Villa Comunale lies between the Via Caracciolo seafront and Chiaia riviera, close to Piazza Vittoria and Piazza della Repubblica. Opened to the public at the end of the 18th century and later enlarged and embellished, it is now one of the Neapolitans' favorite places for a walk, bike ride, skate ride or just sitting in the shade of its huge trees. The avenues are adorned with monuments and statues of famous citizens and fountains that celebrate classical mythology. One of the first you see as you come from Piazza Vittoria is that of Flora Capitolina; further up on the left is that of Oreste and Electra, then there is the fountain of St. Lucy, which is one of Naples' most beautiful. Close to the entrance to the Aquarium, another fountain celebrates the myth of Castor and Pollux. Then there are the Fountain of the Four Lions (whose basin comes from the Temple of Poseidon in Paestum), and the fountain of the Flora del Belvedere (near the Casina Pompeiana, home to the Società di Belle Arti Salvador Rosa). Further on, you will find the fountain of the Rape of the Sabines, then that of the Rape of Europa. An equestrian statue is that of Armando Diaz on a pedestal 16m high. Then there is the statue of the Pellicano that celebrates the support received by Naples from the Italian people during the cholera epidemic of 1884.
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- Nearest Train: Funicolare di Mergellina: Mergellina