Gesù Nuovo Church

Naples Walking Tour with Snack

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2 hours
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English, Italian

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the Gesù Nuovo (New Jesus) church, with its stunning Baroque interior decorations
  • Discover the Santa Chiara Museum Complex
  • Marvel at San Domenico Maggiore Church, with its beautiful sacristy featuring a ceiling fresco by Francesco Solimena
  • Taste some delicious pizza a portafoglio
Overview
On this walking tour, discover the astonishing Church of Gesù Nuovo, the Santa Chiara Museum Complex and San Domenico Maggiore, all located in the heart of Naples’ old town. The tour will end on a tasty note, with a typical pizza a portafoglio.
What to Expect
Your tour begins in Gesù Nuovo square, where you will see the Church of Gesù Nuovo (New Jesus), one of the most important churches in Naples. The church was originally a palace built in 1470 for Roberto Sanseverino, the Prince of Salerno. A century later, it was sold to the Jesuits, who turned it into a church.

Once inside, you will find a marriage of the Renaissance and Baroque styles, with works by artists such as Francesco Solimena, Luca Giordano and Cosimo Fanzago. The two side chapels hold silver ex-votos, representing body parts, which are placed by worshippers in gratitude for healing received. One of the side chapels houses the remains of San Giuseppe Moscati, an Italian doctor, scientific researcher, and university professor canonised in 1987.

Next, visit Santa Chiara, the largest Gothic church in the city, dating from the early 14th century. The church houses the tombs of the Bourbon king of Naples, Francis II, and his consort Maria Sophie of Bavaria, as well as those of Queen Maria Christina of Savoy and of the national hero Salvo d'Acquisto, a carabiniere who sacrificed his life to save the lives of 22 civilian hostages during the Nazi occupation.

Just behind the church, visitors can admire the famous cloister (chiostro), adorned with hand-painted Neapolitan ceramic tiles by Donato and Giuseppe Massa. From there you can explore the Museum of the Works, housing a fine collection of sculpture, pottery and decorative art that survived the WWII bombings.

The complex also houses a collection of Nativity Scenes (also known as Christmas Cribs) from the 1700s. You will also see San Domenico Maggiore, built by the Angevins (1238 – 1324). The monastery annexed to the church was home to prominent names in the history of religion and philosophy. It was the original seat of the University of Naples, where Thomas Aquinas, a former member of the Dominican community there, returned to teach theology in 1272.

At the end of your tour, enjoy a delicious local snack - pizza a portafoglio.

What's Included
  • Guided Tour
  • Food tasting stop
  • Museum tickets
What's Not Included
  • Drinks
Meeting Point

Piazza del Gesù Nuovo (Gesù Nuovo square) (Open in Google Maps)

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