What to see near the port of Naples Mergellina
By the sea and at the foot of the Posillipo hill . These two pieces of information are enough to give an idea of what there is to see in Mergellina. To the landscape-environmental charm, it is obviously necessary to add the historical one and the tourist-commercial activity .
As far as the first aspect is concerned, it is enough to consider that not even 500 meters from the port, near the Mergellina railway station, there are the tombs of the Roman poet Virgilio and, above all, that of the great Giacomo Leopardi . Both sepulchres are located within the Vergiliano Park (Salita della Grotta, 20) not to be confused with the Virgilian Park of Posillipo.
As for tourist-commercial activities, the reference point of the nightlife remains the central Piazza Sannazzaro , where there is the famous Fontana delle Sirene. All around bars, restaurants, pizzerias, kiosks, ice cream parlors and trendy clubs. A very rich offer from a gastronomic and entertainment point of view that has further expanded over the years thanks to the pedestrianization of a large part of the Caracciolo promenade.
Right on the Caracciolo promenade, about a kilometer from the port of Mergellina, there is the municipal villa. Inside, the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station , the oldest aquarium in Italy (check if it is open on the website www.szn.it). A recommended stop especially if you move with your children in tow. Finally, just beyond, the magnificent Castel dell'Ovo.