On the top of the obelisk of Immacolata on Piazza del Gesù Nuovo in Naples lurks a mysterious figure...
In Naples art history and monuments are veiled in mystery, as in case of the obelisk of Immacolata on the central Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, on the top of which appears disquieting figure. Horror genre, esoterism and mystery have always arouse curiosity. Today we present you those that you may encounter passing by the centre of Naples and, in particular, by Piazza del Gesù Nuovo. They may be introduced by the following, intriguing question:
The Sebeto: the history of the river vanishes in the obscurity of time. All its traces have been missed and so a precise reconstruction of its history is difficult and assumes legendary features.
Some historic and literary sources from the Roman period mention the existence of a river on the present Piazza Municipio square. Indeed, not far away from the place, on Largo Sermoneta, there is the 17th century monumental fountain called Sebeto, executed by Cosimo Fanzago. The river rouse at the foot of Monte Somma and crossed the present province of Naples through towns of Casalnuovo, Casoria and Volla, being supplied by rainwater. Reached the city, the river divided in two branches: one of them flew towards mentioned Piazza Municipio and the other towards the present Ponte della Maddalena Bridge, located in the eastern part of the city centre. In the late Medieval period the dimensions of the river reduced consistently as a consequence of a progressing urban development.
The Art Nouveau bloomed in Naples, as well as in the rest of Europe, in the early 20th century. Here, we present its first example in the city.
A walk through the district of Chiaia in order to discover the first mansion in Art Nouveau style in Naples, adorned with rich decorations and typical architectural elements of the Neapolitan Belle Epoque, when the Seine waters was “flowing into” the Neapolitan sea. The Palazzo Acquaviva Coppola is situated between via del Parco Margherita and via San Pasquale, in the Chiaia district. It is considered the first mansion in the Art Nouveau style in the city. Its construction was a part of a bigger architectural and urban project that included all the present area of Chiaia that together with the Vomero district are the zones of the city where the buildings of Belle Epoque are located.
Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples is one of the most important exhibition centres in Italy that hosts relevant cultural events.
Of the surface of 720 000 square meters, Mostra is an important artistic and touristic resource for a local community. Created in 1937 and called “Triennale d’Oltremare”, it was destined to become “Universal- Theme Exposition” that, together with the park of Universal Exposition in Rome (EUR district) were supposed to be a manifestation of the political and economic expansion of the fascist Italy on the seas and overseas (and so the name “oltremare”- “overseas”).
In the cemetery of Poggioreale one can admire architectonic styles of different periods.
It is rather an open-air, free museum than a classic cemetery. The cemetery of Poggioreale is similar to a quarter with some buildings among chapels and tombs, where it is possible to meet illustrious Neapolitans that are a part of the history of the city. Sculptures, some of them by famous artists of the 19th century, as well as epitaphs tell the story of those who are already gone. This “museum” is extraordinary since not conventional; in fact between lines of trees are situated mausoleums, private chapels, monuments and tombs in styles varying from neo-egyptian to gothic, neoclassical and liberty.
Le rampe Brancaccio (the Brancaccio ramp) is a pleasant itinerary for those who are keen on walking and enjoying hidden pedestrian paths in Naples.
From the city centre and popular quarters we move towards the elegant zone of Chiaia, between Quartieri Spagnoli district and the seaside, to discover another wonderful itinerary that we propose to those who like both going on foot or by car.