Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Onward to Napoli

For some reason I woke up this morning around 4:30am. I didn't want to get up but I wasn't able to fall back asleep so I ended up reading until about 5:20am. Since I wasn't able to sleep I decided to get up and get ready for the day. After I was dressed I packed all my things to get ready to put our bags in the hall to be picked up by the porters. Thomas got up at 6:00am and got dressed and then we put both of our bags out in the hall at 6:30am. I then checked emails and did some photo editing while Thomas read until it was time for breakfast. At 7:15am we headed to the restaurant for coffee and food and relaxed for a while. At 8:30am we went to the lobby and met the group to board the bus for Naples. Two of the group had been taken to the airport at 3:30am to catch their flights and we still needed to drop off three others when we got to Naples. It was about an hour to the airport and once we saw Mel, Teresa and Toni off we made the short drive to our last hotel for this trip. When we arrived at Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo we found that our rooms were not quite ready. So we ended up just hanging in the lobby for about 15 minutes and then we were able to get to our rooms and get settled. We only had a short time before we had to meet back in the lobby for a walking tour of Naples. At 10:30am we met Antonio (our local tour guide) and headed out to see Naples. We spent our time in the more historic area of Naples. Here is a summary of our walk . . .
We walked out of the hotel and turned right and walked along Via Ponte di Tappia to Via Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra. We made a right turn here and walked to the corner with Via S. Giacomo. We stopped here for a short time while Antonio gave us some history of the city and a little about the lay out of the city. From this corner we could see Castel Nuovo and the Fontana del Nettuno. After his talk we retraced our steps along Via Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra and continued on this road to where it changed names to Via Guantai Nuovi and crossed over Via Armando Diaz to Piazza Giacomo Matteotti. We then walked along the Post Office and then down some steps (where there was a small flea market) to Via Monteoliveto and turned left.
The Fountain of Monteoliveto
We stopped in front of The Fountain of Monteoliveto, also called the Fountain of Charles II or of the Small King where Antonio gave us some more history. From the fountain we continued our walk along Calata Trinità Maggiore and stopped for espresso at Opera teatro del gusto. After the espresso we walked into Piazza del Gesù Nuovo where we saw Obelisco dell'Immacolata and then went into Chiesa di Gesù Nuovo. This is a baroque church built in 1317 by Franciscan friars. Then we continued to Via Benedetto Croce and went into the Basilica di Santa Chiara which is a gothic style church built from 1310 to 1328.
Cloisters - Majolica Columns
We had a short visit here and thenwent around the side of the church to the Chiostro maiolicato di Santa Chiara. This is an incredible place - beautiful courtyard with majolica tiles used on benches and columns with frescos along the arched covered walkways. We walked through the courtyard and Antonio gave us the history of the place. On the other side of the courtyard we went into the Complesso Museale di Santa Chiara. We had a little time here to see some of the exhibits and get some more history.
After a short bathroom break and a look at the gift shop we headed out again. We strolled along Via Benedetto Croce (aka Spaccanapoli or "Naples Splitter") to Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. Here we cut across and walked down Vico San Domenico Maggiore to The Fountain of Monteoliveto. Here we went through Piazza Monteoliveto and along Via Mario Morgantini then through Piazza Carita to Via Toledo. Here we cut across a piazza to Via Roberto Bracco and followed this street to our hotel on

Galleria Umberto I

Pizza Making Team

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