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Sant'Elmo, Naples

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Constructed in the 13th century as a defensive structure, Sant'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. Using our world travel planner, Naples attractions like Sant'Elmo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • To reach the castle the funicular can be up to Vomero.Desde there not this .well stated access to the Castle. You can climb to the upper part of the castle on foot or with the lift. On the upper floor there is a very interesting exhibition hall. View dede Castle are spectacular
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  • Visit on a sunny day, lets see Naples to 360 degrees. From the top you can enjoy a beautiful landscape with the Vesuvio and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. The castle is impressive but bare inside.
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  • Naples city and coastline views from the rooftop. I think it is cold if you go in the morning for January, but it's not to be missed. I don't know how to get the inside of the Castle. Entrance to the rooftop, lift on the left side.
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  • Very nice castle, you don't get to visit the inside but there's a great view over all Naples. You can see planes taking off of the airport !
  • My favorite of the Naples Castles. 360 degree view overlooking the city. I recommend walking up instead of the elevator
  • Landscape views are amazing, but the castle itself lacks signaling and structure for visitation (history boards, maps, predefined pathways for visitation). They charge 5€ to enter.
  • Big old castle with a nice view over Napoli. Check out the outer walls.
  • Very worth the hike to get here. The views are AMAZING!!! The entire city and bay of Napoli can be seen from here.