Capodimonte museum and "Sanità" district, advice and photos

Capodimonte museum, one of the Bourbons Royal Palace

Capodimonte museum, in via Miano, 2 80131 Napoli NA

Capodimonte Museum

Capodimonte museum, once the Capodimonte royal Palace, with a wonderful and huge gardens and his wood, was one of the royal residences of the Bourbons. It is located on the Capodimonte hill, from which there are wonderful views of Vesuvius, the volcan of Naples, San Martino, where Saint Elmo Castle is located and Posillipo, one of the beautiful hills of the city of Naples.
The king of Naples Charles of Bourbon needed a place to place the works of the Farnese collection, inherited from his mother (Elisabetta Farnese). So he decided to build a new residence on the Posillipo hill. The works began in 1738 and after a century they were completed. But it was already inaugurated in 1755.
At that time this place was rich in game and also became the king's place for hunting.

Today in the 126 rooms of the Capodimonte museum about 47,000 works by artists of the past such as Caravaggio, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, and many other artists of the past are exhibited.

Info and reservations: beniculturali.it


How to reach the Capodimonte museum

By car
Open Google Maps to reach
Capodimonte Museum. You can park in the zones marked with blue stripes on the street front of the entrance. Don't forget to buy the parkign ticket.

By Metro (Tube) Line 2 and bus

Take Metro, line 2, get off at Piazza cavour, then outside the station turn on the right and walking untill you arrive at Piazza Museo where National Archaeological Museum is located. You can find here the bus stop, so to reach the Capodimonte Museum you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M

By Metro (Tube) Line 1 end bus

Take the metro line 1, get off at Piazza Museo (National Archaeological Museum). Outside the station turn on the right and at 100 meters you will find the bus stop. So to reach the Capodimonte Museum you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M

By Shuttle Capodimonte (city-sightseeing tourist bus)

The bus station of the shuttle is located in piazza castello (adjacent to the Maschio Angioino in Piazza del Municipio). Taking this bus you have discounts on at Capodimonte museum ticket office by presenting the return tickets of the Capodimonte Shuttle.

Catacombs of San Gennaro in the Sanità district

Catacombs of San Gennaro in via Capodimonte, 13, Naples

Catacombs of San Gennaro

The Catacombs of San Gennaro are located back the Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel (in itlalian, basilica dell' Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio) and they are underground tombs that date back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
On the walls we can see some frescoes depicting the deceaseds. Not all tombs are decorated, in fact it depends on the late's family wealth.

 

info and reservations here: catacombedinapoli

Ticket is valid 12 months to also visit San Gaudioso Catacombs

 

How to reach the catacombs of San Gennaro:

By car
Open Google Maps to join the
 Catacobs of San Gennaro. 
You can park in the forecourt of the Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel

By Metro (Tube) line 1 and bus

Take the metro line 1, get off at Piazza Museo (National Archaeological Museum). Outside the station turn on the right and at 100 meters you will find the bus stop. So to reach the Capodimonte Museum you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M
Get off at he Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel, back the sacred building one finds the Catacobs of San Gennaro.

By Metro (Tube) line 2 and bus

Take Metro, line 2, get off at Piazza cavour, then outside the station turn on the right and walking untill you arrive at Piazza Museo where National Archaeological Museum is located. You can find here the bus stop, so to reach the Catacombs of San Gennaro you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M
Get off at he Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel, back the sacred building one finds the Catacobs of San Gennaro.

    Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel in Naples

    Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel in via Capodimonte, 13, Naples. 
    Di Dominik Matus - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58310218

    Basilica of the crowned Mother in Good Counsel in Naples

    On the way of Capodimonte hill, there is the Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel (in Italian Incoronata Madre del buon consiglio) was strongly desired by Maria Landi, a humble servant of God, who since she was a child she has always been devout to the blessed Virgin.

    The beginning of its construction dates back to 06 January 1920 and lasted 40 years. The day of the consecration was April 26, 1960.
    The Basilica is considered "the little St. Peter's" because it was built following the original Vatican model, both for the interior and for the dome.

    Some legends:

    • In 1884 Maria Landi showed her people a picture of her with the image of the Mother of Good Counsel and immediately the cholera epidemic ceased.
    • In 1906 the volcano of Naples erupted and the entire city was copvered by ashes and lapillus. Maria Landi again exhibited the painting outside the balcony and after a few days Vesuvius ceased its volcanic activities.

    How to reach the crowned Mother of Good Counsel

    By car
    Open Google Maps to reach the 
    Crowned Mother of Good CounselYou can park in the basilica's square.

    By Metro (Tube) line 2 and bus,

    Take Metro, line 2, get off at Piazza cavour, then outside the station turn on the right and walking untill you arrive at Piazza Museo where National Archaeological Museum is located. You can find here the bus stop, so to reach the Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M.
    Get off at he Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel, back the sacred building one finds the Catacobs of San Gennaro.

    By Metro (Tube) line 1 and bus,

    Take the metro line 1, get off at Piazza Museo (National Archaeological Museum). Outside the station turn on the right and at 100 meters you will find the bus stop. So to reach the Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M.
    Get off at he Basilica of the crowned Mother of Good Counsel, back the sacred building one finds the Catacobs of San Gennaro.

    Catacombs of Gaudioso, in the Sanità district

    catacombs san gaudioso

    Catacombs of san Gaudioso, near theBasilica Santa Maria della Sanità, piazza Sanità, 14 - Napoli.
    Di Fabien Bièvre-Perrin - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71225539

    Catacombs of San Gaudioso

    Even the catacombs of San Gaudioso, like those of San Gennaro, are cemetery areas from the early Christian period (4th-5th century).
    They are located under the basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità. Located in Piazza Sanità, 14, Naples.

    info and reservations here: catacombedinapoli

    How to reach the catacombs of San Gaudioso:

    By car
    Open Google Maps to reach the catacombs of San Gaudioso. You must park your car on the street.

    By Metro (Tube) line 1 and bus

    Take the metro line 1, get off at Piazza Museo (National Archaeological Museum). Outside the station turn on the right and at 100 meters you will find the bus stop. So to reach the Catacombs of San Gaudioso you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M. Get off at the Sanità lift stop (Ask the driver "Ascensore della Sanità"). Take the lift down and cross the square to reach the basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità where one find the entrance of catacombs of San Gaudioso.

    By Metro (Tube) line 2 and bus

    Take Metro, line 2, get off at Piazza cavour, then outside the station turn on the right and walking untill you arrive at Piazza Museo (Museum square), where National Archaeological Museum is located. You can find here the bus stop, so to reach the Catacombs of San Gaudioso you need to take one of these BUS: 168, C63, 178 or the 3M. Get off at the Sanità lift stop (Ask the driver "Ascensore della Sanità"), so take the lift down and cross the square to reach the basilica of Santa Maria della Sanità where one find the entrance of catacombs of San Gaudioso.

      Fontanelle cemetery in the Sanità district

      fontanelle cemetery

      Fontanelle Cemetery, in via Fontanelle, 80, Napoli
      Di Dominik Matus - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57700199

      Fontanelle cemetery.

      Fontanelle cemetery is an ancient ossuary where one find about 40,000 human remains.and it is located in the Sanità district, in via Fontanelle.

      In the past the inhabitants of Naples had the custom adoption of a deceased in exchange for good luck, the cult of the souls of pezzentelle. Usually an abandoned soul was adopted, which is why it was called pezzentella (beggar).

      Info and reservations: cimiterofontanelle 

       

      How to reach the Fontanelle cemetery:

      By car
      Open Google Map to reach
      Fontanelle cemetery. You need to park on the street.

      By Metro
      Take metro line 1, get off at Materdei sation. Outside the station you need to open Google Maps and walking until you arrive at the entrance of
      Fontanelle cemetery (2 minutes to arrive at destination).

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