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Art Lover's Guide to Naples


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Rebecca’s first visit to Italy was a coup de foudre and her affection for Il Bel Paese has only grown over almost 30 years of living here, during which time she has mastered the art of navigating the sampietrini cobblestones in heels but has yet to come away from a plate of bucatini all’amatriciana with an unsullied blouse. She covers Italy travel, culture, and cuisine for a number of print and online publications.

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Hi, I'm Rebecca!

Rebecca’s first visit to Italy was a coup de foudre and her affection for Il Bel Paese has only grown over almost 30 years of living here, during which time she has mastered the art of navigating the sampietrini cobblestones in heels but has yet to come away from a plate of bucatini all’amatriciana with an unsullied blouse. She covers Italy travel, culture, and cuisine for a number of print and online publications.

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The historic port city of Naples offers a captivating mix of shop-lined streets and grand monuments, and it is also home to some of Italy’s most important works of art. Join an art tour to take in the city’s masterpieces, housed in museums, palaces, and churches across the city. Here are some must-sees for art lovers visiting Naples.

National Archaeological Museum

The ceilings of the National Archaeological Museum are grand indeed. | Photo Credit: marcobrivio.photo / Shutterstock

The most important museum in Naples is the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, set in the center of the city and home to some of the most significant ancient art in the world. Much of the collection was unearthed in nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, so choose a tour that combines a visit to the ruins with skip-the-line tickets to the museum.

Capodimonte Museum

Inside the Capodimonte Museum. | Photo Credit: marcobrivio.photo / Shutterstock

Many visitors to Naples are surprised to learn that the city is home to one of the largest collections of art in Italy, housed in the lavish Capodimonte Palace. Join a guided tour that concentrates on the highlights of this [vast museum](https://www.viator.com/en-CA/Naples-attractions/Capodimonte-Museum-Museo-di-Capodimonte/d508-a15910_, which include works by Botticelli, Titian, Caravaggio, and Raphael.

Sansevero Chapel

Visitors explore the chapel. | Photo Credit: Juraj Kamenicky / Shutterstock

The baroque Cappella di Sansevero in the historic center of Naples houses the spectacular Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, a startlingly life-like marble statue of Christ lying under a thin veil. Visit as part of a walking tour of the historic center to gaze in wonder at this remarkable artistic achievement.

Charterhouse of San Martino

Shadows and light amid Charterhouse of San Martino. | Photo Credit: MC MEDIASTUDIO / Shutterstock

Set high above the city, this former charterhouse is now an excellent museum housing a collection of Neapolitan and Italian art dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Join a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets to see the wealth of art and history in the museum as well as the site’s historic monastery, cloisters, and church.

Museum of the Royal Palace

Exploring the palace grounds on a sunny day. | Photo Credit: Enrico Della Pietra / Shutterstock

Housed in the Royal Palace, this museum set inside the palace’s historic Royal apartments encompasses a vast and eclectic collection of furniture, art, porcelain, and objets d’art dating from the baroque and neoclassical periods. Visit with a guide to put this large collection in its historic context.

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