Ia Toledo is one of the main arteries of Naples. It winds between piazza Dante and piazza Trieste and Trento and is home to a vast panorama of window displays including historic shops, old pharmacies and pasticcerie boasting early 19th century and Art Nou
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will find themselves enmeshed in the closely- knit maze of crowded alleyways of the Spanish Quarter. Built to house the Spanish troops in the 15th century, they are the quintessence of Neapolitan life: colours, sounds and scenery, washing- strung streets, workshops crammed with objects and the so- called “bassi”, one or two- roomed hovels on street level. Not a safe neighbourhood to visit at night; make sure not to carry or wear any valuables with you when visiting the area. Dating back to the 16th century, shop- heavy Via Toledo is a must- visit destination for Neapolitan shopping and cultural life. Almost entirely pedestrianized, it is also known as the “city”, on account of its being densely populated with offices and banks, often housed in historic “palazzi”.