What to see in Naples

Naples museums, ruins, monuments, churches, and other top attractions

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Part of the Collezione Farnese (Photo by ho visto nina volare)
Museo Archeologico
Centro Storico di Napoli

The Archeological Museum of Naples is one of the top in Europe—and an absolute must if you are visiting Pompeii

 
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Sala XV (Photo by Mentnafunangann)

The Royal Palace in Naples

 
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The cloisters (Photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST)
Santa Chiara
Centro Storico di Napoli

The most beautiful cloisters in Naples

 
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Veiled Christ (1753) by Giuseppe Sammartino (Photo courtesy of the museum)
Cappella Sansevero
Centro Storico di Napoli

An exuberantly baroque chapel in Naples

 
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Room 2 in the museum (Photo courtesy of the museum)

The most important painting gallery in all of Southern Italy

 
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The interior (Photo Public Domain)
Teatro San Carlo
Centro Storico di Napoli

One of the world's top opera houses is in Naples

 
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The nave (Photo by Vitold Muratov)
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Il Duomo
Centro Storico di Napoli

The duomo of Naples and Feast of San Gennaro

 
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 (Photo by Together4europe2012)

The catacombs of San Gennaro

 
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Presepio figurines in a shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno (Photo by John Myers)
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I Presepi di Napoli
Centro Storico di Napoli

A Neapolitan Bethlehem—The Presepio Christmas Crèche shops of Naples's Via San Gregorio Armeno

 
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The criptoportico archaeological excavations underneath San Lorenzo Maggiore (Photo by Sergioizzo)
San Lorenzo Maggiore
Centro Storico di Napoli

Burrow through 2,500 years of Neapolitan history in this best of Naples' churches

 
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 (Photo by jimmyweee)
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One of the world's first shopping malls in Naples

 
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Cloister of San Martino (Photo by Velvet)

Paintings, presepi, and great views at a monastery-museum high above Naples

 
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Immacolata obelisk (Photo by Mstyslav Chernov)
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Guglia dell'Immacolata
Centro Storico di Napoli

A nearly 100-foot spire of baroque statues and reliefs

 
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 (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)
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The castle out to sea in Naples

 
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The main facade (Photo by Palickap)
San Domenico Maggiore
Centro Storico di Napoli

Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque art masterpieces in a Neapolitan church

 
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Basilica reale pontificia di San Francesco di Paola (Photo by Wolfgang Pehlemann)
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Naples's most elegant public square

 
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The castle offers fantastic views (Photo by Ra Boe)

Little to see but some 20th century art and great views from the stony castle high above Naples

 
Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri (Palazzo Como) (Photo by IlSistemone)
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Museo Civico G. Filangeri
Centro Storico di Napoli

Some nice paintings in a free (!) small private museum set in a lovely 18C palazzo

 
The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo (Photo by Luca Aless)

The "New Castle" in Naples was built in the 1200s

 
The nave (Photo by Giuseppe Guida)
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San Gregorio Armeno
Centro Storico di Napoli

A fine baroque church in Naples

 
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).