Naples, the Villa Comunale and the funicular of Mergellina

We were left in the surroundings of the Villa Comunale, and it is from here that resumes our journey.

The Villa Comunale is the small green space in the center of Naples, a rectangle that develops between the Chiaia and Via Caracciolo. It was built in 1780 at the behest of King Ferdinand IV, who aspired a place of peace and walk for the Neapolitan nobility, similar to the Parisian parks.

Over the years, the villa was enlarged and modified, and also had lived periods of decay and neglect. Fortunately, towards the end of 1990, the villa was restored, but today the park is not very well kept. There are indeed signs of vandalism activities, statues have been abandoned, and monuments in restoration from a long time.

But is still alive the beauty of the Villa, rich in statues and fountains that enrich its lovely patrimony, as the “Fountain of Saint Lucia” or the “Fountain of the Rape of Europe”. Inside the Villa there is also the zoological station (which contains the oldest aquarium in Europe) and the Harmonic Chest (rotunda for concerts by iron and glasss, currently being restored).

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Coming out of the Villa you can walk on the Naples waterfront and admire the view, or go into the interior of the city to visit Villa Pignatelli (which for time issues I have excluded) and the baroque church of Santa Maria in Portico.

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In this church, besides the beautiful interiors and the fascinating dome, you have to see the seventeenth-century crib.

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Naples is famous for cribs (I recommend you try San Gregorio Armeno before Christmas), and among the best known is just that. The crib has had a turbulent history, many times changing the composition and characters, and to date seems to have found a definitive arrangement, giving a pleasant sight the eye.

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Before leaving the church, taking advantage of the open door, I tried to steal a shot of the sacristy, because I find really fascinating the Churches.

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I left the church I started to feel hungry rise from the stomach and call me whit strenght, but first to make the lunch break, I decided to try the funicular of Mergellina and go up to the Belvedere Antonio Iannello.

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The entrance to the Funicular in itself worth a visit, because it is located in a beautiful building. Inside the station you will find details of the funicular, exposed in order to create a mini museum.

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Also as you can see from the appearance of the carriage, the slope in this section is very high (about 47%), in fact, when you start the climb seems to be on a roller coaster.

Once out of the station Manzoni (terminus funicular), going to the left you come to the Belvedere Antonio Iannello, opened a few years ago. From here you can see, as in many other points of Naples, the beautiful Neapolitan gulf.

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Taken last picture, tried by hunger, I went to get a nice plate of “gnocchi alla sorrentina”, had a coffee, and then started walking towards Posillipo.

Tomorrow I resume from here.

Good light to everyone.

Carlo

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