The National Library Vittorio Emanuele III of Naples, located in the royal palace (Palazzo Reale) in the Piazza del Plebiscito square, houses a proper heritage of books, manuscripts and brochures that make it the third biggest library in Italy, right after those of Rome and Florence.
Extremely abundant of oriental editions, the rooms of the library have hosted exceptional scientists, such as the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci that has been here to collect the materials regarding the Far East, for his movie “The Last Emperor”.
The first association with San Gregorio Armeno is the street of traditional cribs in the center of Naples.
Nevertheless, via San Gregorio Armeno (St. Gregory of Armenia) derives from the namesake church, which is one of the eldest in Naples and dates back to the 8th century. Have you ever asked yourselves what do Naples and the saint from so distant country have in common and what stories are hidden in the San Gregorio Armeno monastery?
The basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore is the one of the most important and imposing shrines in Naples and after the recent renovation works it is one of the favorite destinations of the visitors of the city.
It is located in the historical heart of Naples, between via Mezzocannone and Largo Giusso, a square of a local university. Some of the main excellences of architecture and arts situated nearby are the following: the Sant’Angelo a Nilo Church, the San Domenico Maggiore Church and the Sansevero Chapel.
A stunning walk downhill that we recommend even to the biggest lazybones, between stone steps and elegant villas just next to traditional humble dwellings called “bassi”. It is a magical place in the city center, isolated from the big-city chaos.
The further you walk, the more it seems to be Procida. Nevertheless, it is still Naples, your city. What astonishes is the extreme tranquility that you breathe here during daytime; we definitely don’t recommend you visiting the stairs by night.