The Baroque master Caravaggio is closely associated with Rome, but he spent several years in Naples near the end of his life and left behind some incredible paintings you can see in Naples today.
For the most part, visitors to Positano are focused primarily on its beaches and the views one gets after climbing back to the hotel in the evening. But one of the things that makes the town picturesque is the little church on its harbor, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
The Amalfi Cathedral dominates the small Piazza Duomo in more ways than one. The entrance is at the top of a long flight of steps, and the exterior decoration is ornately decorated. But there’s more to this cathedral than meets the eye.
Sorrento is a popular vacation spot for Italians, as well as a cruise stop and high point of many a foreigner’s trip to Italy. You can learn more about the history of the Sorrentine Peninsula through a local production of the Sorrento Musical, held at Teatro Tasso.
Among the many churches to visit in Naples is the relatively small Sansevero Chapel on a sidestreet in the historic center. You might not even notice it, or think such a small church isn’t worth the time, but in addition to some astonishingly beautiful marble sculptures the chapel also holds a bizarre pair of anatomical models in its basement that you won’t want to miss.
When you walk into the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, you should have a look around what lies above the ground. But the best part of a stop at this church is beneath your feet – the excavations in the basement.
While Christmas trees often decorate Italian piazzas now, they are an imported (and somewhat recent) addition to the holiday season in Italy. The most traditional Christmas decoration throughout the country is the nativity scene, or “presepio,” and the best place to get everything you need to create your presepio is Naples’ famous Christmas Alley.
One of the most famous public squares in Naples is the wide open Piazza del Plebiscito, but the nearby Piazza Trieste e Trento isn’t to be overlooked – it’s home to one of Naples’ most fashionable cafes.
Getting around in the city of Naples usually means lots of walking and, sometimes, taking the bus. To get to the tippy-top of the Vomero and Posillipo Hills, however, you might want to take one of the funiculars in Naples.