One day in Naples

One day in Naples

It will not take long to understand this city!

Once arrived at the train station, we will make our way through the unruly traffic, honking horns, locals shouting in thick dialect across alleys lined with wet laundry, shrines to the Madonna with blue neon and plastic flowers set into palazzo walls, churches decorated with carved skulls, women squeezed into their shirts and spike heels, helmetless teenagers on mopeds racing the wrong way down slippery one-way streets – It will be immediately clear that two ancient forces drive this unbelievable chaos of a city: life and death.

Everywhere the smell of coffee – our first stop will be in a Coffee bar to try it and the delicious pastries as sfogliatella, babà, pastiera.

Second stop the old part fo the city called SpaccaNapoli, from the Italian word spaccare to split, after the ancient street slicing down the middle of the old city first settled by the Greeks.

The greeks founded the city in 8th century b.c. and used the underground tufa-rock as building material. That’s the reason why you can visit the underground galleries network used as quarry by Greeks, as an acqueduct by Romans and as an escape way during the Second World War.
During our day trip this will be our third stop!

The old part of the citiy has incredible churches to visit as St. Chiara, San Domenico, The Jesuit Church but  is, first of all, the shrine of two great wonders of Naples: Caravaggio’s Seven Acts of Mercy in the Pio Monte della Misericordia surely one of the strangest and most breathtaking paintings in all of art history, a weird chiaroscuro tableau that unites an old man suckling a woman’s breast, a disembodied pair of dirty feet, men in armor struggling in the semidarkness, and high above them a mother and child and two angels, Neapolitan boys really, who cling to each other midfall in a strange and tender embrace.

And the San Severo Chapel – Masonic-inspired baroque chapel that we’ll find Giuseppe Sanmartino’s incredible sculpture, Cristo velato (Veiled Christ), its marble veil so realistic that it’s tempting to try to lift it and view Christ underneath. This fourth stop will leave you breathless.

Our fifth stop the Cathedral of Naples (Duomo) with San Gennaro Chapel.
The treasure of San Gennaro is said to rival Britain’s Crown Jewels and those of the Russian tsars in value. It includes a bishop’s mitre encrusted in stones, and a large necklace composed of thousands of gems, donated by many crowned heads of Europe.

Our sixth stop the famous main square Piazza del Plebiscito with the Royal Palace and the great view over the bay and the volcano Vesuvio.

We will end on Castel dell’Ovo that is the oldest standing fortification in Naples.

Photo reference: Baku, Vikashegde via Wikimedia Commons and Nunzia Marlino

Amalfi Coast Tour

Amalfi Coast Tour

We can catch the train from Rome and 1 hour we will be in Naples. Once there, a driver with a private car or minivan will get us to the fabled Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most amazing places in Italy. The coastline is beautiful, magnificent, captivating, amazing.

Beginning at the southern end of the Sorrentine peninsula, and ending at Salerno, it offers some of the most beautiful scenes combining cliffs and the Mediterranean Sea below. It is truly a photographer’s paradise.

We will first stop in Positano, we will walk down the winding streets to  the beach, to get a real feel for the town and the people of Positano. This was one of the filming locations for the movie Under the Tuscan Sun.

Second stop the hilltop town of Ravello which is situated five km above Amalfi. The views are spectacular from this high, as Ravello overlooks the Amalfi coast towns of Maiori and Amalfi. Ravello gardens inspired the Opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner.

Third stop Amalfi and its Cathedral with bronze doors cast in Constantinople in 1066.

Along the way it will be mandatory a stop  to taste the famous  limoncello, a liqueur made from local lemon zest, sugar and water.

Look at this!

Pompeii Tour

Pompeii Tour

Day trip to Pompeii

Everybody in the world knows Pompeii.

Videos, films, articles tell all details of the day that the eruption of Volcano Vesuvio tokeaway thousand of people’s life away.

Today the ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii (Pompei in Italian) make for one of the world’s most engrossing archaeological experiences.

Much of the site’s value lies in the fact that the town wasn’t simply blown away by Vesuvius in AD 79 but buried under a layer of lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone). The result is a remarkably well-preserved slice of ancient life, where we can walk down Roman streets and snoop around millennia-old houses, temples, shops, cafes, amphitheatres, and even a brothel.

Alago, Polycarbon, Patricio Lorente, Loris Silvio Zecchinato, Wolfgang Rieger, Pompejanischer Maler um 60 v. Chr., Marcus Cyron, Wikimedia Commons

Ercolano Tour

Ercolano Tour

Day trip to Ercolano

Lying more than 50 feet below the present-day town of Ercolano, the ruins of Herculaneum are set among the acres of greenhouses that make this area one of Europe’s principal flower-growing centers.

In AD 79 the gigantic eruption of Vesuvius, which also destroyed Pompeii, buried the town under a tide of volcanic mud. The semiliquid mass seeped into the crevices and niches of every building, covering household objects, enveloping textiles and wood — and sealing all in a compact, airtight tomb.

Excavation began in 1738 under King Charles of Bourbon, using the technique of underground tunnels. Digging was interrupted but recommenced in 1828, continuing into the following century. Today less than half of Herculaneum has been excavated. With contemporary Ercolano and the unlovely Resina Quarter sitting on top of the site, progress is limited.

We will start our discovery from the ancient shoreline, overviewing the whole city, including part of the beach. We will continue along the old streets visiting the beautiful preserved houses with their inner frescos and furniture as well as the Baths, restaurants and laundries.

Photo reference: Mentnafunangann, Wikimedia Commons