What to do and see in Naples, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

January 7, 2018 Deane Carmody

Romantic Naples, two hours south of Rome, is the largest city in southern Italy. It has some of the world's best opera and theater houses and is often called an open-air museum, due to its many historic statues and monuments. Join families on promenade as the sun sets on the Bay of Naples. View finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale or revel in the art and architecture of Museo Cappella Sansevero, built in the late 1500s.
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1. Museo Cappella San Severo

Via F. De Sanctis 19 / 21, 80134, Naples, Italy +39 081 551 8470
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Museo Cappella San Severo

Built in the late 1500s, this gem of Italian artistic heritage was greatly influenced by the famous Raimondo de Sangro VII, Prince of San Severo, a genius of science and invention.

Reviewed By LostALot22 - Lombard, Illinois

This place was like a mason's hall or something similar. The commissioned a bunch of artwork. it is some of the best that I have seen. The Jesus statue in marble is actually amazing. And the one on the wall with the fisherman is possibly more amazing. No pictures are allowed but it is awesome. And it's small so it won't talk you long.

Piazza Museo Nazionale 10/11 | Porticato della Galleria Principe, 80135, Naples, Italy +39 348 998 3871
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5 based on 106 reviews

Napulitanata

Napulitanata is a concert hall dedicated to Neapolitan Music Heritage, especially to Canzone Napoletana and Tarantella. Everything comes from the need to set up a place in the heart of Naples where everyone can have full access to the great local music heritage in an experiential way, a sort of model after the Spanish Tablao or the Portuguese Case de Fados.

Reviewed By Elisabeth S - New York City, New York

This is a wonderful place run by passionate, talented, warm and professional people. We went twice. The music is beautiful and the talent incredible. They have clearly put so much work into transforming this venue from an old taxi garage to a thriving music concert. The best 10 euro you will spend in Naples for an hour of music, wine, and taralli. You will meet great people and learn a lot about the city and its music. We can't wait to go back.

3. Oltre I Resti

Napoli, Naples, Italy +39 349 138 6203
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5 based on 200 reviews

Oltre I Resti

Reviewed By Ben h

This city is much better than what it used to be much cleaner and safer. You could go to the local restaurants and have some authentic Italian food. This place is a must if you love taking selfies.

4. Galleria Borbonica

Vico del Grottone 4 | Zone Piazza Plebiscito, 80132, Naples, Italy +39 081 764 5808
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5 based on 6 reviews

Galleria Borbonica

Enchanting scenery that unfolds to the eyes of visitors, a secret place full of history and magic atmosphere.An emotional journey that conducts visitors in the new section of the underground of Naples. It is situated in Vico del Grottone 4, from to 150 mt. to Plebiscito Square. Until a few years ago it wasa veterinary laboratory, now is the entrance of the Bourbon Tunnel. A staircase with 8 ramps, 33 yards deep descending into the belly of Chiaia. The second entry is in Via Domenico Morelli,40, through the crosswalk of “Quick parking”.The Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of rebellion, he asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was uncompleted and, during the second World War, was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit.The war left its mark even in the subsoil. That’s way there are handwrite, folding beds, messages of wish and desolation of those who lived it and still maintains its memory. Along the tunnel thereare also the evidences, 530 meters, where visitors can discover the history of real life. Through the spacious streets, it’s easy reachable the network of tunnels and cisterns of seventeenth-century,large buildings, where worked the "pozzari", the only connoisseur of Naples underground.The show is stunning, but that's not finished. On Via Morelli appear statues dating back to fascist period and many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years, freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc for the route.Nothing is left to chance, even lighting, perfectly integrated with the path of the visitors.Since today everything is possible to visit. Five years ago the scenery was completely different.Rubbish, degradation, wastes of all kinds covered the reliquaries.

Reviewed By sneakyboo - Tralee, Ireland

I travelled to Naples with a group and we decided to visit the tunnels to get a different view of Naples. We had Elena as a tour guide and she was so insightful, friendly and engaging, she really made the tour come alive. The tunnel offers an amazing amount of history in short space of time but I must say, it was all truly amazing. I had some idea of the tunnels beforehand but I must say that the tour far exceeded my expectations. It is well worth a visit and if you are not sure how to get there then just take the 151 bus and it will bring you right to the entrance.

5. Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta

Via San Biagio Dei Librai 118, 80138, Naples, Italy +39 331 420 9045
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5 based on 223 reviews

Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta

The Association RESPIRIAMO ARTE offers a unique tour in the Church of Art of Silk of Saints Philip and James. Tour's duration is 30 minutes, it walking inside the story of noble Silk Art and includes the visit of the Church and some secret special place: the remains of frescos of XVI century, the wood Neapolitan Sacristy of XVIII century, the Crypt where men of Silk Corporation were buried and archaeological remains in the inside courtyard. A guided tour that returns to Naples the title of City of Silk. Guided tours every 40 minutes with admission until 30 minutes before the closing. The Guided Tour in English language is possible with a descriptive brochure of the places and their history but always following the tour group in Italian language.

Reviewed By babbua - London, United Kingdom

My guide was an extremely kind young lady and the visit was very very interesting. You'll hear the stories of young girls saved from prostitution and of a powerful corporation and you'll also see one more hidden masterpiece: a wooden altar with an amazing perspective.
Very very nice.

6. Catacombe di San Gaudioso

Piazza Sanita, 14, 80100, Naples, Italy +39 081 744 3714
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5 based on 725 reviews

Catacombe di San Gaudioso

Reviewed By garryblower - Torquay, England

English tours every hour. The guide was very good and spoke excellent english. We really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.

7. Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

Via Maria Longo 50, 80138, Naples, Italy +39 081 440647
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5 based on 773 reviews

Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

Reviewed By Annamaartje - Amstelveen

Not easy to find, the farmacia is on the big hospitalcomplex, and can only be visited on saturdaymorning

8. Miglio Sacro

Via Capodimonte-Catacombe di, Naples, Italy +39 081 744 3714
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5 based on 140 reviews

Miglio Sacro

Reviewed By David B L - Los Angeles, California

Touring the subterranean Miglio Sacro is one of those unique experiences which you may experience in ancient cities like Naples or Rome. Exploring this completely underground netherworld is fascinating and very informative. Great for all ages and interests. ...

9. Catacombe di San Gennaro

Via di Capodimonte 13, 80100, Naples, Italy +39 081 744 3714
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Catacombe di San Gennaro

Around the origin of our Catacombs much has been discussed, they were simpleburial and never were quarries or underground ways; the first note of the monumentis repeated since the death of St. Agrippino our bishop in the II century, when hisbody was buried there in a noble tomb. Many miracles the saint operated by thetomb, so it became a place of reverence and neapolitan wished to be buried in thatplace.

Reviewed By stones95 - Stuttgart, Germany

A wonderful glimpse into the early history of the city. The tour is offered in both English and Italian - I had to do the English version. The guide was excellent. She spoke clearly and presented all of the pertinent information about the layout and the history of the place. I walked there from downtown but only because I wanted to. There is a bus stop right in front of the church where the ticket office is located and where the tour begins. Your ticket also gets you into other Catacombs (San Gaudioso) which are worth visiting as well. Although not quite as extensive, they are unique in their own way.

10. Teatro di San Carlo

Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132, Naples, Italy +39 081 797 2468
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Teatro di San Carlo

The Teatro di San Carlo was designed by the architects Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Carasale for the monarch since Charles wanted a new and larger theatre for Naples to replace the old and dilapidated Teatro San Bartolomeo of 1621. On 12 February 1816 the San Carlo was destroyed by fire. The Theatre was re-designed by the architect Antonio Niccolini and rebuilt within ten months on order of King Ferdinand IV. In 1845 there was additional refurbishment and, by 1854, the theatre's interior appearance changed to the now-traditional red and gold.Now carefully restored to its former splendour, the San Carlo is the oldest working theatre in Europe.

Reviewed By LostALot22 - Lombard, Illinois

The architecture of the building is very nice. It’s a little dirty looking outside like most of Naples but the inside it very cool and it is old. Very nice.

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