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Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

Piazza San Domenico Maggiore: Our most recommended tours and activities

Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

1. Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

Discover downtown Naples and explore the San Severo Chapel on a guided walking tour. Follow your guide through the lively Spaccanapoli street and admire highlights, including San Domenico Maggiore. Begin at Piazza Bellini to see the remains of ancient Greek walls. Continue to Piazza del Gesù, one of the most famous squares of the city a few steps away from the historical center. Visit Spaccanapoli, a long and narrow street that divides the old Naples into two halves with shops, restaurants, and alleys. Be amazed by the San Domenico Maggiore church with a perfect overlapping of different architectural styles and the pearl of Naples, the Chapel San Severo. See the famous statue of the God of Nile river, Piazza St. Gaetano, and the churches of Naples, San Lorenzo, and San Paolo Maggiore. See the 13th-century baroque cathedral of Saint Gennaro at the heart of the Neapolitan faith. Here the blood of the saint patron St. Gennaro is preserved.

Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

2. Naples: Old Town and Veiled Christ Tour

Explore one of the oldest cities in Europe with your guide and cross the heart of the historic center of Naples from Piazza Bellini, where you still find visible portions of Greek walls. Skirt the Conservatory of Naples, with the chance to hear the rehearsals of young Neapolitan musicians. Continue to Via dei Tribunali, the Decumano Maggiore of ancient Neapolis, but also one of the liveliest and richest streets in Naples.  See the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta, with its ancient Romanesque bell tower, and the mysterious church of Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, an Angevin jewel, and the Duomo, which preserves the miraculous holy blood di San Gennar, beloved patron Saint of the city, will be waiting for you a few steps away. Back to Spaccanapoli, the lower decumanus, you will stroll through the teeming and characteristic Neapolitan shops. Discover the wonderful Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore, with its square of the same name that makes the scenery unique. The last stop will be the precious Sansevero Chapel: the vision of the Veiled Christ, together with the story of your guide, will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Naples: Food Tour with Davide

3. Naples: Food Tour with Davide

Avoid the tourist spots and delight in a personally-curated tasting menu to entice the senses with your Neapolitan foodie guide. Start your tasting journey at the Neoclassical-style square, Piazza Dante. Try a selection of traditional snacks cooked and served in various ways: think eggplant, artichoke, zucchini, and more. Head to the historical Pignasecca Market and experience the bustling Mediterranean market culture. Fulfill that cheese craving with tastings of Mozzarella di Bufala and Fior di Latte. Try fried pizza and different kinds of traditional pizza. Walk past the fruit shops and bakeries on Spaccanapoli Street and learn about how the Neopolitan culture has changed since WWII.  While your Pasta Ragù is cooking, explore the Piazza San Domenico Maggiore with its churches and confectioneries. Savor some local sweets such as Sfogliatella or Babà.

The Best of Naples Private Walking Tour

4. The Best of Naples Private Walking Tour

The tour includes a visit to the fascinating square called "Piazza del Gesù" where you will see the church of Gesù Nuovo and the obelisk of Immacolatella. Walk along the street, Spaccanapoli, which follows the same direction as the ancient Greek and Roman streets. Admire the Church of Saint Chiara dating back to the 14th-century, the square of Saint Domenico, and experience the traditional atmosphere of Naples with its sounds, smells, and tastes. Next, walk on the street called via dei Tribunali and see the church of Saint Lorenzo dating back to the 13th-century, San Gregorio Armeno (the street of nativities), and then the Cathedral of Saint Gennaro with its baroque style chapel where the blood of the Saint is preserved.

Heart of Naples: Spaccanapoli Walking Tour

5. Heart of Naples: Spaccanapoli Walking Tour

Step into the heart of Naples on this guided walking tour of the cozy and characteristic Spaccanapoli street. Visit iconic monuments, churches, and spot the highest spire of the city. End your experience with a pizza dinner. Depart from the meeting point in Piazza del Gesù, where you can admire the highest spire of the city, that also hides a singular curiosity. Then, visit the inside the church of Gesù Nuovo, known as the church of the doctor Giuseppe Moscati. Later, head to the Santa Chiara complex and visit inside the Church of Santa Chiara that’s in a majestic Gothic style. Follow with a walk up to San Domenico Maggiore, a square full of curiosities. Continue toward the Piazzetta Nilo and Largo Corpo di Napoli squares, where you can see the statue of the god Nile. The tour continues down the most famous street in the world known as the street of the shepherds (Via San Gregorio Armeno). Complete your experience with a stop for a dinner based on the most famous dish in the world: pizza.

Naples: Private Walking Tour

6. Naples: Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Naples to get a full appreciation of its mix of architectural styles, from the elegant 18th-century palazzos to imposing castles and wonderful churches. Founded by ancient Greeks, the city was once the capital of southern Italy, and has been settled by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, and Spanish Bourbons. Your guide will provide a wealth of history as you explore the historic center, where Neapolitans have lived since the 6th century BC. The tour includes a fascinating walk through the Umberto Primo Gallery and Via Toledo, and a stroll in Piazza del Gesù to see the Church of Gesù Nuovo and the Immacolatella obelisk. Wander down the famous Spaccanapoli to the 14th-century monastery of Santa Chiara and the Piazza San Domenico. Along the way, experience one of Naples most famous inventions, and sample a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza.

Naples: Private City Tour with Castel Sant'Elmo and Churches

7. Naples: Private City Tour with Castel Sant'Elmo and Churches

Our itinerary to discover this fascinating city begins in the ancient city center, where more than 25 centuries of art and history come together, and ends on the hill of Vomero, dominated by Castel Sant'Elmo. Following the bustling street of Spaccanapoli, which divides the city in two, we will stroll through shadowy alleys and colorful piazzas to visit the principal attractions of the city center. In the Duomo we will admire the Baroque masterpieces of the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, stage to the famous miracle of the liquefaction of San Gennaro's blood. In the nearby Pio Monte della Misericordia we will witness the beauty of one of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio, the Seven Works of Mercy. In Via San Gregorio Armeno, we will stroll amongst the shops where craftsmen sell their nativity scenes, an old Neapolitan tradition still alive today. Extraordinary masterpieces of Baroque sculpture wait for us in the Sansevero Chapel with its famous Veiled Christ. From the elegant Piazza San Domenico with its noble palaces we will reach the monastery of Santa Chiara, where we will visit the famous cloister made of majolica. After a lunch break in one of the many historical pizzerias of Naples, we will travel to Vomero by funicular. At the top of the hill stands Castel Sant'Elmo, impenetrable medieval fortress transformed in the Renaissance.

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What people are saying about Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 1,423 reviews

Emotional and memorable experience of our trip to Naples, almost 3 hours in which we really entered the soul of the city, through fragments of its history admirably told by our guide, Carlo Zarone, simply splendid in his polite, ironic, competent communication , rich in historical and cultural ideas, without ever bordering on the know-it-all. In front of the Veiled Christ, his examination of the work, not limited only to the artistic aspect, albeit predominant, but also to a sort of emotion that this marvel of human genius generates, deserves to be recorded and disseminated in schools, for the emotion that aroused in all of us. If we take home the memory of a city that embodies the word "emotion", it is also thanks to this tour and to Carlo, for the heart and expertise he has put into it.

I would do it again a thousand times! Absolutely recommended tour because visiting Naples Center with a local guide is very different than visiting it as a solo tourist. The guide shows buildings, historic and characteristic corners of the city that might escape the view of a non-local. Furthermore, our guide was particularly helpful and kind even in recommending the best bars and restaurants in the center. During the tour, really interesting facts, anecdotes and myths typical of Neapolitan history are also narrated. Finally, the Chapel of San Severo absolutely deserves to be visited, certainly for the Veiled Christ but also for all the other works present. It is advisable to book the tour several days in advance especially if you are visiting during a holiday period.

Our guide was perfect. His engaging and complete explanation was the real 'gem' of this tour. The veiled Christ, already in itself an unmissable stop on the trip to Naples, has been further enhanced by a unique and compelling description.

Naples was very crowded due to the Christmas holiday. Davide did a wonderful job of navigating the crowds and showing us an exceptional side of the City. He was engaging, and lively and easy to understand.

Davide is prompt, professional, fun and deeply knowledgeable. He cares about the food and its origins, which shows in the highly thoughtful tour he creates. We highly recommend.