Art Lover's Guide to Naples
The historic port city of Naples offers a captivating mix of shop-lined streets and grand monuments, and it is also home to some of Italy’s most important works of art. Join an art tour to take in the city’s masterpieces, housed in museums, palaces, and churches across the city. Here are some must-sees for art lovers visiting Naples.
National Archaeological Museum - Art and artifacts from the ancient world
The most important museum in Naples is the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, set in the center of the city and home to some of the most significant ancient art in the world. Much of the collection was unearthed in nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, so choose a tour that combines a visit to the ruins with skip-the-line tickets to the museum.
Capodimonte Museum - Renaissance treasures in a sumptuous palace
Many visitors to Naples are surprised to learn that the city is home to one of the largest collections of art in Italy, housed in the lavish Capodimonte Palace. Join a guided tour that concentrates on the highlights of this vast museum, which include works by Botticelli, Titian, Caravaggio, and Raphael.
Sansevero Chapel - The most famous sculpture in Naples
The baroque Cappella di Sansevero in the historic center of Naples houses the spectacular Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, a startlingly life-like marble statue of Christ lying under a thin veil. Visit as part of a walking tour of the historic center to gaze in wonder at this remarkable artistic achievement.
Charterhouse of San Martino - Spectacular paintings and views above the city
Set high above the city, this former charterhouse is now an excellent museum housing a collection of Neapolitan and Italian art dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Join a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets to see the wealth of art and history in the museum as well as the site’s historic monastery, cloisters, and church.
Museum of the Royal Palace - An eclectic collection from Naples' royals
Housed in the Royal Palace, this museum set inside the palace’s historic Royal apartments encompasses a vast and eclectic collection of furniture, art, porcelain, and objets d’art dating from the baroque and neoclassical periods. Visit with a guide to put this large collection in its historic context.
The Cloister of Santa Chiara - Colorful majolica cloister decorations from the 1800s
The Santa Chiara complex includes a rather austere church as well as a sumptuous cloister decorated with elegant painted 17th-century tiles that were left miraculously untouched during the World War II bombing of the area. Choose a tour of the historic center that includes a stop to admire the cloister.