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The Story of Donna Sofia ai Tribunali

Donna Sofia is a simple and charming local, dedicated to the True Traditional Pizza and Neapolitans fried, located in Naples Historic Center in the Via dei Tribunali. The story dates back to 1936 and the oven of Mr. Gaetano Esposito. Every day, at dawn, the smell of his freshly baked bread awakened all the surroundings. The women came out of their alleys to take a piece that was still hot and steaming. Sofia was among the most beautiful women in the neighborhood. After many years, the sons Gaetano and Marco Zarelli have decided to dedicate to that wonderful woman their pizzeria born in 2012, calling it pizzeria Donna Sofia. The desire is to continue the tradition of grandfather Gaetano once again bringing the warmth and scent of pizza to the most popular street in Naples. There are many classic and gourmet pizzas, but the specialties of our pizza makers, absolutely indispensable to try: La Storia, Margherita of Sofia and Neapolis.

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Obelisco o Guglia di San Gaetano

The obelisk or spire of San Gaetano is located in Piazza San Gaetano.

The religious order of the Theatines wanted it built as symbol of gratitude to Saint Gaetano for surviving the plague that hit the city in 1656.

1 min. on foot

Via San Gregorio Armeno

Via San Gregorio Armeno is situated in the historical centre of Naples.

It is famous among tourists for its workshops, which produce artisanal cribs.
2 min. on foot

Museo Cappella di San Severo

Located in the heart of the historical centre of Naples, the Museum Cappella di Sansevero is a gem of the international artistic heritage. Here Baroque creativity and dynastic pride, beauty and mystery cross, creating a unique, out of time atmosphere.

Masterpieces such as the renowned Veiled Christ, whose picture is world-known for the astonishing “weaving” of the marmoreal veil; wonders of technical virtuosy like the Disillusionment and cryptic anatomic machines; the Chapel of Sansevero is one of the most curious monuments human wit ever created.

An aristocratic mausoleum, an initiatory temple pervaded of its creator’s multifaceted personality: Raimondo di Sangro, seventh prince of Sansevero.

5 min. on foot

Duomo di Napoli e cripta di San Gennaro

The metropolitan Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is a monumental basilica as well as Dome and headquarter of the archdiocese of Naples.

The Dome stands on the right side of the namesake street in a small square outlined by porches, and engulfs two other separately-constructed buildings: the basilica of Santa Restituta, guarding the most ancient baptistery of the West, San Giovanni in Fonte, and the royal chapel of the Treasure of Saint Gennaro, holding the relics of the patron saint of the city.

The Dome is one of the most important and biggest churches of Naples, relevant both from artistic and cultural point of view: artistically the church combines several architectural styles, from 14th century gothic to 19th century gothic revival, while culturally hosts thrice a year the celebration of the miraculous melting of Saint Gennaro’s blood.

5 min. on foot

Chiesa e Chiostro di San Gregorio Armeno

San Gregorio Armeno church is situated in a less chaotic location compared with San Gregorio Armeno Street, as it stands nearby Piazza San Gaetano and San Lorenzo Maggiore church. Alongside the adjacent monastic complex, this church is one of the oldest religious building of the city. Some think that in this monastery some of the tastiest Neapolitan recipes were born, such as the Zeppole di San Giuseppe and the renowned Pastiera.

onThe gorgeous monastic complex was built around 1000 on the ruins of the previous Temple of Ceres to house the Basilian Sisters, fleeing from Constantinople with the precious relics of Saint Liguoro (another name to design Saint Gregory). The church is also known as church of Saint Patricia, saint protector of the city alongside Saint Gennaro. The urn containing her body is a pilgrimage site, as well as the ampoule with her blood. It would seem that her blood melted miraculously many times a year.

3 min. on foot

Complesso monumentale di Santa Chiara

In the heart of the historical centre of Naples stands the ancient monumental complex of Saint Clare. Its construction started back in 1310 by the will of king Robert of Anjou and his wife Sancha of Mallorca.

The Franciscan citadel consisted in two monasteries: one for the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare, the other for the friars of the Franciscan Order. The basilica was built in gothic style, and it has a simple façade with a drilled rose window. In 1742 the church was modified by architect D.A. Vaccaro: magnificent claddings gave the religious complex a baroque appearance. On August the 4th 1943 the church was almost entirely destroyed by an air raid, but it was rebuilt and restored in its original gothic style. Ten years later the church was finally re-opened.

The cloister was also subject to changes throughout the centuries: the most important one took place between 1739 and 1742, when architect D.A. Vaccaro realized two intersecting walks that divide the cloister garden in four sectors. On both sides of the walks stand many octagonal pillars covered tin-glazed earthenware depicting foliage festoon.

Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore

The Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore is a monumental church among the oldest in Naples and located in Piazza San Gaetano, in the historical centre of the city.

The building of San Lorenzo Maggiore, one of Naples‘ most ancient churches (l’ho messo in rosso perché è ridondante, stava già scritto sopra), goes back to 12th  century, when in 1235 Pope Gregory IX granted Naples the building of a basilica consecrated to Saint Lawrence. From 1270 Charles I of Anjou took part in the establishment of the basilica through generous subsidies, and by the end of the construction the architectural style of the church was midway between French gothic style and Franciscan style.

As a matter of fact it was French architects who designed the apse (which is nowadays the only apse with these characteristics) while the aisle was built in Italian style. This indicates that later on the project of construction of the church was passed on to Italian architects.

1 min.on foot

Murales di San Gennaro Jorit

In Naples, old and broken dolls can have a second chance thanks to the Dolls Hospital, an old museum-workhouse.

2 min on foot

Tesoro San Gennaro (museo del tesoro)

The Treasure of San Gennaro is considered richer than the royal treasures of Russia and Great Britain. The collection includes many works dedicated to the saint patron of the city, Saint Gennaro, who had been Bishop of Benevento and later decapitated in Pozzuoli by order of Emperor Diocleziano during the persecutions of Christians.

Among the masterpieces kept in the Museum there is a bust in gold and silver commissioned by Charles I of Anjou, holding the saint’s cranial bones, and a showcase holding the ampoules containing Saint Gennaro’s blood. There are also many other chef d’oeuvre, such as the mitre covered in 3694 precious gems created by goldsmith Matteo Treglia in 1713, and the wonderful necklace realized by Michele Dato in 1679, which was periodically enriched until 1879 by the addition of precious gems given as present by European monarchs.

3 min on foot

Ospedale delle bambole

In Naples, old and broken dolls can have a second chance thanks to the Dolls Hospital, an old museum-workhouse.

4 min on foot

Cimitero delle Fontanelle

The Fontanelle cemetery is an old ossuary whose extension is more than 3000 square metre (about 32.2917 ft²), and contains the remains of an unknown amount of people. It is located in the Sanità, one of the richest districts of Naples in history and tradition.

The cemetery is known among the inhabitants of the city because here in the past took place the ceremony of the “anime pezzentelle” (“poor souls”), during which a Neapolitan citizen took care of one of the many abandoned skulls (called “capuzzella”) in the ossuary, in exchange for protection. Every corner and corridor of the Fontanelle cemetery is rich in history, anecdotes, legends and trivia, just waiting to be heard.

24 min. on foot


Pizzeria Donna Sofia

Via Tribunali, 89

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  • (+39) 081290822

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