Where Naples Coast & Islands - - MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS -

CER­TOSA DI SAN MARTINO - Ly­ing atop a hill in the Vomero district, the for­mer monastery dom­i­nates the en­tire Gulf of Naples. Founded in 1325 by Charles of An­jou, Duke of Cal­abria, over the cen­turies the Char­ter House was en­riched by a num­ber of im­pres­sive arte­facts in­clud­ing mar­bles, fres­coes, sculp­tures, fur­nish­ings and paint­ings. A na­tional mon­u­ment since 1866, it houses the Na­tional Mu­seum of San Martino, fea­tur­ing a large dis­play of “pre­sepi” or na­tiv­ity scenes by masters of the Neapoli­tan school. Make sure to visit its three-tiered gar­dens and clois­ters, the largest of which is con­sid­ered to be one of the finest in Italy. Open Thurs-Tues 8.30am-6.30pm – Largo S. Martino, 5 – T: 081.5781769 – www.cir. cam­pa­nia.beni­cul­tur­­martino

GALLERIE D’ITALIA PALAZZO ZE­VAL­LOS STIGLIANO - The Gallerie of Palazzo Ze­val­los Stigliano in Naples, to­gether with the Gallerie in Mi­lan’s Pi­azza Scala and the Gallerie of Palazzo Leoni Mon­ta­nari in Vi­cenza, com­prise the Gallerie d’Italia, In­tesa San­paolo’s mu­seum and cul­tural hub. The Gallerie houses a stun­ning col­lec­tion of more than 120 works of Neapoli­tan art span­ning the 17th to 18th cen­turies. Not only a mu­seum space but also one of the city’s so­cial and cul­tural ref­er­ence points. Tues-Fri from 10am to 6pm; Sat-Sun from 10am to 8pm; closed on Mon­days. Via Toledo, 185, Naples. T: 800454229 www. gal­leried­i­

MAMT. MEDITER­RANEAN MU­SEUM OF ART, MU­SIC AND TRA­DI­TIONS - The Museo Mediter­ra­neo dell’Arte, della Mu­sica e delle Tradizioni (MAMT) cel­e­brates the cul­ture of 43 Mediter­ranean cul­tures by way of im­ages, ob­jects and orig­i­nal doc­u­ments pro­vided by their Heads of State and Gov­ern­ments. Five floors of ex­hibits, pho­to­graphs and paint­ings; an area ded­i­cated to the daily prayers of Chris­tians, Mus­lims and Jews; a li­brary; a news­pa­per li­brary and a mu­sic hall ded­i­cated to Neapoli­tan artists Peppe and Con­cetta Barra. MAMT also houses the In­ter­na­tional Pizza Mu­seum, the ma­jes­tic “Totem of Peace” cre­ated by sculp­tor Mario Moli­nari and a sec­tion ded­i­cated to ar­chi­tec­ture. Via Depretis, 130. T: 3408062908

MAV. VIR­TUAL ARCHAELOGICAL MU­SEUM OF HER­CU­LA­NEUM - A trip into the past thanks to a multi-sen­so­rial ex­pe­ri­ence which will en­able vis­i­tors to learn about and dis­cover the his­toric re­al­i­ties of Her­cu­la­neum and Pom­peii prior to the erup­tion in 79 A.D. At the Vir­tual Mu­seum of Ar­chae­ol­ogy (or MAV), sited 100 me­tres from the ruins of the for­mer set­tle­ment, vis­i­tors will be trans­ported into a vir­tual con­text faith­fully recre­ated thanks to the use of avant-garde dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, where they will be given a one-of-akind per­spec­tive of what life there was re­ally like with­out hav­ing to trek around the ac­tual ruins in a bid to help pre­serve one of Italy’s most beau­ti­ful and frag­ile ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites. Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-5p- via IV Novem­bre, 44, Er­colano - T: 081.19806511 www.museo­

MUSEO ARCHE­O­LOGICO NAZIONALE - The Na­tional Mu­seum, at the Pi­azza Museo, with its Ro­man and Greek sculp­tures, con­tains one of the most valu­able ar­chae­o­log­i­cal col­lec­tions in Italy. It hosts more than 3,000 ob­jects and hun­dreds of thou­sands of relics dat­ing back to the Pre­his­toric and Late An­tiq­uity, orig­i­nat­ing from an­cient sites

in South­ern Italy and also in­cludes the Far­nese col­lec­tion which be­longed to the Bour­bon fam­ily, founders of the mu­seum. Open Wed-Mon 9am-7.30pm - pi­azza Museo Nazionale, 19 - T: 081.4422149 - www.museoarche­o­logi­

MUSEO 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 9.30am – 6.30pm; Sun and public hol­i­days 9.30am-2pm; Closed on Tues­day – via Francesco De Sanc­tis, 19 – T: 081.5518470 – www.museosan­

MUSEO DEL TE­SORO DI S. GEN­NARO - The mas­ter­pieces dis­played doc­u­ment the ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­per­tise of sculp­tors, chissel­ers and as­sem­blers who cre­ated works of art from the 14th cen­tury on­wards. Open Tues-Sat 9am5.30pm, Wed­nes­day - only by reser­va­tion - via Duomo, 147 - T: 081.294980, T: 081.3442286 - www. museosan­gen­

MUSEO DI CAPODI­MONTE - Lo­cated in the Palazzo Reale di Capodi­monte, the mu­seum was cre­ated by Charles VII who had in­her­ited from his mother the ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of art be­long­ing to the Far­nese fam­ily, one of the most im­por­tant fam­i­lies of Re­nais­sance Italy. The va­ri­ety of its col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures, draw­ings, weapons, dec­o­ra­tive arts, is owed to this pe­riod. The mu­seum also houses a sec­tion ded­i­cated to con­tem­po­rary art. Open Thurs-Tues 8.30am-6.30pm; 7.50 eu­ros - via Miano, 2 - T: 081.7499111 - www.polo­muse­ale­napoli.beni­cul­tur­ MUSEO MADRE - The Donna Regina Con­tem­po­rary Art Mu­seum (M.A.D.RE) takes its name from the build­ing in which it is housed, namely Palazzo Donnaregina. Par­tially opened in 2005, it was com­pleted in 2007 when the ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces were en­larged by the Por­tuguese ar­chi­tect, Al­varo Siza. A med­ley of 18th and 19th cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, it has two court­yards and over­looks a part of the 5th and 6th cen­tury B.C. city walls which can be seen un­der the floor of the ticket of­fice. Open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 10am-8pm – via Set­tem­brini, 79 – T: 081.19313016 – www. ma­

PAN - Housed in the 18th cen­tury Palazzo Roc­cella on via dei Mille, the gallery of­fers vast ex­hi­bi­tion space, con­sul­ta­tion ar­eas, ser­vices and tools tar­geted at the study of the works and pro­tag­o­nists of con­tem­po­rary art forms: from paint­ing to sculp­ture, from ar­chi­tec­ture to pho­tog­ra­phy, from de­sign to cin­ema, from video-art to car­toons. Open Wed-Sat and Mon 9.30am-7.30pm, Sun and public hol­i­days 9.30am2.30pm - via dei Mille, 60 - T: 081.7958605 - www. palaz­zoarti­

UN­DER­GROUND NAPLES - This is the other face of Naples, the one that has with­stood the tests of time, far-re­moved from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the vi­brant city. In its un­der­ground pas­sages and walls made from yel­low tuff, the stone that Naples is built on, you can still see the in­deli­ble signs and traces of its past his­tory, from the birth of Neapolis to the Sec­ond World War. The tour of Un­der­ground Naples lasts for about 2 hours. Mul­tilin­gual guides avail­able. Open Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs also un­til 9pm; pi­azza San Gae­tano, 68 – T: 081.296944 – T: 340.4606045 – T: 3348197912 – www.napolisot­ter­

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