Castle Saint Elmo, Naples

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Constructed in the 13th century as a defensive structure, Castle Saint Elmo commands an imposing view over Naples. You can see the city, Mt. Vesuvius, and, on a clear day, the island of Capri. Explore the ramparts of the castle, which are fine examples of Neapolitan military architecture. The complex also features a small museum. The hike up to the castle summit is steep and strenuous, but you can take a funicular instead. Put Castle Saint Elmo and other Naples attractions into our Naples trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The castle is awesome and the prices ler. Up to 18 years old do not pay while up to 23 will pay reduced. Then you pay full price, but despite that you pay very little and for what it offers the Castle and really great. I recommend everyone to go there
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  • A beautiful castle on top of the Hill of Naples, impressive and majestic is worth a visit both for himself and for the wonderful view of the city
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  • It is a big castle at the top of the hill, the view is great so it is worth to climb up. There is a "lanovka" that goes up from downtown or a bus stops not far from the main door of the castle. Inside...  more »
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  • Great views but not much else. There is a small museum of 20th Century Italian art which is interesting but nothing special. The rest of the space seems to be filled with offices and meeting rooms. There is little to no information about the fortress itself (dates of use, built by, used by...) and no info on the building techniques or the defensive elements of the building. Given the entrance fee and the long trip... not sure it was worth it as you can get similar views from the street running around the castle.
  • Nice place with a panoramic view of the city. Not too busy with people. Descending through the stone tunnels and seeing the drop gate, cannons, and drawbridge were super cool.
  • The best view of Naples and of the gulf. The castel Is huge, so prepare to a good walk, sometime on steep path.
  • Amazing views! Very enjoyable. Didn't go into the exhibition area which is probably worth the payment of the ticket. But very nice walk around the castle with great views of Vesuvius, Sorrento Penninsula and also the gulf of Naples when the weather is clear. Also a great view of SpaccaNapoli
  • Best 5 euro view in Naples! Try to imagine yourself scaling the walls or firing cannon down upon attackers. We didn't see any guided tour advertised but I would pay for one as I'm sure a place that huge could have a great and interesting tour. Google it and read about it on Wikipedia.

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