Attractions of Naples and things to do and to see in Naples, including tours of the city, the Duomo, Sansevero's Chapel, the Archaeological Museum of Pompeii and what to do in the Amalfi Coast.
One of the major landmarks of the city of Naples is Castel Nuovo, a massive fortress that was rebuilt by an Aragonese architect following Gothic-Catalan rules in the 14th century. Within the large stone walls of the castle you'll find sculptures and frescoes from 14th and 15th century, as well as the city civic museum. From the castle you can enjoy splendid views of the port and city.
Another tourist attraction of the city of Naples is the museum of the Sansevero's Chapel, hidden away in the back streets of Spaccanapoli it contains a fine selection of sculptures which includes a striking Cristo velato (Veiled Christ) carved by Giuseppe Sanmartino, as well as the tombs of Sansevero's family. For those who like the macabre, the crypt of the church was the place where Prince Raimondo conducted alchemical experimentations, whose models are still on display today, Le machine anatomiche. Along with overly-stated erotic sculptures this church has something to offer to everyone.
In your what-to-see-in-Naples list you have to add the Duomo of Naples, a popular tourist attraction mainly related to modern-day festivities. This main cathedral of the city was founded in the 1200s. Over the years it has undergone radical changes, for example the 110 ancient columns that were salvaged from ancient pagan buildings used for one of the reconstructions of the church. On the left-hand side of the church as you enter there is the older church of Santa Restituta (4th century), but the main focus of the church is the Capella di San Gennaro (San Gennaro Chapel), the patron saint of Naples.
Twice a year, on his feast day on September 19th and on the first Sunday in May, people celebrate the transfer of his relics to Naples where two sealed vials believed to contain his blood are paraded before the worshippers. And during these festivities the locals hail as a miracle as the blood of San Gennaro liquefies.
The most important tourist attraction in Naples is the National Archaeological Museum located in a huge old cavalry barrack that houses many of the treasures discovered in Pompeii and other ancient Roman excavations in and around the city of Naples. Its treasure is not only limited to the Romans, there are also Greek pieces as well such as the delightful Aphrodite attributed to a 4th century Greek sculptor.
In addition to the dominant sculptures that are quite breathtaking in their sheer scale and details, you'll also find vividly colored mosaics, as well as countless artistic and household objects retrieved in Pompeii. Along with an intact fresco unearthed in Pompeii of some 90m wide, you'll find a treasure trove of antiquities that any museum in the world would envy.
A journey up to the dizzy heights of Vomero, with one of the funicular cars, is a big attraction for tourists visiting Naples. There you can enjoy amazing views of the Gulf of Naples, as well as a stroll through Naples most peaceful and wealthiest neighborhoods.
In between attractions don't forget to linger on the backstreets of Spaccanapoli, where the narrow congested streets lined with markets and stalls selling all varieties of products, along with the locals who go about their business without a care in the world, create a tourist attraction in their own right.
In this area you'll also find many tours of the underground Naples where you descend below the streets to discover the tunnels and catacombs from old Roman times and hear interesting stories from during the time of the last War, and more recent history about Naples and the various characters who have utilized subterranean Naples to avoid the authorities.