Naples – The Old Town Centre
Lively and scenographic, Naples has been, for centuries, one of the most suggestive towns of art in Italy.
Divided into two parts by Spaccanapoli, a street dividing the ancient Naples, it is a city giving its visitors unique emotions and a magical atmosphere.
Spaccanapoli is one of the itineraries not to be missed, a route which will plunge you into the heart of Naples by revealing its secrets and artistic and architectural wonders. A walk along the old town centre will let you admire any kind of artistic wonders: from the façades of the portals of old houses to the extraordinary baroque churches, among which the original Church of the Purgatorio ad Arco with its bronze skulls outside.
Not to forget the squares opening themselves among the lanes such as Piazza del Gesù, housing the homonymous church. In going ahead along the old town centre, close to Piazza del Gesù, there is one of the most famous holy buildings in Naples, the Church of Santa Chiara, in Gothic style, but with successive baroque interbreedings going back to the Eighteenth century. Also along Spaccanapoli there is the Chapel Sansevero, where the precious marble sculpture of the Veiled Christ is kept, and the street of San Gregorio Armeno, where there are the workshops of the masters of the Neapolitan crib art.
To this route also the Cathedral belongs,in Gothic style, finished in 1313 according to the will of Robert of Anjou.
Spaccanapoli offers its visitors also the incomparable view of the Carthusian monastery of San Martino: a fantastic view allowing to admire the whole city from the top of the hill.
If you have planned a holiday in Sorrento, you cannot miss the chance to visit Naples, in particular its Grrek-Roman old town centre, the biggest one in Europe and declared Heritage of Mankind by the Unesco.