Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (Naples National Archaeological Museum)

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Piazza Museo, 19

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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 university. It didn't become a museum until Charles VII declared it so in the late 18th century. 

If you only have time for one museum on your Naples getaway, many recent travelers (and travel experts) recommend making the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli your pick. Still, more than one visitor lamented the lack of a museum cafe or other on-site refreshments (a valid complaint considering the size of the museum). Others complained about the signage, which is mostly in Italian. Though there is an audio guide available, reviewers said it only provides information on the museum highlights. 

Located a couple miles northwest of central Naples at Piazza Museo, the museum is open Wednesday through Monday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost 12 euros (about $13.50) per person, but reduced rates are available late in the day. Free entry is offered for all visitors on the first Sunday of every month. Audio guides (available in English) cost 5 euros (approximately $5.50). On-site facilities include restrooms and a bookshop. Learn more about the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli by visiting the property's website.

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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. The views of nearby Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri add an almost magical element to this pedestrian walkway. 

Although recent visitors say a walk on Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli is a definite must-do, they recommend steering clear during the weekends when it gets "extremely crowded." Some also cautioned that vendors trying to hawk their goods can be a bit pushy, so be prepared to say a kind but firm "no, grazie" a time or two.

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