Friday, October 29, 2010

The Elevators

Nook of Naples:  ANM is the company that runs the bus service in Naples.  It also offers a transportation oddity -- three public elevators.  Each elevator takes pedestrians from a top level street to a bottom level street.  The best thing about them is that the fare is free.

Across the street from Piazza del Plebiscito, the Acton elevator takes you down to the port:

The pedestrian walkway along Via Chiaia connects Piazza Trieste e Trento (by the Teatro San Carlo) to the upscale stores near the Bay of Naples.  Smack in the middle of this walkway is an arch:

Inside, an old staircase as well as an elevator takes you up to a less visited part of the city.  Here, you can see the Palazzo Serra di Cassano (owned by a Prince whose son Gennaro was executed during the 1799 revolution), the Museo Artistico Industriale, and Pizzofalcone (the birthplace of the siren Parthenope).  The elevator itself is manned by friendly operators, so there is no need to press any buttons yourself.

Finally, in the seedy Sanita section, a bridge going toward Capodimonte has an elevator that goes down to the Church of Santa Maria della Sanita.  This spooky Church has translucent angels at the altar and the San Guadioso Catacombs.  

But watch out!  The elevators also have hours of operation.  When the green light is on, the elevator is open.  When the red light flashes, the elevator is closed.


LindyLouMac said...

An interesting transportation oddity, and a novel way to get around! Earlier this year I travelled on the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. You may be interested
Have a great weekend.

Gil said...

Thanks for posting this! I think we walked down to the port. Hopefully, we'll go back to Naples in 2011 and use the elevators now that I know about them.

Barbara said...

Hi Linda! This escalator in Hong Kong is amazing. I've never seen anything like it before. Thanks!

Gil -- the other interesting thing about the elevators is that you'll likely run into them and need to use them when you visit, especially if you need to get down to the port or walk along the Chiaia. Can't wait for you to post about your trip in 2011. I love seeing Naples through the eyes of other visitors.


LindyLouMac said...

Ciao Barbara, I thought you would be interested :)

Barbara said...

Yes, it was fantastic, Linda!!!!