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"A whispering statue..." Naples Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

Naples Off The Beaten Path: 89 reviews and 137 photos

  The whispering old man
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  • The whispering old man - Naples
      The whispering old man
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  • The old man in his 'largo' - Naples
      The old man in his 'largo'
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This statue of an old man in the typical reclining Roman-dining position is thought to date from the time of Nero.

It is supposed to be a representation of the river Nile, which is why the tiny square in which it is set is called the Largo del Corpo del Nilo and a nearby church in even-tinier Piazetta Nilo is called Sant'Angelo a Nilo.

Apparently, the statue whispers to ladies as they walk past. I've no doubt it prefers younger ladies, and I've no doubt that whatever it whispers is a little on the rude side...although, perhaps, it may just be 'Ciao, bella'.

He didn't whisper to me as I passed by, so I don't know for sure what he says. :-(

He certainly looks exhausted, despite his horn of plenty. Perhaps all the whispering exhausts him?

Why not seek him out and see if he whispers to you? You can find him at the western end of Via San Biagio dei Librai.

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2011
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