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Best Things To Do in Naples, Italy

Naples is a sprawling city, but most of its best things to do are tucked in the pedestrian-friendly historic center. This UNESCO World Heritage site and its surroundings are home to churches like the Museo Cappella Sansevero, which doubles as an art museum, and the Galleria Borbonica, an underground tunnel filled with curiosities. The most refreshing place to stretch your legs and experience the warm, salty air is along the Via Carrociolo e Lungomare di Napoli, but for the best views, head up the funicular to the Certosa e Museo di San Martino, a monastery-turned-gallery.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated May 23, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Naples, Italy
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    #1 in Naples, Italy
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    For a nice seaside promenade, look no further than the Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Flanked by cafes and restaurants on one side and the Gulf of Naples on the other, this walkway serves as a relaxing place to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh sea air.

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    Museums, Sightseeing
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    The highlight of the Museo Cappella Sansevero is the "Veiled Christ," a statue created by the Neapolitan artist Giuseppe Sanmartino in 1753. The famously realistic statue rests at the center of the chapel, but there are other works of art on display here, too, including the Statues of the Virtues,

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    Certosa e Museo di San Martino
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
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    Founded in the 14th century as a Carthusian monastery, the Certosa e Museo di San Martino sits high above the city on Vomero hill, leaving visitors in awe of its intricate exteriors, immaculately-designed cloisters and sweeping skyline views. The interior has undergone many alterations over its centuries of existence, including

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    Catacombe di San Gennaro
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    #4 in Naples, Italy
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    The Catacombe di San Gennaro date back to the second century, but they became a pilgrimage site in the fifth century when San Gennaro – the patron saint who lends his name to the catacombs – was laid to rest here. Along with the underground graves, visitors will view art,

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    Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (Naples National Archaeological Museum)
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    The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli is where you'll find artifacts rescued from Pompeii and Herculaneum. The collection includes everything from Greek and Roman sculptures to intricate mosaics. The building itself is also a sight to behold, as it once served as military barracks before it became the city's main

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    Galleria Borbonica (Bourbon Tunnel)
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    The Galleria Borbonica – or Bourbon Tunnel – is an unfinished underground passageway commissioned by King Ferdinand II and carved back in the 19th century as an escape route that would link the Royal Palace of Naples to military barracks in Via della Pace (now Via Morelli). Though the tunnel

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    Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
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    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Tours
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    More than Full Day
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    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Tours
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    More than Full Day
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    Two of the area's most iconic locales – Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii – can be found roughly 15 miles away from central Naples. Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano left on Europe's mainland, while Pompeii, which fell victim to one of Mount Vesuvius' eruptions in A.D. 79, is a

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    Museo di Capodimonte
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    Originally commissioned in 1738 as a hunting lodge for Charles VII, king of Naples and Sicily, this grand palace took more than a century to construct. These days, it serves as a museum, hanging works by names like Titian, Sandro Botticelli and Michelangelo da Caravaggio, among other well-known Italian and

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    Via San Gregorio Armeno (Christmas Alley)
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    Nicknamed "Christmas Alley," Via San Gregorio Armeno bustles year-round with artisans hawking goods, such as nativity and celebrity statuettes, as well as the famous terracotta figurines created by Giuseppe Ferrigno. Visitors will find ornaments resembling everyone from the pope to popular football players to baby Jesus. Curiously, Elvis shows up

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