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The itin­er­ary that I al­ways sug­gest to visi­tors stay­ing at my ho­tel in­volves the his­toric cen­tre. It is here that the city’s his­toric, artis­tic and cul­tural her­itage is con­cen­trated and here that you will find sev­eral of my favourite churches, in­clud­ing that of San Domenico Mag­giore, the church of San Lorenzo Mag­giore, the church of Santa Maria la Nova and the Santa Chiara mu­seum com­plex with its must- visit, Gothic- style cloisters. A lit­tle off the tourist track but def­i­nitely well worth vis­it­ing are the Museo Dioce­sano and the Far­ma­cia degli In­cur­abili, fea­tur­ing all the traces of the past safe­guarded within their in­te­ri­ors. Con­versely, for those in search of an ex­pe­ri­ence that is both mag­i­cal and mys­ti­cal, I sug­gest vis­it­ing the Cimitero delle fon­tanelle: tra­di­tion has it that the Neapoli­tans came here to a adopt a skull and, in re­turn for clean­ing and pol­ish­ing them and light­ing can­dles to keep them com­pany, the souls be­long­ing to the skulls were asked to grant favours. Naples is a city to be savoured as a whole and, bear­ing this in mind, I al­ways sug­gest look­ing at it from above. There are two places from which you can en­joy a sweeping view over the ur­ban fab­ric; Cas­tel Sant’Elmo, with the Cer­tosa di San Martino, from whose park you can ad­mire a panoramic view and the to­pono­mas­tics of the city, and Parco Vir­giliano, fea­tur­ing sev­eral mag­nif­i­cent ter­races and breath­tak­ing views. Lastly, don’t miss a visit to the Orto Botan­ico, a place that at­tracts visi­tors from all over the world who come here to ad­mire the botan­i­cal gar­den’s slew of un­usual, rare and ex­otic plants. Naples is a city brim­ming over with en­tic­ing aro­mas and de­lec­ta­ble dishes. I there­fore feel that it is in­cum­bent upon me to sug­gest a visit ei­ther to Sor­billo or Il Pres­i­dente, lo­cated in via dei Tri­bunali, to taste some of the world’s best pizza while, just a short dis­tance from our ho­tel, in via Nazionale, I rec­om­mend the va­ri­ety turned out by Pel­lone. To spend a typ­i­cally Euro­pean- style evening, head to pi­azza Bellini which, with its charm­ing lit­er­ary cafés, brings to mind the at­mos­pheres of French bistrots. Be­fore leav­ing the city, make sure to taste an au­then­tic Neapolitan sfogli­atella ei­ther at Pin­tauro, in via Toledo, or at At­tana­sio, in the vicin­ity of the Cen­tral Train Sta­tion. Naples of­fers a plethora of mar­vel­lous places that you need more than just a few days to visit. A good rea­son to re­turn is most def­i­nitely to once again savour the feel­ing of be­ing pam­pered by our typ­i­cally warm, wel­com­ing hos­pi­tal­ity that will make you feel more spe­cial than in any other Ital­ian or Euro­pean city. The warmth and friendly ap­proach that Neapoli­tans man­age to con­vey is a feel­ing that you will take with you when you re­turn home, a mem­ory that will un­doubt­edly in­spire you to re­turn and start all over again.

An­to­nio Let­tera, Man­ager of Starho­tels Ter­mi­nus, gives read­ers of Where Naples some tips about how to ex­pe­ri­ence the city in just a few hours

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