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Castel Sant'Elmo

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Address: Via Tito Angelini 20, 80129 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: 081 22 94 401
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It's all about the view

Don't expect too much of the castle, but do expect much of the view! Walking around on the castle walls gives you an amazing view over the whole of Naples. To get to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Don't expect too much of the castle, but do expect much of the view! Walking around on the castle walls gives you an amazing view over the whole of Naples. To get to the Castle you can go with a 'Funicular' from Station Montesanto to the top to Station Morghen.

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Spofforth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We decided to walk up from the front and were faced with hundreds of steps. Not for the faint hearted and less clear where to go when we reached the top. We were unimpressed to find this castle, which until recently was a prison, had no view from its grounds and you are unable to sit in the grounds without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Don't expect much from this fort aside from the fort itself - there are no museums to speak of; but I strongly suggest visiting the site to appreciate the Naples and the impact that this fortress had on the area. I don't think that I have ever seen anything that looked nearly as impenetrable.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I liked the way to the castle better than the castle. You go up with the funicular and then walk down A LOT of stairs. Nice view, nice walk!

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Caserta, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

From the castle you can see the entire city of Naples to 360 degrees. Did you know that during the Spanish viceroyalty (1504-1707) the castle, called St. Elmo Sant'Ermo and then is transformed into a defensive fortress. Since 1860 Saint Elmo Castle was used as a military prison until 1952. Subsequently, the fortress fell to military property until 1976. Only... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you want a panoramic view of Naples visit the castle! Definitely not an easy place to get to. We climbed the hill but you can take the bus if you'd like. The breath taking view from the top and the huge size of the castle itself just amazed me. Going here is one of the to do list when... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

One of the Naples highest point. I recommend simple scheme, I'm doing that each time I'm visiting Napoli. 1.get there using funicolare 2.get to the castle, buy tickets, avoid any exhibition and just get to the top 3.enjoy views 4.enjoy exhibitions (if you like) 5.stay in the area and enjoy your lunch or coffe or glass of prosecco 6.that's what... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you want a panoramic view of Naples - then this is the place to go get it! Not an easy place to get to - you need to take the Funicular railway - it's well worth it as the views you get of Naples, the Bay and of course Vesuvius are fantastic. Just don't go without your camera!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Going here is one of the to do list when you are in Naples! Aside from the breath taking view, (view from the top) overlooking the vast sea and the city makes the visit so worthwhile. And when you are here you can't dare to miss the museum inside the palazzo (building).

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Every medieval European city has one castle. Well, Naples has three and Sant' Elmo is the boss: it has a major location on a hilltop and is largest in total area. First structure was built in 13th century, as a fortified residence, but later was expanded into real castle. Whole complex is amazingly following the site topography, and surrounding terraces... More 

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