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“Nothing but the view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Castel Sant'Elmo

Castel Sant'Elmo
Via Tito Angelini 20, 80129 Naples, Italy
081 22 94 401
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Ranked #32 of 197 Attractions in Naples
Type: Castles, Lookouts, Cultural
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Nothing but the view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The castle although beautiful doesn't have much to it, they have a small art gallery which is interesting. The real star of the show is the view. An amazing panorama of 360 degree views. Make sure you go on a clear day. As the day we went was a little foggy.

Visited January 2014
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“Worth the hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I actually walked from Castel d'Ovo to Castel Sant'Elmo on a Saturday morning. It was sunny but cool, howver it is all uphill. Not for the un-fit (take the funicular from Via Toledo).
The entry fee is 5 euro when you eventually get there. A lift at the entrance to the castle takes you to the main courtyard. As other have already said, there isn't a lot to see inside the castle. There is a small museum, but 2 minutes takes care of that unless you're really into your history and antiquities.
However if you climb (yet more) steps to the ramparts, you are rewarded with absolutely spectacular views of the city below. You can pretty much walk all the way around. Whatever you do, don't forget your camera. On a clear day, you can see Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, the island of Capri, and of course Vesuvius, which looked good in January because it appeared to have had a covering of the white stuff overnight.
The castle is pretty big, but tourists don't get to see very much of it. Rather than go down again in the lift, I suggest you find the wide path in the far (SE) corner of the courtyard furthest away from the lift. It's a bit dark, but you at least get to see a bit more of the castle, and gives you a glimpse of the areas that you're not allowed near.
So go for the view. Just pick a clear day to get the benefit of a strenuous walk.

Visited January 2014
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“There is nothing in the castle, but the views are very very good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Worth climbing up on any street you find, entry is around 5 euros, the castle inside is nothing special but the views over the city and the surrounding are are beautiful.

Visited January 2014
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“Perfect views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

There are many places in Naples where you could stay for hours just admiring the views of the bay, the sea and Vesuvius, but very few like Castel Sant'Elmo where you can get a 360 degree panorama.

We were lucky enough to be there at sunset, and being able to see the sun going down over the bay, and to see the city's lights coming on one by one was truly magical and something that I'll remember for a long time.

The entrance fee seems a little much if you don't visit the museum, although you can't put a price on the views on offer.

Visited December 2013
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“Excellent View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This was a must on my to-do list. The views from the top are wonderful, Mt Vesuvius, Capri and Sorrento - also Napoli. The 5 Euro fee was for the museum, I thought, I should have asked before paying because they only checked the tickets at the museum. Highly recommend!

Visited December 2013
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