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Top museums in Naples Italy

Naples, the city with the highest number of churches in Europe, the city of pizza, street food, coffee and sea…but it has also a great number of museums to visit!

Here a small list of the top 5 museums (and not only) to see:

1) Cappella Sansevero

The Cappella Sansevero has been the most visited museum of Naples in 2018. The chapel is in the old town of the city, close to the church of San Domenico Maggiore and it is famous for its Veiled Christ, a sculpture realized by Giuseppe Sanmartino. It represents Jesus Christ in death, covered by a transparent shroud carved from the same block of stone as the statue: its realism is really astonished!

2) Castles of Naples

Did you know that Naples is known for its seven castles? It is the only city in the world that has seven castles: Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Castel Sant’Elmo, Castel dell’Ovo, Castel Capuano, Castello del Carmine, Castello di Nisida and the Forte di Vigliena.

Among these, our suggestion is to visit at least two, Castel Sant’Elmo and Castel dell’Ovo.
Castel Sant’Elmo is a fortress over the city. It is located in the highest part of the city, on the Vomero hill and today it hosts the Museum of XX century and cultural events.
Castel dell’Ovo is the oldest castle of the city, from the XII century. According to the legend, the poet Virgil put a magical egg into the foundations to support the fortifications: had this egg been broken, the castle would have been destroyed and a series of disastrous events for Naples would have followed. Thanks to its position, the castle offers a beautiful sea sight.



3) Napoli Sotterranea

You can’t leave Naples without having seen it from the top to bottom!

Not everybody knows that the city has a double life underground, and it is possible to see the old city from the Greek and Roman period.

During the centuries the underground of Naples has had different purposes: from the beginning it has been used as a mine for tuff raw material and as network of underground streets for the transportation of raw materials; then, during the roman period, the tunnels have been used as aqueduct for the water supply; finally during the Second World War, the underground has been modified for hosting the population during the bombings.

4) Toledo (Station)

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Even if it isn’t a real museum, we suggest to visit the metro station of Toledo which won the 2013 LEAF AWARD as “Public building of the year”. The station has the theme of the sea: you have the idea of being under the level of the sea thanks to the works of art of many artists like Oliviero Toscani, Robert Wilson, Oscar Tusquets Blanca.

5) National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the most important museum of the city and one of the most important archaeological museum in the world for the history of Rome. It is composed by three main collections: the Farnese Collection (a collection of Roman antiquities), a collection of Pompeii antiquities and the collection from the Egyptian period. The first Sunday of each month the museum is free, don’t miss it!

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