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Maggio dei Monumenti

May of the Monuments is a month-long, citywide cultural festival dedicated to celebrating Naples’ rich artistic and architectural heritage. Monuments and collections that are typically closed to the public are opened for the month. In addition, the city puts on special exhibitions, concerts and performances in historic venues, literary events and city tours.

Date: 25 April 2020 - 14 June 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.

Napoli Teatro Festival Italia

Set in some spectacular locations, such as abandoned breweries, castles and even whole neighbourhoods of the historic centre, this theatre festival is pure spectacle. The productions, from European and international directors, push the boundaries of the theatrical experience.

Date: 01 June 2020 - 31 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: https://www.napoliteatrofestival.it/

Festa della Madonna del Carmine

Held in Piazza del Carmine, this religious celebration starts the night before the official saint's day, with the Incendio del Campanile, which literally means ‘the burning of the church tower'. It does actually looks as if the bell tower itself, the highest point of the city, is on fire. The next day Holy Mass is celebrated every hour from 0700 until 1900 when there is a spectacular fireworks display.

Date: 15 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
Venue: Piazza del Carmine.

Ferragosto

Next to Christmas and Easter, Ferragosto is Italy’s biggest holiday. For Catholics, it is the Feast of the Assumption, when the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven, but even before Christ, the Romans honoured their gods on what they called Feriae Augusti. Naples, a quintessentially Roman city, celebrates with particular fervour. Everyone heads down to the beach and prepares for a night of bacchanalian fun and fireworks.

Date: 15 August 2020 - 15 August 2020
Venue: The beach.

Napoli Film Festival

Naples annual international film festival showcases European, Mediterranean and Neapolitan films at various theatres around town. Some sessions include Q&A’s with directors and actors.

Date: 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.napolifilmfestival.com

San Gennaro Festival

Saint Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, is one of the most celebrated city saint’s in Italy. His official saint’s day is the 19 September, when two precious vials of his blood (collected after his beheading in 305 CE) are taken out of safekeeping. Exposed to the power of citywide prayer, the powdered blood is said to miraculously liquefy, a good omen for the city.

Date: 19 September 2020 - 19 September 2020
Venue: The cathedral.

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The grand dame on the seafront, this 5-star deluxe hotel is renowned for hosting millionaires and screen legends. Appropriately, its refined public spaces drip with twinkling chandeliers and are furnished with period antiques, and it has a cabin cruiser service which lets guests island hop in style. The Caruso Roof Garden restaurant is gorgeous too.

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Eschewing the Baroque extravagance of other luxury hotels, the Romeo Hotel is a temple of modernist design. The striking steel-and-glass exterior encases soothing minimalist interiors of marble, wood, stone and steel. The rooftop restaurant and pool include one of Naples' few sushi bars and there's a seriously sexy modern spa.

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