Private Historical Naples and San Severo Chapel
Get ready to get goosebumps as you gaze on the mysterious contraptions found in the San Severo Chapel, and immerse in the esoteric side of Naples' culture seeing hidden gems like the Obelisk of the Immaculate and more when you book this thrilling private excursion in Naples. Your walking tour takes you off-the-beaten-path to discover Naples' iconic hidden gems, and the history behind superstitions with visits to places like Gesu Nuovo Square and Santa Chiara, where you'll gaze on the architectural excellence of its mysterious churches and learn about the spirits that roam among its walls. You'll also get a chance to visit Old Town, where you can explore the narrow central street of Spaccanapoli by foot and come across an array of amulets and more. It's the perfect tour for history enthusiasts!
Start your epic excursion by exploring the lively small square of Gesu Nuovo Square, home to two landmark churches and a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary. Here, you'll find historic buildings that date back as far as the 17th-century, including the ornately decorated Church of Gesu Nuovo, a former 15th-century balanced that was transformed into a church in the late 16th-century with musical notes scribed on its exterior facade. The Gesu Nuovo Square also is home to the Obelisk of the Immaculate, a strange obelisk that changes direction twice while maintaining its upright composure. Explore the religious complex of Santa Chiara, where the Church of Santa Chiara sits diagonally across from the Gesu Nuovo and is believed to be haunted by a phantom of the famed King of Naples, whose tomb also lies in the realm of this historic religious complex.
Continue your walking tour in Old Town, exploring the narrow main street of Spaccanapoli and head down the path of Via Tribunali and Via San Gregoria Ameno, where you'll see vendors selling amulets known as curniciello to help ward off the "evil eye." Encounter historic homes and buildings, where legend has it that the spirits of the legendary sinister monk O Munaciello and distraught princess known as A Bella 'Mbriana lurk. Wrap up your tour with a visit to the San Severo Chapel, a historic chapel built by the famed writer, inventor, and nobleman, the Prince of San Severo that dates backs to the 16th-century, where you'll find his famed primordial anatomical machines and the Cristo Velasco or Veiled Christ, a marble depiction of the posthumous form of Christ that showcases the suffering endured post-crucifixion underneath a veil. This intricately designed marble sculpture was created by Giuseppe Sanmartino in 1753 and was believed to be created via alchemy.
If you're looking for a historical tour that will make you feel like you're stepping back in time for the chance to his architectural masterpieces, iconic monuments, and hidden gems with links to Neapolitan folklore and superstitions, then you won't want to miss this tour.
Reserve your spot on this enthralling walking tour today for an unforgettable experience in Naples!
Please Note: The entrance ticket to the San Severo Chapel (8 EUR for adults over 25 and 5 EUR for ages 10 - 25) is not included and can be purchased on the day of the tour.