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 – Capri, Ischia, Procida, Nisida, Gaiola; over the Baiai of Trentaremi; around to Bagnoli and beyond to Pozzuoli, and the bays of the Campi Flegrei. There is even a lookout where you can see Pausilypon, the ancient villa of Publius Vedius Pollio.
The park first opened during fascism and was known as Parco delle Rimembranze – Park of Remembrance in honour of the fallen of WWI. After a long period of degradation, the park was redone and reopened in 2002 at which time it was enriched with new foliage – shrubs, rosemary, sage, strawberries, and olive trees. The perfect place to watch the sunset, this green oasis feels like it’s miles away from the city. It’s one of Naples most popular parks and the perfect panorama for wedding and first communion pictures. Umbrella pines along Viale Virgilio frame the entrance to the park and every Thursday, the chicest market in Naples sets up shop here from 0900 – 1400. Inside, playgrounds, a small amphitheatre, a large ornamental fountain at the entrance, and a sports track and club round out the parks offerings. On any given day you’re liable to see a game of Italian Football (soccer) and it’s here where Briganti Napoli – a team of the IFL (Italian Football League) plays America’s version of football.