NAPLES ON A
Light and darkness, good and evil are mixed among the thousands of souls of the former capital of the Bourbon Kingdom. Naples fascinates and frightens, it makes you dream and intimidates the tourists, but the motto “see Naples and die” has its reasons, in this charming city in Southern Italy.
Naples, the administrative centre of Campania and a city packed with attractions, is a A-list destination of a charter in the Gulf of Naples. Disembark at Molo Beverello, the large commercial port and marina that generally welcomes pleasure cruisers, and kick off your visit with a stroll on the waterfront, a favourite meeting point of tourists and locals. The long itinerary stretches from Via Nazario Sauro all the way to Mergellina, at the foot of Via Caracciolo, where you can have a coffee at one of the main chalets that animate the promenade, gazing at a beautiful a view of the promontory of Posillipo, Castel dell’Ovo, Mount Vesuvio, and Capri.
And it’s already time to discover the soul of Naples: Spaccanapoli is the artery that splits the city in two, home to churches, palazzos, and artisan workshops. Marvel at underground Naples, crossed by a maze of century-old tunnels and caves that sheltered the population from bombing during World War II. The San Severo Chapel, the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Church of Gesù Nuovo and that of San Lorenzo are all worth a visit.
Naples on a luxury charter: shopping, museum visits, and local specialties
A stop-over in Naples on a cruise on a luxury charter also includes hitting the shopping district. Find the best international brands and sophisticated jewellery shops in the area going from Via Chiaia, Via dei Mille and Via Filangieri to Galleria Umberto I and the beautiful Piazza Plebiscito with the Royal Palace overlooking the sea. There, find also the exclusive patio of Café Gambrinus offering delicious warm sfogliatellas, and a stone’s throw from it, the informal pizzeria Sorbillo with its choice of equally mouth-watering fried pizzas.
Not to miss are visits to the Museum and Royal Park of Capodimonte, Naples’ green lung, to the National Archaeological Museum, and to the Charterhouse and gardens of San Martino, perched on the hill of Vomero and offering a breath-taking view of the city.