Naples Centro Storico
Naples Centro Storico
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This part of Naples is considered the historic center of the city, which contains the Palazzo Reale and the splendid churches of Gesù Nuovo, San Lorenzo and Santa Chiara.
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Neighborhood: Pendino

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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,753 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
During our brief visit to Naples, we had only three hours to get a glimpse of the centre. We decided to walk to the Cattedrale di San Gennaro.

From the airport, our bus brought us to the garden next to the Teatro di San Carlo. Along the way, we saw from the bus the huge Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, a lot of neoclassic buildings and the University of Naples Federico II on Corso Umberto I, the Camera di Commercio on Piazza Giovanni Bovio, and the imposing Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino) next to the Piazza Municipio.

As our guide suggested, from the Piazza del Plebiscito we first went to see the Galleria Umberto I, then headed up the elegant Via Toledo. It has a lot of neoclassic and modern buildings and exclusive shops. We passed the Toledo metro station next to the Disney store. We did not have time to visit the station, although we knew that it is the most beautiful of all of them.

On Piazza Dante, we turned eastward, passed the Port'Alba and entered the scenic Via dei Tribunali with the genuine Neapolitan atmosphere. It is narrow, crowded, with little shops, bars, churches and scooters everywhere!

We saw the Obelisco di San Gennaro but continued to the Tribunale Di Napoli, then back to the Via Duomo which was under reconstruction, finally arriving at the cathedral. After a brief visit, we returned using the same route.

Fortunately, we did not have any problems, despite the fact that Naples has a notoriously bad reputation! We have, of course, paid close attention to our belongings!
Written September 4, 2020
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gottaloveitaly2012
Royal Oak, MI217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A gritty, noisy, tourist packed area with great shopping and restaurants. Very different vibe from Rome. Has its own style and is proud of it. Pizza is amazing as well as buffallo mozerella, tiramesu, and all the other goodies Italy is known for.
Written December 15, 2023
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The great singer Pino Daniele sings: Napoli è mille colori..., it's real Napoli is thousands colors. A city that is a planet. Love.
Written October 9, 2019
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Ryan Hope
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Dirty, scummy, definitely not worth the visit - not even for Pompei. Google “Pompei” instead. It will give you a better, more fulfilling experience of this exceptionally interesting historic event, whereas Naples will leave you disappointed.

Hardly any amenities, rude people and staff, exceptionally poor transportation.

Spend your time and money elsewhere in Italy.
Written July 3, 2022
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
To be honest, I really thought I was going to hate Naples because of all the terrible things written about it and the bad press it receives. I came away feeling I would definitely return here. We stayed in Centro Storico for two nights. It is a crazy, bewildering place when you first arrive and it's mazes of alleys and cobblestone streets can be confusing but you do work it out gradually. I felt it was a very young, vibrant city with a great atmosphere, particularly in the streets around Piazza Bellini (the square where the hotel is situated). Do try the best gelato you'll have at Gay Odin on Via Benedetto Croce 61 (the high temple of excellent gelato). If you've seen the movie Song of Napoli ("Song'e Napule" in Italian) at an Italian Film Festival recently you can location spot the vibrant Piazza Gesu in the last scene of the movie. This is another spot in the Centro Storico where the Neapolitan's gather at night for coffee, gelato and conversation. You'll find it almost impossible to get a bad pizza in Centro Storico but if you want a famous one, go to Sobillo's at Via dei Tribunali 32. Good coffee and pastry shops, and wine bars at night. Look past the graffiti and rubbish and you'll see a city with character like no where else with friendly people. Don't let all those stories scare you away. You just need to be sensible with handbags etc.
Written October 8, 2014
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Lukas O
Lubaczow, Poland80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Wandering those chaotic, crowded, noisy, colorful streets, feeling the city with all your senses makes it really unique and unforgettable.
Written August 8, 2018
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judithWirral
New Brighton, UK903 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Absolutely loved Naples. The Centro storico buzzes with life and everywhere you look there are the narrow alleyways seen in many a Federico Fellini movie, busy shops, and beautiful churches. Felt completely safe despite articles I had read to the country. Locals friendly and welcoming.
Written September 29, 2019
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Lisa Burton-Van Alstine
Baltimore, MD140 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Your city is a filthy trashy mess. Every street, park, piazza, sidewalk is strewn with litter. The street transportation polution is enough to give anyone lung cancer. There is no reason in the world you should have so much trash littered everywhere.

Have some self respect and some respect for your personal and public spaces. It is disgusting AND a horrible shame.

Your city offers such amazing history, culture, food, and a wonderful Mediterranean setting.

CLEAN IT UP!
Written January 14, 2019
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Pylssy
Helsinki, Finland35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Napoli is just amazingly beautiful, while being also sometimes a bit funky, and some of the streets may be a bit dirty. But there are not too many cities like this, with the wonderful city architecture and a nice mixture of art deco and modern and ancient!
Written August 28, 2016
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Tom J
London, UK1,700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The historic centre in Naples is truly remarkable. It is 100% different to the likes of Rome, Venice, Florence as it is raw and real. The centre of Naples doesn't have a Colosseum or a Grande Canal but what it does have is the true Neopolitan culture and lifestyle. Walking the old town streets leaves you feeling like a local with scooters zipping past you, the smell of pizza wafting in the narrow streets it truly is a remarkable place.

It has a slight grittyness to it as there is clearly less money invested in the city centre than there are at the likes of Rome etc but it doesn't have the biggest sites. Be sure to stop in to get a real family feel and a lot of memories.
Written August 11, 2019
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