About Naples

Naples, a city in southern Italy, sits on the Bay of Naples. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., Naples has centuries of important art and architecture. The city's cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle. The city has many noted churches, including the ornate Gésu Nuovo and the Gothic Santa Chiara. Pio Monte della Misericordia church houses Caravaggio’s Baroque painting “The Seven Works of Mercy.” The National Archaeological Museum is renowned for its Roman art and antiquities. Via Toledo is an elegant shopping district bordering the Spanish Quarters neighborhood. The historic center is split in two by Naples’ most famous street: colorful, crowded Spaccanapoli. Renowned as the birthplace of pizza and spaghetti, Naples also offers a variety of seafood specialties.
Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is a somma stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and Stabiae along with several other settlements. The area around Vesuvius was officially declared a national park and visitors can visit the small network of paths around the volcano.
National Archaeological Museum of Naples

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is an important Italian archaeological museum, particularly for ancient Roman remains. Its collection includes works from Greek, Roman and Renaissance times, and especially Roman artifacts from nearby Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum. The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. Their core is from the Farnese Collection, which includes a collection of engraved gems including the Farnese Cup, a Ptolemaic bowl made of sardonyx agate and the most famous piece in the "Treasure of the Magnificent", and is founded upon gems collected by Cosimo de' Medici and Lorenzo il Magnifico in the 15th century and the Farnese Marbles. Among the notable works found in the museum are the Herculaneum papyri, carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, found after 1752 in Villa of the Papyri.
Royal Palace of Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples is a palace, museum, and historical tourist destination located in central Naples. It was one of the four residences near Naples used by the House of Bourbon during their rule of the Kingdom of Naples and later the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The palace also housed the Royal Printing House, the Palatine Academy and Library, the King’s Physics Cabinet, the Bourbon Archives, and the Royal Chapel.
Castel Nuovo

Castel Nuovo, often called Maschio Angioino, is a medieval castle located in front of Piazza Municipio and the city hall in central Naples. Its scenic location and imposing size make the castle one of the main architectural landmarks of the city. In the complex, there is also the civic museum, which includes the Palatine Chapel and the museum paths on the first and second floors.
Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito is a large public square in central Naples. The square is used for open-air concerts. Artists who have performed here include popular Italian and Neapolitan artists, such as Franco Battiato and Pino Daniele and international stars including Elton John, Maroon 5 and Muse, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band gave a concert at the venue.
Cappella Sansevero

Cappella Sansevero is a chapel located on Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, just northwest of the church of San Domenico Maggiore, in the historic center of Naples. It contains works of Rococo art by some of the leading Italian artists of the 18th century. The chapel houses almost thirty works of art, among which are three particular sculptures of note.
Real Teatro di San Carlo

Teatro di San Carlo originally named by the Bourbon monarchy Teatro Reale di San Carlo is an opera house in Naples connected to the Royal Palace and adjacent to the Piazza del Plebiscito. It is the oldest continuously active venue for opera in the world. Any visit to the theatre is mingled with thoughts that it is where opera giants like Giuseppe Verdi and Gioachino Rossini premiered operas that are now regarded as masterpieces.

Spaccanapoli is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic center of the city of Naples. The name is a popular usage and means "Naples splitter". The name is derived from the fact that it is very long and from above it seems to divide that part of the city. Spaccanapoli is the main promenade for tourists as it provides access to a number of important sights of the city.
Villa Comunale

Villa Comunale is the most prominent park in Naples. The park was originally a Royal Garden and reserved for members of the royal family, but open to the public on special holidays such as the Festival of Piedigrotta. The park houses the Anton Dohrn aquarium and the splendid Villa Comunale is one of the most important historic gardens of the city.
Catacombs of San Gennaro

The Catacombs of San Gennaro are underground paleo-Christian burial and worship sites in Naples carved out of tuff a porous stone and consists of two levels San Gennaro Superiore, and San Gennaro Inferiore. The catacombs lie under the Rione Sanità neighborhood of Naples, sometimes called the "Valley of the Dead". The types of tombs include loculi, arcosoli, pits dug in the ground, and sarcophagi made of tuff or recycled marble and stone from older graves. Approximately 200 oil lamps dating from late antiquity to the Middle Ages have been found in the catacombs.
Best Time To Visit Naples

The best time to visit Naples is from March to April when the weather is mild.

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