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An art station near a famous castle, a garden and 2 museums: Vanvitelli


The Vanvitelli station is the 10th stop of the Naples Metro line 1 and it is the one to take as a reference to go to the Vomero district. Plus, Vanvitelli is one of the art stations. In fact, it was designed by a famous Italian architect, Michele Capobianco, and by his son Lorenzo. In addition, they both took artistic advices from Achille Bonito Oliva. In the inner ambient of this station you can see artworks by very important artists such as Giulio Paolini, Vettor Pisani, Gilberto Zorio. Furthermore, there is a luminous work by the Italian architect and artist Mario Merz which represents the Fibonacci sequence.

Getting off at Vanvitelli station you will be in Vanvitelli square, the square dedicated to the architect Luigi Vanvitelli that is a crossroad between Via Scarlatti and Via Bernini, the main streets of Vomero district. In addition to its exits, the station also leads to other transports such as the Chiaia funicularand the central one.

The main attractions and landmarks near Vanvitelli stop are Villa Floridiana, Castel Sant’Elmo and Certosa di San Martino.

Villa Floridiana is in a large park. It was a royal residence of the Bourbons that now houses the national museum of the Duca di Martina. In this museum there are mainlyceramics, but temporary exhibitions are also set up. In the back of the villa there are several scenic spots.

Castel Sant’Elmo is one of the sevencastles of Naples. Its name is due to its standing on the ruins of a church dedicated to Sant’Erasmo. The peculiarity of this castle lies in its typically Neapolitan material, the yellow tuff. In the S. Elmo castle,you can visit the museum of contemporary art “Napoli Novecento”. In this museum there are around 170 works of Futurist and Neorealist visual art.

Next to Castel Sant’Elmo there is the Certosa di San Martino, one of the most important examples of baroquearchitecture and art in the city. The Certosa di San Martino has over 100 rooms, two churches, three cloisters and various gardens. Almost all the rooms are part of the National Museum of San Martino, a Museum with an exhibition aimed to represent the artistic and cultural history of Naples.


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