Introduction

Fin-de-siècle hotels, middle-class families and seaside promenading define Santa Lucia, a compact, respectable district anchored by eponymous Via Santa Lucia. This is the place for lazy waterfront passeggiate (strolls) and seafood feasts by bobbing boats. The latter are the order of the day on the petite islet of Borgo Marinaro, home to hulking Castel dell'Ovo and connected to the mainland by an artificial isthmus. Sprawling to the west of Santa Lucia is on-point Chiaia, home to high-end boutiques, bar-packed side streets, fashionable Neapolitans, and a former Rothschild villa.