Posillipo is, undoubtedly, the most famous hill in Naples and also the most celebrated for its beauty.
The name by itself explains its virtues: Pausilypon means “the resting of the anguishes”.
Walking along Via Posillipo from Mergellina begins the curves and the noble palaces, Palazzo Donn’Anna, further on the church of S. Maria del Faro. Going up towards the highest part of the hill, the view gets lost in a breathtaking panorama, of a, now, residential district.
Off Capo Posillipo (in front of Villa Rosebery, the current Neapolitan residence of the President of the Republic) lie the remains of an ancient, submerged, seaside villa that stretching out into the sea thanks to artificial constructions; some columns of its arcades have recently been recovered.
In Marechiaro, facing the beach, there are probably the remains of a Domus. The cave of Seiano, recently reopened to the public, connects Coroglio to the bay of Trentaremi, a beautiful inlet on the Posillipo coast. Above this bay, there are the remains of a large Roman theatre.
On the tip of Capo Posillipo, the Virgiliano Park renovated and deeply renovated in 2002, offers terraces from which you can enjoy sensational views of the two gulfs (the Naples one and the Pozzuoli one) and Nisida, and some peace, clean air and sports opportunities.
The streets at the top of the hill (via Manzoni, via Stazio, via Orazio) are definitely more residential and metropolitan, but no less evocative and panoramic.