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The Vesuvian Villas

By at June 23, 2014 | 4:08 pm | 0 Comment

ReggiaDiPortici

In a dilapidated area close to the ruins of Herculaneum, the nobility built 122 villas during the 1700's. They wanted to keep up not with the Jones', but with the king himself, Ferdinand IV who built one of his palaces here. After the villas cropped up, the area became known as the Miglio d'Oro or the Golden Mile. The centerpiece here is the Reggia di Portici,

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Architecture , Vesuvian Excavations

Palazzo Spagnuolo

By at April 27, 2014 | 11:09 am | 0 Comment

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Depicted in the Italian films Processo alla Citta by Luigi Zampa and Giudizio Universale by Vittorio de Sica, not to mention as the backdrop for Pietra Montecorvino’s performance of Comme Facette Mammeta - How Your Mama Made You in John Turturro's Passione, the Palazzo Spagnolo is an awe-inspiring work of architecture. In Naples generally, the triumvirate of

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Architecture , Capodimonte & the Sanita

Torre del Palascino – The Mystery Tower

By at August 13, 2013 | 10:57 am | 0 Comment

Torre Palascino - The Mystery Tower

Visible from the autostrada near the Naples Financial District, a tower pokes its head out of the hills. It's reddish and from the freeway it looks crumbling – or even like an Arab tower with overtones of neo-Gothic and Renaissance. A bit more reading about Naples history, however, reveals that while Arabs from North Africa may have traded with Naples, they didn't

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Architecture , Capodimonte & the Sanita

Baia Castle

By at July 3, 2012 | 11:40 am | 2 Comments

Baia Castle

Perched on a steep cliff, Baia Castle, as it is known, was thought to be the summer residence of Julius Caesar. Archeologists, however, theorize that the villa actually belonged to Emperor Nero. Whatever the truth, by the late 15th century the Aragonese built a castle above the ancient Roman ruins and the fortress became an outlook point designed to scare pirates away

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Architecture , Campania ArteCard , Campi Flegrei , Museums & Galleries ,

Porta San Gennaro

By at May 2, 2012 | 9:41 am | 0 Comment

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Porta San Gennaro is a 10th century gate to the city located just a few steps from the Cavour Metro. After the great plague of 1656 which is purported to have claimed the lives of at least half of Naples citizens, Neapolitans seeking protection from yet another calamity frescoed the most vulnerable part of the city - their gates, as an ex-voto to their Patron Saint, San

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Architecture , Centro Storico

Palazzo Zevallos

By at October 2, 2011 | 9:13 am | 0 Comment

Caravaggio Martyrdom of Saint Ursula

Built by architect Cosimo Fanzago in the 17th century, the Banca Commerciale Italiana bought Palazzo Zevallos in 1920. Today it is home to the last work ever done by the Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the Martyrdom of Saint

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Architecture , Municipio & the City Center , Museums & Galleries

Castel Capuano

By at September 26, 2011 | 10:02 am | 0 Comment

Castel Capuano

The second oldest castle in Naples after Castel dell'Ovo, Castel Capuano was named after the nearby Capuana Gate - Porta Capuana. It was built in the mid 12th century by the Norman King William I, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Naples, and it was enlarged by the Angevins. Many kings and queens lived here, including Queen Joanna II. The Parthenopean

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Architecture , Centro Storico

Castel Nuovo

By at September 23, 2011 | 10:43 am | 0 Comment

Castel Nuovo

Completed in 1282 for the first ruler of the Angevin Monarchy, Charles I of Anjou, it was dubbed Castel Nuovo, the New Castle, lest it be confused with the other two castles resident in Naples at the time, Castel Capuano and Castel dell'Ovo. Unfortunately however, the King died before he ever moved in, and the castle was left to his son Charles II along with the

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Architecture , Municipio & the City Center

Castel dell’Ovo

By at September 17, 2011 | 10:15 am | 0 Comment

Castel dell'Ovo

Considered the oldest of Naples Castles, Castel dell'Ovo juts out into the bay on the tiny isle of Megaride. The same island where Siren Partenope washed ashore after plunging herself into the sea because she failed to lure Ulysses. The same siren that gave Naples its first name, Partenope. It was the infamous Roman poet Virgil (Oct 15, 70 BC - Sept 21, 19 BC) and

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Architecture , Campania ArteCard , Chiaia & Lungomare

Palazzo Reale

By at September 14, 2011 | 3:32 pm | 1 Comments

Palazzo Reale

Born by the Spaniards, raised by the Bourbons, and adopted by the Savoy Kings of Italy, Palazzo Reale is home to an impressive 30 room "Royal House Museum" and the largest state library in Southern Italy, the Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III. Spanning the entire eastern end of Piazza del Plebiscito, it is was built in 1600 by Domenico Fontana to host King

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Architecture , Campania ArteCard , Municipio & the City Center , Museums & Galleries , Top Ten Naples

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