Naples is a city of contrasts. This exclusive tour by Celeste has been designed to experience these contrasts and the fascinating world of Neapolitan chiaroscuro. In this tour, you will visit popular neighborhoods and Royal Palaces, catacombs and gardens, places of worship, and superstition! We offer maximum comfort to our guests! You will enjoy this tour in Mercedes and discover the secret gems of Naples with our professional guides.
We will wind through the historic Rione Sanità towards the magnificent gardens of the Royal Palace of Capodimonte! It’s a journey throughout centuries in half a day!
The district of Rione Sanità (which can be literally translated as the health district) takes its name from the many shrines of the area. Here is the burial ground of many holy martyrs whose relics were considered miraculous.
Rione Sanità is a neighborhood where misery, nobility, art, and traditions coexist. We will visit three highlights of the district: the Palace of “Spagnuolo”, the Baroque church of Santa Maria alla Sanità, and the catacombs of San Gaudioso.
San Gaudioso Catacombs
The Catacombs, dating back to 500 AD, were built around the remains of St. Gaudiosus, the bishop of Carthage, whose life is closely linked to the crisis and the fall of the Western Roman Empire. In the 17th Century, they became a macabre and mysterious cemetery for the rich and the powerful of Naples.
After we are out in the open air, we can have a coffee and a “nuvola” at the famous pastry shop called “Poppella” before heading towards the Royal Palace of Capodimonte.
Royal Palace of Capodimonte
The Royal Palace, surrounded by a spacious garden, was a hunting lodge of the Bourbon Kings. Our guide will talk about the Bourbon family, focusing on King Ferdinand, also known as King Lazzarone, who is the inspiration for this tour. Finally, we will enter the Royal Palace, where a rich pictorial collection is housed. Here, you can admire the works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Botticelli, Masaccio, and Mantegna. You can also visit the splendid halls and the rich decorations of the court of the Kings of Bourbon to end with style your authentic experience in search of the thousand and contradictory faces of the city of Naples.
Would you like to know more about the Kings of Naples? Why don’t you also book a tour of the magnificent Caserta Palace or explore the royal Opera Theatre, the oldest in the world? Or maybe learn about the aristocrat revolutionaries who overturned the “King Lazzarrone” in our tour of the views of Napoli.
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