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All the wonders of Naples
Complicated Naples, anarchic Naples, popular Naples, and dangerous Naples: so many common and totally useless ways to look at this town without understanding anything of what it really is and what it really means in terms of cultural contribution to Italian culture. For most ignorant people, Naples is the living witness of the terrible fury of its volcano, the Vesuvio, which barely destroyed three ancient Roman towns, Stabia, Ercolano and Pompei or maybe it is just the headquarter of the dangerous Camorra criminal sect and drug dealing organization. Others would say that Naples is simply a beautiful harbour from which sailing to Capri is really easy, but for those who have good eyes and good feeling, Naples is indeed one of the most interesting and beautiful towns of Italy. Breathtaking palaces, ancient frescoes, marble sculptures, royal palaces, fine china production in Capodimonte, bewitching old streets climbing high hills covered by uninterrupted levels of popular houses in Spaccanapoli district. There is a world which needs and deserves to be discovered in Naples and this world is waiting for you. For your holiday choose a vacation rental and an apartment or a vacation house in Naples.
Naples, town of the one thousand saints and ghosts
Naples would not be Naples without its saints, its miracles and its ghosts. More than a religion and a devotion, the cult of San Gennaro and all its saints is for Naples a cultural reality and a living part of its past and traditions. Visit the splendid cathedral, the Duomo, where the relics of San Gennaro are contained. In March 2015 the congealed blood of the saint liquified for another time during the official visit of Pope Francesco. Through Naples ancients narrow streets head to the peculiar Cappella Sansevero, the chapel where all the noble Di Sangro family members are buried. In the crypt of the chapel, you will find all the macabre figures of the Sansevero family embalmed, although it is not sure that it is indeed their real bodies or just embalmed models.
Whatever it may be, the Sansevero Chapel is known worldwide for being haunted by the ghosts of the noble Neapolitan family and of its servants, whose dead bodies were used by the prince Sansevero for his embalming scientific experiences. The splendid church of Santa Chiara was built in the 14th century and although heavily injured by bombing during Second World War, still offers a wonderful display of medieval friezes and busts and a very interesting archeological area with Roman baths and gymnasium. Neapolitans have a very special way of dealing with their saints and dead people, they would ask special favours and protection against offers and prayers.
Visit the catacombs of Santa Maria del Purgatorio where you will find human bones and skulls covered with flowers, ex-voto and even jewels offered by the people to thank the dead for caretaking and protection. Rent an apartment or a vacation house in Naples for your holiday and discover the real Naples, see its true colours made of royal palaces, baroque theaters and complicated historical narrow streets in its popular areas.
Discover Naples through its Baroque churches and royal palaces
Caravaggio worked for long years in Naples and a number of his masterpieces can be seen in the Capodimonte Museum, in the Pio Monte della Misericordia Palace and in the Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano in the splendid Via Toledo. The mighty monarchy of Bourbon Siciles chose Naples for its own capital and the town is full of noble palaces and marble stairs which used to belong to its noble families close to the Bourbon Sicile kings and queens. Rent an apartment in the baroque Via Toledo by the Palazzo Reale.
During your stay in Naples you cannot simply miss to visit the Reggia di Caserta Royal Palace, inscribed since 1997 in Unesco World Heritage. The Italian Versailles as it is often called is only at less than 20 km from the centre of Naples, with its 1.200 rooms which were modelled after the splendid Teatro San Carlo of Naples. Its huge park is a typical baroque extension created by the architect Vanvitelli and the gardens were all designed by the most important botanical garden british designers. Marble statues, cascades, fountains, water basins representing mythological gods and goddesses fill the gardens of the Caserta palace with harmony and beauty.
Beach parties and nightlife in Naples
You will be amazed by the move and the vibes of Naples by night. All along the coast and the Lungomare promenade on the sea, Naples is just full of nightclubs and beach clubs where you can have a drink in front of a sunset on the beach and spend your evening dancing the night out until early morning. Live music, disco, jazz and R+B, best DJ in the world and skilled bartenders simply glorify Naples night life. Party in Naples is really a "on the beach" activity where huge sofas are displayed on the sand not far from the very sea water, around white gazebos and tables enlightened only by candles. For your holiday in Naples, choose a vacation rental such as a villa with swimming pool or a vacation house.