Head of the comic figure of Pulcinella, Via dei Tribulani

There is so much to see and do in this district which is stuffed with amazing architecture and stunning church interiors. Highlights include Naples Cathedral [Duomo] and the Church of San Lorenzo and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale which are close to the central artery of Via dei Tribunali.

A good starting point to explore this district is from the impressive Dante Piazza where you will also find the Dante metro station.

Duomo

This Gothic cathedral was built in the late 13th century. It’s sumptuously decorated inside with frescoes and even the mosaic floor is a marvel to behold. There are crypts, anti rooms and a museum to explore as well as an ancient baptistry built in the first century.

The Dome which is known as the Capella di San Gennaro is stunning and is adorned with frescos from the 17th Century.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Warrior with child, 2nd- 3rd Century AD

This superb museum is home to a large collection of sculptures, frescoes, paintings, mosaics and artifacts, many from Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Bronze statues of athletes, from Villa dei Papiri, Herculaneum

We visited the museum after our trips to Pompeii and Herculaneum and it was wonderful to see so many beautiful artifacts being preserved in the local area.

One of the most amazing exhibits is the Farnese Bull which originates from the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. It’s one of the largest sculptures to have been successfully excavated and dates from around c 200 BC.

Farnese Bull

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