Museums

Naples is a city with an invaluable artistic, cultural and historical heritage, a place with dozens of museums and countless historical and monumental buildings; in short, a veritable open-air museum where you can be amazed even just by walking. That’s why we suggest a walk through museums and historic buildings, inviting you to discover everything the city has to offer.
Museum of Capodimonte
Housed inside the palace of the same name and surrounded by a large park, it is located in the hills, and definitely worth a visit for the richness and beauty of the preserved works and historic apartments. It extends over three levels and houses famous paintings, such as the Farnese Collection and other works of infinite beauty, including several paintings by Caravaggio, more than a “Wunderkammer” of decorative art. The royal apartments include the Porcelain Gallery, consisting of over three thousand pieces only partially exposed and the delightful “Porcelain Sitting Room”. The museum also houses a collection of contemporary art, including Andy Warhol, Alberto Burri and Jannis Kounellis, and a photographic section with works, among others, by Mimmo Jodice.
Royal palace apartments
If the duration of your stay allows it, take a few hours to visit the nearby Royal Palace of Naples. You will walk in the historic apartments, which still retain their original appearance with statues, tapestries, period furniture and paintings and you will admire the most important historical testimonies such as the 17th century frescoes, which exalt the glory and the victories of the Spanish. But the most fascinating aspect of this visit is peeking into the life of the Royals, following the grand staircase, seeing the throne room, the King’s apartment, the Queen’s living rooms and the court theatre. Recently the gardens were reopened to the public, after a long restoration; from here you can enjoy one of the best views of the Gulf of Naples.
MANN, NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The very central historic museum MANN is among the most important in the city of Naples. In its 12650 square meters of total exhibition area, it boasts the richest and most valuable heritage of works of art and artefacts of archaeological interest in Italy. It consists of three main sections: The Farnese Collection (sculptures, busts and gems from Rome and surroundings), the Pompeian Collections (artefacts from the Vesuvius area, with the delightful mosaics and works of the Secret Cabinet) and the Egyptian collection, which ranks third in the world in importance after the Egyptian museum in Cairo and the Egyptian museum in Turin. The global reorganization of the museum in recent years has provided, since 2013, a reorganization of the individual collections, and a more organic and rational location within the building.
Museum and Charterhouse of San Martino
Open to the public in 1866, following the Unification of Italy, after the Charterhouse was declared a national monument. For the will of the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli the rooms were destined to collect testimonies of the life of Naples and the southern Kingdoms. Located on the Vomero hill, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the gulf, it is spread over two levels. The first level includes, among other things, the nativity scene section where you can admire the famous Cuciniello nativity scene, a monumental collection of shepherds. In the Section of historical memories of the Kingdom of Naples, there is the famous “Tavola Strozzi”, a photograph of the city in the mid-fifteenth century. On the second level you will find the 19th century gallery, decorative arts, prints and drawings and the precious Section Alisio, the last private collection acquired by the museum.
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PAN, Palace of the Arts of Naples
Located in the historic Carafa di Roccella building in Via dei Mille, the PAN hosts exhibitions of all kinds of contemporary art: painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, comics, design, video art, cinema. Inaugurated in 2005 after a long restoration, the structure has an area of 6000 square meters on three levels with exhibition areas, media library, spaces for educational activities, a dedicated bookshop and terraces. It has become the privileged venue for temporary exhibitions of photography, contemporary art and visual arts, as well as events related to temporary exhibitions. It is always worth checking out the temporary exhibitions at the PAN and entering this historic building at the centre of the “shopping street” par excellence.
MADRE, Donnaregina Museum of Contemporary Art
If you love contemporary art you cannot skip a visit to the MADRE, in the old town centre of Naples. It is located in the historic Palazzo Donnaregina, on 18th-19th century structures and overlooks a stretch of walls from the 5th-4th century BC visible under the pavement of the ticket office. Inaugurated (partially) in 2005, the museum was completely finished in 2007 and the exhibition spaces were expanded by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. At the site-specific collection with works by Kapoor, Buren, Clemente, Kounellis, LeWitt, Mimmo Paladino and others, from 2013 the project “Per_formare una collezione” dedicated by the Donnaregina Foundation to the progressive formation of the Collection of the Madre Museum was added.
Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro
Adjacent to the Cathedral of Naples and the Chapel of San Gennaro, from 2003 it is possible to admire the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro, an art collection that includes priceless jewels, statues, busts, precious fabrics and paintings. Among the most stunning objects you can admire a miter (episcopal headgear) from 1713, in which numerous precious stones (diamonds, rubies and emeralds) are set. A curiosity: during the war events of 1940-45, the Treasure of San Gennaro was preserved in the Vatican and brought back to the Cathedral in 1947 thanks to an adventurous journey of the Neapolitan Giuseppe Navarra, nicknamed 'o rre di Poggioreale (King of Poggioreale), who succeeded in getting the precious treasure intact in the hands of the then archbishop Alessio Ascalesi.
Sansevero Chapel
This small museum, hidden in the heart of Naples, is among the most suggestive places in the city. Located near Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, this now deconsecrated church is adjacent to the family palace of the princes of Sansevero and reflects the genius and charisma of Raimondo di Sangro, seventh Prince of Sansevero, patron and creator of the 18th century artistic apparatus of the chapel. In the chapel there are three masterpieces of sculpture that deserve a visit among which the “Veiled Christ” by Giuseppe Sanmartino stands out, but also numerous other works of fine workmanship, such as the “anatomical machines”, two totally stripped bodies where it is possible to observe, in great detail, the entire circulatory system.
Historic buildings in the city
A walk in the streets of Naples is enough to appreciate the different architectures, but do not be afraid to go into the courtyards and also admire the interiors of historic and monumental buildings. From the rich liberty style (very present in the city from Vomero to Chiaia), up to the rational architecture of the fascist era (you will notice them near the Residence in the Questura building and in the Palazzo delle Poste). Let’s not forget the splendid buildings of the historic centre, which have become the symbol of Naples in worldwide cinema and in the photos of many tourists, such as the Spagnuolo building with the characteristic “hawk-wing” staircase. Walking in the nearby via Toledo you will notice some of the most elegant and luxurious buildings in all of Naples, such as the Zevallos Palace, the Doria D’Angri building or the Banco di Napoli building.
Zevallos Palace

It is a small treasure chest on Via Toledo, home to a wonderful permanent collection, located in a fascinating and little-known historic building that will surprise you. Here the Galleries of Italy of Naples exhibit over 120 works that allow us to trace the salient events of the figurative arts in the city, from the beginning of the 17th century to the early 20th century. It is the home of Caravaggio’s “Martyrdom of Sant’Orsola”, with numerous drawings and paintings by Giacinto Gigante and Pitloo, and it is often the site of contemporary art exhibitions with works by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Museums
Naples is a city with an invaluable artistic, cultural and historical heritage, a place with dozens of museums and countless historical and monumental buildings; in short, a veritable open-air museum where you can be amazed even just by walking. That’s why we suggest a walk through museums and historic buildings, inviting you to discover everything the city has to offer.
Museum of Capodimonte
Housed inside the palace of the same name and surrounded by a large park, it is located in the hills, and definitely worth a visit for the richness and beauty of the preserved works and historic apartments. It extends over three levels and houses famous paintings, such as the Farnese Collection and other works of infinite beauty, including several paintings by Caravaggio, more than a “Wunderkammer” of decorative art. The royal apartments include the Porcelain Gallery, consisting of over three thousand pieces only partially exposed and the delightful “Porcelain Sitting Room”. The museum also houses a collection of contemporary art, including Andy Warhol, Alberto Burri and Jannis Kounellis, and a photographic section with works, among others, by Mimmo Jodice.
Royal palace apartments
If the duration of your stay allows it, take a few hours to visit the nearby Royal Palace of Naples. You will walk in the historic apartments, which still retain their original appearance with statues, tapestries, period furniture and paintings and you will admire the most important historical testimonies such as the 17th century frescoes, which exalt the glory and the victories of the Spanish. But the most fascinating aspect of this visit is peeking into the life of the Royals, following the grand staircase, seeing the throne room, the King’s apartment, the Queen’s living rooms and the court theatre. Recently the gardens were reopened to the public, after a long restoration; from here you can enjoy one of the best views of the Gulf of Naples.
MANN, NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The very central historic museum MANN is among the most important in the city of Naples. In its 12650 square meters of total exhibition area, it boasts the richest and most valuable heritage of works of art and artefacts of archaeological interest in Italy. It consists of three main sections: The Farnese Collection (sculptures, busts and gems from Rome and surroundings), the Pompeian Collections (artefacts from the Vesuvius area, with the delightful mosaics and works of the Secret Cabinet) and the Egyptian collection, which ranks third in the world in importance after the Egyptian museum in Cairo and the Egyptian museum in Turin. The global reorganization of the museum in recent years has provided, since 2013, a reorganization of the individual collections, and a more organic and rational location within the building.
Museum and Charterhouse of San Martino
Open to the public in 1866, following the Unification of Italy, after the Charterhouse was declared a national monument. For the will of the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli the rooms were destined to collect testimonies of the life of Naples and the southern Kingdoms. Located on the Vomero hill, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the gulf, it is spread over two levels. The first level includes, among other things, the nativity scene section where you can admire the famous Cuciniello nativity scene, a monumental collection of shepherds. In the Section of historical memories of the Kingdom of Naples, there is the famous “Tavola Strozzi”, a photograph of the city in the mid-fifteenth century. On the second level you will find the 19th century gallery, decorative arts, prints and drawings and the precious Section Alisio, the last private collection acquired by the museum.
PAN, Palace of the Arts of Naples
Located in the historic Carafa di Roccella building in Via dei Mille, the PAN hosts exhibitions of all kinds of contemporary art: painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, comics, design, video art, cinema. Inaugurated in 2005 after a long restoration, the structure has an area of 6000 square meters on three levels with exhibition areas, media library, spaces for educational activities, a dedicated bookshop and terraces. It has become the privileged venue for temporary exhibitions of photography, contemporary art and visual arts, as well as events related to temporary exhibitions. It is always worth checking out the temporary exhibitions at the PAN and entering this historic building at the centre of the “shopping street” par excellence.
MADRE, Donnaregina Museum of Contemporary Art
If you love contemporary art you cannot skip a visit to the MADRE, in the old town centre of Naples. It is located in the historic Palazzo Donnaregina, on 18th-19th century structures and overlooks a stretch of walls from the 5th-4th century BC visible under the pavement of the ticket office. Inaugurated (partially) in 2005, the museum was completely finished in 2007 and the exhibition spaces were expanded by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. At the site-specific collection with works by Kapoor, Buren, Clemente, Kounellis, LeWitt, Mimmo Paladino and others, from 2013 the project “Per_formare una collezione” dedicated by the Donnaregina Foundation to the progressive formation of the Collection of the Madre Museum was added.
Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro
Adjacent to the Cathedral of Naples and the Chapel of San Gennaro, from 2003 it is possible to admire the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro, an art collection that includes priceless jewels, statues, busts, precious fabrics and paintings. Among the most stunning objects you can admire a miter (episcopal headgear) from 1713, in which numerous precious stones (diamonds, rubies and emeralds) are set. A curiosity: during the war events of 1940-45, the Treasure of San Gennaro was preserved in the Vatican and brought back to the Cathedral in 1947 thanks to an adventurous journey of the Neapolitan Giuseppe Navarra, nicknamed 'o rre di Poggioreale (King of Poggioreale), who succeeded in getting the precious treasure intact in the hands of the then archbishop Alessio Ascalesi.
Sansevero Chapel
This small museum, hidden in the heart of Naples, is among the most suggestive places in the city. Located near Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, this now deconsecrated church is adjacent to the family palace of the princes of Sansevero and reflects the genius and charisma of Raimondo di Sangro, seventh Prince of Sansevero, patron and creator of the 18th century artistic apparatus of the chapel. In the chapel there are three masterpieces of sculpture that deserve a visit among which the “Veiled Christ” by Giuseppe Sanmartino stands out, but also numerous other works of fine workmanship, such as the “anatomical machines”, two totally stripped bodies where it is possible to observe, in great detail, the entire circulatory system.
Historic buildings in the city
A walk in the streets of Naples is enough to appreciate the different architectures, but do not be afraid to go into the courtyards and also admire the interiors of historic and monumental buildings. From the rich liberty style (very present in the city from Vomero to Chiaia), up to the rational architecture of the fascist era (you will notice them near the Residence in the Questura building and in the Palazzo delle Poste). Let’s not forget the splendid buildings of the historic centre, which have become the symbol of Naples in worldwide cinema and in the photos of many tourists, such as the Spagnuolo building with the characteristic “hawk-wing” staircase. Walking in the nearby via Toledo you will notice some of the most elegant and luxurious buildings in all of Naples, such as the Zevallos Palace, the Doria D’Angri building or the Banco di Napoli building.
Zevallos Palace

It is a small treasure chest on Via Toledo, home to a wonderful permanent collection, located in a fascinating and little-known historic building that will surprise you. Here the Galleries of Italy of Naples exhibit over 120 works that allow us to trace the salient events of the figurative arts in the city, from the beginning of the 17th century to the early 20th century. It is the home of Caravaggio’s “Martyrdom of Sant’Orsola”, with numerous drawings and paintings by Giacinto Gigante and Pitloo, and it is often the site of contemporary art exhibitions with works by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Museums
Naples is a city with an invaluable artistic, cultural and historical heritage, a place with dozens of museums and countless historical and monumental buildings; in short, a veritable open-air museum where you can be amazed even just by walking. That’s why we suggest a walk through museums and historic buildings, inviting you to discover everything the city has to offer.
Museum of Capodimonte
Housed inside the palace of the same name and surrounded by a large park, it is located in the hills, and definitely worth a visit for the richness and beauty of the preserved works and historic apartments. It extends over three levels and houses famous paintings, such as the Farnese Collection and other works of infinite beauty, including several paintings by Caravaggio, more than a “Wunderkammer” of decorative art. The royal apartments include the Porcelain Gallery, consisting of over three thousand pieces only partially exposed and the delightful “Porcelain Sitting Room”. The museum also houses a collection of contemporary art, including Andy Warhol, Alberto Burri and Jannis Kounellis, and a photographic section with works, among others, by Mimmo Jodice.
Royal palace apartments
If the duration of your stay allows it, take a few hours to visit the nearby Royal Palace of Naples. You will walk in the historic apartments, which still retain their original appearance with statues, tapestries, period furniture and paintings and you will admire the most important historical testimonies such as the 17th century frescoes, which exalt the glory and the victories of the Spanish. But the most fascinating aspect of this visit is peeking into the life of the Royals, following the grand staircase, seeing the throne room, the King’s apartment, the Queen’s living rooms and the court theatre. Recently the gardens were reopened to the public, after a long restoration; from here you can enjoy one of the best views of the Gulf of Naples.
MANN, NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The very central historic museum MANN is among the most important in the city of Naples. In its 12650 square meters of total exhibition area, it boasts the richest and most valuable heritage of works of art and artefacts of archaeological interest in Italy. It consists of three main sections: The Farnese Collection (sculptures, busts and gems from Rome and surroundings), the Pompeian Collections (artefacts from the Vesuvius area, with the delightful mosaics and works of the Secret Cabinet) and the Egyptian collection, which ranks third in the world in importance after the Egyptian museum in Cairo and the Egyptian museum in Turin. The global reorganization of the museum in recent years has provided, since 2013, a reorganization of the individual collections, and a more organic and rational location within the building.
Museum and Charterhouse of San Martino
Open to the public in 1866, following the Unification of Italy, after the Charterhouse was declared a national monument. For the will of the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli the rooms were destined to collect testimonies of the life of Naples and the southern Kingdoms. Located on the Vomero hill, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the gulf, it is spread over two levels. The first level includes, among other things, the nativity scene section where you can admire the famous Cuciniello nativity scene, a monumental collection of shepherds. In the Section of historical memories of the Kingdom of Naples, there is the famous “Tavola Strozzi”, a photograph of the city in the mid-fifteenth century. On the second level you will find the 19th century gallery, decorative arts, prints and drawings and the precious Section Alisio, the last private collection acquired by the museum.
PAN, Palace of the Arts of Naples
Located in the historic Carafa di Roccella building in Via dei Mille, the PAN hosts exhibitions of all kinds of contemporary art: painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, comics, design, video art, cinema. Inaugurated in 2005 after a long restoration, the structure has an area of 6000 square meters on three levels with exhibition areas, media library, spaces for educational activities, a dedicated bookshop and terraces. It has become the privileged venue for temporary exhibitions of photography, contemporary art and visual arts, as well as events related to temporary exhibitions. It is always worth checking out the temporary exhibitions at the PAN and entering this historic building at the centre of the “shopping street” par excellence.
MADRE, Donnaregina Museum of Contemporary Art
If you love contemporary art you cannot skip a visit to the MADRE, in the old town centre of Naples. It is located in the historic Palazzo Donnaregina, on 18th-19th century structures and overlooks a stretch of walls from the 5th-4th century BC visible under the pavement of the ticket office. Inaugurated (partially) in 2005, the museum was completely finished in 2007 and the exhibition spaces were expanded by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. At the site-specific collection with works by Kapoor, Buren, Clemente, Kounellis, LeWitt, Mimmo Paladino and others, from 2013 the project “Per_formare una collezione” dedicated by the Donnaregina Foundation to the progressive formation of the Collection of the Madre Museum was added.
Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro
Adjacent to the Cathedral of Naples and the Chapel of San Gennaro, from 2003 it is possible to admire the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro, an art collection that includes priceless jewels, statues, busts, precious fabrics and paintings. Among the most stunning objects you can admire a miter (episcopal headgear) from 1713, in which numerous precious stones (diamonds, rubies and emeralds) are set. A curiosity: during the war events of 1940-45, the Treasure of San Gennaro was preserved in the Vatican and brought back to the Cathedral in 1947 thanks to an adventurous journey of the Neapolitan Giuseppe Navarra, nicknamed 'o rre di Poggioreale (King of Poggioreale), who succeeded in getting the precious treasure intact in the hands of the then archbishop Alessio Ascalesi.
Sansevero Chapel
This small museum, hidden in the heart of Naples, is among the most suggestive places in the city. Located near Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, this now deconsecrated church is adjacent to the family palace of the princes of Sansevero and reflects the genius and charisma of Raimondo di Sangro, seventh Prince of Sansevero, patron and creator of the 18th century artistic apparatus of the chapel. In the chapel there are three masterpieces of sculpture that deserve a visit among which the “Veiled Christ” by Giuseppe Sanmartino stands out, but also numerous other works of fine workmanship, such as the “anatomical machines”, two totally stripped bodies where it is possible to observe, in great detail, the entire circulatory system.
Historic buildings in the city
A walk in the streets of Naples is enough to appreciate the different architectures, but do not be afraid to go into the courtyards and also admire the interiors of historic and monumental buildings. From the rich liberty style (very present in the city from Vomero to Chiaia), up to the rational architecture of the fascist era (you will notice them near the Residence in the Questura building and in the Palazzo delle Poste). Let’s not forget the splendid buildings of the historic centre, which have become the symbol of Naples in worldwide cinema and in the photos of many tourists, such as the Spagnuolo building with the characteristic “hawk-wing” staircase. Walking in the nearby via Toledo you will notice some of the most elegant and luxurious buildings in all of Naples, such as the Zevallos Palace, the Doria D’Angri building or the Banco di Napoli building.
Zevallos Palace

It is a small treasure chest on Via Toledo, home to a wonderful permanent collection, located in a fascinating and little-known historic building that will surprise you. Here the Galleries of Italy of Naples exhibit over 120 works that allow us to trace the salient events of the figurative arts in the city, from the beginning of the 17th century to the early 20th century. It is the home of Caravaggio’s “Martyrdom of Sant’Orsola”, with numerous drawings and paintings by Giacinto Gigante and Pitloo, and it is often the site of contemporary art exhibitions with works by Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.