EN­TER­TAIN­MENT AND TAST­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Where Naples Coast & Islands - - ENTERTAINMENT -

66 FU­SION BAR - It still re­tains the name of the for­mer an­tique shop in which it is now housed. The Fu­sion cock­tail bar is a real hit, loved for its end­less list of aper­i­tivi. Fur­nished with low so­fas and soft light­ing, it of­fers a wide choice of cold cuts and ex­cel­lent wines. Via Bisig­nano, 58. T: 081415024 – www.66napoli.it AIAHII – One of the most ex­clu­sive venues in the city. Low-key, el­e­gant, min­i­mal­ist decor, fea­tur­ing a preva­lence of steel, glass, teak ta­bles, orig­i­nal lamps, or­na­men­tal plants and a pre­dom­i­nantly white colour scheme. Of­fers a meat and fish­based menu, an ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional cock­tails, an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of rum and whiskey and an as­tute se­lec­tion of wines. Via Coroglio, 146. T: 3924811308

ANHELO CAFÉ’ & BISTROT – Of­fers sim­ple, in­ven­tive, high-qual­ity food in­clud­ing range of clas­sic, re­gional dishes up­dated with a in­no­va­tive twist, fea­tur­ing fresh, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents. Anhelo is a cafè cum bistrot. Also boasts a small food em­po­rium. Via Bisig­nano, 3 – T: 081.402432 www. anhelo.it

ARENILE RELOAD – Es­tab­lished in 1994 as the first club in Naples with a dance floor over­look­ing the beach, Arenile Reload is set against a breath­tak­ing back­drop fur­ther en­hanced by chic de­sign el­e­ments and a playlist of the lat­est hits. In the morn­ing, it serves as an el­e­gant beach club with on-site ameni­ties in­clud­ing a beach and a lawn with a swim­ming pool, bar and re­fresh­ment area. As the sun sets, it is trans­formed into a “viby” location of­fer­ing top-notch aper­i­tivi and live per­for­mances by artists of in­ter­na­tional renown. Via Coroglio, 14/b. T: 0810199156 www. are­nil­ereload.com

AZAR CAFÉ – Snack bar, del­i­catessen, bak­ery, bar and tea room. Sur­rounded by a beau­ti­ful gar­den, in the pedes­trian area of Vomero, Azar cafè is a meet­ing place for quiet and re­lax­ing, ideal for busi­ness meet­ings or for moth­ers with chil­dren look­ing for a safe place while en­joy­ing a good cup of cof­fee. Via Scar­latti, 139 – T: 0815780248

BARFLY – For­merly an old tuft quarry, this newly re­vamped restau­rant and bar is the per­fect place to en­joy an aper­i­tivo or fab cock­tail while nib­bling on an ar­ray of de­lec­ta­ble fin­ger foods. Barfly was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Demo Ci­a­vatti, known for re­struc­tur­ing sev­eral of the most fa­mous venues on the Ro­mag­nola Riviera. Via Mergel­lina, 6 T: 081.660023 – www.dugout.it

BELLAVIA – In 1925, An­to­nio Bellavia re­lo­cated from Palermo to Naples, bring­ing with him the scents, colours and flavours of a re­gion known for its gas­tro­nomic cul­ture. He soon be­gan tit­il­lat­ing sev­eral of the city’s most re­fined palates with cas­sata, can­noli and other spe­cial­i­ties, a tra­di­tion that has been car­ried for­ward with unerring pas­sion by the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily who cur­rently run the busi­ness. Capodichino Air­port. T: 0815991603 www.pas­tic­ce­ri­abellavia.it

BIRDY’S BAK­ERY – Its colo­nial decor pro­vides a light, wel­com­ing am­bi­ence, per­fect for those wish­ing to take a pit stop while en­joy­ing a great cup of cof­fee. Sig­na­ture pas­tries in­clude brioches, crum­bles, cup­cakes, plum cakes, brown­ies, muffins and spe­cial­ity cakes. Vico Belle­donne a Chi­aia, 14b. T: 0814976400

CAFFÈ ARABO – A good spot at which to sam­ple tea, Arab sweet treats and a Mid­dle-Eastern nib­ble or two. At Caffè Arabo you can ex­pe­ri­ence a truly ori­en­tal at­mos­phere while smok­ing a hookah. In sum­mer, it hosts gas­tro­nomic events ac­com­pa­nied by dance dis­plays and po­etry read­ings from dif­fer­ent parts of the world. Pi­azza Bellini, 72, Naples. T: 3398828120

CAFFÈ DEL PROFESSORE – At this cafè lo­cated in one of the city’s most el­e­gant dis­tricts you can taste dozens of dif­fer­ent cof­fee blends: from fen­nel to basil-flavoured cof­fee, from croc­cantino cof­fee to its fa­mous rich hazel­nut cream cof­fee and, nat­u­rally, tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan espresso. Pi­azza Tri­este e Trento, 46. T: 081403041 www. il­ver­o­bardel­pro­fes­sore.com

CAKE AP­PEAL – A small pas­try shop with a big rep­u­ta­tion serv­ing made-to-or­der cakes, cup­cakes, mac­arons, cake­pops, cook­ies, brown­ies, red vel­vet, cheese­cake and ap­ple pie. The first Amer­i­can bak­ery of its kind in Cam­pa­nia and Naples. Via Caval­ler­izza, 40. T: 08119255750 www.cakeap­peal.it

CAMBIOVITA– Cafe­te­ria, frul­la­te­ria, health food store, take-aways, Slow fast food, but also a meet­ing place where you can breathe the air of the house. A place to take a break and take care of your­self sip­ping tea, herbal tea or a smoothie made with all bi­o­log­i­cal prod­ucts. Via Carlo Po­e­rio, 100/a T: 08119570395 www.cam­biovi­ta­s­tore.it

CARRATURO – Now helmed by the fifth gen­er­a­tion, this time-hon­oured pas­try shop con­tin­ues to de­fend its her­itage, his­tory and the good­ness of its ori­gins. Its present own­ers, Ulderico and Alessan­dro, jok­ingly re­fer to them­selves as sim­ple “sfogli­atel­lari”. Via Casanova, 97. T: 0815545364 www.carraturo.it

CASA INFANTE – The Infante fam­ily be­gan to tit­il­late the palates of Neapoli­tans in the 1940s with their “tarallo man­dorle e pepe”. In the ‘90s they en­larged their pro­duc­tion to fo­cus on high-qual­ity patisserie, sub­se­quently in­creas­ing their num­ber of sales points. To­day Casa Infante of­fers top-notch prod­ucts and ar­ti­sanal ice cream just wait­ing to be savoured. Via Chi­aia, 189. T: www.ca­sain­fante.it

CHALET CIRO A MERGEL­LINA – This iconic sea­side chalet has been pulling in the pun­ters since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1952. Boast­ing a tra­di­tion handed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion, it has nev­er­the­less also em­braced in­no­va­tion to be­come one of the most renowned chalets in Cam­pa­nia. Listed in sev­eral of the most au­thor­i­ta­tive tourist guides, it sells ev­ery­thing from cof­fee and pas­tries to crepes but the real rea­son to head here is for brioche con gelato, a sweet­ened bun stuffed with ice cream and topped with a dol­lop of cream. Via Mergel­lina. T: 081669928

CHAN­DE­LIER - Vis­ual arts ex­hi­bi­tions, themed par­ties, live mu­sic, arts and crafts and jew­ellery dis­plays. At this stylishly fur­nished venue ev­ery­thing is done with a cer­tain flair in­clud­ing its de­light­ful red and black colour scheme. Its at­mos­phere is cosy and low-key thanks to the soft, dif­fused light­ing given off by the chan­de­liers and wall lamps from which it takes its name. Vico Belle­donne a Chi­aia, 34/35. T: 081414576

CHEZ MOI - One of the most renowned hot spots in the city, its ex­clu­sive clien­tele and posh decor make Chez Moi the place to visit. Fea­tur­ing all the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a pri­vate club, de­sign­ers, so­cialites and foot­ball stars, mostly over 25, come here to en­joy its pi­ano bar, disco and oc­ca­sional

cabaret acts, par­ty­ing till late. Via Parco Margherita, 13. T: 081407526 www.chez­moi.it

CLANDALU’ - A ter­race over­look­ing the his­toric Gal­le­ria Navarra. Credit for its invit­ing at­mos­phere and soft mu­sic go to its charm­ing owner Al­fredo. Fea­tur­ing au­then­tic, home-cooked fare, it has hosted meet­ings, pre­sen­ta­tions and art ex­hi­bi­tions since 1997. Pi­azza dei Mar­tiri, 23. T: 0812452398

CLU COF­FEE&FOOD - A wel­com­ing, cosy tea room by day, as evening ap­proaches, it is trans­formed into a trendy venue where the beau­ti­ful peo­ple gather to en­joy ei­ther an aper­i­tivo or an af­ter­dinner glass of rum. Its real at­trac­tion is its restau­rant with open-plan kitchen boast­ing an ar­ray of gas­tro­nomic de­lights and an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of fine wines. Via Carlo Po­e­rio, 47. T: 0817641576 www.clu­napoli.com

ENOTECA BELLE­DONNE - Es­tab­lished in1989 by Gio­vanni and Maria Scog­namiglio as “Vini e Oli”, their off­spring An­to­nio and Ciro sub­se­quently trans­formed this old wine cel­lar into one of Naples’ best-loved wine bars where you can re­lax, gos­sip and en­joy a glass of well-cho­sen, mostly Ital­ian wine. Vico Belle­donne a Chi­aia, 18. T: 081403162 www.enote­ca­belle­donne.com

FAN­TA­SIA GELATI – Few gela­terie can boast bet­ter cream-based flavours pro­duced with pas­sion and painstak­ing at­ten­tion to lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. House spe­cial­i­ties in­clude fruit­flavoured sor­bets and its brand new in­no­va­tive ice cream made from buf­falo milk, char­ac­ter­ized by its au­then­tic flavour and whole­some nu­tri­tional prop­er­ties. Five Fan­ta­sia Gelati sales points are scat­tered through­out the city. Via Toledo, 381. T: 0815511212 www.fan­tasi­age­lati.it

GAL­LE­RIA 19 – This cool edgy club draws a uni crowd and young Neapoli­tan lo­cals. Set in a long, cav­ernous cel­lar scat­tered with re­cy­cled fur­ni­ture dat­ing back to the ‘60s and ‘70s and in­dus­trial lamps, the venue is also home to one of the city’s best mixol­o­gists. Ex­pect a warm, old­world

at­mos­phere. Via San Se­bas­tiano, 18/19. T: 08119810100 www.gal­le­ria19.it

GAY ODIN – By now syn­ony­mous with au­teur cho­co­late, it is im­pos­si­ble to pass this shop with­out tak­ing in the heady aro­mas of Gay Odin’s ar­ti­sanal co­coa cre­ations dis­played with panache in its shop win­dow. Must-trys in­clude its typ­i­cally Neapoli­tan cho­co­late “cozze” (mus­sels), choco­late­coated cof­fee beans and fiery chili-cho­co­late combo. The venue has as many as ten sales points scat­tered through­out the city. Via V. Colonna, 15/b. T: 081418282 www.gay-odin.it

GRAN CAFFÈ CIMMINO – A warm wel­com­ing place de­signed to make you feel good at all times of the day. Its ar­ti­sanal work­shop turns out au­then­tic, high-qual­ity, mouth wa­ter­ing good­ies, cakes and cock­tails. Try its buf­fet se­lec­tion, high-class home­made ice cream and au­then­tic Neapoli­tan cof­fee. via Fi­lang­ieri, 12. T: 081418303

GRAN CAFFÈ GAMBRINUS – Since 1860 Caffè Gambrinus has served as the lit­er­ary sa­lon of the city. For­merly one of the favourite haunts of crowned heads, politi­cians, jour­nal­ists, aca­demics and artists of in­ter­na­tional renown, in­clud­ing the likes of Os­car Wilde and Ben­ito Mus­solini. A Lib­er­tystyle jewel of ar­chi­tec­tural note, this ven­er­a­ble café sits in one of the most beau­ti­ful squares in Naples and still re­tains all of its dreamy, Belle Époque-like aura in­tact. A great place for a classy cof­fee break. Via Chi­aia, 1/2, cor­ner of pi­azza Tri­este and Trento. T: 081417582 www.caf­fegam­bri­nus.com

GRAN CAFFÈ LA CAFFETTIERA – The favourite haunt of busi­ness­men and chic shop­pers, this el­e­gant venue is renowned for its high-class Neapoli­tan pas­tries and gas­tron­omy. Boast­ing el­e­gant de­sign el­e­ments where no de­tail has been left to chance, it is pa­tron­ized by the crème de la crème of Neapoli­tan so­ci­ety. Pi­azza dei Mar­tiri, 26. T: 0817644243 www.grancaf­fela­caf­fet­tiera.com

IL BARETTO – A land­mark venue sit­u­ated in one of the city’s most scenic ar­eas, stand­outs in­clude its iconic “scherzetto” cock­tail, made with rum, pear juice and straw­berry syrup poured into two glasses, one in­side the other, to be drunk like a shot, i.e. all at once and its Acai spe­cial, a fruit pulp sor­bet, pow­dered guaranà, royal jelly, ice and gin­seng. Via Aniello Fal­cone, 300 b/c. T: 0815603200 IL FICO – This dis­cotheque is set within a splen­did 19th cen­tury villa. Com­plete with in­side rooms, wel­com­ing pri­vate ar­eas and a large ter­race with a view over the Gulf of Naples, it is the per­fect place to cel­e­brate at all times of the yea. Via Tasso, 466. T: 081640146 www.dis­cote­cail­fico.it IN­TRA MOENIA - Founded in 1989 next to the Greek-Ro­man walls of pi­azza Bellini, from which the venue takes its name, i.e. in­tra moenia or “in­side the walls”. A stylish, el­e­gant venue of­fer­ing food and wine, In­tra Moenia also hosts ex­hi­bi­tions, lit­er­ary events, con­certs and po­etry read­ings. Pi­azza Bellini, 70. T: 081451652 LA GARÇONNE - The per­fect place to spend an evening in the com­pany of friends ei­ther savour­ing the su­perb cui­sine pre­pared by its chef or en­joy­ing an after-din­ner drink an­i­mated by live or disco mu­sic. Vico S. Maria a Cap­pella Vec­chia, 10. T: 0817643826 www.la­gar­conne.it LA MELA - One of the old­est night club in Naples, it has been go­ing strong for the past 30 years. A favourite with the Neapoli­tan elite, peo­ple come here not only to dance but also to see fash­ion shows or book pre­sen­ta­tions. Via dei Mille, 40bis. T: 081410270 www.lamela­club.it LA SCIMMIA – Syn­ony­mous with high-qual­ity ice cream since 1933, in ad­di­tion to its myr­iad flavours, other must-trys in­clude its frothy desserts and tra­di­tional mini ice creams. Also serves gluten-free prod­ucts for celi­acs. Pi­azza Car­ità, 4; pi­azzetta Nilo, 4. T: 0815520272 www.gela­te­ri­adel­lascim­mia.it LA TASCA - A cosy, in­ti­mate wine bar where you can lis­ten to soft, piped mu­sic. Also has a few out­door ta­bles and an In­ter­net point. Vico Belle­donne a Chi­aia, 6. T: 08119362635 LAZZARELLA – A land­mark venue of the Neapoli­tan “movida”. Open un­til late at night, it serves break­fast, snacks, lunch and a fine aper­i­tivo spread in the evening from around 7pm. Calata Trinità Mag­giore, 7/8. T: 0815510005 L’EBBREZZA DI NOÈ – A brasserie-wine bar combo. Only has a few ta­bles but more than 1,200 fab bot­tles. Bet­ter known for its reds than its whites. Vico Vetri­era, 9. T: 081400104 www.leb­brez­zadi­noe. com LE CIRQUE NAPLES – The first cafè-chan­tant in Italy has just launched in the spa­ces of the foyer of the iconic Salone Margherita. Le Cirque is a cof­fee bar, a the­atre, an art gallery and an en­ter­tain­ment venue. It also fea­tures a bistrot restau­rant. Via Santa Brigida, 65. T: 0815511756 www.lecirque­naples.com LEONE – A Lib­erty-style venue boast­ing a white and pas­tel green colour scheme. Its walls are adorned with old pho­to­graphs. Its pas­try chefs start work­ing at 4am to turn out their de­lec­ta­ble cre­ations. Leone ex­udes an aura of old-world charm and is renowned for its au­then­tic, sim­ple in­gre­di­ents. Riviera di Chi­aia, 61. T: 081681542 LEOPOLDO - One of the most pres­ti­gious brands of Neapoli­tan pas­tries, syn­ony­mous with all the good­ness and supreme qual­ity of an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, rang­ing from sweet treats

to cakes, from fresh pasta to small gour­mand del­i­ca­cies, a true labour of love! Via Toledo, 8. T: 0815512909; via Vit­to­ria Colonna, 46/47. T: 081416161 www.leopoldoin­fante.it

MADAME BON­BON - A haven of hand­made choco­lates but not only. Its up­per floor houses a wel­com­ing tea room where in ad­di­tion to an as­sort­ment of de­lec­ta­ble sweet treats you can also sip a cup of hot cho­co­late, tea or other bev­er­ages. When the shop closes, you can also book a ro­man­tic, cho­co­late-based din­ner while lis­ten­ing to the soft, sooth­ing notes of a vi­o­lin. Vico Satriano, 4. T: 08119567440 www.madame­bon­bon.it

MAR­SHAL - Its stylish in­te­rior, where no de­tail has been left to chance, plays on the cold shades of white and steel com­bined with the warm, volup­tuous shapes of Ro­cocò fur­ni­ture. Ja­panese cui­sine, cock­tails, drinks, good wines and a great se­lec­tion of mu­sic. Vico Belle­donne, 12. T: 3381458610

MOCCIA – Es­tab­lished in 1941, this bak­ery cum patisserie of­fers an ar­ray of de­lec­ta­ble good­ies. The venue is famed for its tiny, must-try piz­zas whose recipe is a close-guarded se­cret. Other spe­cial­i­ties in­clude dainty straw­berry tartlets, caramelized bignè and tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan pas­tries. Each day, at lunch, its ros­tic­ce­ria at­tracts a hun­gry busi­ness crowd. Via San Pasquale, 21/23. T: 081411348

MOMAH - Rem­i­nis­cent of one of the most im­por­tant con­tem­po­rary art mu­se­ums in the world, namely the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art (MoMa) in New York, it will thrill your senses with its steel fin­ishes, black and white dé­cor and in­no­va­tive light­ing sys­tem which cre­ates a trendy am­bi­ence. Via Vito Fornari, 15. T: 081422334 www.momah.it

MOSTRA D’OLTREMARE - One of the largest fair­grounds in Italy and, to­gether with Bari’s Fiera del Le­vante, the largest in South­ern Italy. It ex­tends over a sur­face area of 720,000 square me­tres and in­cor­po­rates build­ings of sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal and ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance, state-of-the-art pavil­ions, foun­tains (in­clud­ing the mon­u­men­tal Ese­dra Foun­tain), a trop­i­cal aquar­ium, gar­dens host­ing a wide ar­ray of ar­bo­real species and an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal park. Used to host trade shows, con­gresses and events. Viale Kennedy, 54. T: 0817258000 www.mostradoltremare.it

MOTUS – A cor­ner of Man­hat­tan in Naples, this venue is open from 7am to mid­night. In be­tween, in ad­di­tion to break­fast, you can stop in for a snack, eat a pas­try, sip an aper­i­tivo, eat lunch, lis­ten to mu­sic or watch the news. Be­sides fab­u­lous home­made icre cream and mouth wa­ter­ing pas­tries, it also of­fers a min­i­mal­ist bistrot cor­ner. Pi­azza Mu­nici­pio, 5/6. T: 0815520262 www. mo­tus­in­web.it

MOUSE - Spread out over three floors, it fea­tures a colour scheme based on shades of green and elec­tric blue. Its min­i­mal­ist decor and ca­sual, fun feel­ing make it a des­ti­na­tion venue for lounge cul­ture en­thu­si­asts. Via San Gio­vanni Mag­giore Pig­natelli, 45. T: 0815518663

NAIS - Here you can read, pur­chase books, sip a cup of cof­fee or savour a de­li­cious glass of wine. Don’t miss its Sushi evenings with live mu­sic. Also has an In­ter­net point. Via Giuseppe Fer­rigni, 29. T: 0816580466

PALAPARTENOPE - A mod­ern build­ing used to host events, com­pe­ti­tions, con­certs, per­for­mances, fes­ti­vals and gala evenings. De­signed to ac­com­mo­date up to 6,000 peo­ple. Via Barba­gallo, 115 - T: 0815700008 www.palapartenope.it

PEPITA JAZZ - Top-level jazz and a good of­fer of food and wine but also art ex­hi­bi­tions, cabaret, themed Irish and Cuban evenings and wine and rum tast­ings. Its sig­na­ture dishes in­clude soups, fon­dues, cold cuts and cheese plat­ters. Via Mar­tucci, 39. T: 360629808; 3333821301

PESCHERIA MAT­TIUCCI – On Tues­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days, this land­mark fish­mon­ger of­fers some of the best Mediter­ranean seafood and raw fish dishes in town ac­com­pa­nied by a good se­lec­tion of fine wines and cham­pagnes. Vico Belle­donne a Chi­aia, 27. T: 0812512215 www.pescheriamat­tiucci.com

PIN­TAURO – One of the old­est pas­try shops in Naples, it has been turn­ing out the re­gion’s renowned “sfogli­atella” since 1785, con­sid­ered among the best in the city. Don’t miss a chance to sam­ple it while strolling through the his­toric cen­tre: crispy per­fec­tion for even the most dis­cern­ing palates. Via Toledo, 275. T: 081417339

SCATURCHIO – A time-hon­oured pas­tic­ce­ria and a true “tem­ple of taste”, this cult des­ti­na­tion is a must for gas­tronomes and lovers of tra­di­tion. An in­sti­tu­tion in the art of pas­try-mak­ing for real con­nois­seurs of taste. A city tra­di­tion for more than a cen­tury, you’ll find an ar­ray of lo­cal clas­sics rang­ing from cof­fee to aper­i­tivi, from sweet treats to savoury del­i­ca­cies. Pi­azza San Domenico Mag­giore, 19. T: 0815517031 www.scaturchio.it

S’MOVE - One of the most evoca­tive mu­si­cal food bars in Naples. Bul­bous lamps and fu­tur­is­tic wall pan­els cre­ate plas­tic ef­fects that are mir­rored in the curved el­e­ments of its beau­ti­ful bar counter and in its light re­flected onto it mo­saic, mother-of-pearl tiles. An aper­i­tivo hot spot in Naples, DJs spin out an ar­ray of jazz, funk and elec­tro mu­sic. Vico Sospiri, 10. T: 0817645813

SUGAR QUEEN - A world of sweet­ness, color and cre­ativ­ity that in­volves all five senses, and where dreams turn into re­al­ity. Sugar Queen, the Queen of Cakes is a lab­o­ra­tory of high qual­ity con­fec­tionery, de­sign view, spe­cial­ized in mak­ing cus­tom cakes of all kinds. Raw ma­te­ri­als of su­pe­rior qual­ity and aes­thetic per­fec­tion of the cake de­sign. Via Carlo Po­e­rio, 42. T: 08119138422 www. sug­ar­queen.it

UPSTROKE – This venue rep­re­sents a launch pad for count­less emerg­ing mu­si­cians. It is pa­tron­ized by peo­ple of all ages who have a pas­sion for mu­sic. Tues­days are given over to jam ses­sions. Via Coroglio, 128. T: 3294211510

VINARIUM - A wel­com­ing wine bar cum trat­to­ria, Vinarium boasts one of the city’s best-stocked wine cel­lars (850 Ital­ian and for­eign bot­tles) and culi­nary spe­cial­i­ties inc cheese fon­dues and cos­mopoli­tan meat dishes. Also of­fers a fab se­lec­tion of grap­pas. Via Cap­pella Vec­chia, 7. T: 0817644114

THE­ATRES

AU­GUS­TEO - One of the most fa­mous the­atres in Naples, it is known for its big-bud­get per­for­mances in­clud­ing mu­si­cals, plays, come­dies, dance and prose. It is also home to the Carlo Buc­cirosso ac­tors’ school - pi­azzetta Duca d’Aosta, 263 - 081.414243 and 081.406698 - www.teatroau­gus­teo.it

BELLINI - One of the most beau­ti­ful the­atres in the city, it can be vis­ited dur­ing the day. Vis­i­tors can clam­ber up its nar­row stair­case lead­ing to its small re­hearsal room host­ing bill­boards of old per­for­mances pa­tiently col­lected by Tato Russo, one of the great­est ac­tors and play­wrights in Italy - via Conte di Ruvo, 14 - 081.5491266 - www. teatro­bellini.it

GAL­LE­RIA TOLEDO - Set within the heart of the Span­ish Dis­tricts, it is known on the Neapoli­tan the­atre scene for its con­tem­po­rary, ex­per­i­men­tal works and also stages pieces by well-known in­ter­na­tional play­wrights - via Con­cezione a Mon­te­cal­vario, 34 - 081.425824

TEATRO MERCADANTE - It opened in 1779 as the ‘Teatro del Real Fondo di Separazione’, with comic op­eras sung mainly in Tus­can. The the­atre was later used by Gioachino Rossini who be­came the mu­sic di­rec­tor of the royal the­atres, Gio­vanni Pacini and Gae­tano Donizetti. After a pe­riod of rel­a­tive in­ac­tiv­ity, in 1871 it was re­named the Real Teatro Mercadante – pi­azza Mu­nici­pio – 081.5510336 – www.teatrosta­bile­napoli.it

TEATRO NUOVO - Shake­speare, Beck­ett and Pa­solini are just some of the play­wrights whose work has been show­cased here. An ex­tremely mod­ern the­atre, It pro­vides a stage for emerg­ing Euro­pean writ­ers and is known for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach and ex­per­i­men­tal works - via Con­cezione a Mon­te­cal­vario, 16 - 081.425958 www. nuovoteatron­uovo.it

TEATRO POSILLIPO - An off­shoot of the his­toric land­mark Posillipo cinema - a ref­er­ence point since the 1950s for cinema buffs - the Posil­lip The­atre is a ver­sa­tile, el­e­gant location and events space set against the charm­ing back­drop of the Posillipo hill. Via Posillipo, 66 – www.teat­roposil­lipo.it

TEATRO SAN CARLO - One of Naples’ crown jewels, the San Carlo Theater is the Old­est Opera House in Europe. Built 41 years be­fore La Scala in Mi­lan and 55 years be­fore la Fenice in Venice, its de­sign was the model on which many, and if you ask a Neapoli­tan, all other Opera Houses would fol­low. Built for King Charles III in 1737, it was in­au­gu­rated on his name day or ono­mas­tico. With its 3,300 seats and pitch per­fect acous­tics, it quickly be­came the venue of the masters and the dream of the hope­fuls, mak­ing Naples the mu­sic cap­i­tal of Europe - via San Carlo, 98 - 081.7972331 - www. teatro­san­carlo.it

COAST & IS­LANDS

AFRICANA FA­MOUS CLUB - A unique, evoca­tive haunt, an ac­cor­dion player hid­den amidst the rocks, a black band, il­lus­tri­ous guests like Jackie Kennedy and Gianni Agnelli. For years, the Africana has been the set­ting for “La Dolce Vita” on the Amalfi coast. Via Ter­ra­mare, 2, Pra­iano. T: 089874858 www.africanafa­mous­club.com AL MONASTERO - The per­fect place for a pit-stop, it fea­tures a ter­race gar­den with ta­bles set amidst bougainvil­lea, broom, jas­mine and ver­bena over­look­ing the ru­ins of the Cathe­dral dell’Assunta, in the bay of Sant’Anna. Castello Aragonese, Ischia. T: 081992435 ANEMA E CORE - Sit­u­ated in the vicin­ity of the fa­mous Pi­azzetta, amidst pres­ti­gious bou­tiques and lux­ury ho­tels, this stylish gem is tucked away be­hind an “al­most” hid­den door, the en­trance of

one of the most highly pa­tron­ized and renowned venues on the Capri nightlife scene. An ex­clu­sive, age-old wine bar, where Guido Lembo, a spokesman for the Faraglioni through­out the world, en­ter­tains guests on the Is­land of Capri from mid­night to dawn. Via Sella Orta, 1, Capri. T: 081.8376461 T: 329.4742508 www.ane­maecore­capri.it

BLUNIGHT - An at­mo­spheric location with a great vibe. Blunight is one of the most el­e­gant and at­trac­tive dis­cothe­ques in the area. Cala di Puolo, via Partenone, 31, Mas­salu­brense. T: 3384138123; 3382227911; 3392547000

CALISE – Since the Six­ties, Calise has been a meet­ing place ei­ther for an aper­i­tivo or dessert. While sit­ting in its stun­ning gar­den, guests can spend a re­lax­ing evening lis­ten­ing to tra­di­tional Neapoli­tan songs. Of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of cakes (more than 50) and bis­cuits. Pi­ano bar en­ter­tain­ment ev­ery evening. Pi­az­zale degli Eroi, Ischia. www.bar­calise.it

CAM­ERA E CUCINA - A restau­rant cum art gallery. A place where one eats Ital­ian but talks all the lan­guages of the world. A hub of en­ter­tain­ment where you will dis­cover a host of in­trigu­ing worlds and a di­verse culi­nary land­scape in an evoca­tive wel­com­ing gar­den bar. Via Cor­reale, 19, Sor­rento. T: 081.8773530 www.cam­er­ae­cucina.it

CIRCOLO DEI FORESTIERI - A favourite haunt with tourists from all over the world, in ad­di­tion to its breath­tak­ing panorama, it also of­fers all the flavours and spe­cial­i­ties of the Sor­rento Coast. Via Luigi de Maio, 35, Sor­rento. T: 081.8773263 www. cir­colode­iforestieri.com

CONWINUM – Jazz, food, wine and art, sen­sual pair­ings that in­volve all of the senses in an el­e­gant venue, en­tirely dec­o­rated with Vi­etri ce­ram­ics and lava stone ta­bles. Of­fers live mu­sic and a pi­ano bar though­out the week and live mu­sic on Satur­day. This venue, owned by Elio Ris­poli, serves food pre­pared by the “Don Al­fonso 1890” restau­rant and fea­tures works of art lent by gal­lerist An­to­nio Miniaci. Via del Bri­g­antino, Posi­tano. T: 089811461

EXCTASY - A nightspot and pi­ano bar sit­u­ated in the heart of Ischia of­fer­ing great live mu­sic. Corso Vit­to­ria Colonna, 97. Ischia. T: 081.982569

FAUNO - A land­mark night­club in Sor­rento which, since the 1950s has been a meet­ing place and des­ti­na­tion venue for tourists, fash­ion­istas and Cam­pa­nia jet-set­ters. The dance floor can be ac­cessed by an il­lu­mi­nated stair­way cov­ered by a red car­pet that an­tic­i­pates the dom­i­nant colour of the club. Pi­azza Tasso, Sor­rento. T: 081.8781021

GIARDINO DEGLI ARANCI - An old tav­ern set against a mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral back­drop, with its mar­vel­lous plants and the ar­chi­tec­ture of the “palazzi” sur­round­ing its gar­den are fur­ther en­hanced by the warm wel­come given by pa­tron An­drea Im­pagli­azzo and the flavours of its high­end cui­sine which make it a “must-visit” des­ti­na­tion for tourist. Corso Vit­to­ria Colonna, Ischia. T: 081.991150 www.gi­a­rdinodegliaranci.it

JANE - Since the very be­gin­ning it has been a cult des­ti­na­tion for celeb tourists. It glass-fronted side walls mean that you can dance while en­joy­ing a fab­u­lous view over the sea and small, ad­ja­cent beach. Via Pagoda, Ischia. T: 08119515130

LA CAPANNINA PIU’ – Of­fers a great se­lec­tion of wines, bub­bly and dis­til­lates but also honey, bal­samic vine­gar, su­perb olive oil and a rich ar­ray of gift and wine-re­lated ac­ces­sories. Via Le Bot­teghe, 39, Capri. T: 0818378899 www.ca­pan­ni­nacapri.com

MU­SIC ON THE ROCKS - For 40 years, one of Europe’s orig­i­nal su­per­clubs, pa­tron­ized by show biz celebs and in­ter­na­tional film icons. It is con­sid­ered one of the most evoca­tive lo­ca­tions in the world. Via Grotte dell’In­canto, 51, Posi­tano. T: 089.875874; 331.7210076 www.mu­si­con­the­rocks.it

‘O SPASSO – A dis­cotheque lo­cated within the heart of the pop­u­lar Bar “Calise”, of which it is an in­te­gral part. This ex­clu­sive stylish venue stages live mu­sic and cabaret en­ter­tain­ment and caters to a fash­ion­able set. This leg­endary nightspot at­tracts pun­ters of all ages. Via E. Cortese (cor­ner of Pi­azza degli Eroi), Ischia. T: 081.881270 www.bar­calise.com

VALENTINO - Set against one of the most evoca­tive, trendi­est back­drops in Ischia, Valentino is con­sid­ered a tem­ple of en­ter­tain­ment and good mu­sic and is cur­rently the hottest disco on the Is­land. Corso Vit­to­ria Colonna, 97, Ischia. T: 081982569

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