Naples in detail

Naples is known for

Classical & Fine Art

Museo Archeologico Nazionale A treasure trove of classical sculpture and ancient mosaics, many from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Museo di Capodimonte Centuries of extraordinary art in a vast Bourbon palace.

Palazzo Reale Old masters, porcelain, tapestries and furniture feature at Naples' lavishly decorated Royal Palace.

Pio Monte della Misericordia Home to what is considered Naples’ most important painting, Caravaggio’s Le sette opere di Misericordia.

Gallerie d'Italia – Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano A relatively compact collection of exquisite Neapolitan and Italian art, including Caravaggio's piercing swansong.

Subterranean Secrets

Catacombe di San Gennaro Naples’ oldest catacombs hold frescoes, mosaics and the earliest-known image of patron saint San Gennaro.

Complesso Monumentale di San Lorenzo Maggiore Ruins of the original Graeco-Roman city lurking beneath an austere Gothic basilica.

Cimitero delle Fontanelle Skulls, bones and offbeat folklore create a chilling atmosphere at this centuries-old grotto of death.

Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità & Catacombe di San Gaudioso Fifth-century frescoes and gruesome tombs in a dank, eerie catacomb.

Galleria Borbonico Wartime graffiti and relics in an escape route dug for a nervous Bourbon king.

Napoli Sotterranea An ancient labyrinth of watery cisterns and skinny passageways below the heart of the city.

Museo del Sottosuolo A dedicated Museum of the Underground, complete with curious artefacts unearthed beneath the city streets.

Baroque Exuberance

Certosa e Museo di San Martino Lavish baroque decor goes hand in hand with inspiring views at this hilltop monastery.

Cappella Sansevero Sanmartino’s Cristo velato is only one of several astounding artworks inside alchemist Raimondo's esoteric hangout.

Duomo Home to the exuberantly decorated Cappella di San Gennaro, a highpoint of Neapolitan baroque.

Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo Featuring interior design by baroque superstars Francesco Solimena, Luca Giordano and Cosimo Fanzago.

Chiesa e Chiostro di San Gregorio Armeno Frescoes, choir stalls and a sumptuous altar combine to overpowering effect at this 16th-century church.

Farmacia Storica degli Incurabili An extraordinary baroque apothecary as much about artistry as it is about healing.

Palazzo dello Spagnuolo Home to a show-stopping, double-ramped staircase conceived by late-baroque talent Ferdinando Sanfelice.

Guglia di San Gennaro Dedicated to Naples’ most prolific patron saint; one of several ornamental obelisks in the historic centre.

Street Life

Centro Storico The dark streets of Naples’ historic centre are a restless hive of activity.

Lungomare Naples' vibrant seafront lures with its memorable views of Mt Vesuvius, Capri and the Castel dell'Ovo.

La Pignasecca Naples' oldest outdoor market blurs the line between shopping and performance art.

Mercato di Porta Nolana A gritty, multicultural jumble of fresh seafood, pungent spices and knock-off designer labels.

Via Chiaia A heaving pedestrian shopping strip packed with window-shopping, gossip-loving locals.

Legends & Curiosities

Cappella Sansevero Two mysteriously preserved arterial systems lurk beneath an exuberant mausoleum.

Complesso Museale di Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco Once a subterranean centre for the cult-like worship of the ‘poor souls’.

Castel dell’Ovo Legend holds that an egg lies under the castle – if it breaks, Naples will fall.

Casa e Chiesa di Santa Maria Francesca delle Cinque Piaghe Aspiring mothers sit on a miraculous chair in the hope of falling pregnant.

Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore Home to a 13th-century crucifix that’s said to have spoken to St Thomas Aquinas.

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine A much-loved church with a crucifix that reputedly dodged a cannonball.

Cimitero delle Fontanelle Home to a pair of legend-laced skulls: sweaty Donna Concetta and the vengeful Capitano.

Modern & Contemporary Art

MADRE Modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture and site-specific installations from prolific Italian and international artists.

Toledo metro station The most impressive of Naples’ art-themed stations, with mosaic murals, optical illusions and a soaring, ever-changing oculus.

Museo Nitsch An off-the-radar museum and cultural centre dedicated to controversial Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch.

Thomas Dane Gallery Rotating exhibitions of modern art in a crisp, Liberty-style space.

Galleria Lia Rumma Heavyweight modern artists in the former pad of a sharp-eyed, plugged-in collector.

Urban Escapes

Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara Frescoes, colourful majolica and blooming citrus trees in a tranquil monastic complex.

Parco Virgiliano A lofty Posillipo park with spectacular views of the bay and the Campi Flegrei.

Real Bosco di Capodimonte A rare swathe of manicured green with an art-filled palace attached.

Kayak Napoli Soul-soothing paddles past decadent villas, ancient ruins and lush Mediterranean gardens.

Parco Sommerso di Gaiola Submerged Roman ruins and abundant sea life in a precious marine reserve.