Certosa-Museo di San Martino

Price guide: Mid-range

Largo San Martino 5, Naples, 80129

Price guide: Mid-range

Certosa-Museo di San Martino
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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
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4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Certosa-Museo di San Martino

Enjoy outstanding treasures and views in Vomero.

The Certosa (charterhouse) was founded by Carthusian monks back in the 14th century and while it owes much of its current appearance to renovations in the 16th century, it is a must-see attraction for its architecture, design, exceptional range of Neapolitan art, marquetry and presepi (nativity scenes) dating back to the 18th century (and so giving an insight into the life lived at that time), as well as maps, wonderful porcelain and displays devoted to the theatre. 

The Museo dell'Opera art gallery is set out around the beautiful cloister and contains many works originally created specifically for the cloister by the likes of Ribera, Spadaro and Stanzione. Look out for the wonderful sculpture of the Madonna and child with the infant John the Baptist in Room 8 by Pietro Bernini. 

Then there are the views… the complex has a stretch of terraced gardens that offer spectacular views over the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius.

Price advice: 

Admission is €6; €3 with reductions. Audio guides are €4.

Expert tips: 
Ticket price includes admission to nearby Castel Sant'Elmo.

More information on Certosa-Museo di San Martino:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Architectural site, Museum, Religious site
Address:
Largo San Martino 5, Naples, 80129
Telephone:
081 229 4502
Website:
http://museosanmartino.campaniabeniculturali.it/
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm (last admission 6.30pm). Closed Wednesdays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both

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