Naples monuments: Travel Tips

Spaccanapoli, also known as the Decumano Inferiore, it’s a straight path that splits the city in two. It starts form the Spanish Quarters and goes all the way down to Forcella Quarter. Along this street there are several monuments that represent the history of Naples. Here there are some of the most famous ones.

Sansevero Chapel

The Chapel of San Severo it is also known as the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà. “Raimondo di Sangro”, Prince of Sansevero, commissioned all the artworks shown in the Chapel. Among the most famous there is the statue of the Veiled Christ. It is a marble sculpture that depicts the dead body of Jesus covered with a veil. Beside all the beautiful sculptures you will be amazed by the Anatomical Machines, a couple of anatomical models that perfectly represent cardiovascular system in every details.

The Spire in Piazza del Gesù Nuovo

Piazza del Gesù Nuovo is a square located in the historic center and it’ s surrounded by the monastery of Santa Chiara , the Church of the Gesù Nuovo, Pignatelli Palace, Professa Palace, Pandola Palace and many others. In the center of the square a there is a 30-meter-tall marble Spire that ends with the statue of the Immaculate Conception.

Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

Castel Nuovo is one of the symbols of the city. It was commissioned by Charles I of Anjou during Middle Ages and updated to by Alfonso of Aragon. Inside the castle, the Barons’ Hall, the Palatine Chapel, the Dungeons, the Crocodile Fosse, the Barons’ Prisons, and the Civic Museum are a must-see.

Church of Santa Chiara

Commissioned by the King Robert of Anjou and his wife, the Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara is characterized by three buildings: The Clergy Monastery, the Gothic Church and the Friars Minor’s Convent. The Archaeological Ruins, the original Eighteenth Century Neapolitan Nativity and the Majolica Cloister with its beautiful nature themed decorations, are some of the beauties you can admire in this complex.

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace was commissioned in the 17th century by the Viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro, to host the sovereign of Spain. Once inside you can visit the Historical Apartment, the Throne Room and the Royal Chapel, where you can enjoy various works by artists from the Bourbon period. Outside you can admire the Royal Gardens with its statues and little alleys.


San Lorenzo Maggiore Church

The monumental complex of San Lorenzo Maggiore, situated in the historical center, is a Greek-Roman church built on the I century archeological ruins. They include the greek agora and the later built Roman Forum. You will be also able to see the part of the Macellum (Roman city Marker)