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  • 1 Villa of the Papyruses Rooms Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 19 I - Napoli

    Several rooms of the National Archaeological Museum are devoted to this villa discovered in Herculanum in the 18C. The Papyrus Room (n o 114) contains photographs of some of the 800 papyruses that were housed in the library. The bronze statues that a..

  • 2 Rooms of the Temple of Isis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 19 I - Napoli

    These rooms of the National Archaeological Museum house objects and paintings from the temple discovered at Pompeii. The focus is on three spaces, partially reconstructed here: the portico, the ekklesiasterion (where Isis's followers would gather) an..

  • 3 Fresco Rooms Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 19 I - Napoli

    These rooms of the National Archaeological Museum house exquisite frescoes from Pompeii, Herculanum and Stabies. The diversity of styles and colours is testimony to the incredible richness of Roman decoration. There are splendid paintings inspired by..

  • 4 Museo Archeologico Nazionale Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 I - 80135 Napoli

    The Greco-Roman sculptures come from Pompeii and Herculanum and the Farnese collection, inherited by Charles III, from his mother, Elizabeth Farnese. The most beautiful pieces are the magnificent statue of Hercules, the enormous Farnese Bull, from th..

  • 5 Bay of Naples Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 80100 Napoli

    The Bay of Naples, extending from Cumae to Sorrento, features numerous secluded spots such as the crater of Solfatara, the slopes of Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the spa resort of Baia. But it is also home to sites bustling with..

  • 6 Napoli Sotterranea Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Piazza San Gaetano 68 I - Napoli

    The 121 stairs lead to Naples' underground passages buried 30-40m below in galleries of tufa that the Greeks dug in the 4C BC for the construction of the boundary walls of the city. The Roman Aqueduct carried water into the city until 1885. The route..

  • 7 San Carlo Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via San Carlo 98/F I - 80132 Napoli

    The building, constructed under Charles of Bourbon in 1737 has an austere neo-classical façade that was added in 1816. This apparent austerity actually conceals an interior of incredible wealth. The oldest opera in Italy is in fact entirely decorated..

  • 8 Port of Santa Lucia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. uova I - 80146 Napoli

    The port of Santa Lucia has preserved its charm, nestling between a rocky islet and the jetty linking it to the shore. The castel dell'Ovo or "Egg Castle" is a severe, Norman construction, reworked by the people of Anjou, which takes its na..

  • 9 Spaccanapoli Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Dante I - 80135 Napoli

    Spaccanapoli is a narrow, straight road which, as its name suggests, divides old Naples in two. Made up of the streets of S. Benedetto Croce, S. Biagio dei Librai and Vivcaria Vecchia, it is the main thoroughfare of the old town, a maze of dark, narr..

  • 10 Palazzo e Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Miano 2 I - 80142 Napoli

    Capodimonte is the last of the Neapolitan royal palaces. It was built by Charles III of Bourbon beginning in 1738 to house the Farnese collection that he had just inherited from his mother (which you can see at the national Archaeological museum). At..

  • 11 Pinacoteca di Capodimonte Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. i Milano 2 I - 80142 Napoli

    The art gallery exhibits works from the extensive Farnese collection, inherited from the Bourbons and extended over the years. The scenography is in chronological order, which will enable you to understand the major developments in Italian painting.I..

  • 12 Catacombs of San Gennaro Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Tondo di Capodimonte 13 I - 80136 Napoli

    The complex of galleries cut into the volcanic rock is constructed on two levels. They form a baptistry and a spacious basilica with three naves (4C-6C). Saint Januarius was buried there in the 6C, which "launched" the necropolis, which the..

  • 13 MADRE (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via Settembrini 79 I - Napoli

    Transformed into a museum of contemporary art by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza, the former Donnaregina Palazzo was inaugurated in December 2005. In addition to the temporary exhibitions in the basement, the other floors house an interesting pe..

  • 14 Chiaia and Il Lungomare Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Sannazzaro I - 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...

  • 15 Il Vomero Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Vanvitelli I - 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..

  • 16 Castel Nuovo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Municipio I - 80133 Napoli

    The imposing castle, surrounded by deep moats, stands on the site of two older royal residences. It was built in 1279 by the architects of Charles Ist of Anjou, Pierre de Chaulnes and Pierre d'Agincourt, based on the model of the castle of Angers.The..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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 ..

  • 19 Santa Chiara Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via Santa-Chiara I - 80134 Napoli

    The Provençal Gothic style church has a very simple façade preceded by a porch in péperin, whose grey colour contrasts harmoniously with the yellow tufa. The church is far more sober than most of the other sanctuaries in Naples. It only regained this..

  • 20 San Lorenzo Maggiore Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Tribunali 316 I - 80138 Napoli

    The church dates back to 1265. It was here that Boccace met his muse, Fiammetta, the illegitimate daughter of King Robert. At the same time, Petrarch was living in the nearby monastery.The façade and doors date back to the 14C. The interior contains ..

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