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  • 1 Museo Archeologico Nazionale Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 I - 80135 Napoli

    Housed in a 16C building, this museum's collections are essentially composed of works from the Farnese collection (Greco-Roman sculpture), and objects found at Herculanum and Pompeii. This makes it one of the world's richest selections of Greek and R..

  • 2 Bay of Naples Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 80100 Napoli

    Covering 80km from Pozzuoli in the north to Sorrento in the south, the Bay of Naples makes for an expansive panorama: to the west the Phlegraean Fields with their intense geological activity; to the south the wild and rugged Sorrento peninsula (cliff..

  • 3 San Carlo Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via San Carlo 98/F I - 80132 Napoli

    Constructed under Charles de Bourbon in 1737, this jewel among European opera houses was ravaged by fire in 1816 but reconstructed entirely as before within six months. Only the Royal box is original. With its amazing stucco, gilded wood and red velv..

  • 4 Spaccanapoli Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Dante I - 80135 Napoli

    On the site of Greek Neapolis, the heart of the city, Spaccanapoli is an east-west road on the line of the decumanus of the Antique city (Via Tribunali corresponds with the main decumanus, Via Croce, Via San Giagio dei Librai and Via Vicaria with the..

  • 5 Palazzo e Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Miano 2 I - 80142 Napoli

    Capodimonte was built by Charles III beginning in 1738 to house the Farnese collection. At the very summit of the hill, the palace stands in a pleasant park where you will discover the remains of a porcelain factory, famous in the 18C. The royal apar..

  • 6 Pinacoteca di Capodimonte Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via di Miano 2 I - 80142 Napoli

    The collections of the Farnese, inherited from the Bourbons and added to down the years, form the nucleus of the gallery.The essentially chronological presentational layout allows visitors to trace major movements in the history of Italian art, and c..

  • 7 Catacombs of San Gennaro Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Tondo di Capodimonte 13 I - 80136 Napoli

    This complex of galleries cut into the volcanic rock is laid out over two levels. They form a "baptistry" and a spacious basilica with three naves (4C-6C). The tomb of St Januarius, buried here in the 6C, is decorated with frescoes represen..

  • 8 Cimitero delle Fontanelle Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Fontanelle 154 I - 80133 Napoli

    Right at the end of the winding Via Fontanelle, this old Greco-Roman tuff quarry houses thousands of bones belonging to the victims of the 17C plague, which killed three quarters of the inhabitants of Naples (300 000 deaths). Made famous by the Rosse..

  • 9 Port of Santa Lucia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Nuova I - 80146 Napoli

    Nestling between a rocky islet and the jetty linking it to the shore, the port of Santa Lucia has preserved its charm. The Castel dell'Ovo or "Egg Castle" is a severe Norman structure, remodelled by the Angevins, which takes its name from t..

  • 10 Chiaia and Il Lungomare Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Sannazzaro I - 80133 Napoli

    From Santa Lucia Port (which also affords a fantastic view of Mt Vesuvius), you can see Il Lungomare, which reaches as far as the little Mergellina Cove. Set apart from the bustling centre, it is very popular with Neapolitans out for a Sunday stroll...

  • 11 Il Vomero Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Vanvitelli I - 80133 Napoli

    Some of the most fabulous views of Naples and the bay can be enjoyed from the Vomero plateau (reached on foot or by funicular). Little roads made of steps, as well as parks and gardens, and wide, tree-lined streets... here, everything makes for a cal..

  • 12 Castel Nuovo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Municipio I - 80133 Napoli

    Surrounded by a deep moat, the imposing Castel Nuovo was built in 1282 by Charles I of Anjou's architects, Pierre de Chaulnes and Pierre d'Agincourt, using Angers castle as their model. On the city side, a fine triumphal arch (1467) marks the entranc..

  • 13 Piazza del Plebiscito Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Plebliscito I - 80132 Napoli

    The square was built under the reign of Murat in 1810. Its semicircular shape is enclosed on either side by the royal palace and the neo-classical façade of the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, which was built for the coronation of Ferdinand of Bo..

  • 14 Palazzo Reale Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Plebiscito 1 I - 80132 Napoli

    The palace was built in 1600 by Domenico Fontana in anticipation of an official visit by Philip III... who forgot to go! The palace was then inhabited by the viceroys and the first actual King to stay there was Charles III, only in 1734! The austere ..

  • 15 Santa Chiara Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via Santa-Chiara I - 80134 Napoli

    The building was commissioned by Sancie of Majorca, the pious wife of King Robert the Wise. It is a church of the Order of Saint Claire, in Gothic Provençal style. The cloister next to the church was transformed in the 18C into a garden and planted w..

  • 16 San Lorenzo Maggiore Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Tribunali 316 I - 80138 Napoli

    The church was built in the 13C on the site of an early Christian building, whose external walls have survived. Decorated later in Baroque style, it has now been returned to its original appearance. It contains many beautiful Gothic style elements.

  • 17 Pio Monte della Misericordia Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Tribunali 253 I - 80138 Napoli

    The Confraternity of Mercy dates back to the 17C. Six altarpieces, their subject-matter relating to the institution's works of charity, are kept there. Note the Liberation of Saint Peter by Caracciolo and a very beautiful painting by Caravaggio, The ..

  • 18 Dôme Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via del Duomo 147 I - 80138 Napoli

    The cathedral was built in the 14C but has been altered often since then. It contains the relics of Saint Januarius, the focus of an incredible fervour of popular faith. The liquefaction of the saint's blood, which takes place every year in May, is a..

  • 19 Galleria Umberto I Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Toledo I - 80134 Napoli

    Facing the San Carlo theatre is a shopping centre, just like the Italians loved to design them, with a high glasshouse forming a dome over the square, where the three branches of the gallery converge. Cafés, fashion shops and jewellers' add life to t..

  • 20 Porta Capuana Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Tribunali I - 80138 Napoli

    The fortified Capuana gate was constructed in 1484 after a design by Giulano da Maiano. It is flanked by two massive towers that contrast with the elegant Renaissance decoration of the white marble arch.The nearby Castel Capuano, was the former resid..

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