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Madre Museum in Naples

Madre Museum in Naples

The Contemporary Art Museum

In the ancient centre of the city, in the older and more popular part of Naples, there is the Contemporary Art Museum, a building built in only three years and opened to the public in 2005. This construction testify the capacity of this city to accept the new and to brighten this new giving it an unexpected atmosphere. The contemporary art, in this specific case, is a way to demonstrate that Naples and its city dwellers aren’t close minded. The unique link with the past which remains in this Museum is the adjacent church of old Donnaregina, which keeps important medieval frescoes: a real glimpse into history in a completely new reality. The paths that can be done in this museum are various: there’s a permanent exposition, where is always possible to admire works of the greatest artists and photographer of the last century: Andy Wharol, Jeff Koons, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Robert Mapplethorpe. Moreover the museum is seat of important temporary exhibitions, so it is in a continue evolution. The presence of the library, of the café and of a path thought for the young people and for the children show how this museum wants to place itself among the more known Europeans museums of contemporary arts and wants to show a new conception of museum too: a space that should be lived and not just admired.

When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 9 pm. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to midnight.
Never: Tuesday
Tickets: 7 €, reduced ticket 3,50 €. Free entrance on Monday.
How to get here: Metro line 2, stop Cavour. Bus: CS, the stop is the one after Via Duomo.

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Naples churches

Naples churches

Thousand ancient churches

Naples churches are ancient and charming, a lot of these are enveloped in a mysterious air. Churches with a great historical and cultural importance, Gothic or Baroques, more or less majestic, with serious or joyful façades, you can find them everywhere: places, streets, alleys… Among these you can see the one of “Gesù Nuovo”, with its esoteric symbols and the typical façade, it shares its particular exterior shape with only one other palace, the Diamond’s palace of Ferrara. The interiors are a real jubilation of the Baroque art. The church of Sant’Angelo al Nilo (also known as Brancaccio Chapel). This little church links itself with the legend of a great treasure hidden under the statue of the god Nile, you can find it in the heart of the city on Spaccanapoli. The church of San Francesco di Paola, a neoclassical basilica which, together with the Royal Palace, dominate Piazza del Plebiscito. The construction of this church was the consequence of a prophecy of the Saint. The stupendous Gothic church of Santa Chiara, majestic and austere, with its cloister completely covered of beautiful majolicas. It deserves a visit, even if the greatest part of the church was destroyed by the fire during 1943 bombardment. Or Santa Maria la Nova church, with a stupendous frescoed dome and an interesting museum: the contemporary religious art museum (A.R.C.A.)

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San Gregorio Armeno

San Gregorio Armeno

The street of the créche

San Gregorio Armeno isn’t a street that exists only in December and that magically disappears in the rest of the year. This street, with its shepherd, its passionate artisans and its ancient atmosphere it is always there, even when it’s not Christmas time, even when it is not necessary to define the pedestrian way (yes, in the Christmas time in San Gregorio is necessary to regulate the pedestrian affluence). Everybody want to see San Gregorio in that period, maybe because they desperately look for a sense for this celebration among the cork crèches and earthen shepherd. The beauty and the charm of the Neapolitan crèche is due to the fact that the nativity is set in the city. That’s why there are typical characters in this crèche that don’t exist in the Catholic tradition, but loved by the Neapolitans as it was: Among this characters which represent the jobs of the city in 1600 have fun looking for “Benino”, the shepherd who sleeps, or Cicci Bacco, the drunk man, traditionally represented unstably balanced on a barrel. Just one tip to you: try to visit this place in a calm period, to have the possibility to see the streets and all its wonders with tranquillity, but if you can’t or you don’t want to, and you prefer to go there in the Christmas period, be ready to push yourself through the crowd.

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Naples parks

Naples parks

Relax and tranquillity oasis

Naples isn’t a city known for its green spaces, but the few gardens that you can find are really stupendous. The Park of Capodimonte, with its beautiful green grass and its typical sentries, which is is the perfect surrounding for the Gallery of Capodimonte; The particular Floridiana, once protagonist of the love affairs of the king Ferdinando IV and today place loved by children and young, this is a little green refuge in the busy quarter named Vomero. The Parco Virgiliano, also called “Rimembranza park”, in the quarter Posillipo, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view. And the last, but not the least, the Villa Comunale (public garden) which is near the seashore. In this enormous garden there’s the oldest aquarium of Italy (the zoological station Anton Dohrn is inside the park). This garden has been restored in 1999, but this intervention made the garden loose a big part of its neoclassical style, above all the gates and the lamppost. In the centre of the park there’s a big sounding board of iron and cast iron, beautiful example of art nouveau.
So, with a little sun, wind in your hairs and a camera you can spend unforgettable hours, far from the city chaos and from the pollution.

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Naples squares

Naples squares

Culture and meeting points

Naples squares reflect the delicate beauty of the summer evening, they live the cold of the rainy winters, they listen to the laughs and to the voices of the boys in the evening, but they are also full of cement, often disturbed by the mopeds and by the noise of the traffic. In Naples the squares are often maltreated and used as parking, but they are never been abandoned: they are the silent and attentive protagonists of everything happens in the city. There are big squares and little squares: the queen of these is Piazza del Plebiscito, which is the point of departure and arrival of every tourist tour and of every stroll. The rival in importance is Piazza del Gesù, which is the centre of the long Spaccanapoli, this square is also a point of meeting for students and not. Not far from Piazza del Gesù you can find Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, little and intimate, with its tables where you can have a tasty typical Neapolitan coffee. If you have a walk in via San Sebastiano, the street known as the “musicians street” and you pass through Port’Alba (the libraries street) you can arrive in Piazza Dante. Big square, a little sad, brightened up from the children who plays football. Dante, from the statue him dedicated, seems to ask himself “What am I doing here?”.

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