and the shopping artery of Via Toledo, there are a number of different neighbourhoods which you’re likely to wander through. Visitors to Naples could be overwhelmed by the amount of things there are to see and do. Castles, palaces and museums, miles of breathtaking coastline, as well as plenty of culinary delights make Italy’s third largest city and its surrounding area a treasure trove for travellers.


Branching off the top end of the square, Via de Sanctis leads off right to one of the city’s odder monuments, the Cappella Sansevero, the tomb-chapel of the di Sangro family, sculpted by Giuseppe Sammartino in the mid-eighteenth century. The decoration is extraordinary: the centrepiece a carving of a dead Christ, laid out flat and covered with a veil of stark and remarkable realism, not least because it was carved out of a single piece of marble.


Spaccanapoli Running parallel to Via dei Tribunali, Spaccanapoli (literally, “Splitting Naples”) cuts cleanly through the old city. It’s a long street, and changes name several times: at the Via del Duomo end, it’s Via San Biagio dei Librai, becoming Via Benedetto Croce at its western end, where it opens out at the large square of the Gesù Nuovo and the edge of old Naples.


Via San Gregorio Armeno leads down to the other main axis of the old centre from here, Via San Biagio dei Librai, and is one of the old city’s most picturesque streets, lined with places specializing in the making of presepi (Christmas cribs), a Neapolitan tradition that endures to this day, although the workshops along here turn them out more or less year-round. The often inventive creations now incorporate modern figures into the huge crib scenes, which can also contain water features, illuminated pizza ovens and tons of moss and bark.

Vesuvius Experience

Since its first eruption in 79 AD, when it buried the towns and inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius has dominated the lives of those who live on the Bay of Naples, its brooding bulk forming a stately backdrop to the ever-growing settlements that group around its lower slopes. There have been more than a hundred eruptions over the years (see box opposite), and the people who live here still fear the reawakening of the volcano, and with good cause – scientists calculate it should erupt every thirty years or so, and it hasn’t since 1944. It’s carefully monitored, of course, and there is apparently no reason to expect any movement for some time.

You Can Expect from this tour

On the way up to the Vesuvius could see the wonderful view overlooking the Gulf of Naples, the guide will explain all the features and history of Vesuvius. It ‘was an eruption of Vesuvius that buried the city of Pompeii. Arriving at the summit of the crater you will make a long walk of 1.5 hours that will take you to the mouth of the volcano, always accompanied by a specialized guide, you can see up close the mouth of the volcano from which emerged the fiery lava.
BUT ….. Do not fear the Vesuvius today loves us and protects us every day.

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