Certosa e Museo di San Martino

#3 in Best Things To Do in Naples, Italy
Certosa e Museo di San Martino
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Largo S. Martino, 5

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 contributions by famous Italian masters Giovanni Antonio Dosio and Cosimo Fanzago. Visitors will also find 17th-century works by such famed artists as Francesco Solimena, Massimo Stanzione, Jusepe de Ribera and Battista Caracciolo. What's more, the Certosa e Museo di San Martino is home to an impressive collection of antique presepi (nativity scenes). 

Recent travelers raved about the church's elaborate frescoes and its unbeatable views of the bay, the city and Mount Vesuvius. However, reviewers warned others not to make the same mistake they did by trying to walk to the monastery. After all, it's much easier (and inexpensive) to pay 1 euro ($1) to ride the funicular up the cliff and walk the rest of the way. 

The Certosa e Museo di San Martino is part of the Naples skyline, so you won't miss it. If you plan on taking the Funicolare di Montesanto to the property, you can catch it at Piazza Montesanto. The attraction is open Thursday through Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., though the ticket office closes at 6:30 p.m. General admission costs 6 euros (or roughly $7). For more information, visit Certosa e Museo di San Martino's website.

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