On my second day in Naples I just walked around, first down through the Quartieri Spagnoli and then went just along the Lungomare. Passing Castell del`Ovo until I reached Chiaia, a more „noble“ area of Naples. Such a beautiful promenade with lots and lots of cafés and Osterias to take a little rest.
It was on the afternoon of August 24th 79 AD when an enormus eruption of Vesuvius buried several cities including Herculaneum for centuries until the first major excavation in 1738. The diggins and findings in (modern) Ercolaneo and Pompeii initialized the Neoclassicism in Europe – motifs from the roman sites began to appear on furniture, wall paintings and teacups. Naples and the area around Vesuvius were put on the map of the european traveller and became part of the „Grand Tour“.
Herculaneum was probably of greek origin dedicated to the greek god Hercules and was used as a trading post. In 89 BC the town became a Roman municipium (town) until being buried under 20 metres of ash on that August afternoon in 79 AD. About 75% of Herculaneum are still buried today.
Take a walk on the old roman streets and dive into another time – there weren´t that many visitors and it almost became easy to image how life must have been 2000 years ago.
On my daily walk through Via Toledo I always saw this advertisment for Caravaggios supposed last painting „Martirio di Sant‘ Orsola“ (The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula) at Palazzo Zevallos – as I always have been quite fascinated by the story of Saint Ursula and admire Caravaggios work I simply had to visit.
At this time there was a music festival going on in Naples and as soon as I entered the Palazzo I was created by a piano concert and stopped some time to listen to the music (and admire the amazingly beautiful glass ceiling).
Built in the late 1630ies the Palazzo was bought by the Banca Commerciale Italiana in the late 19th century and reconstructed (a marble staircase installed and the glass ceiling over the inner courtyard). Since 2014 it serves as a museum.