September 19 – Feast Day of St. Januarius in Naples

Posted on September 19, 2016

While many of us will be talking like a pirate (see “Also on this date,” below), many Catholic people in Napoli (Naples, Italy) will be going to the Duomo (cathedral) to pay their respects to the former Bishop / now Saint Januarius.

What makes Naples special?

  • The city is known far and wide as the best pizza, as the place where pizza was invented. One street, Via dei Tribunali, is a sort of Shangri-La for pizza lovers. 

Of course there are loads of other delicious foods: Naples is known for its fishing, so there is wonderful seafood offered there, and the bakeries and pastries are also supposed to be amazing. 

  • The city is the hub for fascinating tours of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed both of these ancient cities. And the treasures discovered buried in ancient volcanic ash can be seen in museums in Naples.

  • Also ancient: there are chambers and passageways and aqueducts and burial chambers from the ancient Greeks underneath the city. 

Also underground: there are more recent underground structures that can be visited, including Christian catacombs and World War II air raid shelters!
  • There are three castles you can tour. 

The name of the castle above, Castel dell'Ovo,
translates to Egg Castle!

  • Other good spots to visit include art museums, chapels, and cathedrals. 

Under the Cappello Sansevero there are “anatomic models” or sculptures of people's insides. Apparently they were made by adding to skeletons wire, beeswax, and silk arteries and veins and other innards! 
A gorgeous theater!

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