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Parco Vergiliano a Piedigrotta

  • Salita della Grotta 20 Map It
  • Mergellina
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Updated 12/12/2013

Fodor's Review

An undervisited sight in western Naples, the park is named for the poet Virgil and is reputedly his burial site. Not to be confused with the Parco Virgiliano, at the western end of the Naples suburb of Posillipo, this patch of greenery is, however, more famous for its Bay of Naples vista, immortalized in countless postcards and pizza-parlor paintings—the ones showing a lone umbrella pine on a bluff overlooking bay and city, with Vesuvius in the background. The iconic pine no longer exists, but the view remains magnificent. A sign at the park's entrance indicates that not only (by legend) is Virgil's tomb here, but also the tomb-memorial of Giacomo Leopardi, the author of the evocative poem "L'infinito," who died during the 1837 cholera epidemic. As a safety precaution, victims of the disease were usually buried in mass graves, but the writer (and later politician) Antonio Ranieri, a close friend, arranged for this monument, which until 1939 was located elsewhere. From the Mergellina metro station walk south to Salita della Grotta and turn right just before the church of Santa Maria di Piedigrotta; the park's entrance is just before the road tunnel.

Sight Information

Address:

Salita della Grotta 20, off Piazza Piedigrotta, Naples, Campania, 80122, Italy

Map It

Phone:

081-669390

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • 9–1 hr before sunset

Updated 12/12/2013

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