Castel Sant’Elmo

Picture perfect panoramas are the high point of a visit to this one-time political prison.

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You won’t be allowed to wander this castle’s hallowed halls, but the penthouse panoramas from its wrap-around rooftop terrace are more than worth the price of admission.

There are 360 degrees of seascapes and cityscapes, for as far as the eye can see: all of the Centro Storico with Santa Chiara towering above and the Spaccanapoli splitting the old city in two like a knife; a cluster of modern buildings, the Centro Direzionale, off in the distance; San Martino just below the castle and towards the sea, Castel Nuovo, Porto Molo Beverello with its Stazione Marittima, the Galleria Umberto and Palazzo Reale; and of course, Capri on the horizon and the imposing views Vesuvius.

In striking contrast to this fortresses 16th-century Spanish architecture, the contemporary art works of local artists are installed around Piazza d’Armi and modern art is on display at the Novecento a Napoli Museum in the castle’s (ex) High Prison.

At A Glance

Via Tito Angelini, 22
Naples 80129
39 081 2294431

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