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What to do and see in Naples

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A treasure full of art, culture and history is what you expect and what you find in Naples. The historical center preserves a heritage so extraordinary to be inserted by UNESCO in the World Heritage Site. The itineraries are endless and tell the history of this city through palaces, churches, monuments and places of art. Starting with the four castles that dominate the city: Castel Nuovo, better known as the Angevin, with different architectural lines that recall the double role of fortress-palace that this building had under the period Angevin and Aragonese. Perched on Vomero – Castel Sant ‘Elmo – from which you can admire one of the most important streets of the center known as “Spaccanapoli”, which divides the city into two parts. On a small island, connected by bridge to the nearby mainland, is the monumental Castel dell’Ovo, venue for exhibitions and conferences. Finally, Castel Capuano, originally a fortress and later became a noble residence. Among the main squares of Naples, the famous Piazza del Plebiscito, with the splendid colonnade before which overlooks one of the sides of the huge Royal Palace, designed by Domenico Fontana. Among the churches to visit we can remember the Cathedral, with a Latin cross plan and three long aisles divided by two rows of pillars, host the famous Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro; place that in addition to the two vials containing the saint’s blood, contains wonderful masterpieces made with precious metals , The Catacombs of San Gennaro, another monument containing frescoes, mosaics and artefacts of great value. Also affected are the imposing Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore; the Church of the Gesu Nuovo, with particular façade recovered from a fifteenth-century mansion; the Monastery of St. Clare, the simple and pure lines typical of Franciscan churches that, in addition to the royal tombs, preserves the characteristic Cloister of the Poor Clares. Of great historical interest are the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, famous worldwide for the extraordinary nature of the exhibits. Along with collections of ancient noble families such as the Farnese and Borgia, forming the heritage exhibition of the largest museum of ancient art of the South: the National Archaeological Museum, housed in the Palazzo degli Studi. Moreover, there are the Museum and National Galleries of Capodimonte, which contain an extraordinary collection of masterpieces by Titian, Raphael, Correggio, Masaccio, Mantegna, Caravaggio and the Neapolitan masters, and the Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri, which houses a rich collection of weapons, european and oriental porcelain and objects from the most important Italian and European factories. Do not miss finally, the exceptional journey through the time in the underground of Naples, a picturesque route between tunnels and important discoveries such as the Greek-Roman Theatre.

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