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Must-See Museums in Naples

Must-See Museums in Naples

Naples is a city of contrasts, with gritty working-class neighborhoods sitting shoulder to shoulder with some of the most lavish art and archaeological museums in Italy. Ancient mosaics and baroque masterpieces alike call this city home and form part of the captivating fabric of Naples. Here are our top museum picks.

National Archaeological Museum

Home to one of the finest collections of Greek and Roman artifacts in the world, the National Archaeological Museum is a treasure trove of more than 3,000 ancient bronzes, mosaics, and papyri recovered at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The massive palace also holds the Egyptian Collection and the Farnese Collection of classical gems, semiprecious stones, and sculpture.

**How to Visit:**A hugely popular attractions in Naples, the museum often has a crowd at the entrance; book a museum tour with skip-the-line tickets to avoid a long wait.

Capodimonte

Art aficionados won’t want to miss the collection of masterpieces from the Neapolitan and other Italian schools in the Capodimonte Palace galleries, including exquisite works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and others. In addition to more than 100 paintings and classical sculptures in the National Gallery, the complex includes the royal apartment’s collection of furniture and decorative arts and a beautiful surrounding park. 

**How to Visit:**As one of the largest museums in Italy, Capodimonte is best-visited with a guided tour to take in the collections’ highlights without being overwhelmed. 

Certosa di San Martino

Dominating Naples from above, this historic monastery atop Vomero Hill is now home to an excellent museum dedicated to Neapolitan art and history between the 15th and 19th century, including the popular art of the Nativity scene. The setting is dazzling, as are the heady views over the city and bay.  

**How to Visit:**There is a lot of ground to cover here, so opt to visit with a guide to fully appreciate the wealth of art and history.

Civic Museum of Castel Nuovo

Also known as the Maschio Angioino, this fortress was built in stages between the 13th and 15th century, and visitors today can tour the castle’s historic halls and the Civic Museum, housed inside the castle. Enjoy the collection of 14th- and 15th-century frescoes and sculptures, as well as paintings by Neapolitan artists from the 17th to the 20th century. 

**How to Visit:**Combine a visit of Castel Nuovo with a private or small-group walking tour of Naples’ historic center, which begins just outside the castle gate.

Royal Palace

An impressive reminder of Naples’ royal history, the 17th-century palace was designed by Renaissance architect Domenico Fontana. Visitors enter via the regal double staircase to visit the sumptuous royal apartments, Court Theater, Throne Room, Hall of Hercules ballroom, and Royal Chapel.

**How to Visit:**The Royal Palace is a highlight of Naples, and booking admission tickets in advance is a must to avoid long lines at the entrance. You can easily pair a stop at the Royal Palace with a tour of the nearby San Carlo Theater and Piazza del Plebiscito.

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Naples City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Naples City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Enjoy a panoramic view of Naples from the open-air top of a double-decker bus and a hop-on hop-off ticket good for 24 hours. With more than 30 combined stops to choose from on three different routes, including major attractions like the Archaeological Museum, Capodimonte Museum and Piazza Municipio, these buses make it easy to discover Naples at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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 Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

Naples City Walking Tour (In compliance with the anti-covid rules )

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Stroll past Naples’ top attractions on this walking tour. Led by a local guide, see the bustling Spaccanapoli promenade, the Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest opera house in Europe. As you walk through the city center, learn the history behind the palaces, churches and monuments from your guide. Top off your tour with a piece of Italian cake at a local cafe in Piazza San Gaetano.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: Royal Palace of Naples Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Royal Palace of Naples Entrance Ticket

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Home to the Neapolitan monarchy for more than three centuries, and an architectural marvel in its own right, the Royal Palace of Naples is a highlight stop for visitors to the southern Italian city. With an advance ticket in hand, you won’t just have guaranteed admission to the palace—you’ll also beat the crowds with special, skip-the-line access. Your ticket additionally grants you admission to the venue’s temporary exhibitions.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.24
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

Private Sightseeing Tour in Naples by Vespa

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See Naples like a true Italian on this 4.5-hour Vespa tour. Led by an expert driver, hop on the back of a vintage scooter and soak up the city’s history, architecture and old-world charm. Pass top attractions including the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Naples, Parco Virgiliano and Castel Dell'Ovo, hopping off to relax at a local cafe with a cake and coffee (own expense). Enjoy an intimate look at this southern Italian city before returning to your original departure point.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Entry Ticket

Skip the Line: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Entry Ticket

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The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is a must-see destination for art lovers. The museum’s collection contains an array of Greek and Roman masterpieces, including sculptures from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Get up close and personal to the archaeological treasures, and explore at your leisure, when you purchase this ticket. Skip-the-line access will help you beat the crowds, while securing guaranteed admission in advance means one fewer travel worry.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Capodimonte Museum

Capodimonte Museum

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Prebook your admission with skip the line access to the Capodimonte Museum. This means you have more time to visit one of southern Italy’s largest art galleries—three floors and more than 160 rooms inside a grand Bourbon palazzo. There’s a small collection of modern art including works by Andy Warhol, but most come to see the vast Farnese collection and Caravaggio’s The Flagellation of Christ.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Naples Skip-the-Line San Martino National Museum and Charterhouse Ticket

Naples Skip-the-Line San Martino National Museum and Charterhouse Ticket

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Widen your sightseeing net while making the most of your time in Naples with skip-the-line entry to the San Martino National Museum and Charterhouse. Save time with priority admission to this 14th-century monastery complex, perched on a city hilltop. Admire the cloisters and stunning religious art and architecture; trace Naples’ history through the rich museum collection; and enjoy sweeping views from the terraced gardens.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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