Sacred and profane, lights and shadows, history and legend are the pairs of our city. Not only do they describe it perfectly, but they characterize it. There is no road that does not hide an anecdote, there is no work that does not refer to the fire that perpetually simmers in the city underground. Our story can only be told through the places where it took place. Here are the five must-haves of a Neapolitan holiday!
Chapel of San Severo and Cristo Velato
History and legend surround the San Severo Chapel or the “Pietatella” Church and the sculpture signed by the artist Giuseppe Sanmartino. The Veiled Christ and the “Pietatella” as well as representing a real reference for tourists who venture through the streets of the historic center, represent one of the monuments most enveloped in the mystery of our city, it is said that its author to sculpt the veil has resorted to a mysterious alchemical practice that would have allowed the marbling of the fabrics, the effect of the veil is so realistic. Seeing is believing!
Pio Monte della Misericordia
Pio Monte della Misericordia hides a real treasure: The Seven Works of Mercy painted in the Neapolitan period by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio. In addition to the work of this foster son of late sixteenth century Naples, you will also find works by Luca Giordano, Fabrizio Santafede and Battistello Caracciolo.
The entrance ticket also gives you the opportunity to visit the collection of the Pio Monte private collection.
Naples and the Neapolitans have a visceral relationship with the cult of the dead. Feared and revered, death was exorcised through the cult of the “capuzzelle”. The fontanelle cemetery is one of the largest ossuaries in the city, built in the heart of the Sanità district, it was for Naples the
place where the dead were venerated. Tradition has it that some Neapolitan families adopted a “capuzzella” – a skull – to whom to bring gifts, prayers and flowers in exchange for its protection. The cult fell into disuse, fortunately the Fontanelle cemetery remained, a mystical and evocative place where the border between the sacred and the profane thins to the point of not perceiving any difference.
Treasure of San Gennaro
The treasure of San Gennaro is kept inside the Cathedral of Naples. Visiting one cannot exclude a visit to the other. Here you can admire jewels donated over the years by the Neapolitans and by devotees to the patron saint of our city in exchange for favors. The result is an invaluable treasure made up of unique and inimitable pieces that make it the most precious in the world.
Cloister of Santa Chiara
Born in the eighteenth century, the monumental cloister of Santa Chiara is a complex located within the monastic complex named after the homonymous saint. It is located in Piazza del Gesù and his
the interior hides a real architectural jewel, the cloister of the nuns characterized by its precious finishes and the fresh scent of the orange trees planted inside.
Example of the architectural stratification, the plexus allows tourists to also admire some remains of the foundations of the “ancient city”