Pedamentina of Naples, history, tips for visiting and how to get there

Pedamentina of Naples seen from above
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La Pedamentina with its 414 steps is a system of descents and stairs dating back to the fourteenth century and built by the architects Tino di Campiono and Francesco de Vito.

The descent was destined to join two different areas of the city of Naples, namely the Certosa di San Martino and Castel S. Elmo, located on the hill of Vomero district, and the historic center, located downstream. Basically it is about ways of pedestrian connection between areas of the city affected by expansions extra moenia, mostly attributable to those that occurred during the sixteenth century.
The climb was also used a defensive purposes in case of sieges of the nearby Castel S.Elmo.

Along the Pedamentina you can admire not only the panorama of the gulf, but also the gardens and gardens of the Certosa. As well as the multiple steps of the city of Naples, is today considered one urban masterpiece.

Tips for visiting Pedamentina

Visiting the Pedamentina in Naples is a unique experience, which offers a new perspective on the city and its lively urban context, but the staircase should not be underestimated. Here are some tips to make your visit even more pleasant:

What to do before the visit

  • Working hours:: Prefer the less hot hours of the day, especially if you visit in the summer months. Early morning or late afternoon are ideal.
  • Apparel: Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking, as a long staircase awaits you. A hat and sunscreen can be useful on sunny days.
  • Water: Bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated on the way up or down.

During the visit

  • Peace: Take your time going up or down the stairs. There is no rush, every corner can offer a spectacular view, sometimes even from some small glimpses that the hasty visitor may miss.
  • Photography: Don't forget to bring a camera or smartphone with you to capture the magnificent views of Naples and Vesuvius that Pedamentina offers.
  • Compared: The Pedamentina passes through residential areas, so it is important to maintain respectful behavior towards the local inhabitants. Talk without shouting, no music and don't litter.

An eye on safety

  • Please note:: Some traits may be more overlooked than others. Be careful where you step to avoid tripping or slipping. After all, the pedamentina is 700 years old!
  • Together: If possible, visit Pedamentina in company, especially if you plan to do it at sunset or in the evening as it is often a meeting place for young teenagers, especially in the upper part of San Martino.

After the visit

If you are Salito along the Pedamentina, then all you have to do is explore the Vomero district, here are some tips:

  • Certosa di San Martino Museum: If you haven't already done so on your way up or down, the Certosa is a must for its artistic richness and its incredible views of the city.
  • Castel Sant'Elmo: Close to the Certosa, this castle offers one of the best views of Naples. Perfect for unforgettable photos!

If you chose to alight along the Pedamentina, after passing Corso Vittorio Emanuele and going down the Montesanto stairs, you will find yourself closer to the historic heart of Naples, with various possibilities to continue your exploration of the city. Here are some suggestions:

  • Old Town: Once down, you are a stone's throw from the Historic Center of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lose yourself in its alleys, discovering churches, artisan shops and historic buildings.
  • Spaccanapoli: Drive along this road that literally "splits" Naples in two, passing by iconic places such as the Church of Gesù Nuovo, the Piazza del Gesù Nuovo and the Sansevero Chapel with the famous Veiled Christ.
  • National archeologic museum: If you are passionate about history and art, this museum is a must-see. It houses one of the most important collections of art and objects from ancient Rome.
  • Catacombs of San Gennaro: A fascinating and somewhat mysterious experience is a visit to the ancient catacombs, a journey into the city's hypogeum.
  • Piazza Bellini: In the evening, this square comes alive with young and old, it is the perfect place for an aperitif or to listen to live music in one of the many clubs.

Information on Pedamentina in Naples

How to get there from above:

  • Address: Vico Pedamentina of San Martino 80126, Naples
  • From Vomero to the historic center:
    • Metro line L1: Vanvitelli station, continue on foot to Largo San Martino (about 10 minutes) | Funicular to Montesanto: Morghen station, continue on foot to Largo San Martino (about 7 minutes on foot)
  • From the historical center towards Vomero:
    • L2 metro line: Montesanto station, continue on foot along Via San Cristofaro all'Olivella, turn left on Corso Vittorio Emanuele and to the right on Via Pedamentina di San Martino

How to get there from below:

If you prefer to approach on foot, you can start from the historic center of Naples, walk along the famous Via Toledo almost up to Piazza Dante. From here, you can turn onto Via Tarsia and continue towards the Scale di Montesanto (essentially you have to always go straight), once you reach Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a large road, continue left. You will find the beginning of Pedamentina on the right.

The beginning of the Pedamentina starting from the bottom, or from Corso Vittorio Emanuele
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