Naples, Via Chiaia and the high-class Naples

Although I live now in Florence, my roots belong in Naples, and when I go to visit relatives, I take the opportunity to go somewhere to visit the many beautys Neapolitan. So I decided to tell you about my day in Naples center, dividing it into three articles.

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The tour departs from the Port of Naples, not because I am down on land from the sea. Actually I came to the center by taking the Circumvesuviana, which runs the urban and suburban rail service in the eastern part of the Naples metropolitan. I decided to go to the Maritime Station, because as you see this is made up of a monumental structure, with two imposing towers connected by three transverse planes with below an opening which in the past served for the passage of trains to the port. Right outside the entrance there is the Totem of the Peace, work of the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari, that represents the World Peace.

Today the station welcomes ships and passenger, furthermore has also become an important congress center and shopping center.

After having breakfast with a nice cappuccino and croissant, we headed to City Hall Square, to see the Fountain of Neptune, composed by brilliant Pietro Bernini, where, among lions, dolphins and Tritons, stands in the middle of a rock, straight on head by two nymphs and two satyrs, Neptune with his trident.

Moving on to the Galleria Umberto I (who deserves a separate article), and some typical Neapolitan street, we started the walk to Via Chiaia, which together with Via dei Mille, is one of the most elegant streets of Naples for shopping high class.

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We’ll immediately notice the exclusivity of this street, not only for the presence of high-fashion shops, but also for the elegance and majesty of the buildings that make up this road. Like the Palace Cellammare, also known as Palazzo Francavilla, is a clear witness to the nobility of the past, in which it hosted illustrious personalities such as Giacomo Casanova, Goethe, Caravaggio and others.

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Another great example of this architecture in this area is the Palce Mannajuolo located in Via Filangieri. This building, designed by Giulio Ulisse Arata, is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Naples. In addition to admiring the exterior of the building, it is interesting to watch the wise use of full and empty spaces, the upper dome visible from Via dei Mille, and the amazing ellipsoidal marble staircase.

Returning on Via Chiaia, you do not miss the Bridge of Chiaia, although when I went it was totally covered by a billboard for restoration. Completing then Via Chiaia, you will end up in Martyrs’ Square, one of the most high class squares in the city.

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At the center stands the Monument to the Martyrs Neapolitans, dedicated precisely to all Neapolitans died for freedom during the Neapolitan history. Above the base, that makes up of four lions, there is a column that symbolizes the virtues of the martyrs.

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Curious and beautiful is also the Lutheran Church of Naples, located in Via Carlo Poerio, built in 1865 in neo-Gothic style, which seems embedded in the street.

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In Martyrs’ Square ends Via Chiaia and you’ll find yourself within walking distance from the Villa Comunale, Via Caracciolo and the Neapolitan coast. Via Chiaia was opened in the 1500 to connect the Royal Palace to the coastline, in fact, the name Chiaia, derives from the greek Plaga which means the beach.

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At this point I pause to resume the story tomorrow.

Good light to everyone.

Carlo

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