Naples is famous for its culture, history, art heritage and much more to offer! There is art everywhere, a real treasure to explore! If you happen to come to visit this wonderful city for a few days, we will suggest you some spots to visit and a piece of advice for smartly visiting the city!
Visit the Museum of Naples
Naples is rich in art: its heritage is invaluable. It hosts pieces unique in the world. We suggest some of our favourite museums that are worth visiting if you are in the city.
- Museum of Capodimonte: is surrounded by the Wood (Real Bosco). A handbook about the history of art in Italy from the 13th to the 20th century. A journey through the art-works of Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini, which ends with the Flagellation of Christ by Michelangelo Merisi known as Caravaggio.
- Museum Filangieri: It welcomes its visitors in a “fairytale” setting. Dedicated to the applied arts: sculpture, painting and conservation of ancient books. Between 3000 works and 30000 volumes: the gallery contains paint-works from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
- The Mann, National Archaeological Museum of Naples is one the most important museums in the world. Here, you can admire the Farnese Collection, the room with the Mosaics, the frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum. But also the splendid collection of Numismatics and the surprising Egyptian Section, an extraordinary focus on one of the most iconic civilizations in history.
- Museodivino is a museum where your eyes are not enough to see the smallest cribs in the world and the Divine Comedy in the walnut shell by Antonio Maria Esposito.
The charming of the beautiful Castles in Naples
Naples is the only city in the world that boasted seven castles within its boundaries. The location of these castles was a way to defend the Gulf of Naples from naval attacks.
Maybe, it is not possible to visit all of them in a few time. The most famous are three:
- Castel dell Ovo: You can see it walking along Lungomare Caracciolo. Its name comes from an ancient legend: the poet Virgil hid an egg in the dungeon of the building. Its breakage would cause not only the collapse of the castle but also the destruction of the city.
- Castel Nuovo or Marchio Agioino: In front of Piazza Municipio, it dominates the city with its five towers. Legend has it that inside the castle is depicted the cup of the Holy Grail. Worth a visit are the Sala Dei Baroni, the Palatine Chapel, the city museum which houses paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance to the Baroque up to the Neapolitan 19th century.
- Castel St. Elmo: In the Vomero area, it's reachable by Funicolare Montesanto. The 6-pointed star-shaped plan made it an impregnable fortress. From its terrace, you can enjoy an enchanting view of the old town and the Gulf of Naples.
Visit the Royal Palace in Naples
The Royal Palace of Naples is on the border of the splendid Piazza Plebiscito. It is opposite the Royal Pontifical Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, near Piazza Trieste and Trento.
King Philip III of Spain ordered the construction of the Royal Palace of Naples. He chose it as his home in the year 1600. Then, when Charles III of Bourbon arrived in 1734, he enlarged the Palace even more.
Through the Honor staircase, you can access from the Courtyard of Honor to the Royal Apartment. While you follow the stairs, you can admire stained glass windows of the nineteenth century, from the view of the historic apartment, wanted Ferdinand II of Bourbon.
Inside we can also admire several royal chapels rich in works, very high ceilings with large frescoes. Among the many areas to be admired inside, there is the National Library Vittorio Emanuele III, a public library established at the end of the eighteenth century.
Discovering the underground Naples
Under the Neapolitan paths, in the heart of the city, there are the deepest innards of Naples.
St. Gennaro's Catacombs are an endless labyrinth of rock paintings, graves and tunnels that have preserved for many centuries the Saint's body at 50 meters. A 19-century underground cemetery full of art, legends, murals and frescos, finally unearthed.
Not so far, in the Sanità's heart, St. Gaudioso's Catacombs. The legend says that the Tunisian bishop landed in Naples on a boat without oars or sails. The second biggest paleo-Christian cemetery dedicated to him. It is an incredible place in which the Neapolitan people asked and prayed for miracles cures for years.
In the end, last but not least, the fascinating Fontanelle cemetery. A quarry tuff that houses thousands of skeletons without a name. A suggestive scenario that gives the birth of many stories and legends between life and death.
The enchanting of the Veiled Christ and Sansevero Chapel
A tour of Naples without a stop at Cristo Velato, the jewel of the Sansevero Chapel, would be completely incomplete. Not far from the main square of the Sanità district of Naples, protected by a maze of alleys, rises the majestic Basilica of San Severo Fuori le Mura.
The Veiled Christ isn't only one of the greatest masterpieces of Naples but also the most realistic and mysterious sculpture in the world.
Be smart and use Naples Pass
Naples has so much to offer you can get lost when deciding what to do and what first. The Naples Pass makes things easier! It can help you almost like a friend who has already been to Naples and has many tips to give you to enjoy in the best way your experience in Naples.
With the Naples Pass you can:
- have up to 40% off in shops, restaurants and hotels taking part in the Naples Pass system;
- enter museums either for free or with 50% off;
- have discount and priority in the city events connected to the Naples Pass;
- take the UnicoCampania public transport in Naples to go to those places and no need for other tickets;
- have a discount on tours, walks and excursions with a guide.
It is an app to access all the attractions of Naples. You can see it both online and offline on your smartphone. With the Naples Pass, you will enjoy Naples in a new and smart way, making the most of it.
Naples Pass is available in the following versions:
- 3 days in Naples: available in the "light" and "all-inclusive" version. Perfect for those who are in town for the weekend or few days;
- Whole Campania (available for 3 or 7 days): it also includes tourist attractions outside Naples, for examples Pompeii and Herculaneum or Reggia di Caserta. A 20% discount to the islands of Ischia and Procida with the Snav navigation company.
- 365 days: for those who want to have fun in Naples whenever they want (it is perfect if you are an Erasmus student in Naples).
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Where to sleep in Naples
In order to spend three or more pleasant days in Naples, you need excellent accommodation. In Naples, you can find a wide choice of B&Bs throughout the historic centre and in the immediate vicinity. Visit Italy recommends Monart Hospitality: in the heart of Partenope, exactly, in the ancient Piazza Cavour number 98, Monart Hospitality is housed in a building of inestimable historical and artistic value just 20 meters from the National Archaeological Museum and 10 meters from the metro station Museum.
The structure boasts furnishings of great style and elegance, a design and architecture with attention to detail, all combined with the most modern technological tools to give its guests maximum comfort. The rooms and services offered are structured and designed to satisfy every need and request.
The B&B is suitable for everyone: it represents the perfect stay in Naples for couples, families, groups of friends and even for the business world.
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