Via dei Tribunali, Napoli, 80138 NA, Italia
If you google maps Naples, and you really zoom out, you will definitely notice its streets shape a chessboard. This happens as Naples has been founded by Ancient Greeks (very well-known chess players), who were used to build their cities crossing long wide roads called “decumani”.
There are 3 kinds of decumani: greater, higher, lower.
The most important is the “greater”, which has very important monuments, such as Castel Capuano, royal residence at first and then courthouse, which gave the name to the street “via dei Tribunali” (which means Courthouses Street).
The “higher” one is the most snubbed, but – no need to worry – it’s full of wonders as well, like the ruins from Neapolis ancient roman theatre. Super historical is also the “Ospedale degli Incurabili” (Hospital for terminal people), which is one of the most ancient in Naples where people used to go to nurse the worst diseases.
The lower decumano is called “Spaccanapoli”, as it cuts Naples historical centre in two from north to south. It goes from “Piazza del Gesù” straight to “Forcella”.
It doesn’t matter if you can play chess, draughts or trump. The most important thing is that you go for a stroll wondering around people in these streets. Like a proper Neapolitan!
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