Museums and Churches in Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy is a dirty, crowded, chaotic, often scary city that is difficult city to navigate. However, amongst the filth and noise, there are countless cultural and artistic diamonds just waiting to be discovered.

Museo Archoleogio Nazionale

For 6,50 Euros, cash only, visitors can view a spectacular collection of Greek and Roman artwork as well as objects found at various archeological sites including Pompeii and Herculaneum. Though the artwork is phenomenal, many of the exhibition description plaques are often missing or contain little to no information about the works of art. Purchasing a museum guide or hiring a tour guide will help solve this problem. Also, the museum often closes exhibits without warning, but does not discount the price of admission as a result.

Museo Cappella Sansevero

Museo Capella Sansevero is home to some of the most breathtaking sculptures ever created, including The Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, Il Disinganno by Francesco Queirolo and La Pudicizia by Antonio Corradini. Admission costs 6 Euros and the museum is closed on Tuesdays. For an additional 8 Euros, purchase The Museo Capella Sansevero Guide Book (available in English and Italian) which contains beautiful color photographs of the exhibits and talks in detail about each of the sculptures in the museum. The guide book is a great souvenir, especially since photography inside the Capella is prohibited.

Duomo San Gennaro

Duomo San Gennaro (Januarius) , the Cathedral of Naples is a spectacular gothic cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Naples, Saint Januarius. Admission is free.

With its gold encrusted ceiling, rose-colored marble pillars and medieval paintings that have been discovered hidden in the walls, this cathedral is truly spectacular. It also houses a vial of Saint Januarius’ blood which is brought out the first Saturday in May and the 19th of September and 16th of December. It is said that if the blood liquefies, this brings good fortune to Naples for the coming year. If it doesn’t, watch out. The miracle failed in 1941 and Vesuvius erupted.

Teatro San Carlo

For 6 Euros, visitors can buy a ticket to be part of a guided group tour led by a theatre employee. The tour takes visitors into the opulent theatre which is full of gold box seats and red velvet curtains. The guide explains the history of the theatre and points out a few carved symbols of the Bourbon Kings. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the King’s box for a royal view of the gorgeous stage.

Mangia!

Naples has so many things to see and do that it’s important to stop once in a while for some down time. Go to the hotel and take a siesta or step into a bar and try one of Naples’ famous espresso drinks such as Cioccolata Calda, a rich espresso drink made with whipped chocolate cream. For food, try a traditional Neopolitan pizza or some Neopolitan salami or prosciutto from a local deli. For desert, order a sfogliatella, a pastry filled with a wonderfully light and refreshing orange, ricotta filling.


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