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Casa Marina (Ref: 49194)
Self catering apartment in Naples, Italy
A spacious apartment in a building of Posillipo, the nice and exclusive neighbourhood of Naples, height 100m above the sea level, with a spectacular view.  You can take at a distance of 1.8 km the "Funicolare" getting down to Mergellina, the wonderful napolitain seaside, from which leaves the hydroplane for Capri or Ischia.  The view from the property is panoramic over Fuorigrotta....  Sleeps 6.
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I Love Touring Italy - Naples   by Levi Reiss

Featured Naples Hotels  /  Campania Self-Catering Accommodation

If you are in the market for a European tourist destination, why not consider the city of Naples in the Campania region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea? In 1995 UNESCO declared the Historic Center of Naples a World Heritage Site. Naples is by no means undiscovered. But it is definitely less tourist infested than many, many other Italian cites.

You really should consider visiting Naples, as you should consider visiting other parts of Campania, described in companion articles in this series.

My generation remembers Dean Martin singing That's Amore (Napoli) in his perhaps less memorable 1953 movie, The Caddy: "When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool; That's amore (that's amore); When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you're in love; When you walk in a dream but you know you're not dreaming, signore; 'scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that's amore." My parents' generation remembers the phrase See Naples and Die. Some say that it was the famous German author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (who wrote Faust, a charming story about a guy who made a pact with the devil) that coined this phrase during his extended visit to Italy in 1786-1788.
Greek colonists founded Neopolis (new city) between the Seventh and Sixth Centuries B. C. The city maintained its Greek character during the Roman occupation. Over the centuries this sometimes beautiful, often ugly city was dominated by nearly a dozen nationalities ranging from the (French) Angevins to the (German) Swabians. Things were not always quiet. For example, in 1647 Masaniello a Neapolitan fisherman led a tax revolt against the Spanish occupiers. He died as a national hero; and his revolt led to a short-lived Neapolitan republic.

At one time Naples was the third largest city in Europe and a major cultural center. When the Bourbon kings established the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1738 they chose Naples as its capital. After joining Italy in 1860 Naples started to decline. 

Fifteenth Century Castello d'Ischia in the Bay of Naples, Ischia, Campania, Italy
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The Campania regional economy ranks near the bottom of the Italian regional economies, but these statistics are somewhat misleading as they don't take into consideration the underground economy. Unlike the cities of northern Italy Naples has few immigrants, perhaps forty thousand, in a metropolitan population of at least three million. Unemployment remains high. The Sicilian-based Mafia is not very present, but the local Camorra is. Even more than elsewhere, be sure to watch yourself and your belongings in this fascinating city.

We'll start our tour underground. Naples is home to many miles of subterranean Greco-Roman reservoirs and tunnels, some which may be visited. People who lived above these tunnels once got their drinking water from wells in their homes. Much of Naples is constructed from stone that was removed during tunnel excavation. During World War II underground Naples served as air raid shelters whose walls display legible graffiti more than sixty years later. Unfortunately many of these tunnels are still blocked by World War II rubble. The rest of our tour will be above ground starting with Royal Naples.
Ceasar Statue Above the Bay of Naples, Ceasar Augustus Hotel, Anacapri, Capri, Campania, Italy
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The Castel Nuovo (New Castle) was built by the Angevins in the Thirteenth Century. It includes a decorative marble arch honoring a Spanish king. The castle includes numerous frescoes from the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. The moat surrounding the castle once contained a crocodile that devoured prisoners. The crocodile was killed and stuffed, and proudly hung over a castle doorway where it remained until the mid-19th Century. 

The nearby Palatine Chapel includes the ironically named Sala dei Baroni (Baron's Hall) in which a vicious king doused boiling oil on rebellious barons who were under the impression that they were going to a very different kind of party. In another version of the story, they were arrested and executed. In spite of its history the room is still used for city council meetings.

The Twelfth Century Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle) was built upon the ruins of a Roman villa overlooking Naples Harbor. As they say in real estate, location, location, location. Should you so desire, you can get a hotel room right on the promontory.

The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) built early in the Seventeenth Century was one of four Bourbon Palaces in the Kingdom of Naples, the only one in town. Napoleon's youngest sister and her husband, the King of Naples, lived there. Be sure to see the royal apartments to get a look at real luxury. Next door to the palace is Naples largest square, the Piazza del Plebiscito (Plebiscite Plaza), which was designed for that king and named for the plebiscite that joined Naples to Italy in 1860. The highlight of the square is the San Francesco di Paola, which is said to resemble the Pantheon in Rome. There are dozens of historic churches in Naples, built over many centuries.

If we are going to cite Dean Martin, we should give equal time to Mario Lanza. In 1950 he produced an English-language version of the popular Italian tune Funiculi, Funicula that was featured in many movies and in the very first episode of The Flintstones. What, you might ask, does all this have to do with Naples? Take the funicular (a self-contained cable railway in which a pair of vehicles on rails moves up and down a very steep slope counterbalancing each other) to the upscale Vomero neighborhood high above the Bay of Naples.
The Fourteenth Century Castel Sant'Elmo (Saint Elmo Castle) was built to honor Saint Erasmoso. Perhaps Erasmo was too hard to pronounce. In the Sixteenth Century Spaniards rebuilt this castle to deal with artillery fire. This castle is so well built that even now it is used for military exercises as well as art exhibitions. When you admire it, you really should remember that it served as a prison for many years. The Certosa di San Martino (Saint Martino Charterhouse) is an ancient monastery transformed in the Seventeenth Century into one of Naples finest Baroque buildings with beautiful garden terraces. It houses the National Museum. Among its many treasures be sure to see the presepi (Christmas creches) and Tavola Strozzi (Strozzi's Board), a depiction of Fourteenth Century Naples. The Villa Floridiana was built by King Ferdinand I of Bourbon for his second wife, the Duchess of Floridia. 
The City of Naples and Mount Vesuvius at the Bay of Naples in Italy
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Not a bad gift; the grounds contain over one hundred species of trees, flowers, and plants as well as statues, fountains, temples, and even a fake ruin or two. The villa honors this site, and its view of Naples is spectacular.

Spaccanapoli (Split Naples) street is what the Neapolitans call it. You'll find it on the map under the names Via Benedetto Croce, Via San Biagio dei Librai, and Via San Gregorio Armeno depending on the neighborhood. Sights to see on the street or near it include the Gesu Nuovo (New Jesus) Church, originally built as a palace in the Fifteenth Century, the Fourteenth Century Santa Chiara Church and religious complex, the Sixteenth Century Cappella Sansevero (Sansevero Chapel) with multiple tombs and three quite distinctive sculptures, the Thirteenth Century San Lorenzo Maggiore Church complex built over Greek and Roman excavations, the Sixteenth Century Girolamini Church and monastery, and the Thirteenth Century Duomo (Cathedral) just across Via Duomo. The Cathedral encompasses the Sixth Century Santa Restitua Church. In addition to these historic churches, Spaccanapoli street is definitely worth the walk, whatever its official name.
Narrow Street in Spaccanapoli, Naples, Italy
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Last but not least, make sure that you visit Naple’s excellent museums. The Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archaeological Museum) has a great collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The Museo di Capodimonte includes an extensive collection of paintings by Italian and other European masters and Bourbon royal apartments. The Palazzo delle Art Napoli (Palace of Neapolitan Art), known as PAN, and Museo d'Arte di Donna Regina (Donna Regina Art Museum), often called MADRE, are devoted to contemporary art.

What about food? Naples is the home of pizza of which three varieties are most famous: Pizza alla Napoletana (the one with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Oregano), Pizza Margherita (with Tomatoes, Mozzarrella, and Basil), and Pizza Marinara (with Garlic, Tomatoes, Oregano, Basil, and Anchovies). I love them all.

Let's suggest a sample menu, one of many. Start with Alici in Tortiera (Baked Anchovies with Pecorino Cheese). Then try the Ragu Napoletana (Veal Shank and Short Rib Stew). For dessert indulge yourself with Pasteria Napoletana (Cheese and Grain Pie). Be sure to increase your dining pleasure by including local wines with your meal.

We conclude with a quick look at Campania wine. Campania is number 9 among the 20 Italian regions when it comes to acreage devoted to wine grapes and for total annual wine production. The region produces about 64% red and and close to 36% white wine, as there is little rose. There are 17 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. The G in DOCG stands for Garantita, but there is in fact no guarantee that such wines are truly superior. Only 2.8% of Campania wine carries the DOC designation. Add a G for Guarantita, and you'll find three of them, the red Taurasi, the white Greco di Tufo, and the white Fiano di Avellino. I have tasted this wine and found it to be top of the line. The white Campi Flegri DOC and the red or white Aversa DOC are produced not far west of Naples. Both whites are also available in sparkling version. Frankly, I'd go with the Fiano di Avellino.

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About the Author - Levi Reiss is the author or co-author of ten computer and Internet books, but to tell the truth, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He knows about dieting but now eats and drinks what he wants, in moderation. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His new wine, diet, health, and nutrition website links to his other sites.


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Best Western Hotel San Germano Naples
Located at the downtown in the green quarter of Agnano, the Best Western Hotel San Germano is close to the stadium, horse racing and NATO headquarters. The hotel is only a 15 minutes drive from the city centre and 20 minutes from the airport.  All the 105 guestrooms are completely equipped and furnished with high standards of amenities required for a pleasant stay.  You can start off your day with a nutritious breakfast and later, enjoy a delicious palate of Japanese cuisine served in a buffet style at the in-house Le Acacie Restaurant.  When time permits, you can have a heavy workout at the gymnasium and take a soothing dip at the swimming pool or just relax at the solarium.
Cavour Hotel Naples
This property with comfortable accommodation and attention to details, is an ideal place for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.  Situated in the big Garibaldi Square, the Cavour Hotel is just 200 metres from the historical centre. The Archaeological Museum, Royal Palace, Plebiscito Square, railway station, Mount Vesuvius as well as the archaeological sites of Pompei and Herculaneum are set nearby the property.  The hotel boasts 90 guestrooms that are elegant, pleasant and come with all the modern comforts that a discerning traveller would expect.  The on-site restaurant serves delicious breakfast to start off your day in a wonderful way and also allows you to taste typical Mediterranean dishes in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
Grand Hotel Oriente Naples
For its strategic location, this hotel has been chosen as a favourite place for guests to stay ever since its construction in the 1940s, for both pleasure and business.  Grand Hotel Oriente is located in the historic centre of Naples, just a few steps from the Stock Exchange and the port. Vesuvius, the coastal mountains, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and Capo Miseno surround the hotel.  The hotel's 131 spacious rooms are classic in style, offering every sort of comfort and technological convenience. The terraces of the top-floor rooms and the suites command an admirable view of the city's magnificent panorama like the port, Vesuvius, majestic Museo di San Martino and Castel Sant'Elmo.  Delicious in a soft pastel pink, the hotel's Oriente Restaurant welcomes you in its large dining room where you can enjoy the best of Mediterranean cuisine.
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia Naples
Offering a sense of privacy and an ineffable style, the elegant Grand Hotel Santa Lucia Naples is an ideal place to reside for both business as well as leisure travellers.  This hotel is located on the promenade, close to the fisherman's wharf of Santa Lucia and the Castle dell'Ovo.  All the accommodation units at the Grand Hotel are designed for maximum flexibility and adaptability to meet all your individual needs for a pleasant and relaxing stay.  The Santa Lucia restaurant at this hotel serves a variety of delicacies for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner in excellent settings. The pleasant ambience of the Pavone lounge bar makes it a perfect place to unwind with a refreshing drink
Jolly Hotel Naples
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, offering an enchanting view of the famous Gulf of Naples, this property is just 700 metres from the port and just few steps away from the Beverello peer, Piazza del Municipio, National Archeological Museum, Arte Moderna Madre museum as well as the shopping areas.  Guests are offered comfortable rooms that are well-equipped with modern amenities to ensure them the maximum comfort.  Begin your day with delicious breakfast served at the hotel's breakfast room and you can later dine at the on-site La Loggetta Restaurant that offers an excellent Neapolitan cuisine as well as International dishes in a relaxed setting for you to enjoy. The hotel's bar is a perfect place for you to relax with a fine drink.
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