The picturesque route called ''Spaccanapoli street'' will show you the heart of Naples. Spaccanapoli separates Naples into two parts and goes through the center of the city. It's the most visited place in Naples with it's churches, old houses, sights and souvenirs. The credit goes to the ancient Greeks and Romans. These early settlers thoughtfully put in place a city plan with three parallel decumani (main streets), the most famous of which was the decumanus inferior, Spaccanapoli’s forerunner. Actually, Spaccanapoli is not one street at all but the nickname given to the sequence of streets (Via Benedetto Croce, Via San Biagio dei Librai and Via Vicaria Vecchia) that cut through the heart of the city’s historical center, essentially splitting Naples in two (hence the name).
A Spaccanapoli itinerary slices through a working-class neighborhood of full-blooded-live-out-loud Napolitani. Here high-energy street drama plays out in public among the piazzas, palazzos, churches, galleries, bars, and street vendors. There are indeed many reasons to visit Naples, and there is no place to describe the soul of the city better than Spaccanapoli. Where visitors coexist with Neapolitans and motorcycles, spend some time enjoying the graffiti on the walls, exploring the little side streets and alleys, and hearing people calling across the balconies to each other. Notice their gestures, the way they move their hands, hold their heads, and shrug their shoulders, and the essence of Naples will be revealed to you.