Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Naples, users recommend paying a visit to Teatro San Carlo, in the Airport - Nap area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.
The palace hails from the 15th century and features Gothic windows, Ogival arches, a courtyard, and lava stone gateways. Among the palace's former inhabitants: Benedetto Croce, a historian and scholar who in 1947 founded the Institute of Historical Studies, an organization that continues to use the residence. (081-551-7159)
Castel Nuovo (New Castle)
Built in the 13th century by Charles I of Anjou and completely reconstructed in the 15th century. The massive trapezoid-shaped building features an archway offset by cylindrical towers. Inside is an ornate courtyard, which includes the Apartment of the Viceroys, Room of the Barons, and the Palatine Chapel. (081-795-2003)
Teatro San Carlo
Built in 1737, this is Italy's largest opera house and Europe's oldest theatre still in operation. A fire completely destroyed the facility in 1816. However, reconstruction began less than a week later, resulting in a theatre of even greater proportions, as evidenced by the luxurious trappings and monolithic architecture that marks this landmark venue. (081-797-2111)
Palazzo Pignatelli di Monteleone
This 18th century palace is the former residence of Duke Camillo Pignatelli di Monteleone. The palace is noted for its striking façade and stately entrance portal, and is a good example of the period's architecture.
La guglia di San Domenico
Enormous Gothic spire was first built in the late 1200's and later underwent extensive modification in the mid-1700's.
La guglia dell' Immacolata
Standing in the midst of one of Naples' leading piazzas, this spire was built in the late 1740's and closely resembles the design of an obelisk.
Built in the early fourth century, this church sustained considerable damage during World War II. However, Santa Chiara has since undergone considerable repair. On-site museum contains numerous Roman and medieval artifacts. (081-552-6209)
Named for poet Dante Aligehri, this public square is among Naples's long cherished locations. Marked by Romanesque architecture and Gothic flourishes, the area dates back to the 1500's, with its signature landmark being a 1872 statue of Dante standing in the midst of the square.
Castel dell'Ovo is a 2000 year-old castle that stands on the Isle of Megaris overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Most importantly, it is the landing site of the Greek settlers who founded Naples. The fortress has since changed hands numerous times, with residential stints by Normans, the French, Brazilians, and Spaniards, and has served as a venue for cultural and artistic events since 1997. (081-764-5688)