The Quartieri Spagnoli in Naples

The Quartieri Spagnoli in Naples

The Spanish Neighborhoods

The Spagnoli neighborhoods, located in the heart of the city, consist of neighborhoods San Ferdinando, Lawyer e Montecalvario.

They were built in the sixteenth century with the purpose of welcoming the Spanish military garrisons settled in the city to suppress any revolts fomented by the Neapolitan population.

To date, they still keep one picturesque character and imbued with the cultural characteristics and the Neapolitan customs more properly called. More striking examples are represented by the women's habit of letting the laundry dry on threads that cross the alleys longitudinally or by the presence of small artisan shops that make belts, bags and shoes made strictly by hand and that still perpetuate ancient traditions or, again, the so-called "Neapolitan basses", With high stairways and houses built directly on the street level.

You will also find trattorias where you can savor the dishes and desserts typical of Neapolitan cuisine such as: mussel or clam soup, breaded and fried anchovies, zucchini alla scapece, fritters with sea algae, pizza stuffed with sausages and broccoli, pizza with escarole, pizza with buffalo mozzarella, the babà, the sfogliatella frolla, the sfogliatella riccia, the pastiera and many other delicacies.

The Quartieri Spagnoli are, moreover, imbued with religiosity and devotion as it is proved by the thick mass of churches that arise there. Among them, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Purification of Maria de 'nobili of Montecalvario, the Church of San Carlo alle Mortelle and the Church of Santa Maria Francesca delle Cinque Piaghe, the Church of Santa Teresella degli Spagnoli, the Church of Santa Maria della Concordia, the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario and many others.

It is also possible to admire examples of street art of Neapolitan artists Cyop & Kaf.

Information on the Spanish Quarters

How to get:

  • Address: the Districts are enclosed between Montesanto, via Toledo, via Chiaia and Corso Vittorio Emanuele
  • By metro: take the 2 line of the subway with the Montesanto station stop, or the 1 line with the Toledo station stop
  • By car: Park outside the neighborhood and continue on foot
  • On the train: once you arrive at the station you can choose to take a taxi, or the Metro, or rent a car. Starting from Piazza Garibaldi, turn right into Corso Novara, then left into Via Casanova, left again into Via Alessandro Poerio, turn right into Piazza Mancini, then right into Corso Umberto I. At the roundabout, continue along Via Cardinale Guglielmo Sanfelice, turn left into via Medina, then right into via S. Brigida, turn right into Vico D'Affitto, turn left into Vico Lungo del Gelso, then left into via Trinità degli Spagnoli, right into Vico Tre Regine, then left into Vico Giardinetti and finally right into Vico Lungo Montecalvario.
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Written by Napolike
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