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Royal Palace of Caserta

Royal Palace of Caserta and its park, inserted as one of the 50 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997

Royal Palace of Caserta  is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples..

Royal Palace of Caserta.. and its park, inserted as one of the 50 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997,described in its nomination as “the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space”.

Royal Palace of Caserta

Royal Palace of Caserta

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 Royal Palace of Caserta

Royal Palace of Caserta

In 1750 Charles of Bourbon (1716-1788) decided to build the Royal Palace as  ideal  center  of  new Kingdom of Naples, by that time autonomus and released from spanish aegis. The choice of the place where it would rise the new administrative capital of the kingdom  fell on the lowlend of Terra di Lavoro, in the place dominated by the sixteenth century Acquaviva palace. The project for the imposing building, destined to compete with others European royal resideneces, was given, after various events, to architect Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-1773), son of the most important landscape painter, Gasper Van Wittel, formerly active in Rome under Benedetto XIV in dom of S.Pietro restoration.
 The Royal Palace building began with the laying of the foundation stone in 20 jenuary of 1752 and it proceeded briskly until 1759 year in which, dead the King of Spain, left the kingdom of  Naples  to reach Madrid. After Carlo’s departure the new Palace construction works, as at time was colled the Royal Palace, suffered a considerable slowdown, so at the death of Luigi Vanvitelli in 1773, they were far from being completed. Carlo Vanvitelli, and afterwards other architects, trained at the Vanvitelli school, carried out in the next century this great royal residence.
The Royal Palace of Caserta has a rectangular  plan articulated  on building overlooking four large courtyards and it covers an area of approximately  47.000 square meters for a height of 5 floors equal to 36 meters. An imposing portico (optical telescope) is the ideal connection between the park and the waterfall, located scenically at the height of the vanishing point thus created.
The staircase of honor, eighteenth-century invention of the art scene connects the lower and the upper hallway, from which leads  to the royal apartments. The rooms used by the royal family were made several times during a whole century, in a style that reflects the so called   « internal units»  feature of architectural design and decorative of eighteenth-century and partly according to nineteenth-century taste for composite furnishing  and the tiny objects.
On the upper vestibule, in front of the compartment of the main staircase, opens the Palatine Chapel, designed by Vanvitelli even in decorations, it’s certainly the room more than any other  shows a clear analogy with the model of  Versailles. The Court theatre, located on the western  side of the palace, is a wonderful examble of  eighteenth-century theater architecture.
The traditional visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta has been enriched by recent inedited routes that offer to the visitors the chance to choose how, the times and the issues more in keeping with their interests  and cultural curiosities.
 
Route A includes a visit to the historic apartment, and, immediately after the Nativity, is  completed with a visit to the art gallery, wich is spread over to wings completely reorganized and the Palatine Chapel.
Route B runs through the «picture gallery, new paintings from deposits», held on the ground floor of the second courtyard.
Route C provides the opportunity to visit, on reservation, the elliptical vault cover  of the staircase of honor, and the spaces  of corresponding attics. The visitors can access it directly from the upper vestibule, through the stairway located to the right of the historic apartment entrance.

The Royal Park is part of the project preseanted by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli to sovereign, it is inspired by the gardens of the great european residences of the time and it merging the tradition of the italian renaissance garden with solutions introduced by André Le Notre in Versailles. The work with the delimitation of the area and planting of first plants, began in 1753, together the ones for the construction of the aqueduct Carolino whose waters  from the slopesof mount Taburno would feed the fountains of the royal gardens.

The formal garden, as it is this day, it is only a part of the realization planned by Luigi Vanvitelli, in fact his death in 1773 the acqueduct was finished but no fountain was made still. The work was completed by his son Carlo (1740-1821), who, while simplifying his father design, was a true filmmaker, retaining the compositional rhythm of the alternation of fountains, ponds, meadows, and waterfalls.

For those who leave the palace the gardens present themselves divided in two parts: The first one consists of a large parterre  separated by a central avenue leading up to the fountain Margherita, flanked by groves of oak and hornbeam, arranged symmetrically to form a semicircular green “theatrical” scene.

To the left of building, in the so-called “Old Wood”, whose name recalls the existence of a previous renaissance garden, there is the Castelluccia a construction that simulates a miniature castle, from which the young Ferdinando IV practiced in mock ground battles. In Peschiera grande an artificicial lake elliptical in shape with a small island in the middle, were it fought naval battales with a flotillia constructed just for this purpose.

The secon part of the park, made entirely by Carlo Vanvitelli, starts from the fountain Margherita, from which unfolds the famous waterways, on which from the south to the north lies  the fountain of “Delfini”, so-called because the water comes out from the mouths of three large marine monsters carved in the stone and the fountain of “Eolo”, formed by a large exedra in which there are numerous caves that simulate the home of the winds, represented by statues of “zephire”. The main axis is structured in seven sloping tanks forming as many waterfalls concluded with the fountain of Cerce that represents the fecundity of Sicily, with the statues of the goddes and the two rivers of the island. The last fountain is one in which is represented the story of Venus and Adonis.

Finally, in the basin, called Diana’s Bath, below the waterfall of mount Briano, two major marmoreal blocks depicting Actaeon when, transformed into a deer, is going to be devoured by his own dogs, and Diana surrounded by nymphs, while leaves the waters. An artificial grotto, built with large blocks of tufa, the so-called Torrione, stands on the top of the waterfall, where you can enjoy the view of a unique landscape

On the side of the fountain of Diana, from 1785, at the behest of Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV, Carlo Vanvitelli and the english gardener John Andrew Graefer realized the first Italian garden landscape.

On a surface of 24 hectares were carried out, in a short time, important works to create hills, meadows, lakes and canals fed by the waters of Carolino and enriched by new plants from all over the known world. Following the manner that from England was spreading across Europe, were built many Fabriques useful to stop and the real fun but also orangeries and greenhouses for the admission of botanical specimens and study and reproduction of plants.
Of all the environment more beautiful and full of picturesque views is the Bath of Venus, so called for the presence of a statue in Carrara marble, the work of Tommaso Solari, depicting the goddess in the act of leaving the water of a small lake, surrounded by a forest of laurels, oaks and monumental specimens of Taxus baccata. Within a rocky mantle, where there was an ancient pozzolana quarry, in the thick vegetation, lies the Criptoportico, a semicircular cave with a vault covered by lacunar and embellished with columns, pilasters and classical statues from the Farnese Collection in the that suggest the ruins of a portico of an ancient temple. Striking are the fake ruins of a Doric Temple and the Temple circular, which rises unexpectedly in the woods called “Labyrinth”, work of Carlo Vanvitelli. Not far from the old greenhouses is the English Mansion , edificatata between 1790 and 1794 and intended to house the gardener Graefer. Not to be forgotten  the Aperia with a semicircular plant, originally used by Vanvitelli as a water tank and later for beekeeping, and in 1826 it became a greenhouse,  recently used as open-air theater.
Born as a walk through the botanical rarities the “english”  garden became a veritable botanical garden where they were visible exceptional examples of Cinnamomum camphora, Taxus baccata, Cedrus libani, what is passed is the first plant Camellia Camellia japonica arrived in Europe and intended for the garden by Maria Carolina.
During the nineteenth century under the leadership of distinguished botanists Gussone and Terracciano, who strengthened activity study and the reproduction of botanical specimens, the garden was called the Royal Botanical Gardens of Caserta.
And it is the coexistence and fusion of natural scenes of great beauty, sculpture groups combined with exotic trees of great scientific interest, functional architectures and environments for the preservation and reproduction of plants, which carries the meaning and charm of the garden complex, still perceptible by anyone who frequent the winding paths or dwell in contemplation of a stream or a fake ruin.

tickets

full price
€ 9.00

Apartment
(can only be bought at times when the Park is closed)

Apartment and park
_full price: € 12.00

_concession with >artecard: € 6.00
_free: EU citizens under 18 and over 65

Park
_full price: € 3.00

reduced
€ 4.50

Apartment
(can only be bought at times when the Park is closed)
EU citizens aged 18 – under 25

Apartment and park
_concession: € 6.00 EU citizens aged 18 – under 25

Park
_concession: € 1.50 EU citizens aged 18 – under 25

concession with >artecard
€ 4.50

Entry to 5 sites on the Caserta and Antica Capua (Reggia di Caserta, Museo Archeologico dell’Antica Capua, Museo dei Gladiatori, Anfiteatro Campano, Mitreo) counts as a single admission with >artecard

free

Apartment
EU citizens aged under 18 and over 65

Apartment and park
EU citizens under 18 and over 65

Park
EU citizens aged under 18 and over 65

Opening Hours

Apartments

Open every days

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

Park

open from 8.30 to one hour before the last park admission:

_January / February / November December: park closes 14.30

_March: park closes 16.00

_April: park closes 17.00

_June / July / August: park closes 18.00

_October: park closes 16.30

The English Garden closes one hour before the park closes

closed : Tuesday
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The imposing arcade (an ‘optical spyglass’) that provides an imaginary link between the park and the cascade, which is spectacularly positioned at the end of the vista.
A tour of the Royal Palace provides an opportunity to see decorations, furniture, precious fabrics and paintings in the historic apartments.
In the backrooms of the Nineteenth- Century Apartment, the exhibition ‘Cose mai viste’ displays a selection of outstanding artefacts from the Bourbon collections: two highlyprized mechanical cylinder organs, the costly cradles of the Savoy Princes and wooden models of the carousels commissioned for the park adjacent to Villa “La Favorita”. On the ground floor, in the second courtyard, the recently opened Picture Galleryexhibits paintings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century commissioned by the Sovereigns or of local provenance; these are grouped by subject.
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Visit Capri

Visit Capri, The crags and grottoes have been dazzling visitors since the Ancient Greeks first settled the island.

Visit Capri known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, was a favored resort of the Roman emperors.

Visit Capri.. it’s easy to understand why artists and writers have been immortalizing Capri’s beauty and history for centuries. Climb aboard a wooden boat to tour the Grotto Azzurra, a cave filled with spectacularly blue water. Savor some gelato while you stroll around the harbours of Marina Piccola or Marina Grande, an ancient Roman fishing port.

Known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, was a favored resort of the Roman emperors.

Most notoriously, the emperor Tiberius had his villa on the island, the location (supposedly) of debauched orgies. Those who displeased the emperor were flung to their deaths from the cliffs.

The island is world famous and is very touristy, especially when swamped with tourists in July & August, but other times of year it is calmer and more relaxing.

Visit Capri

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 In Capri you can arrive by ship from Sorrento (15 minutes by boat) or from the port of Castellammare di Stabia, which is only 8 km from Bed and Breakfast Il Fauno, easily accessible both by car and by the Circumvesuviana train (only 500 meters from the B & B).

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 Visit Capri

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Events

From April to the end of the summer, the island also comes to life from an artistic and cultural point of view. Concerts are organized almost every evening in the squares or the splendid villas built by Tiberius, as well as painting and sculpture exhibitions, plays and dance performances. This wonderful island is a destination that attracts visitors of all nationalities!

  • Festival of San Costanzo On May 14th every year, the patron saint of the town of Capri, San Costanzo, is celebrated.
  • Festival of Sant’Antonio On June 13th every year, the patron saint of the town of Anacapri is celebrated with a large rustic festival.
  • International Folklore Festival During the 1st week of August, Anacapri plays host to a range of events in its squares, featuring musical bands and folk dance companies.
  • Settembrata Anacaprese September. A large rustic festival for celebrating the grape harvest: 10 days of celebration dedicated to the island’s typical produce, including shows, competitions and games.
  • Capri Film Festival Every December since 1991, Capri has hosted an international festival dedicated to the cinema. The event attracts Italian artistes, Hollywood stars and independent filmmakers keen to present their works in this exclusive location.

Arco Naturale– Natural arch in the landscape reachable by a beautiful hike around the southern edge of Capri.

Capri Day Trip – What to see in one day

You’re on vacation at the Bed and Breakfast Il Fauno Pompei and want to come to Capri for a day? Here’s an idea of the route for a day trip to Capri.

09.00 hours

Try to get to Capri as early as possible. As soon as you arrive on the island, at Marina Grande, head to the private jetty from where boats depart for the Grotta Azzurra (it’s on the dock where the majority of hydrofoils arrive) and purchase a ticket for the tour around the island and visit to the Grotta Azzurra.
You can take either the complete trip around the island, which includes the thrill of sailing through the arch in the Faraglioni rocks, or take the shorter version, which only sails as far as the Grotta Azzurra and back. We suggest you opt for the full tour!

Tour around the island and visit to the Grotta Azzurra

Duration: circa 2 hours
Cost: circa 15 euro
Entrance to Grotta: 13 euro

11.30 hours

When you get back to Marina Grande, board a bus to Anacapri (20 minutes). From here, take the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro.

Monte Solaro chairlift

Duration: 12 minutes
Cost: circa 10 euro
‘Opening hours: March – October: 9.30 – 17.30 – November – February: 10.30 – 15.00

From the summit of Monte Solaro you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Bays of Naples and Salerno you’re ever likely to see. From here you can go back down the mountain by chairlift or on foot. If you decide to walk, take time to make the brief detour to see the hermitage of Cetrella.
The descent on foot will take you about 30 minutes.

14.30 hours

At this stage you can choose to either have lunch in one of Anacapri’s restaurants or just grab a quick snack and head straight to Villa San Michele, the museum house created by the 19th century Swedish writer and physician Axel Munthe, and which boasts one of the island’s most panoramic viewpoints.

Villa San Michele

Entrance: circa 6 euro
‘Opening hours: from 09.00 AM until 1h before the sunset

16.00 hours

Take a bus to back down to Capri. Make sure you stop for a coffee or a cold drink in the Piazzetta

After the obligatory pause in the Piazzetta, take a stroll down Via Camerelle, the street famous for its luxury boutiques and designer fashion stores.When you’ve had your eye-fill of window shopping, make your way down Via Serena and then turn right, walking along Via Matteotti until you come to the Gardens of Augustus

Here, you’ll want take a few photos of the gardens with the sea and the Faraglioni in the background before making you way down the spectacular Via Krupp to reach the bay of Marina Piccola and the Siren’s rock. From here you can make your way back to the center of Capri by bus and then take the Funicular train to the port and your hydrofoil home!

How do you get around and about the island of Capri? There are three principal forms of transport: bus, funicular railway and… legs!
Pop a comfortable pair of shoes into your bag: almost the whole of Capri is closed to traffic and walking is invariably the best way to get from one place to another.

 

Best ways to get around:

  • Port of Marina Grande – Capri: funicular railway
  • Capri – Anacapri: bus
  • Capri and Anacapri town centers: on foot

Forget the car: from mid March to early November only residential cars and motorbikes are allowed to circulate on the island. In any case, a car is of little use on Capri, where the majority of roads are closed to traffic and there are very few places to park.
Public transport on the island is extremely efficient and taxis are available 24hrs a day.

Where can I leave my car?

  • Naples port: Buono car park. Tel. +39 335 499658
  • Sorrento port:Marina Piccola car park. Tel. +39.081 8781306

Funicular railway

By far the quickest way to travel to the center of Capri from the port of Marina Grande is by the island’s funicular. a little train which makes its way up to the Piazzetta through the island’s lemon gardens in just 3 minutes.

Funicular Marina Grande – Capri

  • Departures: every 15 minutes (more frequently in rush hour and high season).
  • Journey time: 3 minutes.
  • Price of a single ticket: 1,80 €
  • Current funicular train times

The ticket office is located to the right of the arrival dock, next to the hydrofoil ticket offices. Small sized dogs are allowed on board. You’ll need to purchase an additional ticket if you are travelling with large items of luggage.
Between January and March the funicular railway closes for maintenance work. In these months the funicular train is substituted by a bus service.

Bus

Don’t expect a regular-sized city bus: on Capri, you’ll travel aboard a minibus with only a dozen or so seats in each. Anything bigger would have serious difficulty making its way along the island’s narrow roads! In the summer, buses are usually crowded and, at times, you might have to queue for some time. Fortunately, buses are frequent.

Ticket prices

  • Single ticket: 1,80 €
  • Hourly ticket: 2,70 €
  • Daily ticket: 8,60 €

The bus terminal in Capri is situated in Piazza Martiri d’Ungheria (on Via Roma, close to the Piazzetta)Anacapri’s bus terminal is located in Piazza della Pace (often referred to as “Piazza Cimitaro “). If you’re travelling from Capri to the Grotta Azzurra or Faro you’ll need to change buses in “Anacapri “. Don’t get off when the driver calls out “Anacapri”, rather wait for the next stop.

Taxi

Taxis wait for passengers at the port and a number of other key locations, but they can also be hailed along the road or

bed.and.breakfast.capriCapri’s taxi cabs are often open top models (for the ladies: wear a headscarf and a pair of sunglasses and travel the island ‘diva style’!). Taxi fares are established by the taxometer. For longer journeys, a fixed rate is often applied. For tours of the island, you will need to agree a price with the driver, based on the season, and the itinerary and duration of the journey. booked by phone. Capri’s taxi drivers are generally extremely courteous and helpful and, for those eager to see the sights but with little time at their disposal, make great improvised tourist guides as well.

How much do taxis cost on Capri?

The journey from the port to the center of Capri will cost about 20 euro, luggage included. Capri’s taxis can accommodate up to 6 passengers. If you’re traveling in a group it can work out cheaper to take a cab, rather than the bus. Average taxi fares are listed here below:

Need a taxi?

  • Taxi Anacapri, Piazza Vittoria – Tel. +39 081 8371175
  • Taxi Capri, Piazza Martiri D’Ungheria – Tel. +39 081 8376657

By sea

If you want to see Capri from the sea, you can hire a canoe, dinghy, traditional Sorrentine gozzo, or a motor yacht, with or without crew. Boat trips might easily include a meal at one of the island’s water edge restaurants or a delicious onboard picnic, of panini, mozzarella and Capri’s succulent, sun ripened tomatoes.

A much less expensive option to hiring a private boat, is that of joining an organized tour.Trips around the island last approximately two hours, including the visit to the Grotta Azzurra. Visits to the famous sea cave are made on small rowing boats. Given that only a few boats are allowed to access the cave at any one time, the time it takes to enter will depend on the number of tourists waiting.

If you sail to Capri aboard your own boat, you can moor at the Marina Grande tourist port. Those choosing toanchor off shore should do so at least 300 meters from the coastline.

Capri is a place to do as little or as much as you like. The four cafes in the main square are the place to be seen in the evenings after the deluge of day trippers have left. Celebrities can occasionally be found sipping drinks there. High end shops line the streets if you feel the need for retail therapy.

  • Walk Take one of the public footpaths which let you reach, for instance, the “Arco Naturale” and other beautiful sights which the large majority of tourists will only see from their boat trips around the island. Some of these paths are very steep and you need to walk up and down long stairs sometimes. The map you can buy for a small fee at the main tourist office in the harbor shows most of the footpaths. However, it is difficult to get lost on such a small island.
  • Hike Nearly the entire perimeter of the island is accessible for hiking. Few people, except local fishers and hunters, take advantage of these beautiful natural trails. Several abandoned forts are found along the path and there are trails and paved descents that can take you all the way to the water’s edge. This is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the island when the day tripping tourists flood the more populous regions of the island. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes if you do hike, you may be a long distance from the nearest road or bus stop.
  • Rent a motor boat For anywhere up to 5 people per boat, you pay around 80 EUR for two hours and drive the boat yourself – the perfect way to see the island from the sea – no schedule, you can stop wherever you please to take a swim. Enquire near to the port for the companies who provide these boats.
  • Rent a motor scooter to tour the island. Gets you around much quicker than on foot, but still allows you to easily maneuver the winding roads. Beware of crazy bus drivers especially around corners! Beware as they may only allow experienced drivers to rent scooters.
  • Take the chairlift ride Called the Seggiovia by locals, it goes from Anacapri up to Monte Solaro. On a clear day the views over the bay of Naples from the summit are indescribable and there are some really pretty gardens and orchards underfoot on the way up the mountain (passing over private homes). The ride takes 15 minutes each way and is a remarkably peaceful break from the tourist crowds elsewhere in Capri. You’ll want at the very least 30 minutes at the top, where a restaurant and toilets are available. Round trip is €10 or €7.50 one way. Open daily in summer 9:30 to 5PM, last run down at 5:30PM, November to March last run down at 3:30PM. Very windy at wintertime.
  • Swim, many locals swim in the Blue Grotto after 6PM when the boats stop and in any of the other grottos around the island. Swimming is much safer however at the small beach to the left of the ticket kiosk for the furnicolare in Marina Grande or on the other side of the island at Marina Piccola (resort-like beach) or at any of the natural beaches reachable by boat. Swimming in grottos is only for experienced swimmers and is not for the faint-hearted, as tidal waves frequently close and open the openings to the grottos, and in the process, potentially injure a swimmer against the rocks when trying to enter or exit. Never do this alone, go with a local if you really feel the need to swim inside a grotto or the Blue Grotto which has a very low mouth opening.
  • Marina Piccola is on the opposite end of the island from Marina Grande. You can walk, but the bus is probably easier. The Marina Piccola is a quieter area which has two beach areas where you can swim or lay out on the smooth rock beach. But in July and August finding space on the pebbles is very difficult.

Paestum archaeological site

Paestum archaeological site is a Greek settlement where you can find the best preserved Greek doric temples worldwide

Paestum archaeological site is a Greek settlement where you can find the best preserved Greek doric temples worldwide

Paestum archaeological site is a Greek settlement where you can find the best preserved Greek doric temples worldwide…

Most of the ancient Greek city has not been excavated yet. Besides three temples, the side has a gymnasium, city wall and tower ruins and plenty of house wall ruins. Part of the site is also a museum showing excavated items such as statues, vases, metalwork, and painted grave stones.

Paestum archaeological site

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Paestum archaeological site

Paestum archaeological site

The main reason to come to Paestum is to see the most complete Doric temples in Italy.

The zone of the Magna Grecia, greater Greece, starts here, and Paestum started out as a Greek settlement. Paestum is the Roman name of the city–the original Greek name was Poseidonia.

Capaccio Paestum (SA)
Via Magna Grecia, 919
+39 0828 811023

http://www.museopaestum.beniculturali.it/?lang=en

The museum is open every day from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (last tiket 6.50 pm)
The first and the third Monday of each month the museum closes at 1.40 pm (last tiket at 1 pm)

The temples (Archaeological area)
Open every day from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (last tiket 6.50 pm);
After sunset visitors to the archeological site must keep to the illuminated trail.

Ticket : (Museum + Archaeological area) : € 9,00

Today it is possible to visit a wide archaeological area divided into three parts: two sacred, the northern and the southern sanctuaries, and a public one in the middle, the Greek Agora, which later became the Roman Forum.

In the two sanctuaries three marvellously preserved Doric temples: on the northern side the so-called Temple of Ceres, dedicated to Athena, on the southern side the so-called Basilica, Hera’s Temple and the so-called Neptune temple , maybe dedicated to Apollo.

In the public area are buildings of the Greek era ( the ekklesiasterion, the heroon : the hypogeic tomb of the founder, hero of the city) and of the Roman period ( the forum, the Italic temple, the amphitheatre and the built-up area). The ancient city is surrounded by walls with four door in correspondence with the four cardinal points (Porta Aurea north; Porta Giustizia south; Porta Sirena east; Porta Marina west), datable between the end of the IV century B.C. and the Latin colony period (III century B.C.).

The National Archeological Museum of Paestum is one of the best museums in Italy.
It consists of various sections which allow the visitor to retrace the Geek, Lucan and Roman history of the city.
It was built in 1952, using a project planned by the architect M.De Vita, and it is situated inside the walls of the town. The first section was built in order to hold the archaic Metopes which were found at the Sele.
Another room, designed by the architect E. De Felice, was added to the first one.

The latest set up of the Museum dates back to 1999, when a Roman Room and a Didactic room were added.
Entering the Museum the visitor will find the Archaic Metopes, which are the most important and interesting findings of the ancient world; bronze vases, which were found inside the “sacello ipogeico” , the famous Diver’s Tomb and the painted slabs of the tombs, which belong to the Lucan Age.
Moreover, in the Roman Room, sculptures and many silver coins are also visible.
The National Museum of Paestum possesses photographic, printmaking and restoration laboratories and a big archive.

Ticket: (Museum+ Ruins of Paestum + Exhibit “Rosantico”): € 10,00
UE Citizens: under 18 – over 65 y.o.: FREE
18 – 25 y.o.: 50% off.

The entrance is free for UE school groups and their chaperons. They have to present a list – double copy on school letterhead – with the names of all participants (students and teachers) at the ticket office (museum).

Paestum’s flavours……

A place where it is possible to discover genuine flavours and, high quality products which hedge in the producers’ experience and wisdom.
Anthropologist, doctors and nutritionists think that the genuine and good quality food is a very helpful medicine to prevent malfunction, illness, etc., but it is also a means of enjoying good food, above all the food which can be found in this wonderful area –  the Mediterranean diet – the Mediterranean diet  has its origins in  Greek eating habits.

Mozzarella cheese

Mozzarella cheese is a typical Italian product. In 1996 the mozzarella cheese acquired the DOP denomination (guarantee origin). It is a fresh cheese, it is white and it has quite a flexible texture, a particular taste, and a heady smell which is given by milk enzymes. It is a versatile product, used in several recipes, that is why it is a cheese demanded all year .

Even if there are contrasting theories about the origin of mozzarella cheese, it is known that it has been produced since the 1500s. It is produced in Campania’s fertile lands, (they were called “Maison de Roses” by Carlo D’angiò) a perfect habitat for buffaloes from which the milk to make the mozzarella cheese is drawn.
At the beginning Mozzarella cheese was not taken into consideration, because it was a perishable product, (it keeps for 2 or 3 days), and for this reason its production and its commercialization was confined to a few refined tasters.
Originally, mozzarella cheese was not preserved in its liquid but it was enveloped in rush leaves and sold in chestnut baskets.

In the meantime the dairy production started to detach itself from the farm (where the dairy had its origins) and local dairies were established. They were also reinforced, in about 1865, by the refrigerator and by pasteurization methods. The word “mozzarella” derives from the diminutive “mozzo” (which means cut) and it was found for the first time, in 1570, in a papal cookbook. Its diffusion is linked to the intensification of the communications which allowed an easier and faster delivery. The milk produced by buffaloes is carried to the dairies, and it is pasteurized and treated.
The processing is divided into 5 phases: 1) the milk is brought to the boil of 36°C and rennet is added , then it has to clot for about 1 hour and then some grains, with a walnut side are obtained from the curd; 2) the curd is broken with a stick and it is made to mature for 5 hours ; 3) it is poured into boiling hot water (80°C) and it is filtered through a delicate and elaborate procedure which depends on an empiric test; 4) the paste cooled is cut off using the thumb and the index finger; 5) shortly before preserving the mozzarella, it is put into a salt water , diluted whey compound.

The “mozzarella di bufala” has a curved shape and it comes in different sizes, it usually weighs between 20 – 80 grams. The surface must be white and smooth, and when cutting it a white fatty liquid, with a milk enzyme smell, pours out.
This product had become so popular that the “Washington Post” renamed the 18 road, where most of the dairies have been built, with the appellative “the Mozzarella Paradise”.
Mozzarella cheese keeps for about 3 – 4 days at 10° – 15° C, and it doesn’t lose its
organoleptic characteristics and its flavour. There are other products made from buffalo milk like the “ricotta di bufala” which is used with cold meals to prepare typical Paestum dishes.

Underground Naples

Underground Naples secrets, stories and legends of Naples

Underground Naples: secrets, stories and legends of Naples still resound in its caverns!

Underground Naples..secrets, stories and legends of Naples still resound in its caverns. A parallel city can be found long the streets of the historical center. Discover the underground part of Naples, a very fascinating experience.

Forty meters below the characteristic and lively streets of the Historic Center of Naples, you find a different world, unexplored, isolated by time, but deeply connected with the world above.

Underground Naples

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Underground Naples

It’s the heart of Naples, and the place from which the city was born. To visit it is to travel to the past, a world 2400 years old.

The tour of ‘Underground Naples’ is divided into three sections: 1) Graeco-Roman aqueduct. At a depth of approximately 40 m, visitors can explore the tuff chambers dug in the Greek period (4th century B.C.), used as cisterns for Naples’s water supply for about 23 centuries. The tour lasts about an hour; 2) tour of part of the city’s old Roman Theatre, which in the fifteenth century was incorporated into some houses still standing on Via Anticaglia, Vico Cinquesanti and Via S. Paolo; 3) summa cavea of the Roman Theatre. A permanent exhibition has been set up here, which uses some thirty antique wooden cabinets to house a collection of folk-art nativity and crib scenes.

Every historic epic, from the foundation of Neopolis, to the bombs of WWII, has left it’s mark on the walls of the yellow tufa stone, the soul of Naples, and the stone with which the city was built.

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Visit Naples

Visit Naples is in the region of Campania in Southern Italy, about 2-hours south of Rome

Visit Naples, on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Its harbor is the most important port in Southern Italy.

Visit Naples..it sits on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Its harbor is the most important port in Southern Italy.

Naples, Napoli in Italian, is the third most-populated city in Italy and the biggest city in Southern Italy. Its name comes from the GreekNeapolis meaning new city.

Its close proximity to many interesting sites, such as Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, makes it a good base for exploring the area. Naples is a lively and vibrant city, full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops, making it worth at least a few days visit.

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Many of Italy’s world-famous dishes like pizza and spaghetti were born in this region, so it’s no surprise that Naples offers some of the finest and freshest food in all of Italy. Mouth-watering pizza is made with fresh mozzarella di bufala and fresh seafood is prepared to perfection. Naples is also home to Italy’s best coffee. Espresso bars are everywhere and patrons can be found enjoying coffee at all hours.Try a steamy shot of fragrant espresso at the late 19th century Gran Caffè Gambrinus with a decadent pastry. It is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Naples is an exhilarating mess of Unesco-listed historic buildings, citrus tree-filled cloisters and electrifying street life. Once the heart of Roman Neapolis, the historic centre is a warren of narrow streets, which open up to an Imperial 18th-century seaside promenade with romantic views of Vesuvius.

With the warm weather and Maggio dei Monumenti cultural festival in full swing, May and June are great months to visit. Alternatively, visit in September or October and catch the infamous pizza-making competition, Pizzafest.

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Get around

Be forewarned: Traffic in Naples may be extremely heavy, just to compare: very similiar to New York’s. Traffic around the train station is nuts. Before attempting to cross the street, observe the locals. The idea is to spot a gap in the traffic and start across and hopefully people will stop.

There are several ways to see Naples and the surrounding area. These include by taxi, train/subway, bus.

Taxis are the quickest way to see Naples, but also the most expensive. Before getting into a taxi, make sure it is licensed. Licensed taxis will have a city crest on the door and a taxi number. Also, make sure it has a meter. By law, licensed taxis must display a list of pre-agreed fares in a number of languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish). Check the presence of such fares and agree to them before starting the journey.

You will be surprised how easily you can get around by foot, too. Interesting spots are almost on every corner and most distances – especially in the (historic) centre – are small and can easily be walked in a matter of minutes.

By public transportation on land

It is fairly difficult to get a clear picture of the public transportation system in Naples, since different lines are operated by different companies. Nonetheless, one can buy a daily pass for € 3,60 valid on all vehicles. With a € 1,20 ticket, instead, you can travel for 90 minutes on as many lines as you want (Bus, subway, funicolare). This pass is under the Unico Campania  banner which has great integrated maps of the various lines in the city on their website.

  • Metropolitana di Napoli . There are three lines of underground subway in Naples. Many subway stations are regarded as fine examples of contemporary architecture and artistic urban decoration, being part of the Stazioni dell’Arte project. They are generally safer than the other public transport, because they are always monitored by cameras and security officers. But the subway does not run frequently, so do not rely on it if you are in a hurry. The most important ones:
  • Linea 1, built recently, connects the city center to the hill quarters, like Vomero and the hospitals area.
  • Linea 2, much older, connects the three main train stations to Pozzuoli. The tracks are shared with the ordinary railway
  • Linea 6, a new light subway connecting Fuorigrotta to Mergellina.
  • Funicolare. The subway company also operates four cable cars: three of them connect the city center to Vomero, the last connects Mergellina to Posillipo.
  • Trams . ANM operates two tram lines (1 and 4), of which one goes along the shore of Santa Lucia – Castelnuovo – Garibaldi (Central Station).
  • Buses . ANM also operated all bus lines within Naples, most of which are circular. Naples suffers from a serious problem of traffic jam and usually buses are overcrowded, so if you can (unless in the evening or on the weekend) try to avoid them. Another point to note is that unlike in Rome, tickets are not sold on buses. The bus company assigns staff to check if a passenger has a ticket. The staff members are notorious for targeting at tourists who are unfamiliar with the ticket-selling system. Once they see the tourists get into a bus, they will ask to see a ticket. No matter how much you explain, they will insist on getting your passport first and then requiring you to pay a penalty of 41.2 Euro. If you do not pay, they will threaten to call the police. Again, if you can, try to avoid taking a bus.

There are three different regional train services that operate in Naples and the surrounding areas. They are listed here:

  • Circumvesuviana. The Circumvesuviana railway operates from the lower level of the main train station at Piazza Garibaldi and has various routes that service the local Naples area. One route goes from Naples to Sorrento with several stops in between, including Pompei Scavi (Pompeii) and Ercolano (Herculaneum). A second route travels around Vesuvius. Other routes go to Acerra and Nola-Baiano. The Circumvesuviana website has more information on timings, routes and cost of tickets.
  • Cumana. This railline that operates from Montesanto in Naples and follows the coastline for approximately 20 km before ending in Torregaveta (Bacoli). The Cumana runs the urban centres of Montesanto, Fuorigrotta, Bagnoli, Pozzuoli, Arco Felice, Baia, Fusaro before reaching Torregaveta.
  • Circumflegrea. This railline also starts in Montesanto and ends in Torregaveta. However, it runs along the western edge of Naples through the districts Soccavo, Pianurat, Quarto Flegreo, Licola and Cuma. It also approximately seven kilometers longer than the Cumana. because the Cumana and Circumflegra start and end in the same places one can quickly transfer from one train to the other. Both services are owned and operated by the same company and more information can be found at the S.E.P.S.A website .
  • Regional Trains. In Addition to the aforementioned trains, Trenitalia operates regional trains from Naples to Salerno.

In Naples, some may find the actual conditions of many buildings and streets, and the rampant graffiti, off-putting. Others claim this is “the immense character and culture of Napoli…and even the dirt and grime has its own flavor…a Neapolitan recipe for reality, and great fun”. Naples’ peculiarity is that the city centre is not the elegant part of the city. Just do not expect in the city centre the pristine conditions of many other major European cities, since the historical centre, unlike most European cities, is not the “downtown”. If you want to visit the elegant part of the city, you can walk around the wonderful lungomare (the Riviera di Chiaia or Via Francesco Caracciolo), and visit Via dei Mille and Vomero hill (main shopping areas).

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Most sites in Campania (including Pompeii) accept the Campania Card for tourists (free entry). Some cards also include a pass for the local public transportation.

  • Castel dell’Ovo at Porto Santa Lucia Naples’ known port with the Egg Castle on a small peninsula. The castle currently houses the Museum of Prehistory.
  • Castelnuovo (Maschio Angioino) A huge medieval castle at the shore which houses the main city museum featuring various collections, but most importantly a picture gallery (with focus on 19th Century Italian painting). From the roof, you can get one of the best views of the city.
  • Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte – Napolitan National Gallery, a must-see! Displays the Burgia, Farnese and Borbon collections with mainly Renaissance and Baroque Italian painting. Among the famous artists on display: Caravaggio, Tizian, Giovanni Bellini, Annibale Caracci, de Ribera and Giordano. A beautiful park surrounds the museum.
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale – It is the biggest roman architectural museum in the World, even bigger than the National Museum of Rome. Its collection is astonishing both considering the quality and the quantity of the objects on display. Naples Archeological Museum houses wall paintings and different objects removed from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other excavation sites in the area. In addition, you can admire the Farnese collection of Roman sculptures (including the famous sculptures of the Caracala Baths). €9.00 for admission. European citizens pay € 6.5, children get in for free. If you are a EU-citizen, under 25 or over 60, you can get in for the reduced price of €3.25. There is also an audio guide available talking about the statue collection on the first floor, however most of the amazing artifacts such as original Roman murals of mostly Greek mythologies are not covered. All descriptions of the exhibits are in English and in Italian. It is a must-see, an incredible collection of artifacts. The Museum also contains the well signposted “secret room” containing the erotic sculptures, paintings and murals from Pompeii.
  • View of Mergellina (from via Orazio or via Petrarca)
  • Certosa di San Martino A Carthusian monastery at the top of a hill near the city centre. It houses the Museum of City History .
  • Parco Virgiliano A nice park with a stunning view of the surrounding area. It is about half an hour off the city centre, but certainly worth the effort! Not to be confused with the Park in which Virgil’s Tomb is found.
  • Piazza del Gesù and Piazza S.Domenico Maggiore The New Jesuite Church is among the most extravagant Baroque churches in the world! Across the street you will find the Santa Chiara Monastery . It is worth a visit for its beautiful garden decorated with frescos and coulorful columns. If you continue towards S. Domenico Square you will pass by the St Angelo on the Nile Church with its Donatello’s altar. The Sansevero Chapel nearby is also well known for its marble sculptures of veiled figures.
  • Napoli Sotterranea  Underneath San Lorenzo Maggiore medieval church.You can witness the remains of the Roman city. The tunnels served as shelters during WWII.
  • Castel Capuano
  • Castel Sant’Elmo
  • Catacombe di San Gennaro Medieval catacombs on Capodimonte hill.
  • Quadreria dei Girolamini A beautiful small picture gallery mainly of Italian Baroque painting and some works of famous De Ribera. Free of charge and just across the street from the Duomo.
  • Duomo  Naples’ main church with two luxurious chapels. Underneath it you can find excavation of a Roman site. Near the duomo you can find the St. Gennaro Treasury Museum, with arts exhibits from the duomo and another heavily frescoed chappel.
  • Pio Monte della Misericordia  A church and a picture gallery both belonging to an old charity organisation. The gallery mainly displays Napolitan Baroque paintings.
  • Teatro San Carlo  Naples’ famous opera house.
  • Piazza del Plebiscito Naples’ main square. Surrounding it you will find the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale – open to tourists), the San Carlo Theatre and the Galleria Umberto.
  • Acquario – Villa Comunale A park near the shore with Europe’s first public aquarium in its centre. Nearby is the Cortes Museum of Applied Arts.La Casina Pompeiana in the park is home to changing exhibitions focusing on photography.
  • Galleria Umberto A shopping passage from the 19th Century.
  • Villa Floridiana  Seat of Duca di Martina Museum of Ceramics and Marchese di Civitanova Museum of Carriages.
  • Museo Civico Filanghieri Used to be a private collection mainly of applied arts.
  • Citta’ della Scienza 
  • Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina 
  • Pinacoteca della Accademia di Belle Arte  Mainly features 19th Century Italian painting.
  • PAN – Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli Contemporary art.
  • Raccolta Mura – Museum of the Napolitan Song
  • Museo del corallo e del cammeo Neapolitan typical jewellery
  • Museo del Mare (Naval Museum) 
  • Fondazione Pagliara
  • Piomonte di Pieta’ in Palazzo Carafa A Manierist church and a picture gallery. Open only on weekends.
  • Textil and Clothing Museum Elena Aldorandini
  • Museum of Music History at the San Pietro a Maiella Conservatory. Exhibits important manuscripts of the Scarlatti family.
  • Grotta di Seiano An artificial cave underneath Posillipo. It leads to an ancient Greek theatre.

Gastronomy on Naples

Pizza comes from Naples. Look for pizza margherita, the original one, with tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella toppings. Eating a pizza in Florence or in Rome is not the same as eating it in Naples! In Naples every pizzeria makes a decent pizza. Some places display the label “Vera Pizza Napoletana” (“True Neapolitan Pizza”) with a Pulcinella mask baking a pizza in a stylized Vesuvio, which indicates that the pizzerria follows the standards of The Naples Pizza Association.

If you want to try “the” authentic Neapolitan pizza, go to Pizzeria Brandi, (Chiaia Str. closer to Piazza del Plebiscito), where the pizza margherita was born (a stone is exposed outside the restaurant explaining the history of the first pizza). Today the best choices would be Da Michele (Via Cesare Sersale, 1–3) or less enjoyable Trianon a Forcella (Via P. Colletta 46, just in front of Michele). These pizzerias make the authentic pizza, but be careful because they are located near Forcella which is not the safest part of Naples — although generally OK during the day. In particular, Michele has a unique feature: they only do pizza Margherita or Marinara (just tomato, garlic and oregano, and a splash of oil, of course!). They say that these two kinds are the original pizza: if you add too much toppings you’ll lose the real taste of the pizza, which should be very simple, made only of a good, thin base, good tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Note that there is usually a queue at these restaurants: at Da Michele, get a numbered ticket from the waiter on the door when you arrive.

Some other places that are very popular among the Neapolitans are almost all the pizzerias in Via dei Tribunali, in particular Di Matteo (# 94), Il presidente, Sorbillo, and his sister, a few doors away (informally known as “la vecchia” (the old lady), from the owner of the pizzeria, a very small place with only 4 or 5 tables, that looks like a pizzeria of 50 years ago — very hard to find, but it’s worth it!)

In general it is easy to find a good pizzeria, just look for one without tourists!

Neapolitan cuisine in general features much seafood, befitting its status as an ancient and still functioning port. You will find many sauces based on garlic sauteed in extra-virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and local red wines. Some of the more popular sauces are arrabbiata (“angry”) or fra diavolo (“Brother Devil”), which means they will contain hot pepper. It’s great cuisine. Enjoy!

Mozzarella is also typical of the region, you should not miss the opportunity to taste the fresh real one!

The city and region are also famous for their pasticceria (pastries), including:

  • babà — found in virtually every caffe, bar and pasticceria in town
  • jaka pastiera — typical sweet of Easter (but found all year long), made of ricotta cheese melted with steamed corn and sugar, and then baked
  • sfogliatella — often filled with ricotta cheese or cream with citrus flavor
  • roccocò and struffoli — typical Christmas sweets
  • zeppole

Among the best places to try these pastries are:

  • Pasticceria Scaturchio offers old typical pastry of Naples. Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, 19 (just east of Piazza del Gesù). Tel. 081 551 7031.
  • Gran Bar Riviera has very good sweets, from zeppole to sfogliatelle passing through babà. Riviera di Chiaia, 181. Tel. 081 665 026.

Naples has a divergent distribution of richness. Keep in mind that the city centre is not the “rich part” of the city, so the historical centre may be somehow gritty and in some parts impoverished. Naples’ bad reputation regarding safety is mainly consequence of stereotypes, since the city’s security level is actually comparable to any other European big city (Barcelona, Marseille, Amsterdam,…). The police and the Carabinieri fight the local mafia (Camorra) strongly. In any case, it posseses little to no threat to tourists, but petty thievery and muggings definitely happen, but yet again, it is no more other comparable European city. Be watchful, but not so much to ruin the magic of one of the most creative, unique and original city in the world. Of course, avoid empty streets and dimly-lit alleys at night and keep your wits about yourself. People in Naples are extremely nice and gentle, and often people are helped by Neapolitans to find some gorgeous attraction not shown in the tourist guide.

Whoever comes to Naples historical city centre has to take some generic precautions:

  • Do not leave valuables laying out in the open (such as bar tables) where they can be snatched by thieves.
  • Do not flash around money or other valuables.
  • It is advised not to carry a purse as it can be snatched or “picked” by thieves.
  • Do not wear too expensive watch (Rolex especially).
  • Do not wear expensive or flashy jewelery.
  • Do not use a costly camera or video camera.
  • Do not wander down small dark alleys/streets, especially in the Spanish Quarter.
  • Pay attention to fake public service vehicles.
  • Be careful around the main train station as there are many thieves in the area. The Piazza Garibaldi, the large square in front of the station, is no place to spend more time than necessary, especially at night.
  • In Naples, you can buy over-the-shoulder packs that are excellent, as they allow you to keep an eye and firm grip on your valuables.
  • Some people pretend to offer images of old Naples or others things, as gifts but, then, expect payment.
  • Pay attention to people who want to involve you in fake road accidents.
  • It is advisable not to wear football shirts of any club especially Juventus FC, AC Milan, Internazionale Milano, AS Roma, SS Lazio or Fiorentina. Neopolitans support SSC Napoli with big rivalries with those clubs.

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast : Positano is 36 kilometers of paradise away from Vietri sul Mare.

Amalfi Coast, immersed in a charming scenery, have in common a crystal blue sea, wild nature, maiolic dome churches and houses clunged to the rocks.

Amalfi Coast..is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens and coloured terrace houses and stunning views and azure sea..

The places, immersed in a charming scenery, have in common a crystal blue sea, wild nature, maiolic dome churches and houses clunged to the rocks.

Fourteen spots in total, each with its traditions and pecularities, worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

Amalfi Coast

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The amalfi Coast

The places, immersed in a charming scenery, have in common a crystal blue sea, wild nature, maiolic dome churches and houses clunged to the rocks. The coast takes its name from Amalfi, since it is positioned in the center, and due to the town’s historical role during the centuries. In the IX century the town, with the rest of the Marine Republics, influenced the Mediterranean’s future. The Dome with its Paradiso Cloister, the Basilica del Crocifisso and the precious Carta d’Amalfi are the main attractions of the place.

The itinerary that starts from Positano with its narrow streets, the clothes boutiques and the beaches, and that then passes through Furore’s Fjord, the Grotte dello Smeraldo at Conca dei Marini, the square in Atrani and the steps in Raito, without mentioning Ravello and the other pearls of the coast, is a continuous of emotions, a journey to discover.

Amalfi Coast Tips

  • In Summer we advise you not to use the car to get to the Amalfi Coast (you can leave it in our parking). We advise you to take the boat from Salerno, in 35 minutes you arrive to Amalfi or Positano.
  • The Staff of the Faun will advise you on tours of the Amalfi Coast. You will receive a detailed guide on loan free of charge in English, with it your own map for Tour.

 

Get around

Sita buses  go along the coast from Sorrento to Amalfi and from Amalfi to Salerno. Choose the region “Campania” from the website to find the timetables. Tickets cannot be purchased on board but are very easy to find in bars, newsagents, etc. Many people opt to rent the ubiquitous scooters, which is a indeed a good option, if you have previous experience, otherwise the heavy traffic and narrow roads makes this a bad place to learn.

Most trips to Amalfi are done by boat, commonly people use Pompeii as a transit point, but you can also take ferries from Capri, Salerno and Paestum during the summer months. If you get easily sea sick, or would just rather take the bus, there are regular services by Sita Coach to Amalfi (1h50) about 6 times per day.
Taking your car is discouraged because of the road size and lack of parking. During the summer there may be limitations on the road for tourist buses: e.g. sometimes the road along the coast is one way only for tourism buses from Sorrento to Salerno.

The Amalfi coast is renowned for its diversity; every town has its own character and interesting sites. The most noticeable places to visit on the Amalfi coast are:

– Vietri sul Mare, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, coming from Salerno, famous throughout the world for the production ofceramics, with its intense and vivid colors, and the beautiful hill towns of Albori and Raito;

– Cetara, a small fishing village, that has become famous over the years for its fishing related products, creating culinary specialties appreciated world-wide, such as the salted anchovy sauce and red tuna, for example;

– Maiori, the ancient Reghinna Major, which, despite the wide promenade and appearance of the new town, hides a very charming old town, made up of narrow streets and alleys, dominated by the imposing castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, to the north, and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare, to the west;

– Tramonti, a group of villages and districts set among the green mountains, covered withvineyards, away from the clamor of the other coastal countries, well known for its authentic flavors, the excellent wines and dairy products;

– Minori, the ancient Reghinna Minor, with the remains of the Roman Villa of the I century A.D., the magnificent Basilica of Santa Trofimena and the tasty hand-made pasta, gastronomic specialty of the town;

– Atrani, one of the smallest municipalities in Southern Italy, with its picturesque square and the ancient church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto (X century), where during the times of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi, the Dukes (Dogi) received their official investiture;

– Ravello, which, with its breathtaking views, at the top of its 350 meters above sea level, with its beautiful patrician villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone), the cathedral of San Pantaleone and its architectural treasures, have enchanted over the centuries important writers, artists and chiefs of state, such as: Boccaccio, Wagner, DH Lawrence, V. Woolf, Gore Vidal, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, JF Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, and many others;

Amalfi Coast

– Scala, full of fascinating corners over the coastline and important monuments. It is the oldest town of the Amalfi Coast and was the birthplace of Fra’ Gerardo Sasso, founder of the Knights of Malta;

– Amalfi, the first of the four Maritime Republics in Italy, with its imposing Cathedral entitled to St. Andrew, preceded by an imposing staircase, the ancient arsenals of the Republic, the Cloister of Paradise and the Paper Museum, in which tourists and curious can admire the antique methods of production of the precious handmade paper of Amalfi;

– Conca dei Marini, a village overlooking the deep blue sea with the spectacular Emerald Grotto, the scenic church of San Pancrazio, the austere convent of Santa Rosa, perched to the rock, where the famous “sfogliatella Santa Rosa” was realized for the first time;

– Furore, also known as “the town that does not exist”, with its deep fjord characterised by a wild beauty, the “en plein air” murals and the small villages scattered along the slopes of the mountain;

– Praiano, with its narrow streets scented of geraniums, the beach of La Praia, the Saracen towers, the majolica dome of the Church of St. Luca the Evangelist, the impressive Monastery of Santa Maria a Castro and its romantic sunsets, admiring the bay of Positano, the Sorrento Peninsula and the Faraglioni of Capri;

– Positano, the pearl of the Divine Coast, with its typical “Moda Positano” sandals andlinen clothes craft shops, the charm of its old noble palaces, the Church of the Assumption (near which were recently unearthed the remains of a Roman villa) and the charming panorama of the “Li Galli” islands in the background.

Gastronomy on the Amalfi coast

The Amalfi Coast seduces its visitors not only for the wonderful panoramas and the intense blue sea, but also for the flavours and tastes of the local traditional gastronomy.Each town and village features typical specialties from the local products.

Scala offers tasty proposals such as: orecchiette pasta and beans, spaghetti with pork blood sauce, spaghetti with nut sauce, fried polenta, tied (in “rezza”) and baked liver with bay leaves, fried broad beans in suet, red marrow and beans, cakes with local chestnuts, “black and white” (marble cake) and tart with pork chocolate (“sanguinaccio”).

Amalfi proposes a memorable hand made pasta, the Scialatielli, a mix of flour, bran, finely cut parsley, pepper and grana cheese, usually served with a fresh cherry tomato sauce with clams, savory chicory soup, chicken broth with cabbage, various vegetables, “pezzenta” (a local spicy salami), rolled pork skin and interiors, profiterole cakes with lemon sauce and lemon cake with different preparations (all flavoured with the famous Sfusato Amalfitano IGP lemons).

The typical dish of Atrani is the “Sarchiapone”, stuffed cylinders of long marrow (a fruit of July), filled with minced meat and cheese and cooked in a rich tomato sauce, the cassata Atranese, the pasticciotto (a delicate short crust pastry cake filled with cream and cherry marmalade) and lemon cake.

Tramonti is famous for specialties with goat meat, served in all kinds of sauces, chiodini mushrooms fried in a corn flour, fresh mozzarella cheese, an excellent pizza (a cultural tradition which the locals have proposed World-wide through its emigrants) and a series of good wines (Tramonti Costa d’Amalfi DOC).

Furore proposes a traditional specialty of squid and potatoes in tomato sauce, and not to miss: a timbale of pork meat and bran, the “caponata” a cold plate of softened bread biscuits called “freselle”, covered with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, aubergines, and other vegetables preserved in olive oil. The final touch is certainly a glass of a good Furore Costa d’Amalfi DOC.

Conca dei Marini is famous for the pennette (pasta) with a cherry tomato “piennolo” sauce, baked rabbit in lemon leaves and the fragrant Santa Rosa sfogliatella cake, a product with local origins created in the ‘ 600 by the nuns of the Convent of Santa Rosa: a thin sheet of pastry wrapped in a shell-shape form, filled with cream and decorated with black cherries.

Praiano proposes typical fish dishes like tubetti (pasta) with squid sauce, spaghetti with clams and spiny shell fish, sardines and potatoes. Famous are also the cakes: the “pizze roce” (a crown of pastry with cream and fresh fruit) and the lemon cake in its different ways.

Typical of Vietri sul Mare (famous for its ceramics) is the lien filled with parsley, mint and hot peppers, cooked in a oil and vinegar sauce and fried ox interiors.

Not to miss in Cetara the anchovies, main ingredient in most sauces here, Tunna fish preserved in olive oil (Cetara is a fisherman town with one of the most equipped tuna fish fleets of the Mediterranean) and the famous “colatura” of anchovies (an elixir extracted from the pressing of salted anchovies).

Ravello offers a mix between fish and meat proposals: tasty folkloristic pastries and a selection of lemon cakes to taste with a glass of special Ravello Costa d’Amalfi DOC.

The traditional dessert of Maiori are the fried aubergines (egg plant), covered with a thick chocolate sauce, the almond paste biscuits and the “sospiri” (a soft Spanish cake filled with lemon cream and covered with icing. Other delicatessen are: the ravioli with fish filling in a cherry tomato and prawn sauce; the avannotti (small fish) cooked in lemon leaves, warm or cold hors d’oeuvre with finely cut octopus and linguine (pasta) with sea food. The local suggestion to complete your meal is a fresh lemon sorbet which offers great digestive purposes.

Minori is famous for the fresh hand made pastas still prepared in each Family, like the “scialatielli” served with vegetable or seafood sauces or the “ndunderi” a sort of gnocchi made of a mixture of flour, bran and local ricotta cheese served in a fresh tomato sauce. Not to miss: the tagliolini (pasta) with a lemon sauce and the risotto with citrus fruits.

The Amalfi Coast: considered by its visitors, a comparison to Paradise for its wonderful views and fantastic tastes and flavours!

A good lunch according to the Neapolitan tradition, now diffused also to the other Italian regions, demands the limoncello after the Neapolitan coffee. “Limoncello” is the traditional liqueur distilled from the peel of lemons (called sfusato amalfitano) produced in all the Coast of Amalfi until Sorrento. It’s a natural liqueur, with special properties, a unique taste, perfumed, obtained by an ancient and simple recipe. It’s a compound simple to realize, without added coloring, stabilizing or conserving agents. The simple way and the cure to produce it emphasize the originality and the purity, just like much time ago.

Limoncello is served at room temp. or cold, like digestive or aperitif. It’s an optimal digestive when it comes served in a cold glass. By adding some tonic water it becomes, also, a good drink. Best is to add it in the champagne or prosecco in order to prepare long-drinks. It’s very good on the ice
cream, the Macedonian or the strawberries. We suggest you to put the bottle in freezer, so to being able to fully taste it.

The recipe

Ingredients: 15 lemons (sfusato amalfitano from Amalfi) with a thick peel, 2 x 750ml pure alcohol, 4 sugar cups, 5 water cups.

Preparation: Wash lemons by using warm water and a vegetable brush. Dry them and remove the rind by using the special tool to get long and wide piece of rind. Fill up one water jug of alcohol (750ml) and rinds. Limoncello must macerate at room temp. for 80 days in the covered jug without light. It is not necessary to churn. After approximately 40 days prepare a syrup by joining water and sugar, carrying them to boiling and keep them boiling for approximately 5 minutes until they are not gotten thicker. When the syrup is cold join it to the water jug and the remaining alcohol (750ml). After others 40 days filter the compound and pour it in the bottles.

Visit Sorrento

Visit Sorrento was the destination of famous travellers since the seventeenth century.

Visit Sorrento is a triumph of colors and tastes, of bays and breathtaking views that dominate the sea.

Visit Sorrento..was the destination of famous travellers since the seventeenth century.

And before that it was the place chosen from the ancient Romans to build their villas. The Sorrentine Peninsula is a triumph of colors and tastes, of bays and breathtaking views that dominate the sea. There are also many types of seaside resorts for all needs.

Land of Mermaids. Land of Orange and Lemon Groves. Land of Colors. This small city in Campania has earned a plethora of alluring names. Famed for its sea cliffs, the town’s steep slopes look out over azure waters to Ischia, Capri and the Bay of Naples. The birthplace of Limoncello liqueur offers some good diving, great sea fishing, boat cruises and appetizing restaurants. Excellent hiking trails cross the peninsula. Rent a car or take a taxi if the steep streets look too intimidating.

Visit Sorrento

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Tips beach Sorrento

Beaches are a rarity near Sorrento because of the cliffs But there are a few, the best by far is at Marina Grande, a small fishing village that has now become a part of Sorrento. There are some nice Shops, bars and Restaraunts there and it’s a lovely place to take a stroll or relax in a bar and take in the Lovely views or watch the local fishermen.

For a relaxing and inexpensive tour of the city hop on one of the orange city buses and enjoy the scenery. The buses are only one euro to take and the ticket lasts for 60 minutes so you can make connections if needed. The bus goes all over town and most important to the main port and Marina Grande which are long steep walks. The tickets are sold in tabacco shops and some hotels. You may want to see if you can print out a route map before heading to Sorrento .

Get around

  • Walk – if you’re not in a hurry you can stroll from one end of town to the other. Most of the town is reasonably level except for the steep descent/ascent to and from the harbour & beach.
  • Local buses – the local bus service is good enough to visit all interesting places available in the area. You can also get a bus up & down to & from the beach/harbour area from town, if you want to avoid the short but steep walk.
  • Taxi
  • Lift – there is a lift to take you up and down between town (up on top of the cliff) and the beach and harbour area. The lift costs 1 euro and the bottom entry is located just to the west of the public beach, in amongst the private beaches. This is a few minutes walk to the west of the boat harbour (marina). In summer if you’ve had a nice cool swim and don’t want to get hot and sweaty walking up the hill this is a good option.

Sorrento historical centre is the ideal place for shopping, from the seafront to the narrow streets, leading to the main street area thousand souvenirs can be found . Typical hand-craft marquetry, hand-stitched tablecloths, coloured handmade sandals, distilleries and local gastronomic products.

The inlaid wooden marquetry realized by the Sorrentine artisan, they patiently and skifully decorate wooden objects with delicate inlays creating a variety of patterns and colours. Their workshops are lined with piles of small boxes pressed into clamps, put out in open air for glue to dry in the sun. This gives character and colour to the streets making pleasant to walk all around the old town.

You can also buy a myriad delicacies: limoncello liqueurs painted bottles, almond and lemon cakes, orange patries, buiscuits, jams, local handmade ice cream.

Along the main street, Corso Italia, many shops offer  the most famous “Made in Italy” brands.

See

  • Lemon terraces
  • The pretty Small Port (Marina Piccola)
  • The puntacampanella natural reserve 
  • Villa Pollio roman ruins in Capo di Sorrento.
  • Hotel Tramontano, where Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen lived while writing parts of Peer Gynt (1867) and Ghosts (1881).
  • Museo Correale di Terranova Sorrento’s picture gallery
  • Archeological Museum of the Sorrentine Peninsula
  • Museo Bottega della Tasia Lignea A collection of local applied arts.
  • Duomo (Cathedral)
  • St. Francis Monastery
  • Basilica di Sant’Antonino

The Sorrentine Peninsula

Sorrento peninsula has a landscape unique in the world, where low and high hills, deep valleys and majestic mountains alternate, where the man’s work – who levelled even the most impervious areas, transforming them in the famous terraces degrading towards the sea, on which he cultivated orange and lemon trees, olive groves and vineyards – has been grandiose. These are the delightful gardens that in spring time exhale a stirring scent of orange – blossom. The mild and dry climate for most part of the year makes Sorrento peninsula the ideal destination in every season.
Reaching it by land, the first town you will find on your way is Meta, whose ancient farmhouses and sunny beaches are a treasure to disclose. Piano di Sorrento is a lively town that masterly combines its maritime and rural identity to the role of active trade centre of the Peninsula. High walls that once enclosed old citrus groves run along narrow lanes that cross its low hill.
And Sant’Agnello, on the tuff ridge right on the sea, enchanted the royal family of the Bourbons and the princes of all Europe, who built there fabulous villas. And, just on the sea, surrounded by hills, appears Sorrento, international town, with its old city centre, its sea-shore, its citrus groves. Finally the pleasant Massa Lubrense, extreme border of the Peninsula, just in front of Capri, a natural oasis with countless foot-paths among ancient farmhouses, archaeological areas, Mediterranean bush and indescribable landscapes, on enchanting sea and beaches.

Sant’Agnello

In this enchanting village aristocrats and intellectuals built villas by the tuff terrace overlooking the bay of Naples.The town is inviting for long, quiet and peaceful holidays, offering any comforts with its vast range of accommodations.It’s pleasant to walk  around in the historical centre to discover beautiful gardens, panoramic points, old churches and lemon grooves.

Piano di Sorrento

On a natural terrace of tuff rock, this place was beloved by the Emperor Augustus and many Romans during the Imperial Age as well as celebrated by famous writers such as Plinius and Horace.
Visit the “Georges Vallet” archaeological museum of the Sorrento Peninsula in Villa Fondi, from its garden a wonderful landscape.

Meta

A lovely holiday resort and bathing destination, enchanting, sandy beaches: Marina di Meta and Alimuri. Do not miss the “Santa Maria del Lauro” basilica and the old historical centre where traditional feast, interesting cultural events and festivals are organized every year.

Massa Lubrense

An holiday resort covering a large area with 18 beautiful villages each one offering different and unique landscapes.

Sant’Agata sui due Golfi set on the hill between the bays of Naples and Salerno, the magical and unspoilt Bay of Jeranto and the Punta Campanella, opposite to Capri, the final tip of the Sorrento peninsula.

This territory characterised by Mediterranean bush, typical cultivation and coasts just on the sea, constitutes one of the main tourist resources of Sorrento Peninsula.

One the activities promoted in this view has been the localisation and delimitation of a series of foot-paths. In 1990, in the sole commune of Massa Lubrense were localised 22 foot itineraries for an overall development of an area of about 110 km far from the carriage road and by the built-up area.

Along these paths, clearly indicated, it is possible to rediscover enchanted places rich in historical memories, panoramic points and ancient hamlets, the whole through lemon-orchards, olive-groves, oak-woods, sunny coasts and a luxuriant and evergreen nature, typical of the whole Sorrento Peninsula.

Gastronomy in Sorrento

Simple and tasty dishes created with the basic ingredients of the Mediterranean cooking, generally locally produced, characterize the typical cooking of Sorrento Peninsula.

The Mediterranean diet is acknowledged everywhere like the most wholesome, natural and complete diet. It varies from the typical fish menus of the coast areas to the robust cooking of the extensive internal areas.
Oil, tomatoes, mozzarella and spices are the basic ingredients of rich dishes like “cannelloni” (once called
“strascinate”),gnocchi alla sorrentina, pasta with beans, stuffed pepper (in dialect called “mbuttunat”) or of delicate dishes, such as caprese salad (tomatoes and mozzarella), pasta with courgettes, parmigiana di melenzane (fried aubergines with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese).
At the first place handmade pasta of all kinds, pizza, different kinds of fresh or ripe cheese, sausages, vegetables cooked in different ways as side dish with all kinds of meat and fish.
The whole washed down with genuine D.O.C. wines for all tastes, which well suit to good eating, whose list grows from year to year. The old Falerno, the famous Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Lacryma Christi or more recent Asprinio, Falanghina and Coda di Volpe, to mention just some of them.
Finally, it is worth spending some words for confectionery, that, originated in the convents’ kitchens in the last centuries, nowadays is a greedy attraction in the pastry-shops windows.
It is a triumph of specialities: sfogliatelle, caprese (the most famous almond cake), genuine ice-creams, delizia al limone (lemon cake), and many tasty digestive liqueurs locally produced: lemon liqueur (the famous “limoncello”), nut liqueur (“nocillo” or “nocito”), liquorice liqueur, sweet fennel liqueur, etc.

Correale di Terranova Museum

Addresse Via Correale, 50
City Sorrento
Phone 081 8781846
Web site http://www.museocorreale.it/
Location Sorrento centre

The most precious and interesting collection of fine arts coming from the many Correale houses in Naples and Sorrento, collected in the “Villa alla Rota, by Alfredo and Pompeo Correale, counts of Terranova. The Correale Museum was opened in May 1924 and its spread over 24 rooms on four floors. The artefacts are divided into sections and  then into chronological order.
This museum has been defined “the most beautiful provincial museum of Italy” visiting  these rooms the visitors are transported in a journey-time, paintings from 17th and 18th centuries attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi, Battistello, Caracciolo, Solimena, Van Dyck, Kassel and Belvedere. From the famous Neapolitan school of Posillipo some paintings of southern Italy by Pitloo, Duclère, Gigante and Palizzi.
An excellent porcelain collection from the most important European factories, Meissen, Sevres, Bow, Wien and Capodimonte of course.  Beautiful furniture, rare consoles, precious glass from Murano and Bohemia, rare table clocks recreating a suggestive atmosphere of an aristocratic home.

Opening hours
from Tuesday to Saturday 9,30 am – 6,30 pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 9,30 am – 01,30pm
Closed on Monday
Rates: € 7,00 € 5,00 group rate

 

The Wooden Marquetry Shop-Museum

Addresse Via S.Nicola, 28
City Sorrento
Phone 081 8771942
Email muta@alessandrofiorentinocollection.it
Web site http://www.alessandrofiorentinocollection.it
Location Sorrento old centre

Museo-Bottega della Tarsia Lignea
Situed in the historical centre of Sorrento in a patrician palace of the 18th century. In the halls of frescoed vaults and roof covered with hand-painted wall-paper, a rich collection of inlaid wooden furniture and objects made by local  marquetry masters of the 19th century is on display. The exhibition of the Italian and foreign artists’ paintings of the 19th century, of ancient printings and photos, let us reconstruct the 19th century image of the Sorrento coast, of the environmental historical context where the local inlaid production was developed.
On Museum ground floor there is a bookshop where inlaid furniture and objects signed by Alessandro Fiorentino Collection are sold.

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday November – March 9,30 am – 01,00 pm/03,00 pm- 07,00 pm
Sunday on booking April – October 9,30 am – 01,00 pm/04,00 pm -08,00 pm
Rates: € 8,00 Group rate € 5,00 Min 15 pax
Disabled welcome

 

 

Georges Vallet Archaeological Museum – Villa Fondi

Addresse Via Ripa di Cassano – 80063 Piano di Sorrento
Phone 081 8087078
Fax 081 8087078

Free entrance

This museum is located in the neoclassical Villa Fondi di Sangro, surrounded by a beautiful park overlooking the bay of Naples. The museum exhibits sculptures and architectural decorations from prehistoric ages to Roman times. Noteworthy are two marble heads, glass containers for balms and perfumes and terracotta
the vases with red figures. The rooms of the villa contain illustrations of the prehistoric age, with caves and settlements, as well as information and finds from the digs in the area of Trinità (this is where a settlement from the II millennium B.C. was found; examples of archaic sculpture and architecture, Doric tuff capitals, archaic and Classical necropolises from the surrounding areas, with various tomb furnishings relating to them; objects found in the digs of ancient Sorrento and its necropolises; the extraordinary reconstructions in scale of Villa of Pollius Felix; the archaeological remains of the Villa at Capo di Massa (Villazzano), an the colossal marble statue found in Sorrento in 1971 of a female figure probably from the Imperial age.

Opening hours
Days Opening hours
Tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday 9,00 am – 07,00 pm
Monday and Sunday closed

Visit Mount Vesuvius

Visit Mount Vesuvius is the Earth’s most famous volcano

Visit Mount Vesuvius, is perhaps best known for its eruption in Roman times (24 August 79 AD) when Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed.

Visit Mount Vesuvius.. is perhaps best known for its eruption in Roman times (24 August 79 AD) when Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed.

Visit Pompeii surroundingsVisit Mount Vesuvius is the best known volcano on earth; it dominates the Bay of Naples with its characteristic cone. It is a typical example of a volcano in a volcano made by an outer broken cone, Mt. Somma (1133 metres) with a crateric belt most of which is destroyed.

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The eruption left a large crater which has grown and shrunk with subsequent eruptions and this can still be visited today. It is a currently dormant volcano that occasionally emits streams of lava (the last eruption was in 1944; although its dormant state could be an indication of a build-up of pressure and a coming explosive eruption). At the top of the volcano is a crater rim that affords a view into the crater that still fumes slightly. Besides that you will have (only on clear days, but the mountain is notoriously covered in fog or clouds) a stunning panorama overseeing the Bay of Naples, Naples, Capri, Ischia, the edge of the Amalfi Coast and more.

Additional Vesuvius Tips

  • Borrow a stick, sticks have feelings too.
  • Make a photograph that looks like you are going to parachute down the mountain.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of this worldly wonder.

Equipment:
The temperature on the top is usually lower than on its slopes and the wind can suddenly blow on the crater. Moreover, we reccomend to carry sneakers or climbing boots, binoculars, sun glasses, water .

No booking is necessary for visits to the crater.
The ticket office is open all year round including Sundays and public holidays except, for safety reasons, during adverse weather conditions.

OPENING HOURS (Every day including Sundays and public holidays)

January-Febraury-November-December: 09:00 – 15:00
March-October: 09:00 – 16:00
April-May-June-September: 09:00 – 17:00
July-August: 09:00 – 18:00

TICKET PRICES

Since 01/01/2012, only tickets issued by the Vesuvius National Park Authority are valid for access to the path leading to the crater. These are only on sale at the ticket office in the large square at 1000m in Ercolano.

Free entry

      • For accompanied children under 8;
      • For members and staff of the Vesuvius National Park Authority and the State Forestry Department;
      • For staff of the Vesuvius Observatory on official business.
      • For those in possession of special written authorization from the Park Authority;
      • For the staff of the armed and police forces on official business;
      • For scholars and researchers from Universities and scientific, research or educational Institutes duly authorized by the legal representatives of the institutions and by the Park Authority;

Tickets from 10.00 euros

      • For other visitors.

PARKING

      • Motor vehicles € 2.50
      • Caravans, campers and trailers € 5.00

(only permitted during visits to the crater and not for long stays or refuelling)

  • The crater with its rising fumes.
  • The different lava stones, changing colour as you walk uphill and around the crater.
  • The view of the Bay of Naples and Pompeii in good weather.
  • The scarred landscape where the 1950’s lava streams went downhill.
  • The remains of the funicular railway built in 1870, and which operated until the volcano’s last major eruption in 1944. The song Funiculì, Funiculà was written by composer Peppino Turco, to commemorate the opening of the railway.

More information

Duration and Distance

The crater can only be accessed via the gate from the large square at 1000m in Ercolano, where the Vesuvius National Park ticket office is situated. The path winds for a total distance of 3807m at a maximum altitude of 1170m above sea level. The entire excursion, there and back, takes 3 hours. Currently, the accessible path is at an altitude of approximately 900m with a height variation of 140m and an average gradient of 14% (intermediate distance) and can be walked in approximately 2 hours, there and back, excluding any requests to go further than the prearranged limit. A free a volcanology guide is provided with the ticket.
The path is not suitable for less able visitors.

Features of the path

Name: path no. 5 – “Il Gran Cono” (the Great Cone)
Type of path: circular nature path
Total length: 3807m
Maximum altitude: 1170 m above sea level
Difficulty: medium
Accessibility: approximately 900m

Walking times

Short distance: 1 hour there and back
Intermediate distance: 2 hours there and back
Excursion distance: 3 hours there and back

Departure and arrival

Strada Provinciale Ercolano (Ercolano local road) – Vesuvio Piazzale (Vesuvius Square) at 1000m.
Locality: Ercolano (NA)

Clothing and equipment

The temperature on the crater during autumn and winter is lower that at the bottom of the volcano, and the wind can pick up suddenly.

Visitors should bring suitable equipment including:

  1. walking shoes or at least shoes with grippy rubber soles, preferably ankle boots;
  2. layers of clothing providing the option of removing or adding garments to quickly adapt to changes in weather conditions;
  3. rucksack and water bottle;
  4. waterproof jacket which should always be kept at the bottom of the rucksack;
  5. sun cream and hat during hot and sunny times of year.

Recommended: Sunglasses, binoculars, camera.

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By car:

A3 Naples-Salerno Motorway, Torre del Greco or Ercolano exit.

From Ercolano:
on leaving the motorway toll booths, turn left and follow the Via Boscocatene road. Go straight on as far as the Via B. Cozzolino junction. Go straight on and, after approximately 2 km, you will reach a crossroads. Go straight on following signs for “Vesuvio” (Vesuvius). After approximately 300m, you will come to the Vesuvius National Park Info Point on the right. Continuing for approximately 7 km, you will reach a crossroads where you turn left. After approximately 2 km you will reach the large square at an altitude of 1000m. From here, the path for the crater is accessible on foot only.

From Torre del Greco:
on leaving the Torre del Greco motorway toll booth, go straight on at the roundabout and continue for approximately 300m and turn left. Continue for approximately 100m then turn right. Continue for a further 100m, then turn left. At the crossroads, turn right onto Via E. De Nicola and continue for approximately 1.5 km. When you reach the crossroads, turn right. After approximately 300m, you will come to the Vesuvius National Park Info Point on the right. Continuing for approximately 7 km, you will reach a crossroads where you turn left. After approximately 2 km you will reach the large square at an altitude of 1000m.

By train or bus:

If you are arriving by plane at Capodichino Airport, take the bus for Piazza Garibaldi Stazione Centrale (Central Station). If you are arriving by state railway, leave the train at Piazza Garibaldi Stazione Centrale (Central Station). From the Central Station, take the Circumvesuviana local train for Sorrento or Poggiomarino Via Pompei (click here for timetables and prices, sites Vesuviana and www.too-to-train.it) and leave the train at Ercolano Scavi Station. If you are coming from Sorrento or Pompei, you can reach Ercolano Scavi using the Sorrento Napoli and Pompei Napoli lines. From the square outside Ercolano Scavi Station there is a bus service (click here for timetables and prices of public transport in the Vesuvius area) and taxis which will take you as high as 1000m.

Excavation Stabia

Excavation Stabia, today contained in the modern town of Castellammare di Stabia, was an Ancient Roman town

Excavation Stabia, today contained in the modern town of Castellammare di Stabia, was an Ancient Roman town

Excavation Stabia, today contained in the modern town of Castellammare di Stabia, was an Ancient Roman town.

Which, along with Pompeii and Herculaneum, was engulfed in lava and ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. In fact, it was during this natural disaster that Pliny the Elder was killed in Stabiae.

Excavation Stabia

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Excavation Stabia

Excavation Stabia

Despite originally being discovered in 1749, Stabiae was only completed excavated in 1950, upon which archeologists found the remains of not one, but two ancient civilizations. The older of the two civillisations was that of the Oscan people, who lived there between the 7th and 3rd centuries BC. The main remains from this Italian tribe are contained in a necropolis which houses over 300 tombs.

However, the more famous ruins at Stabiae are the Roman villas which were constructed there in around 89 BC when the town became something of a Roman holiday resort. Amongst these are the 11,000 square foot Villa San Marco with its beautiful frescos and mosaics, Villa Arianna – so named for its magnificent fresco of Ariadne being saved by Dionysus – with its underground tunnel and Villa Del Pastore, which was most likely a bath house.

Stabiae is far less well-known than Pompeii, but offers visitors a great tour of authentic Roman ruins in a quieter environment.

CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA
Via Passeggiata Archeologica

“Stabiae is the ancient Latin name for the city of Castellammare di Stabia, which lies between Pompeii and Sorrento. “

Tickets

#domenicalmuseo: free entrance on the first Sunday of the month (*)
* The entrance to the Stabian Villas is free;
Opening Hours

from November to March
8:30 – 17:00 (last entrance at 15:30)

from April to October
8:30 – 19:30 (last entrance at 18:00)

last admission one hour and a half before closing

closed
 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
Info : +39 081 8575347

Among the many villas found at Stabiae, the most famous are Villa San Marco, Villa Del Pastore, and Villa Arianna. Some of the other villas include Villa Carmiano, Villa del Petraro, and Villa Capella di San Marco.

Villa San Marco

This villa, deriving the name from a chapel that existed in its proximity in the 18th century, was the first one to be explored in the course of excavations in Bourbon times carried out between 1749 and 1754. The graphic and textual documentation of the Bourbon surveys was published in 1881 by M. Ruggiero M. in the book Degli Scavi di Stabiae dal 1749 al 1782 (“On the Stabiae excavations from 1749 to 1782”). The villa was re-buried after the removal of its furnishings and of the better preserved frescoes. Excavations were resumed on 1950 by Libero d’Orsi and O. Elia of the Archaeological Superintendency.
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One of the largest villas ever discovered in Campania, measuring more than 11,000 square metres, it has an atrium, a courtyard containing a pool, a triclinium with views of the bay, and a colonnaded courtyard. There are also many other small rooms, a kitchen and two internal gardens. Villa San Marco also has a private bath complex that is made up of a calidarium, tepidarium, and afrigidarium. This villa is also important because it has provided frescoes, sculptures, mosaics and architecture, which show styles and themes comparable to those found in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Villa del Pastore

“Villa of the Shepherd” in English. This villa gets its name from a small statue of a shepherd that was discovered at this site.

This villa measures even larger than Villa San Marco, coming in at 19,000 square metres. The villa was rediscovered in 1967 and includes many rooms, large baths and luxurious gardens. It lacks, however, any domestic rooms, suggesting that it may not have been a residence. One hypothesis is that this is instead avaletudinarium (health spa) that would have allowed people to take advantage of the famous spring waters of Stabiae. It has not yet been fully excavated.

Villa Arianna

Named for the fresco depicting Dionysus saving Ariadne from the island of Dia (a mythological name for Naxos), this villa is particularly famous for its frescoes, many of which depict light, winged figures. It is difficult to get a clear sense of this villa, however, because it grew over the course of 150 years. It has one of the largest courtyards of any Roman villa; measuring two stadia in length. Another feature of Villa Arianna is its private tunnel system that links the villa in its location on the ridge to the sea shore, which was probably only between 100 and 200 metres away from the bottom of the hill in Roman times. The shoreline has since changed, leaving the archaeological site further inland than it was in antiquity.

The archaeological remains of Stabiae were originally discovered in 1749 by Cavaliere Rocco de Alcubierre, an engineer working for king Charles VII of Naples. These ruins were partially excavated by Alcubierre with help from Karl Weberbetween 1749–1782. The ruins that had been excavated, however, were reburied and their location was forgotten until 1950, when a high school principal rediscovered them. The site was declared an archaeological protected area in 1957, and by 1962 many of the ruins had been again uncovered. The remains of both an Oscan settlement (oppidum) and the later Roman town were discovered.

The most famous of the findings at Stabiae are the villas that come from the time between the destruction of Stabiae by Sulla in 89 BC and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. As described above, Stabiae became a resort town during this time and was particularly favored for its view of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding mountains.Stabiae was also well known for the quality of its spring water, which was believed to have medicinal properties.The ideal placement and qualities of this location drew many wealthy Romans to build luxurious villas on the ridge overlooking the bay. These villas, which are described below, provide us with some of the most stunning architectural and artistic remains from Roman villas. 2004 saw an Italian-American collaboration between the Superintendency of Archaeology of Pompeii, the region of Campania and the University of Maryland to form the non-profit Archaeological entity, the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation (RAS). It is the RAS Foundation’s prime goal to excavate, restore and build an archaeological park at the ancient site of Stabiae, a complex of seven or eight Roman villas according to recent geophysical surveys conducted by the University of Birmingham.

A great many artifacts which come from Stabiae are preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Excavation Oplontis

Excavation Oplontis was buried under a deep layer of ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, AD 79.

Excavation Oplontis was buried under a deep layer of ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, AD 79.

Excavation Oplontis was a Roman city that, like the nearby Pompeii, was buried under a deep layer of ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, AD 79.

It is today the location of the under-visited Villa Poppaea, the villa of the wife of Emperor Nero, which was excavated in the mid-20th century. It’s a grandiose holiday villa from the 1st century B.C. that houses which are considered to be some of the finest examples of Pompeian wall paintings in the familiar bright vermilion and turquoise hues.

Excavation Oplontis

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Excavation Oplontis

Excavation Oplontis

Oplontis was a town near Pompeii, in the Roman Empire. On August 24, AD 79, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried it under a deep layer of ash. It is today the location of the Villa Poppaea, the villa possibly associated with the second wife of Emperor Nero,was excavated in the mid-20th century, wrapping up in 1984, and is currently open to the public.

A second villa, the Villa of L. Crassius Tertius, was discovered in 1974, 300 metres east of the Villa of Poppaea,during the construction of a school. It was named following the finding of a bronze seal bearing Crassius’ name.

The name “Oplontis” most likely refers to the baths in the area of Oncino, but today the name commonly covers the group of villas in the middle of the modern town of Torre Annunziata, also known as Torre Nunziata in the local Neapolitan dialect.

A large number of artifacts from Oplontis are preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

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The pictorial decoration, with faux doors and columns, is correlated to actual architectural features, thereby creating tricks of perspective and correspondences between the real and the imaginary. The numerous details of the painted decorations, consisting of masks, baskets of fruit, torches, and birds, are of very high quality. The villa was originally adorned with numerous sculptures, most of which were Roman copies of originals of the Hellenistic sphere of the 3rd-2nd century B.C.

 

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The Villa Poppaea is an ancient Roman seaside villa (villa maritima) situated between Naples and Sorrento, in southern Italy. It is also referred to as the Villa Oplontis, or more precisely as Villa A by modern archaeologists. The villa itself is a large structure situated in the ancient Roman town of Oplontis (the modern Torre Annunziata), about ten meters below the modern ground level. Evidence suggests that it was owned by the Emperor Nero, and believed to have been used by his second and rather notorious wife, Poppaea Sabina, as her main residence when she was not in Rome.
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Frescoes

Like many of the frescoes that were preserved due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, those decorating the walls of the Villa Poppaea are striking both in form and in color. Many of the frescoes are in the “Second Style” (also called the Architectural Style) of ancient Roman painting, dating to ca. 90-25 BCE as classified in 1899 by August Mau in the book Pompeii: Its Life and Art(Berry, 171). Details include feigned architectural features such as trompe-l’œil windows, doors, and painted columns.

Frescoes in the caldarium depicting Hercules in the Garden of the Hesperides are painted in the “Third Style” (also called the Ornate Style) dating to ca. 25 BCE-40 CE according to Mau (Berry, 170). Attention to realistic perspective is abandoned in favor of flatness and elongated architectural forms which “form a kind of shrine” around a central scene, which is often mythological (Berry, 170).

Immediately to the west of the triclinium is a large oecus, which was the main living room of a Roman house. Like the caldariumfrescoes, the room is also painted in the Second Style. The east wall includes some wonderful details such as a theatre mask and peacock (Wallace-Hadrill, 27).

Much attention has been paid to the allusions to stage painting (scenae frons) in the Villa Poppaea frescoes, particularly those in Room 23 (Wallace-Hadrill, 27; Coarelli, et al., 372; Clarke, 117).

Rediscovery & Excavation History

The Villa of Poppaea was first discovered in the eighteenth century during the construction of the Sarno Canal which cut through the central hall of the villa (Clarke, 22). Between 1839 and 1840 explorations of the site were undertaken by Bourbon excavators who removed several paintings from the villa .The excavators used a tunneling technique that was also employed at Herculaneum, and uncovered part of the peristyle and garden area (Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium, 79).

Excavations continued again from 1964 until the mid-1980s, at which point the site was excavated to its current level. It was during this final round of excavations that the massive swimming pool, measuring 60 by 17 meters, was unearthed. The villa’s southernmost portions have been left unexcavated because of the physical limitations of the complex, which has been compromised by its position beneath the modern city of Torre Annunziata and the construction of the Sarno Canal .

Gardens

Historian and archeologist Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski began excavations on the gardens at the Villa Poppaea in 1974, and by 1993, 13 gardens had been discovered. Among these was a peristyle garden in the original portion of the villa. There, Jashemski and her team found evidence of a large shade tree next to a fountain; they also found a sundial, and the remains of a rake, a hoe, and a hook.

Another garden in the grounds, this one enclosed, featured wall paintings of plants and birds, and evidence of fruit trees growing in the garden’s corners. Two courtyard gardens also featured wall paintings. A large garden that Jashemski describes as “parklike” extends from the back of the villa (The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius, vol. 2, 295). There her team discovered cavities that had once housed the roots of large trees, believed by specialists at the Ministero dell’Agricultura to be plane trees.

Also found were what seemed to be the remains of tree stumps. These were analyzed in the lab, but as the wood had changed to calcium carbonate, the exact species of the trees could not be identified from the remains of the stumps. However, one large branch still retained some of its original cellular structure intact, and examination of this material under a microscope proved that the branch came from an olive tree.

Other trees at the Villa Poppaea were also identified, including lemon and oleander; a carbonized apple found on the site indicates the former presence of apple trees. According to Patrick Bowe in Gardens of the Roman World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), modern-day replanting of the Villa’s gardens was undertaken only after the gardens’ original plant types and location were known.

The site of Villa B lies approximately 300 meters to the east of Villa A, and like Villa A, it is a building of the Roman era that was destroyed by the 79 C.E. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Though located very near the luxurious and sprawling Villa A, Villa B is strikingly different in what it preserves, and from its remains we can also surmise that it had a very different function from its opulent neighbor.  Whereas Villa A is clearly a luxury villa designed for otium, or leisure, Villa B may not even be a villa in the traditional sense, but rather some type of emporium or distribution center.  Its spaces are meant not for leisure but for negotium, or industry.  Moreover, the presence of two nearby roads, and what may be a row of townhouses to the north, suggests that Villa B occupies a position in a small settlement or town, perhaps even the town of Oplontis itself.

The structure’s plan reveals a central courtyard surrounded by a two-story peristyle of Nocera tufa columns.  Excavators uncovered and restored more than seventy rooms, on both ground- and second-story levels. On the ground level, barrel-vaulted rooms, each with a single large doorway, line all four sides of the courtyard.  These ground-floor rooms preserve little or no decoration and reveal masonry predominantly in opus incertum and opus reticulatum. Excavators found remnants of a wooden stairway to the upper floor at the northeast corner of the peristyle; its impression is still visible in the wall plaster.  At the south corner, a low structure comprised of thin rubble walls may have been a latrine.  The eastern side preserves what seems to be the primary entrance into the courtyard.  On the south side of the building, and facing south, eight storerooms open onto a what may have been a large portico.  To the west stand the partially-excavated remains of two rooms that belong to another building.  To the north, a small street separates Villa B from what appears to be a row of two-storied houses (also only partially excavated) that faced the north side of the villa.  During coring operations sponsored by the Oplontis Project in 2009 and 2010, geologist Giovanni di Maio found evidence of a road to the east of the villa, in an area that is still unexcavated. This road is likely to be a north-south road running along the eastern facade of the complex; it was probably from this road that one entered the courtyard.

A preliminary examination of the remains suggests that Villa B was originally constructed at the end of the second century B.C.E., as evidenced by the use of Nocera tufa columns typical of that period.  Brick repairs to that peristyle and the extensive use of opus reticulatum—both typical of post-62 C.E. earthquake construction at Pompeii—may suggest a renovation of the structure in the years before the eruption of 79 C.E.

Villa B preserves very little evidence of decoration.  Only simple white plaster of a type common to utilitarian spaces in Roman buildings survives on the ground floor.  The upper-floor rooms preserve some simple painting schemes, most datable to the Fourth Style (C.E. 45-79). These include simple designs of color fields with carpet borders. There is a fragmentary Nilotic painting, later covered by Fourth-Style painting, as well as a painted lararium.  Preserved in another room  is a fragment of schematic Second-Style decoration (ca. 50 B.C.E.), a carry-over from an earlier decorative phase.

Beyond the unique physical structure of Villa B, perhaps the most significant aspect of this site is the fact that it preserves unparalleled material for new study in several underrepresented areas, including human remains, foodstuffs, coins, jewelry, and transport vessels.  In the courtyard and ground-level rooms, excavations uncovered over 400 amphorae.  Perhaps the most significant of these are the stacked amphorae still in place at the northwest corner of the courtyard.  That these amphorae had been cleaned and stacked upside down to dry tells us that they were meant to be re-used at the site (fig. 3. Amphorae in northwest corner of courtyard).  Supporting this assumption is the discovery of a small stone oven nearby containing a small pot with pine resin, suggesting that—among other things—in this courtyard workers prepared storage amphorae, certainly for wine, and possibly for oil and garum (the famous fermented fish condiment of ancient Rome). Extensive paleobotanical remains found in some amphorae and piles of carbonized pomegranates, hay, and walnuts found in the south rooms indicate that Villa B probably functioned as a site for the storage and distribution of foodstuffs.

Of equal interest as evidence of commerce and accumulation of wealth are several items: a strongbox, over 200 coins, jewelry, and a seal ring.  The strongbox, found in the peristyle, may have fallen from the upper floor.  It had a wooden framework plated with iron leaves and inscribed “Pythonymos, Pytheas, and Nikokrates, the workers of Herakleides, made [this].” Its exquisite decoration consists of inlay designs and figural bosses in silver, copper, and gilded bronze typical of late Hellenistic decorative design.  Furthermore, its intricate locking system was so advanced that similar mechanisms continued in use until the nineteenth century.

The coins, ranging in date from the late Republic to the time of Vespasian, hold the potential to shed light on questions of monetary circulation, inflation, and commerce in the region.  As for the jewelry, further study is needed to understand the different points of manufacture, as well as the techniques employed.   The seal ring bears the inscription L.CRAS.TERT.  Such rings created seals for business dealings.  It is on the basis of this seal that one scholar determined that the owner of Villa B was L. Crassius Tertius, a hypothesis, however, that requires further investigation; alternatively, he could have been the administrator (procurator) rather than owner.

The most important find, and one that—properly studied—can shed light on pressing questions, is the discovery of the skeletons of 54 individuals in room 10, one of the large ground-floor rooms that opened onto the southern portico).  These were people who had gathered in this room to escape the eruption, and presumably to await rescue from the sea, overcome by the hot gas and poisonous fumes of the first pyroclastic flow that hit Villa B.  They are a gruesome reminder of the human toll taken by Vesuvius.  Because they were found in two distinct groups, some scholars attempt to distinguish the skeletons in terms of social status.  Those at the rear of the space, bearing no money or jewelry, would be servants and slaves, whereas the group near the entrance to the space would be elites—this because some of them were found with considerable wealth in the form of coins and jewelry