Bella Napoli


GO FOR: Strolling safely through a gentrified quarter of one of Southern Italy's most exuberant cities. Vespa riders in slim suits rev their engines quietly, yielding to well-dressed women  carrying shopping bags from Prada and Gucci.

 A short walk from the traffic-clogged historical center, the  seafront neighborhood of Chiaia boost shady plazas and narrow streets more suited to walking than driving. 

Stroll along a new car-free portion of the lungomare, Naples' seaside promenade, for views of the Mount Vesuvius volcano and the Island of Capri. Explore the 16th-century Villa Comunale park. Then  pick among the bars tucked into a warren of back alleys, and raise a glass to discovering a neighborhood the city's elite have considered their secret for centuries. 

Bespoke tie maker Giorgio Ricciardi

Find out more about where to eat, stay, shop in Naples' Chiaia neighborhood, see my story in the September-October issue of Virtuoso Life Magazine

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