If you wish to run away for a few hours from the overcrowded metropolitan life and relax you may head to Vomero district, one of Naples’ most exclusive residential neighborhoods.
Here you’ll enjoy an amazing panorama of the whole bay of Naples, Capri island, Sorrento peninsula and Mount Vesuvio. In the past the Vomero was an agricultural area and for centuries was nicknamed “Hill of Broccoli”, while nowadays it is a residential zone inhabited by middle class. Here are two outstanding historical buildings Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino, the gorgeous green public park Villa Floridiana, elegant villas, monuments but also hundreds of shops. Castel Sant’Elmo, built in 14th century is an impressive structure with bastions used to defend the city and as a prison. Today exhibitions and cultural events are held there especially during summer time. It rises over Naples and from its terrace offers a scenic 360 degree view of Naples. The Certosa di San Martino has been for centuries a Carthusian monastery and since 1866 a national museum with one of the largest exhibitions of nativity scenes, placed in the former cells of the monks, but also a museum with paintings and old carriages. It is one of the most well-known attractions of the city also thanks to its gardens and the beautiful view of Naples. The green park Villa Floridiana, king Ferdinand IV’s gift to the Duchess of Floridia, houses the national Museum of Ceramics and boasts of a gorgeous collection of majolica and porcelain. Here you can see people strolling, jogging or children running and playing.
If you decide to go to Vomero just take one of the three cable cars, “funicolare”, the Central Line, the Montesanto Line or the Chiaia Line. You may reach the area also by bus or by metro Line 1 and get off at Vanvitelli stop. If you need to have a rest or if you are hungry you may grab a delicious, quick and cheap snack in one of the most famous Neapolitan places of fried food, the “Friggitoria Vomero”.
So if you are planning to come to Naples don’t forget to go to the Vomero hill with your camera and immortalize the beautiful panorama or the spectacular sunrise, to create your own postcard!