Lungomare, which is Italian for "seafront boardwalk", is a pedestrianised promenade along the seafront in Naples. It's positively choc-a-bloc with pretty viewpoints and charming bars and restaurants, making it a top destination in Naples. With a lovely sea breeze wafting over the three-kilometre stretch, Lungomare is the perfect place to take in the sunrise or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. It's also a great place to start your walking tour of Naples.
Lungomare stretches along Via Partenope and Via Francesco Caracciolo, sandwiched between the Mergellina Port on the west end and the Porticciolo di Santa Lucia in the east. On the north side of the promenade is Villa Comunale, the main park of the city and a popular outdoor space filled with walking paths, a skating rink and playgrounds. Villa Comunale is also home to the stately Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, an important biology research institute and the oldest aquarium in Europe (it opened on January 26, 1874). Last time we checked, the aquarium was closed for refurbishment, but it's still fun to look at it from the outside and imagine all the critters within.
Visitors to Naples love strolling along Lungomare at all times of day to take in the fantastic views. Looking east out across the Gulf of Naples, the famous Mount Vesuvius stands prominent on the horizon. You'll also be able to catch sight of the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia. And right near the seafront on a tiny peninsula is the picturesque Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle), built by the Normans in the 12th century.
There are loads of cafes, pizza places and ice cream shops along Lungomare, making it the perfect spot for a sunny day excursion. Whenever the hustle and bustle of inner Naples becomes too much, it's a comfort to know that you can always a breather along this pretty promenade.
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