The cult of St. Gennaro
St. Gennaro is the fervently loved patron Saint of Naples.
Three are the fixed dates of the recurrent prodigy of the Saint (blood liquifying): eve of the first Sunday of May (first translation), on December 16 (anniversary of the vesuviana eruption 1631) and on September 19(martyrdom’s date). To liquefy, the blood can take few seconds, or half an hour, or some days, then people pray because this happens. It is worthwhile to spend two words on the so-called ones "parenti of St. Gennaro", that belong to the ethnic and cultural patrimony, sprung, during the centuries,from the popular pity; they use simple and confidential expressions "santo nuosto", "guappone", "faccia ngialluta” dialect prayers not to be marginalized, as voice of the Neapolitan alive language. It’s a group of believers women,that pray until the miracle happens. According to the popular tradition,the missed miracle is premonition of bad luck and misfortune for Naples and the surrounding zones. Another aspect of the traditions tied up to the miracle of St. Gennaro is represented by the procession that remembers the first translation of the relics of the martyr from Marciano to the catacomb in Naples. Anciently the clergy participated with garlands of flowers on the head,tradition abolished then. This procession, from the people also told "procession of the statues" for the presence of the silver statues of the holy compatronis, it is an authentic show of faith and folklore.
On the terraces carnations, roses and flowers of every kind, to the balconies blankets of damask or brocade,cloths of silk preserved for years and spread out to the air for the party. Intimate and dense of emotion,the procession crosses Spaccanapoli among the houses of the ancient center. People tightened around the saint in those little streets that gave more voice to the prayers and the songs. Petals of roses to the passage of the Patron and with the flowers the cry "Long live St. Gennaro! "
Egicom05 by Sun City
At first glance Napoli is a transport nightmare. Don't be deceived, it's incredibly easy and there's loads of options
1) Metro - clean, safe (during the day, dunno about night) and efficient
2) Buses - walk around the old neighbourhoods, end up at Piazza Garibaldi and take a bus up the hill to the Capodimonte Museum - lovely!
3) Trains - day trips to Caserta and Pompeii
4) Boats - day trip to Amalfi, Capri etc
no need to ever take a cab....
Napoli Sotterranea--Underground Naples
This 1-1/2 to 2 hour guided tour takes you to two underground locations. One takes you underneath a present-day apartment building to see the walls of the ancient Greek-Roman theatre-colosseum, and the other takes you to Greek cisterns that were Naples source of water right up until 1884. Later, they were used as bomb shelters during WWII. I really loved this tour because it explained how and why things worked in the ancient times and still do today. I looked and thought about buildings differently than I had before.
Tours are given Monday to Friday at 12:00, 14:00, 16:00. Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, and 18:00. There were some very long stairs, so people with knee problems should be aware.
I didn't take any pictures while underground, though you can. These are pictures of places we stood while the guide pointed things out before we descended. The first one is a beautiful, vacant palazzo. The other photo is of a building that shows it's Greek foundation columns.
Walk along the sea front the...
Walk along the sea front the views are great. Shop especially for leather goods the quality is great and the prices cheap compared to other countries. Eat - the food is cheap and tasty.
Anywhere that looks like a bad area probably is so use your head and watch your back.
San Carlo Theatre
The San Carlo was built by King Charles of Bourbon who wished to endow his capital city with a theatre to take the place of the old and crumbling San Bartolomeo which belonged to the Casa degli Incurabili. On the 4th November 1737 - the king's nameday - the San Carlo was inaugurated.
Unfortunately we didn't visit it inside (there are guided tours - 5€), but even from outside it's very nice.