Naples: what to see in three days

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Martí Micolau

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Capital of pizza. Kingdom of sfogliatelle and babb ?. Naples? the city? ideal for a last-minute departure: lots to see, good food and an enchanting sea. What to visit? It depends. According to your interests, the city? really offers so much. Archaeological excavations, modern art museums, graffiti. My favorite places are the Chapel of San Severo with its veiled Christ and its Madonnas, the Cloisters of Santa Chiara with their marvelous majolica, the Church of the Ges? New, the MADRE Museum, the Spanish Palace and the Flavian Amphitheater in Pozzuoli.

The sea? As in a song by Liberato and in a video by Francesco Lettieri: the submerged park of Gaiola. Its peculiarity? ? that of being a submerged archaeological area, in which volcanological, archaeological and biological elements merge.

1 day

We begin our discovery of Naples with the Cloisters of Santa Chiara. By crossing its entrance we entered a reality? really unique where the feeling? been to breathe a unique sense of calm, a rare sensation for a city? like Naples. The beauty of the majolica cloister, a work of 1739 by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, comes from the decorations that represent scenes of daily life of the time but also saints, allegories and scenes from the Old Testament. Once we got out of here we headed to the Church of the Ges? New, among the most? features baroque churches in Italy, and after taking some photos yes? done at lunchtime. Our first choice on where to eat? was to go to Sorbillo, but given the queue we headed to Di Matteo, another pizza must. Right in this street c '? Banksy's only Italian work. The streetartist gave the city? his Madonna with the gun.

Full stomach and happy heart, let's start again. Always in this area c '? San Gregorio Armeno, the street famous for the artisan shops of nativity scenes. The tradition has an ancient origin: in the street in classical times there was a temple dedicated to Ceres, to which citizens offered small terracotta statuettes, made in nearby shops, as an ex voto.

The next stop? the San Severo Chapel. Place in the center of the nave c '? the veiled Christ, one of the most? suggestive to the world. Giuseppe Sanmartino realized? is a life-size sculpted marble statue representing Our Lord Jesus? Dead Christ, covered by a transparent shroud made from the same block as the statue ?. There? that amazes and excites us? the lightness of the veil, the refinement of the hand that sculpted it and the softness of the shapes. But in this place, in addition to Christ, there are angels painted with devil eyes, madonnas with naked breasts and skeletons used for anatomical studies.

To top it off we decided to enjoy the sunset over the city? from the Certosa di San Martino, to see Naples from above. Spaccanapoli, Materdei, Spanish quarters, Via Toledo and Vesuvius. All in front of our eyes.

2 day

Second day based on contemporaneity. As a first stop we chose the MADRE Museum. This museum? perfect for those who love contemporary art. Inside there are works by Mimmo Paladino, Fausto Melotti, Piero Manzoni, Superstudio, Anish Kapoor, Daniel Buren, Marina Abramovic, Jan Fabre, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Mimmo Iodice, Mario Merz and many many others.

Second stop: Rione Sanit? to see the Spanish palace. One of the most? valuable examples of civil architecture in the Neapolitan Baroque style. What makes it undeniably fascinating are the monumental double-flight staircase, the medallions with busts and Rococ? Stuccoes.

From here if you are passionate about street art, like me, go to Materdei. On the walls of the former OPG, Judicial Psychiatric Hospital,? It is possible to admire the enormous work created by BLU. A dramatic and angry figure who changed the face of this place. Next step, Spanish Quarters. Enter from the characteristic entrance from Via Toledo with the most? beautiful phrases of love, look for the stories of Cyop & Kaf on walls, buildings and shutters. Quore Barbed? a project made up of the stories of surreal, dreamlike, sometimes disturbing but all colorful characters.

In the Quartieri Spagnoli you will also find an enchanting portrait of the statue of the Chapel of San Severo which almost entirely covers the wall. Isis should also be photographed in negative, like most of Bosoletti's works. It is in via Emanuele De Deo together with Maradona. Made on the occasion of Napoli's second Scudetto, in 1990, the mural? it was restored in 2016 thanks also to the contribution of citizens.

For this day of travel we used the metro, also why? you can not? leave Naples without seeing the Metropolitan of art. The combination of the work of architects and artists has led to a UNIQUE underground network of its kind. The "P? famous for sure? the Toledo stop, awarded as the most? beautiful from Europe and signed by the Spanish architect Tusquets. Equally beautiful are the Garibaldi stop in Perrault, Universit? by Mendini and Rashid, Town Hall of Siza and Souto de Moura, Dante and the Museum of Gae Aulenti, Materdei and Salvator Rosa also by Mendini together with the likes of Sol Lewitt, Sandro Chia and Mimmo Paladino.

3 day

For the third and last day we moved a little away from Naples to go to Pozzuoli. The Flavian Amphitheater is absolutely worth a visit. Does it go back to the second half? of the first century AD and? second only to the Colosseum in terms of capacity? of capacity. The most? beautiful of this place? certainly the underground, about 7 meters deep, where parts of the gears to lift the cages that carried ferocious beasts to the arena are still visible, as well as capitals, columns and other elements of the scenography of the shows.

From here the next goal can not? than being Pompeii. To visit the whole site would take several days, surely for? not ? It is possible to skip the Forum and the Temple of Apollo, the Amphitheater, the House of the Faun and the Teatro Grande.

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