Posillipo and Marechiaro

Posillipois a hilly residential area of the city, where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of the city and you can lose yourself looking at the infinity of the sea and the beautiful Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius right in front of you! Took a walk in Petrarca Street or through the park Virgiliano and reach the cliff where you can see not only Naples, but the whole Phlegraean seaboard, Pozzuoli, Procida and Ischia.

The Posillipo Hill does not offer you only a suggestive panorama, but also the possibility to see a little paradise site like Marechiaro.

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Posillipo Archaeological Park

The archaeological and environmental park of Posillipo or Pausilypon is an archaeological site in Posillipo in Naples opened in 2009. Access to the park visitors is downhill Coroglio, through the impressive Cave of Seianus. The park offers numerous archaeological and nature and landscape being in one of the most beautiful places in the city, or along the coast of Posillipo. Among the most important finds are the Seiano cave, the submerged Gaiola Park, the Imperial Villa Pausilypon, the Odeon Theater and the Palace of the Spirits.

Seiano Grotto

The Seiano grotto is a 770-meter tunnel, first built by Lucio Cocceio Aucto to connect Villa Pausilypon with the other villas in the area and Naples with the ports of Cuma and Pozzuoli, it takes its name from Lucius Aelius Seianus. A confidant of the Emperor Tiberius, he commissioned the tunnel’s enlargement in the 1st-century AD. The tunnel was rediscovered and restored in the mid 1800s and was used as an air raid shelter during WWII.

Imperial Villa

Through the grotto you enter the actual archeological site and you can admire the ruins of the Roman villa of Vedius Pollio, or Imperial Villa. The villa was built in the first century BC by Publius Vedius Pollio. On his death in 15 BC, the villa was bequeathed to Augustus, and remained in imperial possession for his successors at least until Hadrian, as witnessed by a stamped water pipe.

The Theater

In 1841 more methodical excavations begun on the adjoining property to the west of the ancient lane that led down the valley from the Seiano cave to the sea. The principal buildings of that part of the Villa were soon brought to light: the Theatre, an Odeon, and the remains of a colonnade overlooking the sea. An oblong building called the Temple was also found and the remains of an aqueduct.

The Palace of the Spirits

The Palace of the Spirits is an archaeological complex on the coast near Marechiaro and was the nympheum of the villa, also built in the first-century BC.

Gaiola Submerged Sites

The submerged parts of the ruins of the imperial villa and the rich and diverse marine and coastal natural environment can be seen via boat excursions.

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Marechiaro

Marechiaro is a small village that in the 60s was one of the symbols of La Dolce Vita, becoming famous for the visits of Hollywood’s stars, for its typical restaurants overlooking the Gulf and the characteristic “Big Cliff”. From Marechiaro you can also admire the panoramic view of the entire city of Naples and the Vesuvius. The island of Capri appears exactly in front of the small beach of the village.

A peculiar touristic attraction has always been the so-called Fenestella (in Italian window). The legend said that the Neapolitan poet and writer Salvatore Di Giacomo, seeing a small window on whose windowsill there was a carnation flower, had the inspiration for his most famous Neapolitan songs: Marechiare. The window exists still today, and there is always a fresh carnation on the windowsill.


Virgiliano Park

This is the perfect spot to relax and at the same time enjoy a fantastic view. Virgiliano Park, or the Park of Remembrance, is a scenic park that serves as a green oasis, built on the tufa stone typical to the coast of Posillipo. A series of terraces overlooking the whole Gulf of Naples provides the park with a unique array of impressive vistas, including views of the coasts of Amalfi and Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius, Gaiola Bay, Pollione amphitheater, Trentaremi Bay, Nisida Island, the factory neighborhood of Bagnoli, Pozzuoli, Baia, Bacoli, Mount of Procida and the beautiful islands of Ischia, Capri and Procida.

The park offers several playgrounds designed for children of various age-groups, as well as many kiosks which during the summer nights are often packed with youngsters just relaxing. The park also has a small amphitheater, where events are organized during the summer.


Saint Anthony Church and the ramps

The view from the ramps of Saint Anthony in Posillipo, also called thirteen descents of S.Anthony, is certainly very suggestive. The ramps take their name from the homonyms church that is there located. The construction of the thirteen ramps was ordered by Ramiro de Guzman Duke of Medina, as we can read in the Latin tombstone placed on the ramp that rises from Sannazaro Square. An easier route for the pilgrims who wanted to reach the Complex. The narrow and impervious bends of the ramps allow you to see a different aspect of Naples. At the end of the path you will find yourself in front of the Posillipo’s terrace.


Villa Rosebery

The Villa Rosebery is one of the three official residences of the President of the Italian Republic, for this reason you can only visit it few times a year. Villa Rosebery is situated in Naples and it is so named because it was owned by the British Prime Minister, the 5th Earl of Rosebery. Originally built as a cottage in the grounds of the Belvedere (now the Plazzina Bourbon) in 1801 by Count Thurn, an Austrian officer in the service of the King of Naples.

The original building was rebuilt under the ownership of Don Agostino Serra Terranova in the mid 19th-century as the Casino Gaudiosa, achieving much of its current form. Sold after Don Agostino's death in 1857, the villa came into the ownership of Prince Louis de Bourbon, the commander of the Neapolitan Navy, who renamed the property The Brazilian in honor of his sister's husband, the emperor Pedro II of Brazil. Following Garibaldi's revolution the villa was sold in 1860 to a businessman, Gustavo Delahente, who in turn sold it to Lord Rosebery in 1897. From June 1944 until his abdication and exile in May 1946, the villa was the residence of King Victor Emmanuel III. From 1946 to 1949 it was used by the Aeronautic Academy, and after a period of dis-use it became an official residence of the President of the Italian Republic in 1957.