Walk in the footsteps of Lila and Lenù through Naples, Italy. This photo-illustrated travel guide includes all the sites described in the Neapolitan Quartet as well as the major monuments and treasures of this 3,000 year old city. Organized as a 5-day itinerary, this guidebook allows you to experience the full breadth of Naples from the Rione Luzzatti where the girls were raised, to the elegant neighborhoods of Piazza dei Martiri and Vomero. Also included is an itinerary to see the breathtaking island of Ischia. Restaurant recommendations are paired with the itinerary to remove all the guesswork and ensure you taste the best pizza, pasta and pastry in the city.
Other visits in the itinerary include Museo Di Capodimonte, Italy's largest art museum, the "Secret Cabinet" in the National Archaeological Museum, the famous "Veiled Christ", the alleyways of the Spanish Quarter and a walk down Spaccanapoli. "Ferrante Fever" provides the most complete view of Naples that is possible in 5-days at a pleasant pace, designed for you to fully experience Naples rather than just see it as a tourist.
- Hotel recommendations
- Shopping tips
- Tips for women travelers
- Details that will greatly deepen your understanding of Ferrante's Novels
- Advice on how to best extend your stay with visits to nearby Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and ancient Paestum as well as the very best geo-thermal park on Ischia
Ferrante Fever: A Tour of Naples Inspired by Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet
Discover the city of Lila and Lenù. This tour of Elena Ferrante's Naples is a roving book club with lots of in-depth conversation about the extraordinary Neapolitan novels in the places where the stories are set.
Now booking for private groups, 4 Guests minimum
Bring together your friends, family or book club for a singular, fully customized of Naples as seen through the lens of the Elena Ferrante novels.
Tour is led by Danielle Oteri, art historian and founder of Feast on History in collaboration with local guides. Danielle is an expert on the Renaissance in Naples and is of Neapolitan heritage. Read Danielle's recent piece about Naples for Condé Nast Traveler.
Ferrante Fever Tour Description
Day 1: Welcome to Naples
Day 1 is an introduction to Naples that starts in front of the elegant Gran Caffè Gambrinus and lets you gaze at the Teatro San Carlo opera House, the Royal Palace of the Bourbons and the Piazza del Plebescito. From there you’ll walk Via Chiaia, have lunch at the oldest pizzeria in Naples, then visit Piazza dei Martiri where Lila had her infamous shoe salon. You’ll meet Salvatore Argenio in his historic tailoring shop before strolling along the Lungomare at sunset. The focus of Day 1 is shopping, strolling and taking in the beauty and rhythm of Naples.
Day 2: The History of Naples
Day 2 is a crash course in the 3,000 year history of Naples. You’ll follow the Via Toledo through the Spanish Quarter, come to Spaccanapoli where you’ll see the Barqoue splendor of the Church of the Gesù and the majolica cloister of Santa Chiara, Then you’ll have a classic Neapolitan lunch followed by a tour of the Naples Underground and then finally the magnificent Veiled Christ, one of the most visually arresting carvings that makes even the most cynical museum goers gasp in disbelief.
Day 3: The Lives of Lila and Lenù
On Day 3, with a solid understanding of Naples, you’ll now fully immerse yourself in the lives of Lila and Lenù. Beginning with a morning in the Rione Luzzatti, a look at the library, the elementary school and the Church of the Sacred Family, you’ll then drive through the infamous tunnel toward Bagno Elena, the elegant beach club where Elena had a summer job babysitting and then to the tony Vomero neighborhood where Elena lived when she returned to Naples to be near Nino.
Day 4: Journey to Ischia
Day 4 is set in Ischia. From Naples, travel by ferry or hydrofoil to explore the Castle of Ischia, the little town of Forio and Maronti beach where so much drama plays out in Books 1 and 2. Here you’ll experience just how different life was for young Elena as compared to the neighborhood in which she was raised. To extend the day, consider a few hours at the Negombo Thermal Gardens, one of several spa parks that make use of the island’s abundant geothermal activity. In fact, you may want to make this a 6 day tour by inserting an extra night in Ischia with a day to spend relaxing entirely at Negombo.
Day 5: Legacy of Naples
Finally, Day 5 is meant to capture the legacy of Naples. Start the morning at the Cathedral of Naples and the chapel of San Gennaro, the city’s patron saint whose blood miraculously liquefies every September 19th. Then take a short bus through the Sanità district to reach Museo di Capodimonte, the largest museum in Italy. Don’t worry, you don’t need to see all of it, but a couple of hours in this former hunting palace of the Bourbons cannot be missed. After returning to the historic center, prepare for a final meal at Tandem where you’ll have the world’s best ragù.
Pricing is based on:
- The number of people in your group
- The season in which you would like to schedule your departure
- The level of hotel accommodations you choose (3 star vs 5 star).
We're happy to customize the tour above as well as add days including a multi-day stay on Ischia, a visit to the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii or Paestum.
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Watch the video trailer for Ferrante Fever: A Tour of Naples
- Accommodations. We will stay in a luxury hotel near the port. I have requested rooms on the top floor with extraordinary view of the city. The hotel has room service (if you need it) and a lovely restaurant where we will enjoy breakfast daily. The tour begins and ends at the hotel. I will be there for at least two nights before if you want to get in early and roam around Naples with me.
- Getting to Naples. There are some direct flights to Naples from NY, but most transfer at Rome or Milan. The Naples airport is wonderful! Another option is to fly to Rome and Milan and take the train which is how I usually travel as I love to watch the countryside roll by.
- Food. Naples is one of the world's great food cities. We will eat at the local trattorie and pizzerie I have come to love in my years of traveling and working there. The local diet is based heavily on pasta, vegetables, fish and pork. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, just let me know in advance and I will do my very best to prepare. Gluten-free pasta is widely available in Italy, though not pizza or pastry. We will eat a lot, but we'll walk a lot as well.
- Clothing. The most important thing to bring is comfortable shoes. The weather in Naples is very similar to Los Angeles, so warm days, cooler nights. I always travel with jeans, black pants, a few t-shirts, a cardigan and a blazer.
- The company. We are group of Ferrante lovers first and foremost. Don't worry if you aren't coming with a friend, partner or spouse. For the week, we're all family. If you're single and would like to share a room, let me know so that I can try and pair you with someone so you can enjoy the double room rate.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
PAYMENT SCHEDULE A deposit of $1000.00 per person, payable to Danielle Oteri/Feast On History, of which $350 is non-refundable for administrative fees, is required with the reservation application. Final payment, by check or credit card, must be received 120 days prior to departure.
HEALTH All participants must be in good health. This program involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs at monuments and other locations not handicapped accessible, and climbing in and out of various conveyances. Any condition that may require assistance or special medical attention must be reported at the time of your reservation.
PHOTOGRAPHY Photographs or, in some cases, videos of participants of Feast on History trips may be used for educational and promotional purposes by Feast on History.
Feast On History strongly urges you to purchase travel insurance trip cancellation, emergency medical evaluation, lost or damaged baggage, accidents or sickness.
CHANGES IN ITINERARY & COSTS
The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Danielle Oteri/Feast on History which may occur due to weather, strikes or emergency closures. All prices quoted are based on prevailing fuel prices and currency exchange rates in effect at time of brochure publishing. Individual deviations from the scheduled itinerary are at the expense of the individual.
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