Historical center

Piazza Bellini - Spaccanapoli - San Gregorio Armeno

Naples Itineraries: the old Greek-Roman polis

The historical center of the city, the old greek-roman polis, is the real essence of Naples, divided in decumani it is the oldest district in Naples. It’s full of alleys, church, building, coutyards, literary cafè, pizzerie/frigitorie and handicraft shops.
Thr majestic Museo Archeologico Nazionale arises in the old town, rich of art and culture, with its important section dedicated to Greek-Roman and Egyptian art, it is one of the most known archeological museums of the world. From here the tour starts to arrive to the heart of the city: Via Costantinopoli and its art workshops, Piazza Bellini with its liteary cafè, Port’alba the old doorway of the city where you have the chance to bay old books and Piazza Dante, one of the largest squares of the city.

In via dei Trubunali, there is the church of San Pietro a Majella where is placed one of the oldest and famous conservatory of Italy. Nearby the small church of Santa Maria del Purgatorio ad Arco , lays, one of the places of the Neapolitan tradition “Soul in torment” Anime in pena, called ” pezzentelle” becouse they died alone.

Center of the ancient agorà is Piazza San Gaetano , where the church of San Paolo Maggiore stands between the VII and IX century and the San Lorenzo Maggiore one ( the place where Boccaccio met Fiammetta on the Holy Saturday in 1336)

From Piazza San Gaetano it is possible to discover the underground of the city, travelling through the old Greek polis , from here expolore the ancient markets, tunnels and cistern. The underground was the refuge for more Neapolitans duting the Second world war.
There are two archeological sites of the underground from which you can enter , first is in Via dei Tribunali: Napoli Sotterranea, recognized thanks to the small blue flags that stands near the entrance and nearby there are the Scavi di San Lorenzo placed under the cathedral with the same name.

From here you can walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno, where you can admire the “presepiale” art of Naples. Here the capble artisans of the city made pastoral,crib, presepi and small statues. Moreover, in the same street the Complesso Conventuale di San Gregorio is a must-see, it is characterized by splendid gardens of citrus orchards.

Point of interest
Means of transport)
  • Metro 2 fermata Cavour
  • Metro 1 fermata Museo o fermata Piazza Dante