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is entirely enclosed by walls, but beyond that point a succession
of charming views are obtained on both sides, over the town and
bay and the W. environs. A walk as far as the projecting rock
of the Posilipo occupies 2 hrs. ; thence to the Villa Reale 1 hr.;
one horse carr., allowing time to visit S. Elmo and the Grotto
of Sejanus (p. 81), 4—5 1. , an excursion strongly recommended,
as it conveys the best idea of the beauties of the environs
(drive 2 hrs., visit to S. Elmo lL/4. to the Grotto of Sejanus 1 hr.).
Half-a-mile from the Museum the Vico Arenella diverges to
the r. towards the village of that name, situated on the height,
the birth-place of Salvator Rosa in 1605, who terminated his
chequered career at Rome in 1673.
Enclosed by garden-walls and continuing to ascend, the road
next reaches Antignano, 10 min. walk farther. Shortly before the
village is reached the road to S. Elmo diverges to the 1., and
the main road soon divides, leading to Camaldoli to the r., whilst
the route at present described proceeds to the 1.
After a walk of l/^ hr. more Vomero is reached, where the
Villa Belvedere affords a delightful panorama of the land and sea.
A precipitous path, the Salita del Vomero, descends from this
point to the Chiaia. Under the name of Strada Belvedere the
road now skirts the heights of the Chiaia, passes the Villa Regina
(r.) and leads to the summit of the Posilipo. Near the point
where it turns towards the S., the Villas Ricciardi, Tricase and
Patrizi are beautifully situated.
The Grotta di Posilipo or di Pozzuoli is attained after l/% nr-
walk from Vomero. Between Vomero and the sea the hill bears
the name of Posilipo. The village of Posilipo is soon reached,
whence the Salita di S. Antonio di Posilipo descends to the Mer¬
gellina, passing Virgil's Tomb.
The road continues on the height, leading from Posilipo through
the village of Strato in about 1 hr. to the Strada Nuova, nearly
opposite to the Punta di Coroglio. It affords an admirable survey
of the country as far as the Lago d'Agnano, Bagnoli, Camaldoli,
the Solfatara, Pozzuoli, the environs of Baiae, the heights of Mi-
senum, the island of Procida and the lofty peak of Epomeo in
Ischia; in the other direction, the town and bay.
From the point where the road unites with the Str. Nuova
di Posilipo, a walk of 10 min. more to the r. will enable the
traveller to inspect the Grotto of Sejanus (p. 81). Thence back
to the town is a distance of 3]/2 M.
commands the finest view near Naples, perhaps the finest in Italy.
The monastery, founded in 1525 by the Marchese di Pescara, the
victor of Pavia, is situated on the E. extremity of the chain of