Basilica della Pietrasanta

The Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore in Pietrasanta, located in one of the main arteries of the historic center of Naples, contains millennia of Neapolitan history, and is now the location of breathtaking Dalinian works of art. Built on the remains of the Greek temple of Diana, it was transformed into a Christian basilica by Pomponio in 525 and is thought to be the first sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The site, rebuilt in 1656 by Fanzago, holds traces of the evolution of Naples: the bell tower, the exquisite Pontano Chapel, and the one dedicated to the Savior, together with the Basilica, tell the story of this Neapolitan unicum.

Salvador Dalí and Alfred Hitchcock conquered Naples:walking along Via Dei Tribunali, in the vibrant heart of the city centre, you come across a monumental statue of the Catalan artist: a soft bronze watch stands majestically in Piazzetta Pietrasanta. The lively and vital city fabric thus takes on the characteristics of anopen-air museum.

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