In Spaccanapoli, plunge into one of the most characteristic and animated neighbourhoods of Naples' historic centre. Consisting, really, of only two streets, via Benedetto Croce and via San Biagio dei Librai, Spaccanapoli bisects the city. From each side, wander the narrow side streets and gaze upon the many palazzi, churches, cloisters and chapels, boutiques, arts and crafts shops, and trattorie.
You definitely need to stop at the Piazza del Gesù Nuovo and admire its monumental church of the same name, which dates from the 16th century. Built on the grounds of an ancient palace, the façade is adorned with small stones cut in a diamond shape and typical of the Renaissance style. The sobriety of the exterior stands in stark contrast with the lavish indoor areas, decorated with various frescoes. On the same square, you cannot miss the Spire of the Immaculate Conception, a majestic 30-metre-high white marble arrow that towers high above the rest.
Parrocchia Immacolata al Gesù Nuovo
(Gesù Nuovo church)
Piazza del Gesù Nuovo 2
(Spire of the Immaculate Conception)
Piazza del Gesù Nuovo