Saint Elmo’s Castle (Castel Sant'Elmo)
The views alone make it worth the climb to Saint Elmo's Castle. Explore this fortress, which was first built in the 14th century and then updated in the 16th century, and visit the chapel and on-site museum. After taking in the views, enjoy a scenic walk (or a quick funicular ride) back to the city center.
This attraction is a top Naples destination, so you’ll want to pre-book admission to take advantage of skip-the-line entry. You can also enjoy entry free of charge with the Campania Arte Card. Many tours of Naples (including some food tours) include a stop at Saint Elmo’s Castle.
Things to Know Before You Go
Don't forget your camera; you'll want to snap photos of the panoramic views.
The castle offers coin-operated binoculars, restrooms, and an art musuem.
Travelers report that the exterior walkways are wheelchair accessible, though reaching the castle may be challenging.
How to Get There
The most convenient ways to reach Saint Elmo’s Castle are to walk or take the funicular: Take the F2 funicular line to the Morghen stop, which is located just steps from the castle.
When to Get There
The castle is open daily. For views all the way to Capri, plan to visit when the sun in shining and the sky is clear. For the best value, visit on Tuesdays, when the castle offers discounted admission, or during one of the free admission days, including Father's Day and Cultural Diversity Day.
Where to Experience Art at the Castle
After you explore Saint Elmo's Castle and enjoy the spectacular views across Naples, don't miss the chance to take in the contemporary arts exhibitions at the on-site Museo Novecento Napoletano. The museum’s intimate gallery spaces house a collection of 20th century Italian art as well as works by notable artists such as Vincenzo Gemito.
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