Art and Culture

Saint Elmo Castle - Naples


The first mention of the imposing fortified structure which dominates the city of Naples from high on the nearby hills dates from 1275 when the fortress was the seat of the family of King Charles of Angiò.
In 1329 Robert of Angiò decided to enlarge the fortification and commissioned the Senese architect Tino di Camaiano to head the project.
Between 1537 and 1547 the castle was reconstructed by the viceroy Don Pedro of Toledo and here it took its particular star shaped structure with six points.
It became a compact and strong castle which protected the city under the auspicies of Pedro Luis Escrivà of Valencia, one of the periods most noted military architects.
In 1604 the structure began life as a prison for political prisoners and, afterwards, as a prison for military prisoners until 1952.
In 1976 rebuilding began which lasted seven years so that today the original structure is again visible.
Today, the Castle of Saint Elmo is a multifunctional centre offering art exhibitions, shows, concerts and a conference centre.
For these and other functions the castle is particularly well suited as it offers breathtaking views of the city and Bay of Naples.

Address
Naples, Via Tito Angelini 20

Times
All days from 8.30 to 19.30
1 January from 14.30 to 19.30
Wednesday closed (except during the Cultural Heritage Week)

Prices
EUR 3,00 Adults
EUR 1,50 for European Union members between 18 and 25 years old
Free Entrance for European Union members under 18 and over 65 years old
Free Entrance with Campania Artecard
Free Entrance with the ticket entrance of San Martino National Museum
Ticket office close one hour before closing time

Facilities Available
Information Desk, Cloakroom, Bookshop, Educational Department and Visitor Materials

Additional Notes
The Saint Elmo Castle is a site of CAMPANIA ARTECARD circuit

How you can get there from the Hotel
From Via del Parco Margherita (on the right of the Piazza Amedeo subway Station) take the Chiaia funicolar and get off at Cimarosa stop (last stop); proceed by bus from Piazza Vanvitelli (near the funicolar Station) n° V1 and get off at San Martino stop: the Castle of Saint Elmo is in Via Tito Angelini 20.


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