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CAP­PELLA SAN­SEVERO - Thanks to fa­mous master­pieces in­clud­ing the Veiled Christ, known through­out the world on ac­count of the Disin­ganno ( The Re­lease from De­cep­tion) and the Anatom­i­cal Ma­chines, the Chapel rep­re­sents one of the most unique mon­u­ments ever to have been built. Was built at the end of the 16th century by Rai­mondo di San­gro, the sev­enth prince of San­severo. Open Mon-Sat 10am - 5.40pm; Sun and pub­lic hol­i­days 10am-1pm - via Francesco De Sanc­tis, 19 - T: 081.5518470 - www.museosan­ CAS­TEL DELL’OVO - Ac­cord­ing to an­cient Neapoli­tan leg­end, its name stems from the egg which Vir­gil, the Latin poet, sup­pos­edly hid in its foun­da­tions to sup­port the for­ti­fi­ca­tions. The place where the egg was pre­served was closed by heavy locks and kept se­cret be­cause it was be­lieved that all the facts and for­tunes of Cas­tel Marino de­pended upon it. From that time on­wards, the fate of the cas­tle and the en­tire city, was linked to that egg. An­cient documents tell us that dur­ing the reign of Queen Gio­vanna I the cas­tle was se­verely dam­aged due to the col­lapse of the arch which con­nected the two rocks on which it was built, forc­ing the queen to tell her people that the egg had been re­placed to pre­vent them from pan­ick­ing about bad luck be­falling the city. The cas­tle’s for­ti­fi­ca­tions and ter­race of­fer a breath­tak­ing view over the gulf. Open Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-2pm - Borgo Mari­naro - T: 081.2400055 CAS­TEL NUOVO - Also known as Mas­chio An­gioino, it is one of the most rec­og­niz­able sym­bols of the city built in 1279 by Charles I, king of Naples, as a royal res­i­dence for the House of An­jou. From the time that it was built, it was termed “New” to dis­tin­guish it from the older Cas­tles of Ovo and Ca­puano. Wor­thy of note are its un­der­ground pas­sages, its two tow­ers and its court­yard, from which you can en­joy a fab­u­lous view, its gallery and Pi­azza d’armi. Open Mon-Sat 9am - 7pm - via Vit­to­rio Emanuele III - T: 081.7955877 CAS­TEL SANT’ELMO - The first doc­u­mented in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the cas­tle dates back to 1275. This star-shaped cas­tle was orig­i­nally a church ded­i­cated to St. Eras­mus. In 1329 it was en­larged at the be­hest of Robert of An­jou, who trans­formed it into a real palatium for him­self and his court. Later Span­ish viceroy Don Pe­dro de Toledo had it fur­ther for­ti­fied in 1538. Used as a mil­i­tary prison un­til the 1970s, in 1976 im­por­tant restora­tion work on the cas­tle be­gan, re­turn­ing it to its orig­i­nal struc­ture. Open Wed-Mon 8.3am-7.30pm - via Tito An­gelini, 22 - T: 081.2294401 - www.polo­muse­ale­napoli. beni­cul­tur­ CHIESA DEL GESÙ NUOVO - Erected by the Je­suits be­tween 1584 and 1601, its façade is ac­tu­ally part of a 15th century Re­nais­sance palace. Its in­te­rior is spa­cious and light with a rich cov­er­ing of coloured mar­bles and typ­i­cal Florid Neapoli­tan fres­coes. Af­ter the church was rav­aged by fire in 1639, Cosimo Fan­zago was com­mis­sioned to carry out restora­tion works that gave the Church a Baroque ap­pear­ance. Its in­te­rior boasts a num­ber of mag­nif­i­cent fres­coes while its chapels fea­ture the works of renowned artists of the cal­i­bre of Mas­simo Stanzione and Giuseppe Rib­era. Par­tic­u­larly wor­thy of note are its sculp­to­rial work and poly­chrome mar­ble floor. Open Mon-Sun 7am-12.30pm and 4pm-7.30pm - pi­azza del Gesù - T: 081.5518613 CHIESA DI SAN DOMENICO MAG­GIORE - Charles II of An­jou be­gan the ex­ten­sive re­build­ing that pro­duced the Church of San Domenico Mag­giore. The work was done be­tween 1238 and 1324, but the church has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions

over the cen­turies, in­clud­ing one in 1670 that re­cast the struc­ture in the style of the Baroque. In the 19th century, how­ever, the church was re­stored to its orig­i­nal Gothic de­sign and is a mot­ley com­bi­na­tion of the two styles. Among the many artis­tic points of in­ter­est in the basil­ica are the fres­coed ceil­ing by Francesco Soli­mena and sculp­to­rial works, in­clud­ing the high al­tar by Cosimo Fan­zago – Open Mon­Sun 8.30am-12-noon and 4.30pm-7pm – pi­azza S. Domenico Mag­giore, 8 – T: 081.459188

CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO DI PAOLA - One of the most char­ac­ter­is­tic and fa­mous of all Neapoli­tan churches. Built in the mid-19th century, its cir­cu­lar form is rem­i­nis­cent of the Pan­theon in Rome. On the ex­te­rior, un­der a mag­nif­i­cent colon­nade, you can see the stat­ues of the four car­di­nal virtues and the three the­o­log­i­cal virtues while, at the sides of the stair­way you will find two eques­trian stat­ues of king Fer­di­nand and his fa­ther, Charles III of Spain. Open Mon-Sat 6.45am-12-noon and 4.30pm7.30pm - pi­azza del Plebisc­ito - T: 081.7645133

CITTÀ DELLA SCIENZA - The sci­ence mu­seum pride of the city, which at­tracted thou­sand of vis­i­tors ev­ery year, was al­most en­tirely de­stroyed by an ar­son at­tack that shook Naples, Italy and the whole world on March 4 this year. A huge loss that is al­ready be­ing reme­died with the re­con­struc­tion. The pavil­ions that at the mo­ment are avail­able are few: in ad­di­tion to the Sci­ence Cen­tre, opened in May, the spa­ces ac­ces­si­ble are Of­fic­ina dei Pic­coli, Teatro Galileo 104, where it op­er­ates the co­op­er­a­tive Le Nu­v­ole, the Congress Cen­tre and the Sci­ence Store – Open Tue-Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 10am-5pm; closed on Mon­day – T: 081.7352424 – T: 0817352220 – www. cit­tadel­la­ COMPLESSO MON­U­MEN­TALE DI SANTA CHIARA - It in­cludes a Church, a Monastery and a Con­vent. One of the prin­ci­pal mon­u­ments of me­dieval Naples, its con­struc­tion be­gan in 1310 at the be­hest of Robert of An­jou and his sec­ond wife San­cia di Maiorca, who, both devo­tees of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi and Santa Chiara, wanted to build a Fran­cis­can ci­tadel to house the Clarisse nuns in the monastery and the Fri­ars Mi­nor in the ad­ja­cent con­vent. Be­hind the church is the Clois­ter of the Clarisse, the monastery’s main clois­ter, strik­ingly dec­o­rated with bright ma­jolica tiles and con­sid­ered a mas­ter­piece of Neapoli­tan art. Open Mon/Sun 7.30am-1.30pm and 4.30pm-8pm - T: 081.7971231 - Complesso mon­u­men­tale - week­days 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat, Sun and pub­lic hol­i­days 10am-2.30pm - T: 081.5516673 - T: 081.7971224 - via S. Chiara, 49C - www.san­tachiara. info - www.monas­terodis­an­

DUOMO - Known as the Duomo di San Gen­naro or Duomo di Santa Maria As­sunta, the Cathe­dral was erected at the end of the 13th century by Charles of An­jou. Its present ap­pear­ance is the re­sult of the nu­mer­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tions that took place over the cen­turies, par­tially al­ter­ing its orig­i­nal Gothic form. Off the right aisle of the nave is the Chapel of St. Jan­uar­ius (Capella di San Gen­naro), that also func­tions as the cathe­dral trea­sury ( Tesoro) and is elab­o­rately dec­o­rated with Baroque art. Con­sti­tut­ing al­most a sep­a­rate church, it is con­sid­ered one of the high­est ex­pres­sions of 17th century Neapoli­tan style. Open Mon-Sat 8am12.30pm and 4.30pm-7pm, Sun 8am-1.30pm and 5pm-7.30pm - via Duomo, 147 - T: 081.449097

GAL­LE­RIA UM­BERTO I - A mam­moth steel and glass mas­ter­piece built on the site of an en­tire block that was razed to the ground fol­low­ing the cholera epi­demic of 1884. The Gal­le­ria was built as part of a pro­gram of ren­o­va­tion and mod­ern­iza­tion of the city which be­gan with the Uni­fi­ca­tion of Italy when a ten­der was put out. The win­ning project en­vis­aged four large build­ings joined to each other by an ar­cade de­signed by the en­gi­neer Paolo Boubée. Mea­sur­ing 15 me­tres in width and 57 me­tres in height, the gal­le­ria was built be­tween 1887 and 1890 and is a won­der­ful late Vic­to­rian mar­riage of tech­nol­ogy with art. The Gal­le­ria has four ac­cess points: via San Carlo, via Santa Brigida, via Giuseppe Verdi and via Toledo.

ORTO BOTAN­ICO - Founded in 1807 with a de­cree signed by King Joseph Bon­a­parte, Napoleon’s brother, the botan­i­cal gar­dens ex­tend over a sur­face area of al­most 12 hectares. Ded­i­cated botanists will be im­pressed with its rich collection of al­most 10,000 species of plants in­clud­ing those from the ma­jor Amer­i­can, African, Asian and Aus­tralian deserts. Open Mon, Tues and Fri 9am-2pm by ap­point­ment only; Wed -Thurs 9am-2pma - via Fo­ria, 223 - T: 081.2533937 - www.or­to­b­otan­ico.un­

PALAZZO REALE - En­vis­aged as a 16th century mon­u­ment to Span­ish glory, it was erected at the be­hest of viceroy Fer­nan­dez Ruiz de Castro who, in 1599, de­cided to build a palace ca­pa­ble of lav­ishly host­ing his sov­er­eign, king of Spain and his en­tourage. The nu­cleus of the en­tire build­ing is the Royal Apart­ment which can be ac­cessed via a mon­u­men­tal white mar­ble stair­way with a dou­ble ramp whose lower part is dec­o­rated with al­le­goric bas-re­liefs. The first room to the right of the

huge Stair­case of Hon­our is the Teatrino di Corte, de­signed by Fer­di­nando Fuga in 1768. The room is dec­o­rated with white and gold stuc­coes and houses 12 orig­i­nal stat­ues of pa­pier-maché of Apollo, Min­erva, Mer­cury and the nine muses. Three an­techam­bers lead to the Throne Room. The pri­vate rooms lie just be­yond the Gal­le­ria – Open Mon-Sun 9am- 8am – pi­azza del Plebisc­ito, I - T: 081.5808111 – www.palaz­zo­re­ale­napoli.beni­cul­tur­

REAL AL­BERGO DEI POVERI - One of the largest, most im­pos­ing build­ings in Europe it was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Fer­di­nando Fuga in 1751, at the be­hest of King Charles III of the House of Bour­bon. Orig­i­nally de­signed to be 600 me­tres long with five court­yards and a church in the cen­tre, due to a se­vere lack of funds, only the three in­ner­most court­yards were built. Plans to com­plete the build­ing ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal de­sign were fi­nally aban­doned in 1819. Over the decades, it has been used for dif­fer­ent pur­poses rang­ing from a fa­cil­ity to house and ed­u­cate the des­ti­tute and prison in­mates to a mu­sic school, a school for the deaf, a re­hab cen­tre for mi­nors, a court for mi­nors and an ar­chive – Open Sat 9.30am-12.30pm by ap­point­ment only – pi­azza Carlo III – T: 081.5636062

UNIVER­SITÀ DEGLI STUDI FED­ERICO II - This es­tab­lish­ment was founded in 1224 with the spe­cific aim of train­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive and skilled bu­reau­cratic pro­fes­sion­als for the curia regis (the king­dom’s gov­ern­ing ap­pa­ra­tus). It was also used to pre­pare lawyers and judges who would help the sov­er­eign to draft and ad­min­is­ter jus­tice. Via Mez­zo­can­none, 8 - T: 081.2531111 - www.un­

VILLA CO­MU­NALE - Its gar­dens run par­al­lel to the sea in via Carac­ci­olo on re­claimed land fea­tur­ing al­most one kilo­me­tre of holm oaks, palm trees, eu­ca­lyp­tus trees and spa­cious flowerbeds em­bel­lished by Neo-clas­si­cal sculp­tures, foun­tains and build­ings in­clud­ing Cas­ina Pom­peiana and the Cassa Ar­mon­ica. De­signed by Carlo Van­vitelli the Villa Co­mu­nale was built in the 1780s by Bour­bon King Fer­di­nand IV as a “Royal Gar­den” for mem­bers of the royal fam­ily. Fol­low­ing restora­tion work by Mi­lanese ar­chi­tect Men­dini with coloured chalets and a gold gate, it as­sumed a more mod­ern ap­pear­ance. The cen­tre of the villa houses the Stazione Zoo­log­ica An­ton Dohrn, an im­por­tant re­search cen­tre and home to one of the old­est aquar­i­ums in Europe. Open Mon-Sun 7am-12mid­night - pi­azza Vit­to­ria - T: 081.7611130


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