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Certosa di San Martino: Naples' Majestic Monastery with Panoramic Views

Located with the Castel Sant'Elmo on Vomero Mountain, Certosa di San Martino is dominating the Neapolitan skyline. It is aspiritual retreat offering tranquillity, art and outstanding views of the vibrant city below. 

Certosa di San Martino: Monastic Elegance Overlooking Naples

Historical Changes influence Architecture

Historical Changes influence ArchitectuteThe Certosa di San Martino was founded in the 14th century and was originally a Carthusian monastery. Over the years, it underwent various transformations reflecting the changing periods of time and the impact of historical events. From the Renaissance conversions to the Baroque decorations, the complex offers an architectural symphony that reflects the monastic devotion and the artistic development of the city.

Artistic Treasure Trove

Within its sacred walls, the Certosa houses an extensive art collection, ranging from ornate murals and stuccoes to masterful paintings and sculptures. Famous artists such as José de Ribera, Battistello Caracciolo and Giovanni Lanfranco have contributed to its rich artistic heritage. Each work of art, whether depicting religious motifs or monastic life, tells a story of faith, creativity and Neapolitan heritage.

The Majestic Church

The heart of the complex is the church, decorated with ornate marble, precious murals and impressive paintings. This sacred space with its high vaulted ceilings and luminous chapels exudes an aura of complete tranquility and invites visitors to pause, reflect and enjoy the beauty of this impressive architecture.

Museo Nazionale di San Martino

The monastery also houses the National Museum, an extensive exhibition on the history of Naples. From prehistoric artefacts and medieval relics to a detailed 18th-century replica of the city, the museum offers a comprehensive overview of Naples' turbulent past that blends seamlessly with its monastic surroundings.

Panoramic Terraces & Gardens

The monastery's elevated position grants it unrivaled panoramic terraces. Gazing out, one can behold a bird's-eye view of Naples, stretching from the historic city center to the shimmering bay and the looming Vesuvius. The manicured gardens and courtyards, interspersed with historic sculptures, offer serene spaces to relax surrounded by nature.


Highlights of Certosa San Martino

  • The Cloisters: Two tranquil cloisters, surrounded by elegant porticos and adorned with frescoes, provide a serene escape from the urban hustle.
  • Naples in Miniature: A standout in the museum, this detailed diorama offers a unique perspective on Naples' topography and architectural landmarks.
  • The Naval Section: Showcasing maritime history, this section features model ships, marine instruments, and artifacts that underline Naples' connection with the sea.
  • Sacred Vestments Collection: A display of ornate ecclesiastical garments, embroidered with gold and precious stones, highlighting the opulence of religious ceremonies.
  • Frescoed Chapter House: A testament to monastic gatherings, its walls and ceilings are adorned with vivid frescoes narrating Biblical tales and Carthusian values. 


Opening hours of Certosa San Martino

Daily: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm (Last admission 6 pm). 

Weekly closure: Wednesday.

The ticket office also closes one hour before closing time. 


Reservierung für Certosa di San Martino

No reservation needed.  


Restrictions for Certosa di San Martino

  • Certosa di San Martino is a historic monastery complex located in Naples, Italy. As with many historical sites, there are guidelines and restrictions that visitors must follow to preserve the integrity of the monument and to ensure a pleasant visit for everyone. Here are some of the general restrictions that apply:
  • Accessibility: Parts of the complex are not fully accessible to individuals with mobility issues due to the age and layout of the buildings.
  • Prohibited Items: Food and beverages are not permitted inside the museum and church areas.
  • Behavior Inside the Complex: Visitors are expected to behave respectfully, particularly in the church areas, and maintain silence when required.Touching artworks or historical artifacts is generally prohibited.Smoking is not allowed within the complex.
  • Photography and Filming: Personal photography without flash is allowed in some areas, but commercial photography and filming require special permission.
  • Group sizes: Guided and non-guided groups may comprise a maximum of 24 people. 



How to get to Certosa San Martino

Getting to Certosa di San Martino in Naples is quite convenient by public transport. Here are some of the options: 

Funicular: You can take the Funicolare di Montesanto to the Morghen stop, Funicolare di Chiaia to Cimarosa stop or Funicolare Centrale to Piazza Fuga stop. From there, it's a short walk to the Certosa.

Metro:Line 1 of the Naples Metro has a stop at Vanvitelli, which is within walking distance of the Certosa. You can also take the funicular from Vanvitelli to Morghen to get closer.

Bus:Various city buses serve the area around Certosa di San Martino. Bus lines such as C28 or V1 could take you near the site. Check local bus routes for the most suitable option from your starting location.

Taxi:If you prefer a more direct approach, taxis are readily available in Naples and can take you directly to the Certosa.Please remember that public transport schedules and routes might change, so it's advisable to check with the local transport authority or use a local transport app for the most current information during your visit.    


Address of Certosa di San Martino 

Largo San Martino, 5,80129 Napoli (NA) 

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A symbol of the Catholic religion and Baroque art, the Certosa di San Martino is a fundamental step towards fully understanding the nature of Neapolitan culture. Besides the wonderful architecture of the monumental complex, the churches, the gardens and the works preserved in the museum are an indispensable attraction. Moreover, the privileged location of the Certosa offers you a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples, thanks to the elevated position of the Vomero hill and the careful construction of the structure, which offers continuous views of the city along the visiting route and the beautiful sea on which it is directly located. 

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