Naples has countless beauties to admire, and among these the Fontana del Gigante is a beauty in the round. The marvelous round arches, so imposing and celebratory, made even more impactful by Bernini's marvelous architecture, certainly takes your breath away. The baroque at its highest levels, located in the heart of the historic center is the master, here are some tips for visiting the Giant's Fountain in Naples.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: When traveling around the city, keep in mind that the Fontana del Gigante is in the heart of the historic center and, starting for example from a landmark such as the station, it takes about half an hour on foot, so remember that the bus R2 and Metro L1 take you to your destination - Get directions.
- By bus: The R2 bus takes you to 3 stops near the Giant's Fountain, with about 10 minutes on foot: Piazza Municipio, Palazzo San Giacomo, il Pomodorino - Get directions.
- By metro: Metro line L1, Toledo Station stop, with about 10 minutes on foot - Get directions.
Hours and prices
The Giant's Fountain is a monument that can be freely visited, without timetable and without a ticket. We recommend visiting the monument during the day to enjoy the splendid view of the seafront that frames it.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The monumental Fontana del Gigante is a jewel of baroque architecture, built by Bernini and Michelangelo Naccherino, in the early 1600s, which marks the beginning of the Neapolitan seafront. The fountain has had a somewhat "nomadic" life, in the sense that it has undergone various relocations: first in Piazza Plebiscito, next to which stood the imposing Giant Statue; in 1815 it was removed and remained without location for some time, after which it was placed next to the Palazzo dell'Immacolatella, for a short time; then he migrated to Piazza del Popolo and then settled permanently in Via Partenope.
The fountain consists of three round arches, above which are placed the coats of arms of the city, the viceroy and the king. The central arch represents a cup supported by two sea animals, while the lateral statues (two caryatids) are two river gods who hold two sea monsters and hold the cornucopias.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: Like all art cities crowded with tourists at all times of the year, it is always advisable to get up early, so as to have the city available with more ease.
- Buy Naples Pass: The Naples Pass is a card that allows you to have any monument, museum, event, with relative maps and timetables on hand. It is a card that can also be combined with other tourist cards, and it is possible to have it in 3, 7 and 365 days mode (3 days € 19,00 - 7 days € 29,00 - 365 days € 49,00). It is possible to buy the card through a simple app for Android and iPhone, or directly online at https://www.naplespass.eu/it/acquista.
- Minimum time: The monumental Fountain of the Giant is worth a visit of 15/20 minutes to grasp the smallest details.
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