Cappodimonte Museum - view from Vomero Hill
The "ramparts" (isn't that a great word?) next to Castel St. Elmo offer tremendous views of Vesuvius, the Bay, and the City of Naples below. On a clear day you can see planes taking off and landing from the airport as well.
Some Naples Nightlife spots
Here's a short list I've compiled to get you started.
CITY HALL CAFÈ
Corso Vittorio EmanuEle, 137/a, tel. 081-669.400
Main room and smaller sitting rooms, Internet and Radio Med
Via del Parco Margherita, 13, tel. 081-407.526
Va Sgambati, 47, tel. 081-546.65.66
Discotheque on two floors
Via Medina, 12, tel. 081-580.01.90
OTTO JAZZ CLUB
Piazzetta Cariati, 24, tel. 081-666.262
High quality, live jazz
Via dei Mille, tel. 081-422.334
Via San Biagio dei Librai, 38, tel. 081-552.32.31
Via Manzoni, 207, tel. 081-769.08.06
Via Coroglio, 128, tel. 081-570.89.92
Live blues, New Age, and funky music
Via Caccavallo, 17, tel. 081-556.05.52
This was the nearest square to our hotel, with a useful Metro station and several restaurants, so it was inevitable that we would spend a fair bit of time here. But it’s also worth a visit as a destination in its own right as the buildings on the east side of the square are particularly eye-catching.
In the north east corner is the striking Port’ Alba, one of the city’s ancient gates, which leads into the historic district. To the right of this is an elegant semicircular building designed by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli in 1765 to honour King Charles Third – the 26 statues on the balustrade apparently represent the king’s virtues. Before then the square was known simply as Largo del Mercatello (Market Square) but it was rechristened "Foro Carolina," after the King’s wife. The statues of Dante, sculpted by Tito Angelini, were added in the 19th century and the square re-named again. Today it’s slightly scruffy and a favourite meeting place it seems for Naples’ youth, but the elegance of the design is still clear.
(The website below has some good photos but is only in Italian)
Capodimonte Museum and Gallery
This Museum, opened in 1950, houses works of art ranging from the 13th to the 18th century which belonged to the Farnese family and which were then inherited by the Bourbon family. The "Roman Collection" that includes works of art by Michelangelo, Tiziano, El Greco, Raffaello and Botticelli is an essential part of any visit.
Sibilla Cave in Cuma
In the archaeological area of Cuma (see other tips about the place: Roman Crypt, Temple of Jupiter, Temple of Apollo). Discovered and dug by the archaeologist Maiuri from 1932, who recognised in this quadrangoular plant space the place where the Sibilla, received the believers and foretold their future.
The monument fascinates and arouses fear for the atmosphere of mystery that surrounds it. Ancient and modern searches, recognized in the cave of the Sibilla, a military gallery of communication between the lake of Averno and that of Lucrino.
Virgilio in the I a.C did a suggestive poetic description of it: the Sibilla, according to an ancient legend, was a fascinating woman, whose exceptional beauty made falling in love the god Apollo; after the refusals of the Sibilla, he decided to give her a gift, saying her: "Ask me anything! ". She took in her hands a handful of grains of sand and asked him to be able to live as many years as the grains in her hand. But she forgot to ask for the eternal youth.
Sibilla went to Cuma where she prophesied for many centuries, up to when she understood the punishment that the desire had inflicted her: the longevity, accompanied by the damages of the old age, reduced her like a mere shell of a woman.
[Egicom05 - by Amaltea]