1) Piazza del Plebiscito :
The square par excellence. It is located in the heart of the city, between the seafront and the historic via Toledo. Important buildings overlook the square: the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola , the Royal Palace , the Palazzo della Prefettura and the Palazzo Salerno .
2) SpaccaNapoli :
it is the street par excellence of the city. It is one of the ancient decumans, which has remained well engraved in the urban fabric of the city. To be precise, it is the lower decumanus , which in the central area takes the official names of via Benedetto Croce and via Forcella. The road goes from the Quartieri Spagnoli to Forcella , cutting the city in a straight line. Along the way there are many monuments, churches and corners to see. Pay attention also to the walls: for example in Forcella you can admire the fantastic San Gennaro created by the steet-artist Jorit . Walking in the belly of the city it is possible to touch the true essence of Naples.
3) San Severo Chapel and Veiled Christ :
in your Neapolitan stay you cannot miss a visit to the San Severo Chapel , considered the artistic and scientific temple of the Prince of Sansevero, Raimondo di Sangro. The chapel houses the famous Veiled Christ . An authentic pearl of Baroque art created by the Neapolitan Giuseppe Sanmartinoin 1753. Obtained entirely from a single block of marble, the work represents, in full scale, the body of dead Jesus Christ covered by a veil, made from the same block. A veil that reveals the face and body of Christ. Around this veil of marble, which seems transparent, a real legend was born. In fact, it is said that the alchemist prince revealed to the sculptor a magic formula to crystallize the marble veil on the body of Christ.
4) San Carlo Theater :
Located between Piazza Trieste and Trento and Piazza del Plebiscito, it was built in 1737 by the will of King Charles III of Bourbon. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco , it is the largest Italian-style theater in the peninsula, in our opinion by right it falls within the list of monuments to visit in Naples.
Useful information : visits are organized according to daily shifts. Access is allowed to 50 people at a time. For visits in another foreign language it is necessary to book. You can also visit the MeMus , Museum and Historical Archive of San Carlo, by purchasing an additional ticket.
5) Capodimonte Museum :
located in the magnificent Royal Palace commissioned by Charles of Bourbon in 1734, the Museum was inaugurated in 1957 and today is one of the 30 most visited centers in the world. The various collections, including the Farnese one, for a total of about 20,000 objects, are spread over three floors. In addition to the beauty of the building and the works it contains, in Capodimonte it is also possible to walk and enjoy the 124 hectares of the park.
Useful information : the Museum offers a shuttle, the Shuttle Capodimonte, which allows tourists to reach the Museum and the Wood easily from Piazza Trieste and Trento in 22 minutes. Admission is free every first Sunday of the month.
6) Toledo metro station :
it deserves a particular mention in a guide on what to see in Naples a metro station. We are talking about the Toledo stop, a jewel designed by the Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca, which has been repeatedly indicated as the most beautiful metro station in Europe .
7) Maschio Angioino :
in reality the real name of this fortress is Castel Nuovo and represents the symbol of the royal power of the d’Angiò. The castle has five towers, each of which is assigned a name. Among the things to see is the Triumphal Arch that connects the Torre di Mezzo and the Watchtower , made of marble with rich decorations, reliefs and sculptures. Inside the castle are the Sala dei Baroni , where the meetings of the Municipal Council take place, and the Civic Museum of Naples.
8) Naples National Archaeological Museum :
inaugurated in 1816 and today it is one of the most important in the world, if not the most important as regards the Roman era. The museum, housed inside the Palazzo degli Studi, is made up of three main sections: the Farnese collection, the Pompeian collections (with finds from the Vesuvian area), and the Egyptian collection. Also in the MANN there is the famous Secret Cabinet section , which sees exhibits with nature only with an erotic background.
9) Cathedral and Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro :
obviously we cannot exclude from this list of what to see in Naples a visit to the patron saint of the city San Gennaro , or as the Neapolitans call him ‘ Yellow Face ‘. Inside the Cathedral, in the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, his bones and two very ancient ampoules containing the saint’s blood are kept . These ampoules are exhibited three times a year: the Saturday before the first Sunday in May, September 19 and December 16, days in which you can witness the miracle of the saint: the dissolution, or rather liquefaction, of the blood.. Blood does not always melt and when it does not happen it is considered a bad omen by the Neapolitan population.
Next to the Cathedral there is the Museum, opened to the public in 2003, which is a meticulous exhibition of everything related to the life of the saint: art collections including jewels, statues, busts, precious fabrics and paintings of great value. The jewels of the Treasure of San Gennaro are works of inestimable value made by the expert goldsmiths of the Neapolitan School. Among the most famous pieces that deserve to be seen: the Necklace of San Gennaro , dating back to 1679; the Miter of gilded silver , dating back to 1713; the Mantle , covered with precious stones and enamels depicting the heraldic insignia of the family; the Golden Chalice dating back to 1761.
10) Castello dell’Ovo :
this is the oldest castle in the city and stands on the islet of Megaride. It owes its name to an ancient legend according to which the Latin poet Virgil would have hidden a magical egg in the dungeons of the castle to ensure that it never collapsed. From the highest terrace you can admire an enchanting panorama of the city.
11) The way of the cribs :
we could not fail to mention the picturesque Neapolitan road that houses the crib art shops. Via San Gregorio Armeno is located in the heart of the Decumani. The artisan tradition in this street has its origins in antiquity because in the classical era there was a temple dedicated to Ceres Attica to which the inhabitants offered terracotta statuettes as ex voto. Walking along via San Gregorio Armeno is one of the things to do in Naples absolutely.
12) Complex of Santa Chiara :
it is a small jewel set among the streets of the Spaccanapoli district. Its construction began in 1310, by the will of King Robert of Anjou and his wife Sancia of Mallorca. In addition to the Basilica, the complex includes three cloisters : that of the Poor Clares , that of the Friars Minor and that of Servizio , a true oasis of peace. The cloister of the Poor Clares is also called majolica composed of 66 pointed arches that rest on as many piperno pillars covered with majolica with plant scenes. An authentic splendor that deserves to be seen.
13) Underground Naples
: the current Neapolitan city rests on an intricate network of caves, tunnels and aqueducts, an underground world that is over forty meters deep. Indescribable beauties and suggestive places to be discovered. The underground galleries have an ancient history , its origins date back to 5000 years ago: visiting Underground Naples means taking an authentic journey through history. The galleries below have been used over the centuries in different ways. It is a must-do trip. Useful information : the entrance is in the heart of the historic center in Piazza San Gaetano n. 68. Visits to Underground Naples last two hours and must be booked.
14) Fontanelle Cemetery :
we were talking about a folkrostic, almost pagan dimension that animates the city. Here this place is an example. The Fontanelle cemetery, named after the presence of water sources in the past, is located in the Sanità district . The cemetery remained abandoned until 1872, when Don Gaetano Barbati managed to put the bones back in order in the state in which they can still be seen today. The place is known because the rite of the ” pezzentelle souls ” took place, ie the adoption and care by a Neapolitan of a specific skull of an abandoned soul in exchange for protection.
15) Vesuvius :
we close this list of what to see in Naples with absolutely the symbol of the Neapolitan city. The volcano has a truncated cone shape whose highest point reaches 1,277 m. The most important and sadly famous eruption is that of 79 AD which buried the cities of Pompeii, Oplonti, Herculaneum and Stabia, and which was followed by several eruptions in the centuries to come. The last one took place in the middle of World War II, in 1944, which brought Vesuvius into the current phase of “active rest”. To get to the crater you must first reach the square at an altitude of 1000 meters from which the itinerary begins.