10 Top Tourist Attractions in Naples

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Sansevero Chapel

The Sansevero Chapel sits atop a hill on a privately owned property close to the city of Naples.

The Sansevero Chapel is famous for its unique mosaics made completely from black onyx.

The chapel and its eight mosaics cover an unknown amount of floor space and are all one foot high and six feet long. Sadly, however, the mosaics were damaged by an earthquake in 1980, and much is missing or destroyed. The chapel is now open for viewing, and a platform at the front of the chapel is raised to allow you to view the mosaics more easily.

The Sansevero Chapel is also notable because it is built around a book created by a monk in 1611. The book contains one million names of the faithful, plus the name of the patron saint of the chapel and that of his recently deceased brother.

Beyond the chapel itself, there is also a beautiful garden with other interesting items, such as a collection of romanticized natural history items and even a whale skull.

Teatro di San Carlo

Naples: The Teatro San Carlo is a beautiful historic theater in Naples. It was originally designed as a church in the 17th century. The theater is a mixture between Baroque and Neoclassical styles, and overlooks the sea front.

Royal Palace of Naples

This palace, located in the centre of Naples, is one of the most fascinating buildings in Italy.

It housed the Royal Family until it was given to the State in 1860, after which it was transformed into the Napoli Museum.

This museum has been open to the public since 1922. In 1838, King Ferdinand II decided to build a city and decided that Naples should be the capital of a united Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

He commissioned architect Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia to build the Royal Palace, which was formally opened to the public on 16 December 1843.

Naples Cathedral

Catacombs of San Gennaro

The Catacombs of San Gennaro are named after Saint Gennaro. These caves were used to bury the dead since the early times of the city and the church is built above them. The catacombs are open for public visit and in there you will find the remains of about one million people. The time of a visit is limited to an hour and a half in the morning when the light can enter into the catacombs from above.

You can visit the catacombs from the Museum of Rome that is located opposite, on Via Appia Nuova, or you can take a guided tour that starts in the museum and ends in the catacombs.

Museum of Rome is among the most visited tourist sites in the city for its collection of art and artifacts and also the self-guided tour that starts in the museum.

The museum has a collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art and is also known as the Museum of the Foundations. The collection includes pieces and statues from different parts of the world, art from 15th and 20th century from Italy, France, England, as well as USA and Mexico.

L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

The oldest pizzeria in Naples from the 1600's. Entrance to the pizzeria cost

2 euro and the pizzas cost 3 euro. A plate of pasta is 1,5 euro.

Open on the whole year. Very good and fresh pizza and pasta.

The best part is the view over the city.

Exit from the Arc de Mercuria, left near the famous Piazza Bologna and Via Garibaldi.

This pizzeria is one block from the famous Santa Lucia station.

Duomo di San Nicola

15 minutes walk, it’s the best cathedral in the world in my opinion.

One of the most beautiful fountains in the world.

It’s one of the most visited, most and big fountains in Naples.

It’s open all year around.

Chiesa della Madonna della Rosa

15 minutes walk, the one of the most beautiful churches of Naples.

One of the best views of the city.

It’s hard to find entrance.

First try turning right at the big street to ‘VITA BELLA, SAN NICOLAS and FERRARA’, then turn left at the church.

Castel dell’Ovo

Castel dell’Ovo, or the Castle of the Egg, is a Renaissance-era fort built by the Doges in the center of Porto Santa Lucia and sits atop the largest, natural, sunken circular stone that was once used by the ancient Greeks, Maghrebines and Romans as a dock and boatyard.

The fort is equipped with brick-and-mortar gunpowder storage and anti-siege weapons.

The last military occupation, during World War II, left the fort as it is today. A structure of brick, stone and concrete, it currently houses the Museums of the Fairs and the Present Military Heritage with its own Chapel, Crypt and Museum.

The Castle is built on top of several strata from the primitive past.

A massive natural truncated cone, called the Oakone, or Little Caliparis (ancient port), is scattered among its foundations.

There are several legends linked to the Castle. One of them tells about a monstrous giant that was chained to the rock of the Castle.

Spaccanapoli

Spaccanapoli is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spaccanapoli is a city of monuments with a mosaic of eight different architectural styles, each of which symbolising a particular era of Naples’ history. The district preserves the ancient residential and commercial areas, characterized by small streets, arcades, mezzanine and porticoes, cathedrals, churches, hotels and farmhouses built in the Middle Ages. The Spaccanapoli neighbourhood has always been the centre of the city, first of the commercial city, then of the royal city, and finally of the modern city.

Spaccanapoli is characterized by the typical features of the old city of Naples: narrow alleys, rows of houses with arcades, with courtyards, porches and external staircases.

This is a typical area of the city, known for the people who live here. On Sundays Spaccanapoli is closed to cars, where visitors can go on narrow, winding streets and see hundreds of people walking, sitting outside on plastic chairs, playing in the piazza, and going into the small bars to enjoy a pizza or ice-cream. Unfortunately, the lower part of Spaccanapoli has been constantly destroyed by the removal of the ancient buildings, which limited the scope of the redevelopment of the area.

Naples National Archaeological Museum

This museum contains a wide array of treasures, some of which are:

  • Female statues
  • Venus de Milo

Ceramic bust of Alexander the Great.

Winter Garden:

It was a place for the public to relax or even to hold a party. In the 1st century BC, it was built by Pompey, who filled its peristyle with beautiful marble sculptures and sculptures representing Greek gods.

Cathedral of San Gennaro:

It was founded in the 5th century and it was built on the remains of the second theater of the ancient city.

San Luca:

This is a church built in the 10th century. On the top of this church stands a wooden-hand crucifix, which is the oldest in the world.

Capri:

This is a city in Italy. It has hotels and resorts.

Olympic Stadium:

The soccer club Napoli plays here.

Hadrian’s Villa:

It is believed to have been built around 100-150 AD. It is considered one of the best preserved Roman sites. The Villa has been excavated and it can be visited.

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