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Museum Guide for Naples

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Naples is not only beautiful people and delicious food but it's also (perhaps most of all!) art and history. Follow this guide to get your fill of both!

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6 Places

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6 Places

Museo Cappella Sansevero

Sacred & Religious Sites, Art Museums, Historic Sites

Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino

Castles, Historic Sites

Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

Art Museums, History Museums

Palazzo Reale

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples

Art Museums, History Museums, Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites, Specialty Museums

LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea

Specialty Museums, Historic Sites

theMadGrin's City Tips

  • Pizza, pizza, pizza. (Did I mention pizza?) Naples is thought to be the birthplace of this delicious treat, so don't miss out on enjoying a slice — or several.
  • When exploring Naples, skip a rental car, which will only lead to problems with traffic and parking. Walking is the best choice for getting around.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings when walking around or riding the bus.
  • Museo Cappella Sansevero
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Art Museums, Historic Sites
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    theMadGrin Says:

    Elegance, history, art, intrigue — plus a little science and a touch of the macabre — all await at Museo Cappella Sansevero. When he fell deathly ill in the 16th century, Prince Giovan Francesco di Sangro prayed to the Virgin, vowing to build a shrine to her if he were cured. The chapel is the result of that vow, and housed the tombs of the di Sangro princes. Much of the chapel's current splendor, however, can be credited to Prince Raimondo di Sangro, who commissioned some of the finest artists of the 18th century to create a 'majestic temple.' An inventor, mason, scholar, mystic, and all-around eccentric, Raimondo was the subject of a variety of rumors, including that he was a dark wizard, many or which were fueled by the works he commissioned. Today, visitors can enjoy these works, including 'The Veiled Christ,' a sculpture so lifelike that it inspired legends that the Raimondo had developed a formula to turn real human bodies to marble.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The chapel gets very crowded, so it is best to visit early in the day.
    • If you're not queasy, visit the "anatomical machines" downstairs. There is still debate over whether or not these skeletons with impeccably preserved circulatory systems are real.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small beautiful chapel 11/15/2019
    • Veiled Christ 11/10/2019
    • Museo Cappella Sansevero
    Address:
    Via F. De Sanctis 19 / 21
    80134, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 551 8470
    Other:
  • Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    theMadGrin Says:

    Named 'New Castle' to distinguish it from older castles dell'Ovo and Capuano, Castel Nuovo was constructed in the mid 13th century by Charles of Anjou as the new base of the Angevin monarchs (it is known to locals as 'Maschio Angioino' or 'Angevin Stronghold'). A popular hangout for leading intellectuals, the castle was frequented by Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Giotto, who painted some of the castle's interior. Much of what you'll see in the castle today is the result of 15th-century alterations made by the Aragonese monarchs, but Cappella Palatina is an original structure, and it retains tiny fragments of Giotto's frescoes. The castle also houses the Museo Civico (Civic Museum), which offers an interesting collection of 14th- to 20th-century art.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the lift up to the fortress towers, where you can spend some time contemplating the sea.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a quick look 11/10/2019
    • Stunning castle!! 11/09/2019
    • Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino
    Address:
    Via Vittorio Emanuele III
    80133, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 795 7722
    Other:
  • Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    theMadGrin Says:

    Located in Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte, the wonderful National Museum of Capodimonte houses a vast art collection. Artists featured here range from Boticelli to Andy Warhol, but much of the focus is on the collection of Elisabetta Farnese, the duchess of Parma who later became Queen of Spain. The palace itself is also a masterpiece. Built as a hunting lodge for Charles of Bourbon, it is a lavish escape perched on a hill above the city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Be sure to take some time to stroll through them, especially if you are visiting in the spring.
    • Given the gallery's vast size, it's difficult to see everything in a day. Take a few moments upon arrival to look at the collections and plot your route.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The good, the bad, and the ugly 11/17/2019
    • Impressive 11/08/2019
    • Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
    Address:
    Via Miano 2
    80131, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 749 9111
    Hours:
    Thu - Sun
    8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Thu - Tue
    8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • Palazzo Reale
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    theMadGrin Says:

    Commissioned by the Spanish viceroys in 1600, Palazzo Reale sits on Piazza del Plebiscito in the heart of Naples. Domenico Fontana, an esteemed architect of the day, designed the palace in the Renaissance style, and the palace was altered and expanded over the years. Today, visitors can wander through the Royal apartments, princely rooms that are richly decorated with statues, frescoes, and tapestries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The courtyards are often overlooked, but are worth a visit.
    • The museum is closed on Wednesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit but a lot of renovation 11/10/2019
    • A must visit! 11/09/2019
    • Palazzo Reale
    Address:
    Piazza del Plebiscito 1
    80132, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 580 8255
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples
    Art Museums, History Museums, Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites, Specialty Museums
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    theMadGrin Says:

    Found in 2007, the Diocesan Museum occupies the stunning Church of Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuova. The baroque church is an ideal setting in which to view Renaissance triptychs, and beautiful works by renowned artists from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including the last two works that Luca Giordano painted.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to visit the older church (Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchio), a stunning Gothic structure.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awe Inspiring Frescoes 07/09/2019
    • A church behind a church, both beautiful 05/30/2019
    • Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples
    Address:
    Largo Donnaregina
    80138, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 557 1365
    Price range:
    $8 - $8
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Mon
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Wed - Sat
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea
    Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
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    theMadGrin Says:

    Below the surface of modern Naples resides another world begging to be explored. La Napoli Sotterranea (or Naples Underground) is a labyrinth of Greco-Roman tunnels and caves carved into porous volcanic rock called 'tufo.' Long used as aqueducts and water sources by the Greeks and Romans, the tunnels served as shelters during World War II. Today, visitors can travel back in time and explore a small portion of the underground.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Avoid the Underground if you suffer from claustrophobia!
    • Tours (in Italian) are available at various times on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Thursday morning.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 812 things to do in Naples
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • FANTASTIC! 11/09/2019
    • Fascinating 08/31/2019
    • LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea
    Address:
    Vico S. Anna di Palazzo, 52
    80132, Naples
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 400256
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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