We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Castel Sant'Elmo

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Via Tito Angelini 20, 80129 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: 081 22 94 401
Website
Today
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed - Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 524 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 285
    Excellent
  • 173
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Worth it for the view

The building itself is nothing special, and large parts of it were off limits. But, that view! Worth the €5 admission price by itself.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
grahamgoodman
,
Bristol, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

524 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

The building itself is nothing special, and large parts of it were off limits. But, that view! Worth the €5 admission price by itself.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The castle, located at the highest point of the city provides a beautiful view on Naples and surroundings. The castle itself is not very interesting as we could only visit the outside.

Was this review helpful? Yes
glasgow scotland
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
35 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Taking the funicular railway up there is fun. Great views from the ramparts of the whole of Naples. Modern art exhibition on currently is not bad. Combine this with a visit to San Martino, two minutes away...

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montgomery, Alabama
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Best view of the city you will find. Not much to see once you're at the top inside the actual fortress, but it is worth the price of admission for a walk around the perimeter.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lawrence,KS
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

There is a great view of the bay and city from the top. The modern art museum is nice as well. Museum closes for lunch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Spofforth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
55 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Caserta, Italy
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Castel Sant'Elmo also viewed

 

Been to Castel Sant'Elmo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Castel Sant'Elmo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?