Via Tribunali - Santa Maria Maggiore
Continuing westward on Via Tribunali you will shortly come to another small piazza where stands a Romanesque Bell Tower. (This dates from around the year 1000 - alas I do not have a picture of it.) The Bell Tower belongs to Santa Maria Maggiore, whose entrance is somewhat hidden across the square. Santa Maria Maggiore has had a chequered history - it was "decommissioned" as a church in 1823 and was for many years used by the Neapolitan fire department! Most of the interior of the church dates from the 17th century, but in this most archaelogical of cities, it's not surprising to find out that some of the decorations in the crypt are thought to date back to the third century B.C.E.
Climbing the Vesuvius...
Climbing the Vesuvius volcano.
You can start the hike from a certain height.
From the top of the Vesuvius you have a very beautiful sight over the Gulf of Sorrento and Naples.
You can also look deep into the crater of the volcano.
Wear good shoes.
The most naturally Neapolitan...
The most naturally Neapolitan dishes are vermicelli with clams, mussels, smaller shellfish, ziti (a type of pasta) with ragù (meat sauce), Italian style fritters, fritters of squid and mullet, steamed polyps, oven-baked kid (lamb), eggplant Parmesan, and buffalo mozzarella.
Without question, pizza is the symbol of Naples. Naples is known worldwide for this genuine and economical dish. However, in Naples the pizza is different and no one can equal the Parthenopeaen pizza-makers. Whether because of the delicious odor in the air, in the oil, in the flavor of the water, or for the simplicity with which it is made, it is certain that in Naples 'pizza' has a special flavor.
Naples is also famous for sweets that change with the seasons: struffoli (cookies with Strega liqueur, honey, and candied sprinkles), pastiere (cakes made with ricotta, coarse flour, candied fruits, and orange syrup), zeppole (cookies made from black cherry liqueur, fried or cooked in the oven, for St. Joseph’s Day), cassate (cakes made from ricotta cheese, almond paste, and pieces of chocolate), monachine (in English, 'little monks'), sfogliate rich with cream and layered high, frolle (sweet crumbly pastry made from flour, egg, butter and sugar), babà (made with light flour), eggs, and yeast and bathed in rum punch), millefoglie (layers of sweet cream and thin pastry shell), mimose (Angel Food cake, known in Italian as pasta di spagna, with cream).
These delicious sweets are always accompanied by coffee or flavored liqueurs (rosolio, limoncello, nocillo - the latter walnut-flavored)
The exterior of the Duomo, Naples' Cathedral, is not particularly interesting - and it's hardly a century old! But don't be deceived into thinking that it's not worth a look inside - you can't judge a Cathedral by it's cover!
Galleria Umberto I
All that ever catches your attention here on your first visit is the glass roof! It's similar to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, but I think this one seems more spectacular, although this one greatly lacking shops for such a nice "Galleria"- It quite a pity..
The building is very close to numerous attractions in the area.