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Spaccanapoli

Duomo - Caravaggio - Monastero di Santa Chiara - Piazza del Gesù

Visit Naples – Spaccanapoli: the decumano inferiore wich divided in two the old town

Spaccanapoli
Spaccanapoli

The inferior decuman, or Spaccanapoli, is one of the most important street of the city, which can be esaily reached from the underground station of the Cavour Square.
It is the place where the philosopher Benedetto Croce lived and died, Spaccanapoli crosses the heart of the historycal center on Neaples, impregnating it of tradition, history, art, culture; it is the place which best represents the charateristics of the city: on one hand you should “lose” yourself among charateristics alleys, animated by legends, music and colors, always full of people who take a walk among shops; on the other hand it’s possible to focus on cultural aspects, for the presence of important historycal Neapoletans attractions.
From underground in piazza Cavour, just walk for 5 minutes along via Foria, and then will turn right on via Duomo where you will see the imponent Duomo of Neaples; it is a basilica and is the largest and most important church of the town, and it is also the place where three time in a year, there is the melting of San Gennaro’s blood (the famous “san Gennaro’s miracles”).

Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

A few meters away from the Duomo there is via san Biagio dei librai, a little street rich of life in particular during Christmas festivity, in particular when you get to the corner of san Gregorio Armeno, you are completely invaded from roast-chestnut fragrance; in via san Biagio dei librai it is possible to visit the Pio Monte della Misericordia, a famous museum where you can see the gorgeous painting “Le Sette opere di Misericordia” by Caravaggio.

Piazzetta Nilo
Piazzetta Nilo

After a short sfogliatella-break at the Scaturchio patisserie, where you can listen to street musicians playing in Piazza san Domenico Maggiore, you should stop at the church of
San Domenico Maggiore. Then you will walk towards the Santa Chiara monastery and the Gesù Nuovo church, two stops-over that conclude pretty well this fascinating way.

Piazzetta Nilo
Piazzetta Nilo
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
Point of interest

 

Means of transport)
  • Metro 2 stop Piazza Cavour station
  • Metro 1 stop Piazza Dante station
  • Metro 1 stop Museo station
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