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Capodanno in Napoli.
I decided to spend my New Year's Eve in Naples. I go there alone:( I wonder how could I spend this evening. Could anyone reccommend me some place? Where is nicer, on P.zza Dane or P.zza Plebiscito? Or maybe you have another suggestions?
RE: Capodanno in Napoli.
So you decided to try out the mother of all battles - good luck!
First of all, avoid staying outdoors between 10 pm and 2 am unless you're in a big square with big crowds (you'll see why).
Secondly, there's usually a gathering in Piazza Plebiscito in front of the Maschio Angioino.
Thirdly, take care when walking alone, especially if you're female and especially when it's dark. Naples is not that safe.
Good luck and try out Pizzaiolo del Presidente (see my tips) for the best pizza in Napoli.
RE: RE: Capodanno in Napoli.
Thanks for your tips:)
I was there and I'm still alive but sometimes I thought that world III has broken out! And it wasn't very funny to see falling firecrackers on my head from balconies. But finally I reached P.zza Plebiscito and...well, I thought it will be more spectacular but it wasn't. Additionally I couldn't see fireworks from around because of fog and...smoke of crackers i quess;). But despite it I didn't stop loving Napoli ever! And I can't wait for summer to go there again!
And pizza buonissima...my favourite one is filleto and spaghetti napoletano moreish!
And Napoli isn't so danger as everyone thinks...just you've got to act you can't hear and see anything...especially smacking guys at the streets and buses:)! grrrr!!!
Travel Tips for Naples
Keep a close eye on you...
Keep a close eye on you wallets and money if you go downtown. The little kids there are fast and sneeky. I never lost mine but several friends did. Give them anything thats American like a zippo lighter and watch how excited they can get. When a cab driver says 'no problem' put your seatbelt on quick (ha,ha). Just let loose and have fun.
Circumvesuviana, hard to pronounce but this is the train you will want to seek out to get you to Herculaneum Scavii, Pompeii Scavii and Sorrento. Go to the main trainstation at Piazza Girabaldi and find the Circumvesuviana.
The train looks pretty beatup from the outside with graffitti written all over but the inside is pretty clean and there is some AC.
Train ride to Sorrento takes about an hour. I got an all day pass which I think is the best deal for the money. I saw Herculaneum then Pompeii and finally Sorrento and returned later that same day.
The tickets don't tell you which track the train will be on so be warned. There are TV monitors though that tell you what train is arriving, if all else fails just ask someone.
You want the train the says Pompeii Scavii / Sorrento.
Wink and you'll miss this excellent church. This is because, unlike most other Italian cities, Napoli has a very small square in front of its Duomo. Actually, what is today Via Duomo was created only in 1860 by Ferdinand of Borbone. Before that, the buildings were even closer than now!
The church was built in the year 1294 in an area formerly occupied by two smaller churches, and before that by a Greek temple. As most other churches in this part of the world, it has been restored, modified, expanded and enhanced several times, thus "hiding" the original style. For instance, the facade has very little of the gothic appearance.
If I had arrived earlier (thanks to Trenitalia!) I would have seen its three-nave interior, with the Greek and Roman columns that were "reused" to erect it, at the expense of other older temples. This was also a habit in those years. I could also have enjoyed the baroque baptism fountain and the chapel of the Crucifix.
Unfortunately, I got there only by 8 pm, and it was closed, so I had to content myself with the beautiful facade, which was last restored in 1972.
Life can be tough at times.
Church of San Francesco di Paola
The Church of San Francesco di Paola was built as an offering from Ferdinando di Borbone after his return from exile in Palermo during the french occupation. The project was drawn up by the architect Pietro Bianchi in 1816. The church, inaugurated in 1816, was given the title of Papal Basilica by Pope Gregory XVI. The Basilica itself is preceded by a pronaos comprising of ten columns, which hold up a tympanum at the top of which a statue of Religion rests. The church is circular in shape and it is covered by an impressive dome, which is styled on the Pantheon, with lacunars and rosettes carved from limestone. The internal perimeter is ringed by 32 fluted columns with Corinthian capitols through which six side chapels can be seen. On the walls of the apse one can enjoy a painting by Vincenzo Camuccini depicting San Francesco di Paola tending to young Alessandro. It was painted in 1830 at the request of Francesco
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San Domenico Maggiore
In the square of San Domenico Maggiore, there is the apse of the Church that gives the name to the square, built between 1283 and 1324 by Charles of Anjou for the Dominican friars. Inside the adjacent monastery they hosted for some centuries the University of Naples, where also San Tommaso d'Aquino taught. When the Aragonese kings came, this became the main church of the city, intended to house the tombs of the new regnant dynasty, and it substituted for this function the Church of Santa Chiara. The Aragoneses restructured the square in Renaissance shapes: it became the new political centre of the city, where the kings received their subjects. The delegates of noblemen met in the near Seggio del Nilo (Nile Seat), that was a small nobiliary parliament: it was demolished in the 17th century and on its place they put a Roman marble statue which decorated it and represents the "Nile Lying", initially placed there by the colony of Alexandrine merchants who had settled in this area.
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