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.