Must-see attractions in Naples

  • Water carriers from Herculaneum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

    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…

  • Royal Palace of Capodimonte, Naples

    Museo di Capodimonte


    Originally designed as a hunting lodge for Charles VII of Bourbon, the monumental Palazzo di Capodimonte was begun in 1738 and took more than a century to…

  • NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 11: The Modesty of Antonio Corradini in the Sansevero Chapel during the reopening to the public on June 11, 2020 in Naples, Italy. The Sansevero Chapel Museum can be visited again after the closure imposed by the lockdown for the covid-19 emergency, exactly thirty years after the reopening to the public after the restoration works which in 1990 returned to the fruition the baroque masterpieces of the chapel commissioned by Raimondo di Sangro and the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino sculpted in 1753, today a symbol of the Neapolitan Baroque. (Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images)

    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…

  • Scenic picture view of the city of Naples Napoli with famous Mount Vesuvius in the background from Certosa di San Martino monastery, Campania, Italy; Shutterstock ID 2105276987; purchase_order: 65050; job: poi; client: ; other:

    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…

  • Burial chamber at the San Gennaro Catacombs

    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…

  • Front entrance of Naples Duomo



    Whether you go for Giovanni Lanfranco's fresco in the Cappella di San Gennaro (Chapel of St Janarius), the 4th-century mosaics in the baptistry, or the…

  • Tiled cloister of Basilica di Santa Chiara.

    Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara


    Vast, Gothic and cleverly deceptive, the mighty Basilica di Santa Chiara stands at the heart of this tranquil monastery complex. The church was severely…

  • Entrance to Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano

    Gallerie d'Italia


    Built for a Spanish merchant in the 17th century and reconfigured in belle-époque style by architect Luigi Platania in the early 20th century, Palazzo…

  • Palazzo Reale


    Envisaged as a 16th-century monument to Spanish glory (Naples was under Spanish rule at the time), the magnificent Palazzo Reale is home to the Museo del…

  • Naples, Italy - August 4, 2015:  The octagonal baroque  Pio Monte Della Misericordia church; Shutterstock ID 591080708; purchase_order: 65050; job: poi; client: ; other:

    Pio Monte della Misericordia


    The 1st-floor gallery of this octagonal, 17th-century church delivers a satisfying, digestible collection of Renaissance and baroque art, including works…

  • Exterior of Teatro San Carlo.

    Teatro San Carlo


    An evening at Italy's largest opera house is magical. Although the original 1737 theatre burnt down in 1816, Antonio Niccolini's 19th-century…

  • Cult of the anime pezzentelle at Fontanelle Cemetery

    Cimitero delle Fontanelle


    Holding about eight million human bones, the ghoulish Fontanelle Cemetery was first used during the 1656 plague, before becoming Naples' main burial site…

  • Galleria Borbonica


    Traverse five centuries along Naples’ Bourbon Tunnel. Conceived by Ferdinand II in 1853 to link the Palazzo Reale to the barracks and the sea, the never…

  • Sunbathers relax by the Gaiola Island, The Underwater Park of Gaiola, a protected marine area.Posillipo.Naples.Italy.

    Parco Sommerso di Gaiola


    Steep steps lead down to this marine reserve, rich in biodiversity and submerged Roman ruins. Due to its size, only 100 bathers are allowed through its…

  • Naples, Italy - considered among the most beautiful undergrounds in Europe, the Naples Metro displays a modern architecture. Here in particular the Toledo Station
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    Toledo Metro Station


    William Kentridge’s monumental equestrian statue trumpets entry to this award-winning, jaw-dropping Metro Art Station, then his dazzling mosaic of shadowy…

  • Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo


    The extraordinary Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo is an architectural Kinder Surprise. Its shell is the 15th-century, Giuseppe Valeriani–designed facade of Palazzo…

  • Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore


    Completed in 1324 on the orders of Charles I of Anjou, this was the royal church of the Angevins. Pietro Cavallini's frescoes in the Cappella Brancaccio…



    When Madonna and Child overload hits, reboot at Naples' museum of modern and contemporary art. In the lobby, French conceptual artist Daniel Buren sets…

  • Museo Pignatelli


    When Ferdinand Acton, a minister at the court of King Ferdinand IV (1759–1825), asked Pietro Valente to design Villa Pignatelli in 1826, Valente whipped…

  • Palazzo dello Spagnuolo


    In baroque-rich Naples, even staircases can be an event and the masterpiece gracing the courtyard of this palazzo is one of its most showstopping…

  • La Bottega del Mandolino


    In a workshop with glue simmering on the hob and tools covering the walls, luthiers Salvatore Masiello and Michele Caiazza build mandolins under the warm…

  • Real Bosco di Capodimonte


    Parco di Capodimonte makes for a blissful chill, with lakes, a wood and various 18th-century buildings, including former royal porcelain workshop Palazzo…

  • Palazzo Sanfelice


    Ferdinando Sanfelice’s debut staircase is this double-ramped diva inside the Palazzo Sanfelice. Upon its completion in 1726 it became the talk of the town…

  • Galleria Umberto I


    Recalling Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Naples' most famous 19th-century arcade is a breathtaking pairing of richly adorned neo-Renaissance fronts…

  • Ospedale degli Incurabili


    It's at this 16th-century hospital and monastic complex that you'll find the Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, a small museum home to rare, historical surgical…

  • Naples, Italy October 12, 2018. Beautiful views of the Lungomare Caracciolo; Shutterstock ID 1528499639; purchase_order: 65050; job: poi; client: ; other:



    When you need a break from Naples' hyperactive tendencies, take a deep breath on its pedestrianised seafront strip. Stretching 2.5km along Via Partenope…

  • Castel Sant'Elmo in Naples nea Certosa di San Martino.

    Castel Sant'Elmo


    Star-shaped Castel Sant'Elmo was originally a church dedicated to St Erasmus. Some 400 years later, in 1349, Robert of Anjou turned it into a castle…

  • Castel dell`Ovo Egg Castle , a medieval fortress in the bay of Naples.

    Castel dell'Ovo


    Built by the Normans in the 12th century, Naples’ oldest castle owes its name (Castle of the Egg) to Virgil. The Roman scribe reputedly buried an egg on…

  • Castel Nuovo


    Locals know this 13th-century castle as the Maschio Angioino (Angevin Keep), and its Cappella Palatina is home to fragments of frescoes by Giotto; they're…

  • R4TD37 Hustle and bustle around Obelisco San Domenico at Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, Centro Storico quarter, Naples, Campania, Italy
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    Piazza San Domenico Maggiore


    Star of this operatic square is the 18th-century Guglia di San Domenico. The work of Cosimo Fanzago, Francesco Antonio Picchiatti and Domenico Antonio…

  • Naples, Campania, Italy - April 29, 2021: Bourbon residence of Villa Floridiana seat of the Duke of Martina Ceramics Museum
Museo Duca di Martina & Villa Floridiana

    Museo Duca di Martina & Villa Floridiana


    The Museo Duca di Martina houses a beautiful collection of ceramics, with priceless Chinese Ming (1368–1644) ceramics and Japanese Edo (1615–1867) vases…

  • Naples, Campania, Italy - February 16, 2021: Early 20th century Art Nouveau building seen from Via dei Mille; Shutterstock ID 1936147015; purchase_order: 65050; job: poi; client: ; other:
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    Palazzo Mannajuolo


    Commissioned by entrepreneur and engineer Giuseppe Mannajuolo, this distinguished palazzo was built between 1910 and 1911. It's one of the city's finest…

  • Naples, Italy - June 22, 2014: Local People Shopping at Sunday Street Market Porta Nolana in Napoli, Italy.
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    Mercato di Porta Nolana


    Naples at its most vociferous and intense, the Mercato di Porta Nolana is a heady, gritty street market where bellowing fishmongers and greengrocers…

  • Museo Diocesano di Napoli


    Once a baroque place of prayer, this is now a repository for religious paintings, triptychs and sculptures, many from defunct churches. Notable works…

  • Naples Campania Italy. Artwork at Università metro subway station. Naples Italy January 2019; Shutterstock ID 1587633403; purchase_order: 65050; job: poi; client: ; other:
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    Università Metro Art Station


    Egyptian-born industrial-designer Karim Rashid is the creative force behind Naples' Università metro station, a playful, candy-coloured ode to the digital…

  • Chiesa San Giovanni a Carbonara


    Sumptuous sculpture and Technicolor frescoes makes this Gothic church worth a detour. Andrea de Firenze, Tuscan sculptors and northern-Italian artists…