Certosa-Museo di San Martino
Largo San Martino 5, Naples, 80129
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- 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
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.
Admission is €6; €3 with reductions. Audio guides are €4.
More information on Certosa-Museo di San Martino:
- Price guide:
- Architectural site, Museum, Religious site
- Largo San Martino 5, Naples, 80129
- 081 229 4502
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm (last admission 6.30pm). Closed Wednesdays.