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The Kingdom of Naples: Art, Architecture and Food


  • Piazza dei Martiri (map)

Naples is the most exciting city in Europe right now for writers and artists. What Berlin was 20 years ago, Naples is now. This tour was designed to introduce you to the art, architecture and food of Naples, the former capital of the “Kingdom of Naples and Sicily” with a history that is distinct from Florence, Venice and Rome.

This tour is hosted by Danielle Oteri who is an expert on the the Renaissance in Naples. In collaboration with local guides, guests will get an intimate view of Naples not offered elsewhere.

There is an optional day on this tour devoted to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.

12 Guests Only

THURSDAY: 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. We’ll take a guided tour of the Aragonese Castle on the Bay. From there you’ll walk Via Chiaia, have lunch at the oldest pizzeria in Naples, then visit Piazza dei Martiri’s elegant shopping district. The focus of Day 1 is shopping, strolling and taking in the beauty and rhythm of Naples.

Dinner and wine included

FRIDAY: ANCIENT 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, After lunch take a tour of the Naples Underground to see the Roman market and Greek cisterns underneath the city. Finally, see the magnificent Veiled Christ, one of the most visually arresting carvings that makes even the most cynical museum goers gasp in disbelief. 

SATURDAY: THE SANITÀ

On Day 3, we’ll go off-the-beaten path to explore the Sanità district, outside the ancient city walls of Naples. We’ll find art in unexpected places and taste some of the city’s most traditional dishes.

Lunch and pastries included

SUNDAY: ROYAL PALACE AT CASERTA

To fully understand the importance of Naples as a kingdom, you must see the La Reggia, the Bourbon palace, twice the size of Versailles with even more splendor. We’ll travel out of Naples for the day to Caserta to see the palace and English gardens.

MONDAY: ARTISTIC NAPLES

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 with wine included

TUESDAY: ELENA FERRANTE’S NAPLES OPTIONAL

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.


Program Costs

$1,900.00 

Single supplement $500

Additional day for Day 6 devoted to Elena Ferrante is an additional $350.

Included

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

  • Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy with daily breakfast

  • Local guides and all entrance fees

  • Two lunches and one dinner with wine

  • Transportation to and from Caserta

Not included

  • Airfare

  • Trip insurance

Questions? Contact Danielle at danielle@feastonhistory.com or call 917-881-3918 between 10am-6pm EST

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person (the “Deposit”), payable to Danielle Oteri/Feast On History (hereinafter “Feast on History”), is required at the time of the acceptance of the reservation application for the program (hereinafter, “the Program”) for each participant (“Participant”). Final payment, by check or wire transfer, must be received 120 days prior to departure. HEALTH All Participants must be in good physical health. The 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 as well as any food allergies or intolerances must be reported at the time of the Participant’s reservation. In addition, Campania has many winding roads. 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