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Sights in Naples

Which sights in Naples should not be missed? Discover the best attractions, famous monuments, incredible museums and unique sights of Naples!

Top 10 sights in Naples

Naples isn't the cleanest city, but you'll quickly discover the irresistible charm of this city. For impressive historical sights, lively authentic streets and delicious Italian cuisine you must visit Naples. And what to think of famous places such as Vesuvius, Pompeii, the Alfami coast and picturesque islands such as Procida and Capri? Perfect for those of us who don't just want to explore the city but also discover the breathtaking surroundings. But first be sure to experience the best Naples has to offer. Stroll through the historic centre and see beautiful churches, squares and archaeological excavations. Here the top sights of Naples.


The excavations of Pompeii are high on the list of popular attractions near Naples. Because the city was buried under ashes and lava of the Mount Vesuvius for centuries, this Roman city has been excellently preserved. You can truly imagine how people lived there in Roman times while you walk through Pompeii.

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Castel Nuovo

The massive Castel Nuovo recalls the time when Naples was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, which included all of southern Italy. Visit the Baron's Hall, which was the scene of the power struggle between the royal family and the Neapolitan nobility.

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Piazza del Plebiscito

The most beautiful square of the city is undoubtedly Piazza del Plebiscito with on one side the Royal Palace and on the other side the church of San Francesco di Paola. Don't forget to wander through the narrow winding streets of the working-class district of Santa Lucia, nearby.

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Teatro di San Carlo

The oldest opera theatre in Italy and according to experts the one with the best acoustics. If you can't get a ticket for an evening performance: in the morning there are regular performances, specially designed to familiarize a young audience with opera.

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To escape the hustle and bustle in the centre of Naples, a visit to one of the islands in the Bay of Naples is highly recommended. Leave Capri and Ischa to one side and choose the lovely Procida.

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Naples Cathedral

The main attraction of the Cathedral is the chapel of San Gennaro, the patron saint of the city of Naples. Legend has it that his blood is stored there and that 'blood' mysteriously liquefies up twice a year.

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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has an impressive collection of ancient objects. The so-called Farnese-collection is famous, but many visitors find the objects from Pompeii just as interesting. Ever seen a 2,000 year old loaf of bread?

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Napoli Sotterranea / Naples Underground

Beneath Naples is a vast system of corridors and caves. These were created by using the tuff to build houses, but also by creating underground watercourses.

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Castel Sant’Elmo and Museo di San Martino

To be seen from almost every point in Naples: Castel Sant'Elmo on the Vomero hilltop. From the castle you have a beautiful view of Naples. Also visit the Charterhouse of St. Martin (Certosa di San Martino), which has a particularly fine collection of art.

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National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa

For railway enthusiasts, the National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa is a must. It is located on historic land, along Italy's first railway line and on the site where the first Italian steam locomotive was built. The collection is very extensive.

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