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Top Choice Museum in Toledo & Quartieri Spagnoli

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Naples' National Archaeological Museum serves up one of the world’s finest collections of Graeco-Roman artefacts. Originally a cavalry barracks and later seat of the city’s university, the museum was established by …
Top Choice Museum in La Sanità & Capodimonte

Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte

Originally designed as a hunting lodge for Charles VII of Bourbon, this monumental palace was begun in 1738 and took more than a century to complete. It's now home to the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, southern Ita…
Top Choice Chapel in Centro Storico

Cappella Sansevero

It's in this Masonic-inspired baroque chapel that you'll find Giuseppe Sanmartino's incredible sculpture, Cristo velato (Veiled Christ), its marble veil so realistic that it's tempting to try to lift it and view Chr…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Herculaneum (Ercolano)

Ruins of Herculaneum

Herculaneum harbours a wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics to carbonised furniture and terror-struck skeletons. Indeed, this superbly conserved Roman fishing town of 4000 …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Ruins of Pompeii

The ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii (Pompei in Italian) make for one of the world's most engrossing archaeological experiences. Much of the site's value lies in the fact that the town wasn't simply blown away by Ve…
Top Choice Pizza in La Sanità & Capodimonte

Concettina Ai Tre Santi

Head in by noon (or 7.30pm at dinner) to avoid a long wait at this hotspot pizzeria, made famous thanks to its young, driven pizzaiolo Ciro Oliva. The menu is an index of fastidiously sourced artisanal ingredients, …
Top Choice Opera in Toledo & Quartieri Spagnoli

Teatro San Carlo

San Carlo's opera season runs from November or December to June, with occasional summer performances. Sample prices: a place in the 6th tier (€40), the stalls (€75 to €110) or the side box (if you're under 30 with I…
Top Choice Cafe in Toledo & Quartieri Spagnoli

Caffè Gambrinus

Gambrinus is Naples' oldest and most venerable cafe, serving superlative Neapolitan coffee under flouncy chandeliers. Oscar Wilde knocked back a few here and Mussolini had some rooms shut to keep out left-wing intel…
Top Choice Monastery in Naples

Certosa e Museo di San Martino

The high point (quite literally) of the Neapolitan baroque, this charterhouse-turned-museum was built as a Carthusian monastery between 1325 and 1368. Centred on one of the most beautiful cloisters in Italy, it has …
Top Choice Catacomb in La Sanità & Capodimonte

Catacombe di San Gennaro

Naples' oldest and most sacred catacombs became a Christian pilgrimage site when San Gennaro's body was interred here in the 5th century. The carefully restored site allows visitors to experience an evocative other …