The Pedamentina of Saint Martino is a historic staircase that connects Saint Martino Square to Vittorio Emanuele avenue let you reaching the historic center along the monumental staircase of Montesanto or cross the Spanish quarters through one of the countless downhill streets.
It was created in the fourteenth century under the reign of Charles of Anjou in order to allow the transport from the city of materials for the construction of the Charterhouse of Saint Martino to an area that was countryside and almost completely uninhabited. It later became part of the defensive complex associated with the Saint Elmo castle and until today it represents one of the most evocative urban pedestrian routes in the city.
The staircase, 414 steps, offers breathtaking views of Vesuvius, Capodimonte hill with the royal palace and the Incoronata Basilica dome as well as the entire historic city center that it dominates and watches over. It is precisely this position that allows you to notice a road that literally splits the city in two, one of the three decumani of the Roman city, called by neapolitans ‘Spaccanapoli’.
Always a favorite of romantics, artists and dreamers, Marguerite Yourcenar has set on the staircase one of her stories (‘Anna, Soror’ – 1982) and legend narrates that Charles Beaudelaire stayed within the walls of the complex that houses the Petit Palais – Naples during his stay in the city of Naples in 1860.
From the property is possible to reach the historic center of Naples with a panoramic walk of about 20-25 minutes.
It is close to the main public transport lines in the city, guaranteeing the possibility of a practical and fast connection with the different areas of the city: