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  • 1. Aquarium

    Originally named by the Greeks after the Mermaid Parthenope (who slew herself after being rejected by Odysseus, at least in the poet Virgil’s version), it's...Read More

  • 2. Castel Nuovo


    Known to locals as Maschio Angioino, in reference to its Angevin builders, this imposing castle is now used more for marital than military purposes—a portion...Read More

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  • 3. Certosa e Museo di San Martino


    Atop a rocky promontory with a fabulous view of the entire city and majestic salons that would please any monarch, the Certosa di San Martino...Read More

  • 4. LAPIS Museum

    Centro Storico

    The beautifully restored 17th-century Basilica di Pietrasanta, a Cosimo Fanzago Baroque masterpiece built on the site of the Roman Temple of Diana, hosts regular multimedia...Read More

  • 5. Museo Archeologico Nazionale

    Centro Storico

    Also known as MANN, this legendary museum has experienced something of a rebirth in recent years. Its unrivaled collections include world-renowned archaeological finds that put...Read More

  • 6. Museo Cappella Sansevero

    Centro Storico

    The dazzling funerary chapel of the Sangro di Sansevero princes combines noble swagger, overwhelming color, and a touch of the macabre—which expresses Naples perfectly. The...Read More

  • 7. Museo di Capodimonte


    The grandiose, 18th-century, neoclassical, Bourbon royal palace houses fine and decorative art in 124 rooms. The main galleries on the first floor are devoted to...Read More

  • 8. Palazzo Reale


    A leading Naples showpiece created as an expression of Bourbon power and values, the Palazzo Reale dates from 1600. Renovated and redecorated by successive rulers...Read More

  • 9. Pausilypon Archaeological Park


    Located at the top of Posillipo's hill, this small yet magical complex has a 1st-century villa and two amphitheaters; access is though the Grotta di...Read More

  • 10. Pio Monte della Misericordia

    Centro Storico

    One of the Centro Storico's defining sites, this octagonal church was built around the corner from the Duomo for a charitable institution seven noblemen founded...Read More

  • 11. Reggia di Caserta

    Located 16 miles northeast of the city, the palace known as the Reggia shows how Bourbon royals lived in the mid-18th century. Architect Luigi Vanvitelli...Read More

  • 12. San Lorenzo Maggiore

    Centro Storico

    The church of San Lorenzo features a very unmedieval facade of 18th-century splendor. Due to the effects and threats of earthquakes, the church was reinforced...Read More

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  • 13. Sant'Anna dei Lombardi


    Long favored by the Aragonese kings, this church, simple and rather anonymous from the outside, houses some of the most important ensembles of Renaissance sculpture...Read More

  • 14. Santa Chiara

    Centro Storico

    Offering a stark and telling contrast to the opulence of the nearby Gesù Nuovo, Santa Chiara is the leading Angevin Gothic monument in Naples. The...Read More

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  • 15. Toledo Metro Station


    Designed by Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca and opened in 2012, this is the most impressive of the numerous Stazioni dell'Arte on the city's Metro...Read More

  • 16. Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità


    Dominican friars commissioned this Baroque, Greek cross–shape basilica, replete with majolica-tiled dome, in the early 17th century. The church acts as a small museum of...Read More

  • 17. Castel dell'Ovo

    Santa Lucia

    The oldest castle in Naples, the 12th-century Castel dell'Ovo dangles over the Porto Santa Lucia on a thin promontory. Built atop the ruins of an...Read More

  • 18. Castel Sant'Elmo


    Perched on the Vomero, this massive castle is almost the size of a small town. Built by the Angevins in the 14th century to dominate...Read More

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  • 19. Catacombe di San Gennaro


    These catacombs—designed for Christian burial—date back at least as far as the 2nd century AD. This was where St. Gennaro's body was brought from Pozzuoli...Read More

  • 20. Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco

    Centro Storico

    Once a tavern, this building was rebuilt by the Monte di Pietà charity in 1616 as a church, and its two stories are fascinatingly complementary....Read More

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