Aptly named as a majestic open-air Mediterranean museum, the city of Naples is truly a blissful Italian destination that delights culture vultures and history buffs with its exhilarating mess of historic monuments and statues. Discovered by the ancient Greeks more than 2,000 years ago, this majestic city has a colorful and intriguing history that is best depicted by its astounding collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
A melting pot of cultures, the city boasts an unmatched heritage that can also be reflected by its monuments and structures, featuring a blend of French, Spanish, Swedish, Angevin, Norman, Roman and Greek architectures.
With an endless array of historic sites on display, selecting the best historic sites in Napoli can turn out to be a tall order for anyone visiting the city, especially to those who are short on time. And thankfully, here a list of the best and most sough-after historic sites in this picturesque Italian utopia.
1. Catacombe di San Gennaro
It’s strange, cold and creepy, but it also an incredible work of art. Embellished with stunning Christian frescoes, the Catacombe di San Gennaro is the oldest and arguably the most famous catacomb is the city of Napoli. A historic site that dates back from the second century, the Catacombe di San Gennaro is also riddled with vestibules, corridors and tombs.
2. Castel dell’Ovo
A fortified historic monument nestled on the Bay of Napoli, the Castel dell’Ovo, or also called as the Castle of the Egg, is the oldest castle in the city. Built in the 12th century by the Normans, the castle is simply an irresistible sight that will leave you all its spectators in awe. As you walk up its ramparts, you will be rewarded with an awe-inspiring panorama. By the way, it is also home to the Museum of Prehistory.
3. Museo Cappella Sansevero
The Museo Cappella Sansevero is, without a doubt, one of the city’s finest and most remarkable gems. Built in the later parts of the 1500s, this treasure of Italian artistic heritage was heavily influenced by the Prince of Sansevero, Raimondo de Sangro, a genius of invention and science. Besides its astounding architecture, this building is also home to a cluster of masterpieces and statues.
4. Ruins of Herculaneum
From stylish mosaics and ancient advertisements to skeletons and carbonized furniture, the Ruins of Herculaneum have a wealth of artifacts and archaeological finds that can keep you hooked and busy for hours. While this historic attraction is often eclipsed by Pompeii, it is a spectacle you definitely cannot afford to miss during your trip to Italy.
5. Castel Nuovo
Ringed by deep moats, Castel Nuovo is an imposing and gorgeous castle built in 1282 by architects Pierre d’Angincourt and Pierre de Chaulness. Besides it grand and eye-catching architecture, the castle also features a delicate interior design and a resplendent collection of art works. If you love taking snapshots of great architectural structures, paying a visit to this iconic castle is an absolute must.
6. Naples Cathedral
Established in the 18th century, Naples Cathedral( also known as the Cattedrale di San Gennaro) is an admirable ne-Gothic architectural gem that has served as the city’s main church. Inside this historic church, visitors are bombarded with its impressive interior that showcases a plethora of majestic religious sculpture and paintings.
7. The Bourbon Tunnel
No trip to the city of Napoli is complete without a visit to The Bourbon Tunnel. A hidden treasure beneath the city of Napoli, The Bourbon Tunnel is an interesting maze of Second World War bomb shelters, royal escape routes and aqueducts. Furthermore, this charming iconic site has a forgotten subway path.
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