The Certosa of San Martino

Atop the Vomero hill, the Certosa of San Martino overlooks the gulf of Naples. It was founded at the beginning of the 14th century upon the request of the king Carlo d’Angiò, whilst Tino di Camaino and Attanasio Primario realized the entire structure. On the one hand, since some renovations were carried out between the 17th and the 18th century, nowadays it is possible to admire just a little part of the original structure. On the other hand, the gothic basements and some little arches built according to the Catalan style that are located in the former dining hall are still visible and intact.

The monumental courtyard, built by the architect and sculptor Cosimo Fanzago, occupies the entrance of the Certosa. Once inside, there are two cloisters that are worth a visit: the smallest one is called ‘Chiostro dei Procuratori’ whilst the biggest one perfectly embodies the Neapolitan art of the 17th century.

Nowadays, the structure houses numerous ‘Sections’. In the room once used for the kitchens, the ‘Nativity Scene Section’, that is to say the widest collection of Italian nativity scenes, is safeguarded. Moreover, in the areas which once housed the royal fleet at the end of the 19th century, there is the ‘Naval Section’ which includes, among its remarkable finds, the boat called ‘Lancia Reale’ with its 24 oars that belonged to the King Charles I, Duke of Bourbon. In the Northern and Eastern areas, some objects and representations about the history of Naples between the 15th and the 19th century can be admired. Furthermore, the ‘Quarto del Priore’, in other words the apartment in which the main spiritual leader used to live, houses some other paintings. It is highly recommendable to end the tour by visiting the gardens from which one can appreciate a breathtaking view of the gulf.

Walking distance: 0,80 miles

Reachable on foot

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