Museo Cappella Sansevero (Sansevero Chapel Museum)

#2 in Best Things To Do in Naples, Italy

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Via Francesco De Sanctis

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Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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, which portray themes like "Decorum," "Modesty" and "Sincerity." The chapel itself, in both its 18th-century architecture and design, is also a sight to behold. Once you've toured the chapel, head downstairs to the crypt, where the "Anatomical Machines" exhibit is housed. Not for the faint of heart, the exhibit features two glass cases with the skeletons of a man and woman that have their artery and vein systems exposed. It's believed these skeletons date back to 1763. 

Recent visitors reported that the "Veiled Christ" is worth the long queues. Others highly recommend reading up on the chapel's artists and history before you go to get the most out of your visit, though purchasing the audio guide is another way to do the same. Audio guides are available in a variety of languages, including English. 

The Museo Cappella Sansevero sits in the heart of Naples, behind Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. It is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. A standard ticket costs 7 euros (around $8), but reduced admissions are available for young adults ages 10 to 25. Children 9 and younger can visit for free. An adult or kid-friendly audio guide can be rented for 3.50 euros ($4). Reserving your tickets online for a small fee will allow you to enter a fast-track queue. Otherwise, you'll have to wait in the normal line, which can be pretty lengthy, especially in the afternoons. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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#1 Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli

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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