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Historical Center – Spaccanapoli

The historic center of Naples was populated by Greeks during antiquity, during the Greek colonization of southern Italy. From this time, the remains are thin, we can see in places the foundations of the original enclosure, as in Piazza Bellini.

The district is “cut” in two by the long street called Spaccanapoli that joins the Porta Capuana, medieval wall built under the Spanish. One can discover many of the city’s most beautiful churches, palaces, and the National Archaeological Museum.

Santa Chiara Church

The Basilica of Santa Chiara, the largest Gothic church in Naples, with the adjoining monastery, was built between 1310 and 1328 by Robert of Anjou, on some Roman baths of the first century AD, near the west wall of the city. Located in the Piazza del Gesù Nuovo in front of the Church of Jesus it was included in the convent of the Poor Clares adjacent.Several tombs of Angevins are sheltered including those of Charles of Calabria and Robert the Wise.