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Ferrante Fever: A Tour of Naples & Ischia

  • Piazza dei Martiri (map)

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.

To make this tour more widely available, the price is only $1500 which includes a 5-day full planned itinerary with guides and ground transportation.

Guests find their own accommodations that are suitable to their budget. Each guest will receive a copy of Ferrante Fever to help them choose accommodations and restaurants.

Naples is a very affordable city with hotel rooms ranging from 40 euros per night to 5-star luxury hotels. The average meal in Naples including wine is 15 euro per person.

This tour is hosted by Feast On History founder Danielle Oteri and daily tours are led by local Neapolitan historians.

12 guests only

  • Trace the lives of Elena, Lila, Nino and all the characters in the Neapolitan novels. See the neighborhood of their childhood, the stradone and the infamous tunnel. Have drinks in the Piazza dei Martiri where Lila ran her shoe salon, the Vomero where Elena lived with Nino and the view from Posillipo where Michele bought his elegant villa.

  • Spend a day on Ischia and see Barano, the Maronti and the Aragonese castle.

  • Eat amazing Neapolitan food from pizza at the most historic pizzeria in Naples, sfogliatelle and pastry like the ones made by Signor Spagnuolo and seafood.

  • See the extraordinary art collections in Naples including Museo di Capodimonte, and the Naples National Archaeological Museum.


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.

Dinner and wine included


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, After lunch take 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. 


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.


Days 4 & 5 are 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. 


Finally, Day 5 is meant to capture the legacy of Naples. We'll visit the Museo di Capodimonte, the largest museum in Italy housed in a Bourbon hunting palace. Then we'll visit chapel of San Gennaro, the city’s patron saint whose blood miraculously liquefies every September 19th. Finally we'll have lunch together at Tandem where you’ll have the world’s best ragù.

Lunch included

Program Costs


A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation. The balance is due on February 1, 2019.


  • Paperback copy of Ferrante Fever: A Naples Guidebook Inspired by Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels

  • All day tours

  • Guides, daily expert guidance, facilitated group discussion about the books

  • Two meals

  • Ferry to and from Ischia

  • Ground transportation in Ischia

Not included

  • Airfare

  • Trip insurance

  • Meals

  • Accommodations

Questions? Contact Danielle at or call 917-881-3918 between 10am-6pm EST

What a fantastic tour. I’ll never forget our time in the private garden of the Castle in Ischia. What a treat that your connections led us to that wonderful, quite private world. The wonderful people Danielle found to lead us through Naples and Ferrante’s world were informed, passionate, lovely people all. I’ve traveled to Italy several times before, but never felt quite as immersed in the real lives of Italians. Every Ferrante lover should go!
— Lisa Battalia, Ferrante Fever guest 2016
Earlier Event: October 7
Fall in Cilento
Later Event: May 12
2019 Spring in Cilento