Napoli Attractions Guide

Napoli Major Tourist Attractions 1. The Royal Palace & Gardens A trip to the Royal Palace feels like being transported into the Renaissance period. It was the main residence of the Spanish viceroys, dating back to the 17th century. The gardens are particularly exceptional, the avenues are lined with trees, plants, statues and the magnolias and Holm oak trees provide ample shade. 2. Castel Maschio Angiolino Built in the 13th century, the castle served as a cultural and artistic center throughout the centuries. Artists and writers like Boccaccio, Petrarca and Giotto once stayed here. Make sure to see the fantastic Arc de Triomphe and the Cappella Palatina. 3. Reggia di Capodimonti The palace was built in 1738, ordered by Charles of Bourbon. It has a commanding view of the Bay of Naples. Reggia di Capodimonti is used both as a museum & as a royal residence from the beginning. 4. Church of Santa Chiara This city was built in the 12th century, but was destroyed during World War II due to an air raid bombing. It was restored to its original Gothic style. The memorial monument of Robert I of Anjou is located here. 5. National Archaeological Museum It is the most important archeological museum in the European continent, which boasts an impressive collection of objects and artifacts. Bronze sculptures and other objects that were found in Pompeii and Herculaneum excavation sites are in display here. Objects and possessions belonging to the Bourbon Family, the 'Tirannicidi' and other pieces and sculptures can be seen in the National Archaeological Museum. 6. Capodimonte Museum & Gallery What was once King Charles III's hunting lodge was converted into the beautiful and rich Capodimonte Museum. The museum opened its door to the public in 1950, and houses artworks and masterpieces from the 13th to the 18th century. Visit the 'The Roman Collection' has some interesting art works and sculptures by Michelangelo, El Greco, Rafael, Botticelli and Tiziano. 7. Napoli's Caribbean Gardens For some family fun and entertainment, head to Napoli's Caribbean Gardens, which is a zoo-slash-safari park. It has common zoo animals and more exotic animals, such as the extremely rare Indochinese tigers, leopards, lions, alligators, pythons and kangaroos. You can take a boat safari ride to reach the Lake Victoria to see the monkeys and apes. 8. The Clam Pass County Park It is a beach in Napoli which you can reach by a near mile walk through a mangrove forest. There are plenty of leisure activities you can do while you're in here: kayaking, canoeing, swimming, or simply stroll around the beach. If you don't prefer walking such long distance, there is a trolley available in the parking lot to take you to the beach. 9. Spaccanapoli This is one of the main Napoli streets, and is the historic center of the city. Spaccanapoli's streets holds many interesting shops, buildings and churches. It's a beautiful place to wander around. Here you can see unique (and some odd) shops, book dealers, terracotta sculptures, religious figurines and even a doll hospital.