Sea Naples and Revive

May 24, 2012 / Local Interest
Naples, Campania
A few years ago I wrote about the pleasures of Sunday mornings by the sea in Naples. Traffic was banned on those mornings and Neapolitan families could expand their lungs while strolling the lungomare.

Fast forward to Naples today; having set up a pedestrianised zone for the recent America’s Cup, the new mayor and city council decided to keep the the seafront free of cars. Some objections have been made but the majority have to admit it’s been a great success, allowing locals and visitors to bike, jog, run, pedal and stroll in perfect safety. Every day of the week.

On one side is the Villa Comunale, Naples’ leafy park with its bandstand, children’s play area and the famous Dohrn Aquarium (first opened to the public in 1874), on the other the sparkling sea with views out to Sorrento and Capri.

On 25th April, Il Giorno della Liberazione (Liberation Day), the citizens of Naples were invited to celebrate the day and the new space by bringing kites to fly. My friends and I were astonished, never having seen a kite in Naples before; how many would there be? We had no need to worry; there were plenty of kites dancing in the cobalt sky and hundreds of families claiming the lungomare back from the cars. Meanwhile everyone has been invited to submit ideas for how best to enjoy and preserve one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the world.

Penny Ewles-Bergeron

by Penny Ewles-Bergeron

Author, artist… celebrating the many good things in Naples.

16 Responses to “Sea Naples and Revive”

  1. Che Bella!! My husband and I enjoyed walks along the Lungomare on Sunday mornings in Naples when we lived in Vietri on the Amalfi Coast and would visit that magical city. I loved the views and the people, out dressed in their finest – and now without cars – it must be absolutely…bellissima!

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  2. Lucile Stachowiak

    What a lovely place to spend the day. You could almost feel the warm sun and smell the salt air from the sea. I’ve been to Italy but never spent any time in Naples, but I can see my self walking and enjoying life.

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  3. I am happy that the lungomare is now completely open to the public 24/7. We always saw it packed on Sundays with pleasure seekers of all ages enjoying the space, clean air and spectacular views.

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  4. Lovely post about a beautiful place, Penny. Isn’t it interesting how often the local population including shop owners are opposed to a pedestrian zone, but once it is instituted, people flock to it, happy to be free of traffic! So glad to hear of these positive initiatives by the major after so much bad press about Naples. It is a great city that deserves a visit-

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  5. Gail Piraino

    I am so delighted to know that the lungomare in now closed to traffic on Sundays. We experienced that joy on New Years Day 2000. Families parading, music playing, seniors dancing all in lovely sunshine. A memory to treasure for a lifetime. Bella Napoli e vero!!!

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  6. Gian Banchero

    CARS(and small motorcycles of all sorts!!), most of the time the bane of civilization, especially in ancient historic centers. Viva Napoli for sure!

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  7. Grazie for sharing this beautiful news about one of my favorite places in Italy–on EARTH for that matter: Naples. Can’t wait to return and take a stroll along with those spirited natives, the sparkling panorama…glorious!

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  8. Pru Bell-Davies

    Can’t wait to enjoy the pedestrianised lungomare on our next visit though it will seem quite strange not dodging Smart Cars and scooters to get there…

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  9. Jo Catalano

    Lungomare in Naples is a treasure-So glad it is closed to traffic-Finally the “passeggiata” can be a truly tranquil experience-ps-One of my favorite memories is Of strolling in Naples center on a Sunday evening-So CALM-so SERENE-Can’t wait to go back-BELLA NAPOLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. It’s absolutely fantastic to hear that Lungomare has become completely pedestrianized! What a wonderful thing.

    I would make one little comment on the negative side. Have they changed the aquarium at all? Because I happily took my three year old there one day for an outing… and the fish tanks were extremely dirty, most of the fish looked like they were dying, and I’m pretty sure I saw one fish completely dead in the water. My daughter wondered why the fish looked so sad, so I had to take her out on the swings. But we felt a bit traumatized by the experience.

    Otherwise, it’s so true. This post brings me back to one of the most beautiful walks in the world! Thanks, Penny!

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  11. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Thanks everyone. At last one of the city’s most beautiful assets, its seafront, can be enjoyed by all any day of the week.

    Barbara – every few years the aquarium has some kind of upgrade work undertaken but does tend to suffer from the chronic problems associated with antiquated tank systems. I must go check again to see what the current state of play is. I have had some great visits there but understand your concerns.

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  12. I liked the pun of “Sea Naples and Revive” which is 100% true for the promenade. Truly something everyone should experience once in a lifetime. It’s divine.

    As for the aquarium — I can’t let the moment slip to make my own pun — perhaps in some years, for the fish, it’s “Sea Naples and Die”.

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  13. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Nice one Barbara. (-: I do know they do sterling work there rescuing sea turtles.

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