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Main museums: opening time and addresses

Main museums: opening time and addresses


National Archaeological Museum of Naples
One of the world's best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities can be found in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, or Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Many of the artifacts come from the nearby excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, well-preserved sites that were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. There's an impressive display of mosaics and frescoes including an exhibit of erotic art from Pompeii. There's also an interesting section on prehistory and a huge display of coins.
Where:Piazza Museo, 19, 80135 Naples tel. 081 442 2149
Opening Hours: everyday, except on Tuesadys, from 9am to 7.30 pm
Admission: Є 8,00; Є 4,00 from 18 to 24 year, free for over 65 and under 18
How to get: underground line 1 - stop: Museo or underground line2 - stop: Cavour

National Museum and Monastery of San Martino
The National Museum of San Martino is housed in the Certosa di San Martino, a large monastery complex dating from 1368. In addition to the many interesting museum displays you can see the gardens, cloisters, frescoes, woodworking, and mosaics of the monastery. Museum highlights include a top display of the famous Neapolitan presepi or nativity scenes, paintings and sculptures from the 13th to 19th centuries, and great views of Naples from the gardens.
Where:Largo San Martino 5 80129 Naples, tel. 081.2294541
Opening Hours: everyday, except on Wednesday, from 8.30am to 7.30pm
Admission: Є 6,00; Є 3,00 from 18 to 24 year, free for over 65 and under 18
How to get: Bus V1, Montesantofunicular, Chiaia funicular


Capodimonte Museum and National Galleries
Capodimonte was built as King Charles III's hunting lodge. The Museum and National Galleries of Capodimonte, Museo and the Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, houses one of Italy's richest museums with a large picture gallery with medieval through contemporary artworks. Be sure to visit the royal apartments decorated with furniture, tapestries, and porcelan from the Bourbon and Savoy dynasties. You can wander around the surrounding park, too.
Where: via Miano 2 80131 Naples, tel. 081.7499111
Opening Hours: everyday, except on Wednesdays, from 8.30am to 7.30pm
Admission: Є 7,50; Є 6,50 from 2.30  pm, Є 3,50 reduced admission
How to get: underground line 2 - stop Montesanto, then bus C63or R4; underground line 2 - stop Cavour then bus 178 or M2

Santa Chiara Monastery and Museum
Santa Chiara Monastery is known for the beautiful Majolica tiled columns and benchs in its cloister. You'll also see 17th century frescoes under the porticoes and inside is an interesting musuem with archeological finds from the 1st through 4th centuries, an excavation of a Roman thermal spa, and religous artifacts.
Where:Via S. Chiara, 49, 80134 Naples, tel. 081 797 1224
Opening Hours: weekdays from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, holiday from 10.00am to 2.30pm
Admission: Є 6,00; Є 4,50 reduced admission


San Severo Chapel Museum
San Severo Chapel Museum, Museo Cappella San Severo, holds major 18th century sculptures and paintings, including the famous Veiled Christ by Sanmartino, a floor labyrinth, and the interesting anatomical machines in the underground chamber. The chapel is richly decorated in Baroque style.
Where: Via Francesco de Sanctis, 19, 80134 Naples, tel. 081 551 8470
Opening Hours: weekday from 10.00am to 5.40 pm; holiday from 10.00am to 1.10 pm
Admission: Є 7,00; Є 5,00 reduced admission

San Lorenzo Maggiore Museum
The excavations under the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore are one of the best places to take a look at underground Naples. Part of the original Roman city under the historic centerof Naples has been excavated, including the area believed to be the Romanforum. Also in the Museum of San Lorenzo Maggiore you'll see works from the Greek and Roman period through the 19th century and you can visit the Capitolare and Sisto V rooms with beautifully frescoes ceilings.
Where:Via Tribunali, 316, 80138 Napoles, tel. 081 290580


Duomo or Cathedral - Archeological Area and Museum
The Naples Duomo or Cathedral is another place to see an underground archeological area with remains from the Greeks to the Middle Ages. You'll also visit the 4th century Basilica Santa Restituta, the oldest church in Naples, with stunning ceiling frescoes and columns believed to be from the Temple of Apollo and the Crypt and Treasure of San Gennaro.
Where:Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Naples, tel. 081 449065
Admission: free
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 1.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm
How to get: From Piazza Garibladi, bus C57

Napoli Sotterranea - Underground Naples
Forty meters below the characteristic and lively streets of the Historic Center of Naples, you find a different world, unexplored, isolated by time, but deeply connected with theworld above. It's the heart of Naples, and the place from which the city was born. To visit it is to travel to the past, a world 2400 years old.
Where:Piazza San Gaetano, 80138 Naples, tel. 081 296944
When:everyday from 10am to 6 pm
Admission: Є 9,00; Є 6,00 reduced admission. A tour in English is available at 10am, 12 am, 2pm, 4 pm, 6 pm


Castel dell'Ovo
Castel dell' Ovo stands on the islet of Megaride. According to one of the most fanciful Neapolitan legends, the name of this castle derives from the egg that the Latin poet Virgil apparently hid in a cage placed in the dungeons of the castle. The eggwas locked up and kept hidden because "the fortune of the Sea Castledepended on that egg".
Since then, the destiny oft hat castle has been in parallel with the fate of that egg. Chronicles report that, during queen Anne's reign, the castle was heavily damaged when thehump-backed bridge connecting the two rocks the castle was built on collapsed, thus obliging queen Anne to reveal she had made sure the egg would be replaced so as not to spread panic among her subjects who feared further troubles anddisasters.
Where: Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Naples, tel. 081 795 4593
When:from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm. Saturday and holiday from 8.00am to 2.00 pm
Admission: Є 8,00; Є 7,00 reduced admission

Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden ofNaples is a research facility of the University of Naples Federico II. The premises take up about 15 hectares and are located on via Foria, adjacent to the gigantic old Albergo dei Poveri, the Royal Hospice for the Poor under the Bourbon dynasty. The facility is part of the university's Department of NaturalScience. It is one of the many scientific and educational facilities instituted under French rule in Naples (1806-15). The Garden opened in 1810.
Where: Via Foria 223, 80139 Naples, tel. 0812533937
When: from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 2 pm


Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)
The building of the Castel Nuovo, also called Maschio Angioino, began in 1279 under the reign of Charles I of Anjou, on the basis of a plan by the French architect Pierre de Chaule. The strategic position of the new castle gave it the characteristics not only of aroyal residence, but also those of a fortress. From the very beginning it was called "Castrum Novum" to distinguish it from the older castles dell'Ovo and Capuano. During the reign of Robert of Anjou the castle became acentre of culture giving hospitality to artists, doctors and men of letters among whom were Giotto, Petrarch and Boccaccio. The Anjevins were succeeded bythe Aragonese Alfonso I who, like his predecessors, used the Castel Nuovo asthe royal residence, beginning work of reconstruction and having built, on the outside walls, between the Torre di Mezzo (Halfway Tower) and the Torre diGuardia (Watch Tower) the impressive Triumphal Arch to celebrate his victorious entry into the city of Naples. The time of the Aragonese saw the passage from the medieval castle-palace to the fortress as it now appears; it was adapted to the new needs of a time of war and the area surrounding the Castle lost the residential character it had under the Anjevins. The structure of the Aragonese building is undoubtedly more massive than its Anjevin predecessor and was quite similar to the present-day castle, which is the result of the clearance works of the early years of the 20th century. At the end of the 15th century, the French succeeded to the Aragonese, though they did not remain for long as they were succeeded in turn by the Spanish viceroys and the Austrians. During theviceroy period (1503-1734), the defence structures of the castle, needed forpurely military purposes, underwent further modification. With the advent ofCharles III of Bourbon, who defeated the emperor Charles VI in 1734, the castlewas surrounded by buildings of all kinds, warehouses and houses, and this happenedtime and time again. In the first two decades of the 20th century, theMunicipal Council began the work of isolating the castle from the annexed buildings in recognition of the historical and monumental importance of thefortress and the need to reclaim the piazza in front of it. The castle is todaythe venue of cultural events and also houses the Municipal Museum. A tour ofthe museum takes us from the Armoury Hall, the Palatine or Saint Barbara Chapel, the first and second levels of the southern courtyard and the Charles VHall and the Sala della Loggia which are to host exhibitions and cultural events.
Where:Piazza Castello, Naples, tel. 081 795 7713
When:from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 7.00 pm
Admission: Є 5,00


San Carlo Theatre
The Real Teatro di San Carlo (Royal Theatre of Saint Charles), its original name under the Bourbon monarchy but known today simply as the Teatro di San Carlo, is an opera house in Naples. It is located adjacent to the central Piazza del Plebiscito, and connected to the Royal Palace.
Where: Via San Carlo, 98F, 80132 Naples, tel. 081 797 2111
How to get: from Piazza Garibaldi, bus R2
Admission: Є 5,00
Opening hour: from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm


Palazzo Reale
It was one of the four residences near Naples used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (1730-1860): the others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and the third Portici, on the slopes of Vesuvius.
Where:Piazza del Plebiscito, 1, Naples, tel. 081 580 8111
When:everyday from 9.00 am to 8.00pm
Admission:  Є 2,00
How to get: from Piazza Garibaldi, bus R2


MADRE Musuem
MADRE, Museum of contemporary Art Donna REgina, is located in the heart of old Naples, on what is known as the "Via dei Musei," just a stone's throw away from the Duomo, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Galleria d'ArteModerna), where the ancient San Lorenzo district is situated.
Where:Via Settembrini 79, 80139 Naples, info@madrenapoli.it,tel. 081 193 13 016
How to get: underground line 1 - stop: Museo or underground line2 - stop: Cavour
When:from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 6 pm
Admission: Є 7,00; Є 3,50 reduced admission


Castel Sant'Elmo
Castel Sant'Elmo is a medieval fortress located on a hilltop near the Certosa di San Martino, overlooking Naples. The name "Sant'Elmo" derives from a former 10th-century church, Sant'Erasmo, shortened to "Ermo" and, finally altered to "Elmo". It presently serves as a museum, exhibition hall, and offices.
Where:Via Tito Angelini, 22, 80129 Naples, tel. 081 229 4401
When:everyday from 8.30 am to 7.30 am
Admission: Є 5,00; Є 2,50 reduced admission
How to get: Bus V1, Montesanto funicular, Chiaia funicular