Posillipo is an area of Naples on the northern side of the Gulf. Traditionally one of the wealthiest and most desirable parts of Naples, Posillipo is filled with grand mansions that back onto the water, many of which have private piers for their own yachts. One of the Italian president’s three official residences, Villa Roseberry, is located here in Posillipo. If it’s good enough for the president…
Affordable Hotels in Naples’ Affluent Suburb
While Posillipo is expensive to live in, it’s still affordable for the visitor. Some buildings are still inhabited by wealthy Neapolitan families, but plenty of others have been taken over by reputable hotel chains. Others have been split into apartments and there is a scattering of simple three-star hotels in Posillipo too. In short, if you’re looking for Posillipo accommodation you’ll find plenty to choose from.
Climbing Posillipo Hill
There are several reasons to visit Posillipo, but the most obvious is the view. From the top of Posillipo Hill you can look all the way across to Naples, taking in the stunning coastline and even catching a glimpse of Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Walk up the hill or take the bus or metro line. A small shop at the top serves refreshments to panting hikers.
A Slice of Roman History in Posillipo
Posillipo is a mainly residential area, but hidden among the houses are a few historic sites of note. You can see the ruins of an ancient Roman villa at the base of Posillipo Hill, as well as the remains of an amphitheatre built into the hillside. Access is via the Grotta dei Seiano, a cave running under the hill.
The Roman poet Virgil was particularly fond of Naples and requested that he be buried there. The location of his tomb is said to be at the base of Posillipo Hill, and indeed there is one there – but it has never been verified as Virgil’s. The hill does have two parks dedicated to Virgil, however, with one at the top and the other below.