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Capella Sansevero - The Veiled Christ

Tucked down a narrow street inside the Cappella Sansevero, lies one of the sculptural "Wonders of the World", the Veiled Christ. Sculpted by Giuseppe Sanmartino it is considered one of the world's most remarkable sculptures and is visited by thousands of visitors every year. 

The sculpture depicts Jesus after his crucifixion, lying on his back, covered with a thin shroud edged with intricate embroidery. The shroud, although carved from the same marble slab as the statue is so transparent, you can make out the tiniest details in the sculpture including the nail holes in his feet, hands, ribs, and his facial expression. 

Via San Gregorio Armeno

Via San Gregorio Armeno is a narrow cobblestoned alley in Naples' Old Town, known by most English speakers as Naples Christmas Alley. Located in the Centro Storico, or historic district of Napoli, this street has hundreds of shops featuring hand-made presepi (nativity scenes in English). 

Naples is famous for its crib tradition and over half a million tourists from all over the world come to this street to stock up on their nativity figures that have been handcrafted and painted by hand. Although they are open year round, the best time to visit is during the months of September or October, before the busy Christmas season, just at the time when the artisans are preparing their shops for Christmas.

National Museum of Capodimonte

The National Museum of Capodimonte is one of Naples most impressive museums, also for its beautiful location in the Palazzo Reale. The museum is one of the largest in Italy, home to numerous exhibitions.

The National Museum of Capodimonte contains ancient, contemporary and Neapolitan art, as well as collections, featuring works by great Italian and Neapolitan painters such as Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bruegel the Elder and Jusepe de Ribera. 

Castel Sant’Elmo

Situated on the Vomero hill, this ancient medieval fortress houses a beautiful museum with works of Neapolitan artists. As one of the highest points in Naples, Castel Sant'Elmo provides excellent 360-degree views over the city and surrounding area. 

Therefore, most tourists head up to the fortress to enjoy the beautiful view over the Bay of Naples. 

The National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum in Naples is one of the most important and largest archaeological museums in the world.

Set in the massive 16th-century palace Palazzo degli Studi, the museum is particularly renowned for its collections of Roman antiquities, including important findings from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, two towns that were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, in the year 79 A.D. 

Teatro di San Carlo

Commissioned by the Bourbon King Charles III of Naples, the Teatro San Carlo is the main opera house of Naples. Although the original 1737 opera theatre burnt down in 1816, the 19th-century reconstruction by Antonio Niccolini's is just like the original. 

Its opulent interior, in splendid red and gold includes nearly 200 boxes arranged on six levels and a massive, 3,600-square-meter stage, which has hosted performances by some of the world’s great singers and conductors. If you aren't able to see a performance during your visit to Naples, try to catch one of the guided tours of the interior.