History gives way to legend, encapsulated in the arts and landscapes of Southern Italy. Your custom tailored tour takes you from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, following the trails of ancient life around cities preserved in volcanic ash and traditions continued in hidden fishing villages tucked away into the shores of the Gulf of Salerno. Discover villas built for Roman emperors and learn the methods of crafting your very own Neapolitan pizza. From museum galleries to secluded marinas, the splendor...
Naples – Thrills of a Historic City Center
Naples is a bustling city with a history spanning three millennia. The streets maintain a colorful, exuberant atmosphere leading to the harbor. The aroma of pizza dough cooking in wood-fire brick ovens emanates from antique pizzerias. The sounds of tenors singing beneath loggias echo across open piazzas. Your flight lands at Naples International Airport, where your private transfer escorts you to an opulent hotel overlooking the harbor. Sailboats wade in the gentle wake of the Mediterranean Sea. You have a view of the promenade and the lingering image of Castel dell’Ovo rising above the boulders on the sea promontory.
After settling into luxury, your guide meets you in the lavish lobby of your hotel, ready to escort you on a private tour of Naples’s preserved and displayed past. The 16th-century baroque chapel in Cappella Sansevero contains Masonic-inspired décor guiding your attention to the unforgettable statue of the Veiled Christ, as created by the artist Giuseppe Sanmartino. The 18th-century artwork depicts Jesus covered in a thin veil. The intricate detail in attention to his humanistic character, along with how the artist produced such a thin layer of marble, makes it tempting to try and lift the marble covering to view the image of Jesus beneath.
Santa Lucia leads along the western edges of Piazza del Plebiscito sloping towards the sea. The huddle of narrow steps and lanes offers a taste of traditional life in Naples. Bakeries fill the street with the aroma of cookies and fresh bread. Cafes provide strong espressos for locals watching passersby in the afternoon. Children kick soccer balls against the stone buildings with laundry dangling from lines hung outside the upper windows. The beauty of the city emanates from its traditional life, along with the artistry inside the numerous galleries.
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