Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples

Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples (must see)

The Castel Sant’Elmo is a unique star shaped structure that was built to protect Naples from attacks from the sea. It has served many purposes through history and is one of the important landmarks of the city.

The first historical record of a fort on the site of Castel Sant’Elmo is that of a small structure built by the Normans in 1170. Later, relatives of Charles of Anjou built a large residence called Belforte on the site of the old fort in 1275. The Aragonese viceroy, Don Pedro de Toledo commissioned renowned military architect, Pedro Luis Escriva to enlarge the structure and the fort owes its unique shape to his design. It was enlarged between the years 1537 and 1547. From 1604 until 1956, it was used as a prison.

The Castel Sant’Elmo is a popular tourist attraction in Naples today. It hosts exhibitions, concerts and conferences from time to time. Two early churches within the fort are the Church of Sant’Elmo that dates back to the 16th century and the Chapel of Santa Maria del Pilar that dates back to the 17th century. A funicular takes visitors up the San Martino Hill to reach the Castel Sant’Elmo and the prison cells within the fort offer spectacular views over the city and bay of Naples.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Naples, Italy within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Castel Sant'Elmo on Map

Sight Name: Castel Sant'Elmo
Sight Location: Naples, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Naples, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Creating your own self-guided walk in Naples is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Naples: Chiaia District Walking Tour

Naples: Chiaia District Walking Tour

Chiaia is deservedly considered to be the most exquisite part of Naples. Refined and exclusive, it hosts world-known brand name stores and is the place where one can always meet a famous personality. Home to once-in-a-lifetime pizzas and amazing seafood restaurants, it also offers gorgeous views of the Bay of Naples and its marina. The famous volcano Vesuvius can be seen from Chiaia too. Villa...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

Naples is a city with many religious, historical and architectural sights of great artistic value. The city has numerous magnificent churches. They are especially worth a visit because they have preserved their original structure from ancient times. This self-guided tour will lead you to churches, cathedrals and basilicas with beautiful paintings, architecture and history:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

Italy is well known in the whole world for its outstanding artists. Naples has an especially rich culture and history that you can admire by visiting its museums and galleries. These contain priceless paintings and works of art that are both old and contemporary. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most prominent art exhibitions in Naples:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Naples Introduction Walk

Naples Introduction Walk

Naples is the 3rd largest city of Italy. It is situated on the shore of the Mediterranean and is a dream city for tourists. Within it there is a hidden city of ancient civilizations. You can visit its underground streets. The architecture of the city is magnificent and contributes to the magical landscape of the city. This orientation walk will lead you to the most ancient and amazingly beautiful...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Naples Museums Walking Tour

Naples Museums Walking Tour

Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world and has an incredible past. The city went through a multitude of civilizational changes that have left their mark, something you can see in the city's museums. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums that will show you what remains of Pompei and Herculaneum, and other great world historical sites:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour

Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour

Naples is one of the most significant and most beautiful cities in Italy. It is known for its old and majestic architecture, monuments, fountains. Some of its landmarks are a thousand years old and are still preserved in their original condition. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most spectacular places of Naples:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles