Cratere degli Astroni Nature Reserve

Cratere degli Astroni Nature Reserve

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...
Lago Averno

Lago Averno

As Book Six of Virgil’s The Aeneid tells us, Lago Averno or Lake Averno, in Naples, Italy, comes from the Greek word aernos meaning the place without birds.

Lungomare

Lungomare

If Naples has been described as an amphitheater wrapping around the bay, Lungomare, the city’s 3km long Seafront Promenade would be its front row seats.

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

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...
Real Bosco di Capodimonte

Real Bosco di Capodimonte

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...
Villa Comunale

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...
Parco Virgiliano a Posillipo

Parco Virgiliano a Posillipo

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...
Solfatara

Solfatara

The Solfatara crater still smolders endlessly today. Located a few meters from the sea, an entrance leads down a tree lined path to a mars-like terrain. The rotten egg smell is inescapable and, depending on the direction of the wind, wafts all the way to the city of...
Orto Botanico – Naples Botanical Gardens

Orto Botanico – Naples Botanical Gardens

If you need a reprieve from the bustle of downtown Naples, Orto Botanico – Naples Botanical Gardens lie smack in the middle of the city, and yet cover thirty acres of quiet land. Created in 1807, they bring together plants from many differing climates, including...

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