What to see in Naples
Naples is a city that swarms with history and life.
Naples is a city that enchants you, that keeps you looking upwards, surprising for its amazing beauty, its mysticism and its enigmas. Naples is history and art, but it is also a state of mind that envelops you and accompanies you through alleys and neighborhoods. Visit Naples is not easy.
The things to see are many and unexpected, your plans will change continuously at the sight of a building, a church or a courtyard or an alley.
Here are the things to see absolutely in Naples.
Spaccanapoli is a long road in the historic center of Naples that divides the north from the south, cutting it in half. Along the way and in the surroundings there are some of the most important churches in the city. Here are the Monastery and the church of Santa Chiara, that of the Gesù Nuovo and the complex of San Domenico Maggiore.
• Monastery of Santa Chiara
The complex of the monastery and convent of Santa Chiara is a building of the '300 famous for its incredible cloister covered in the 800 of 30,000 hand-painted tiles. Here you can find the official website of the Monastery of Santa Chiara with information on timetables and visits.
• Museo Cappella Sansevero
The Sansevero Chapel houses the very famous Veiled Christ, a work so incredibly beautiful that according to legend it was only possible thanks to an alchemical process. The chapel and the sculpture wanted the Prince of Sansevero, known alchemist, whose figure is linked to macabre legends. On the floor below the chapel are the prince's human machines, or rather two skeletons with the crystallized and completely visible circulatory system, which have been told so many thrilling stories over the centuries.
• Castel Sant'Elmo and Certosa di San Martino
The panorama from the top of the Charterhouse captures the whole city. It is no less the way to go up. If you want you can do it on foot along the Pedemantina di San Martino that from Spaccanapoli arrives at the Certosa crossing Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
• The Waterfront of Naples: from Castel dell'Ovo to Mergellina
Among the most relaxing and suggestive activities to do in Naples, you can not miss a walk along the promenade of the city. Walking close to the sea, you can see at a glance the majority of the beauties that characterize the capital of Campania: the Vesuvius, the island of Capri, Castel dell'Ovo and the promontory of Posillipo.
• Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito, near the sea, overlooks the entrance to the Royal Palace of Naples. Before continuing the walk towards the Maschio Angioino and towards the pedestrian promenade of Naples, you can not help but play the game of orientation in the square: blindfolded is impossible to cross the square without going round, try to believe.
• Naples underground
Naples is a stratified city where the Roman city, the medieval one and the current one coexist on layers of tufa. The lower layer is that of the Greek cisterns then used for millennia for other uses.
• Male Angevin
Castel Nuovo, better known by the name of Maschio Angioino, is a medieval and renaissance castle built on the will of Charles I of Anjou in 1266, it is one of the symbols of the city of Naples, thanks to its strategic position in Piazza Municipio, in Port area.
• Archaeological Museum of Naples
The Archaeological Museum of Naples was one of the first archaeological museums in Europe (it has been open since the end of the 18th century). It collects the Farnese collection that belonged to the Bourbons (who founded the museum), antiquities and prehistoric finds from the south, as well as the cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. The secret Cabinet of the erotic section of the Archaeological Museum was once open only to people of proven moral integrity. Today it is open to everyone and collects the elements of the erotic art of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
• Virgilian Park
The park of Virgiliano is a park overlooking the sea on the promontory of Posillipo. The park has a system of terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples and the islands. From Virgiliano the view ranges from Vesuvius to the Sorrento coast, from Ischia and Procida to Bacoli and Pozzuoli. The promontory is cut inside by the Grotta di Seiano, a cave excavated in Roman times to reach the villa of Puasilypon without having to go around the mountain.