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Walking through time: between Naples and its surroundings

This is a journey dedicated to the millennial history of Campania and its importance in the Mediterranean as a variety of people and cultures have formed its identity since ancient times. Through the architectural and artistic testimonies of the different dominations, it is possible to make a journey through time in the short span of a holiday.

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5 days

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Best season : All year round

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5 Days Car rental with insurance

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4 nights in a hotel double room

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Archaeological Museum Entrance

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St. Chiara's Cloister and St. Severus Chapel Entrance

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Reggia Palace Entrance

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Entrance to the Excavations of Pompeii

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Entrance to the Excavations of Herculaneum

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Paestum Entrance

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

Arrival at the airport/station in Naples with welcome and delivery of the travel material. Depending on the arrival time and if you have enough time available, you can immediately immerse yourself in the typical Neapolitan atmosphere and get an immediate idea of the beauty of this city; the best place to start is the panoramic view of St. Martin. From Old Town, you can take one of the traditional Neapolitan funiculars that lead to the Vomero hilltop district, the upper part of Naples, where you can visit the Certosa di San Martino, ancient monastic complex now home to a beautiful museum, or the adjacent Castel Sant’Elmo, fortress dating back to the thirteenth century. Alternatively, you can simply stop on the terrace in front of the Certosa and enjoy a drink in front of one of the most beautiful views in the world. This time, in fact, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the entire city and much of its gulf, including Capri and the Sorrento Peninsula. Night at the hotel.

SPACCANAPOLI: Diving through the streets of Old Town is an experience not to be missed for those who visit Naples. Walking in the unchanged path from over many centuries, the Roman Greek city is enveloped by its sounds, smells and flavors. This is a great opportunity to taste the Neapolitan street food and its infinite variety such as the famous cuppetiello, a paper cone that contains an assortment of fried food, from fish to potato croquettes, or pizza. The most famous of Neapolitan street food in its most traditional version is the so-called pizza wallet (because it is folded in four parts) and can be eaten on the go or sitting at a table in a the most renowned pizzerias of the center, where you can eat only two types of pizza, the margherita and the marinara, which are the two original types of Neapolitan pizza. But above all, you will walk along centuries of history, told from every corner of the city and in particular by its wonderful churches, almost 500, almost all concentrated in Old Town. Notable churches being the church of St. Chiara, with the attached monastery famous for the spectacular Cloister of The Majolicato, and the Baroque church of Gesù Nuovo and the beautiful Cathedral, famous for the miracle of the liquefaction of Saint Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples. Don’t miss the San Severo Chapel, a private chapel that houses a wonderful and enigmatic example of art, the sculpture of the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe San Martino. Moving from one church to another, you will stroll between obelisks, Greek statues, votive places carrying infinite testimonies of Neapolitan history and tradition, whose most famous event remains the Nativity. A walk to San Gregorio Armeno, the characteristic and picturesque street of the Nativity scenes, is recommended.
Very close to Old Town is also the National Archaeological Museum, which houses priceless treasures from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two famous cities destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and the beautiful Farnese collection full of beautiful statues and sculptures of Roman origin (the most well-known are Hercules and Toro Farnese).
Night at the hotel.

About 20 km from Naples is the city of Caserta, known for the beautiful Reggia Palace dating back to the Bourbon era. Before the unity of Italy, when Naples was still the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, King Charles of Bourbon decided to show his power and the glitz of his court by building a royal palace that surpassed in beauty and luxury the great regents of the Versailles and Schonbrunn. He called the greatest architect of time, Luigi Vanvitelli, who designed this impressive 5-story, more than 1200-room building (of which only part can be visited), where luxury reigns and where beautiful marbles and sculptures celebrate the royal grandeur. Inside the Palace, you can visit the representative rooms and private apartments of the king and queen divided into Old Apartments, the original eighteenth century used by Ferdinando Bourbon and his wife Carolina, and the New Apartments built in the following century and inhabited even after the unity of Italy by the Savoy.
The most beautiful part of the Palace is the immense outdoor park of over 120 hectares, adorned with beautiful and impressive fountains and a majestic artificial waterfall.
About 10 km from Caserta, there is the beautiful medieval village of CASERTA VECCHIA, which was once the center of the city of Caserta and has preserved the splendor it was in its streets and palaces. Visit the Cathedral, which according to legend was built by the fairies, the bell tower and the remains of the castle. Located at an altitude of about 400 m above sea level, it offers a beautiful panorama and there are numerous locals and pizzerias in which to enjoy a cool snack during the hot summer days.

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