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Cratere degli Astroni Nature Reserve

By at July 4, 2014 | 7:30 pm | 0 Comment

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History Astroni has been well known since the time of ancient Rome, when it was used for therapeutic baths.  In those times, Astroni was rich in thermal and water springs, which disappeared after a volcanic eruption created a new mountain (Monte Nuovo) in 1538.  In that period, Alfonso I of Aragon converted Astroni into a Royal Hunting Preserve by surrounding it with a

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Campi Flegrei , Parks & Nature

Lago Averno

By at August 16, 2013 | 12:26 pm | 0 Comment

Lago Averno

Virgil's fictional character Aeneas wandered down to Lago Averno with the Sibyl, determined to travel to Hades and consult his dead father. The name of the lake, as Book Six of The Aeneid tells us, comes from the Greek word aernos meaning the place without birds. In Virgil's time, the sulfurous steam from the bubbling vents of Solfatara very likely wafted to this

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Campi Flegrei , Parks & Nature

Lungomare

By at July 12, 2012 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comment

Lungomare Naples Italy

If Naples has been described as an amphitheater wrapping around the bay, then Lungomare would be its front row seats. The city's 3km long Seafront Promenade, Lungomare wraps around the bay from Mergellina on the west to the end of Via Partenope on the east. With the sea on one side and Naples Villa Comunale Park on the other, Lungomare is a green and blue oasis in

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Chiaia & Lungomare , Parks & Nature , Top Ten Naples

Salvator Rosa Metro Art Station

By at June 28, 2012 | 1:08 pm | 0 Comment

Salvator Rosa Metro Station

You many never have cause to use the Salvator Rosa Metro Station, but whether you do or not, it is definitely worth a visit. A Metro Line 1 station, it's just two stops west of the Museo Station at Naples National Archaeological Museum. One of MetroNapoli's Metro Art Stations, it opened in 2001. Designed by the Milan based firm Atelier Mendini, a number of works

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Naples Underground , Parks & Nature , Transport Hubs , Vomero

Mt. Vesuvius

By at April 27, 2012 | 9:26 am | 0 Comment

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You’ve seen it from the bay, now see this iconic volcano up close and personal. Mt. Vesuvius is a National Park and open to visitors. In fact, there are nine nature trails (i sentieri) you can explore (pick up a map at the ticket office), although most visitors do Nature Trail #5 – The Great Cono (Sentiero #5, Il Gran Cono), the hike to the crater. This 800 meter,

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Parks & Nature , Vesuvian Excavations

Real Bosco di Capodimonte

By at October 7, 2011 | 1:18 pm | 0 Comment

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In 1742, the Baroque Italian architect, Ferdinando Sanfelice designed the Real Bosco di Capodimonte - a forested area to cater to King Charles’ love of hunting. Today, the gardens cover 130 hectares and feature over 400 varieties of trees.  The Bosco is reached through the Porta di Mezzo gate behind the Polizia di Stato building. A second entrance to the park is at

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Capodimonte & the Sanita , Parks & Nature

Pausilypon Archaeological Site and the Seiano Grotto

By at October 2, 2011 | 12:38 pm | 0 Comment

Grotta di Seiano at Pausylipon

Set on the promontory of Posillipo hill is the one time villa of Publius Vedius Pollio (died 15 BC), friend of Emperor Augustus and a vicious and cruel (according to Pliny the Elder) eel breeding mogul. Bequeathed to Augustus at Pollio's death, the villa and its grounds once covered an area of nine hectares, and included a 1st century BC Nymphaeum at the water's edge, now

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Archeology & Ancient Ruins , Naples Underground , Parks & Nature , Posillipo & Mergellina , Tours Worth Taking

Parco Vergiliano a Piedigrotta

By at October 2, 2011 | 10:56 am | 0 Comment

Parco Vergiliano

Writers, poets and artists seeking inspiration or divine intervention have been making the pilgrimage to Virgil's Tomb for over 2000 years. Set in the picturesque Parco Vergiliano a Piedigrotta, that it is doubtful his remains actually remain here is inconsequential. His indelible footprint remains as does his spell over the city. To commemorate his legacy, Naples

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Archeology & Ancient Ruins , Parks & Nature , Posillipo & Mergellina

Villa Comunale

By at September 26, 2011 | 1:43 pm | 0 Comment

Villa Comunale

New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park, and though much smaller than its contemporaries, Naples has Villa Comunale. Set between Rivieria di Chiaia and Via Caracciolo, Naples Villa Comunale Park has long been a favorite of the locals. Stretching for over 1km between Piazza Vittoria on the east and Piazza della Repubblica on the west, Villa Comunale's tree lined

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Chiaia & Lungomare , Parks & Nature

Parco Virgiliano a Posillipo

By at September 26, 2011 | 10:07 am | 0 Comment

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A little piece of paradise teetering 150 meters above the sea on the promontory of Posillipo hill, one stroll around Parco Virgiliano and its terraced gardens overlooking the gulf and you'll understand exactly why Posillipo was named as it was. The views from this park are unparalleled. They wrap around from Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Coast to the Islands of the Bay -

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Parks & Nature , Posillipo & Mergellina

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