Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples, 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:
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Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples Map

Guide Name: Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples
Guide Location: Italy » Naples (See other walking tours in Naples)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: vickyc
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Church Santa Maria Donna Regina Nuova

1) Church Santa Maria Donna Regina Nuova

The Church Santa Maria Donna Regina Nuova is attached to a convent of nuns belonging to the Franciscan order. The adjective Nuova or new is used to distinguish it from an earlier church of the same name that is located next to the building.

The Church Santa Maria Donna Regina Nuova was designed by the architect, Giovanni Giacomo di Conforto, built between 1616 and 1627 and consecrated in 1669. It is the finest example of Neapolitan Baroque architectural design. The church and the nearby 14th century building were connected by a passage that extended between the apse of the old church and the tribune of the new one. The passage was demolished when the structures were restored between 1928 and 1934.

The Church Santa Maria Donna Regina Nuova has a simple exterior and an ornate interior. The façade has a simple austere neoclassical design. The wide staircase leading to the entrance is flanked on either side by the statues of St. Bartholomew and St. Andrew. The interior consists of a single nave with three chapels on either side. The nave is completely covered with marble with a floral design. The splendid ceiling fresco was painted by Francesco de Benedictis and the apse is surrounded by frescoes portraying the life of St. Francis by Francesco Solimena. The cupola of the church has a magnificent fresco by Agostino Beltrano.
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Duomo di Napoli

2) Duomo di Napoli (must see)

Duomo di Napoli is the principal church of Naples and the seat of its Archbishop. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary although it is popularly believed to be dedicated to the Patron Saint of Naples, Saint Januarius.

The Duomo stands on the site of two earlier Paleochristian churches that date back to 570 AD and is built in the shape of a Latin cross. The roof is supported by 110 ancient granite columns and the interiors are richly decorated with gold leaf, mosaic and marble. The popular attraction within the church is the chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius with frescoes and altarpieces by some of the best known religious artists of the time. The Duomo is also famous for the "miracle of the blood". It houses a vial of Saint Januarius' blood that is brought out for public viewing on the first Saturday of May and on the 19th of September annually. If the blood liquefies, it is said to be a sign of good fortune, but if the blood remains dry, it is believed that some disaster will occur in Naples that year.

Why You Should Visit:
To see three basilicas gathered in one; from the French-style gothic to the Spanish-style Baroque and the Paleochristian/Byzantine.
Amazing Italian marble works and pietra-dura mosaics everywhere, and the collection of silver statues and busts of saints is absolutely amazing.

Tip:
The stairs beneath the altar take you to a crypt with the relics of St. Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples.
They have clean bathrooms inside, but be sure to bring your change to pay the small fee.

Opening Hours:
[Duomo] Mon-Sat: 8am-12:30pm / 4:30-7pm; Sun: 8am-1:30pm / 5-7:30pm
[Museum] Tue-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun, Holidays: 9:30am-2pm
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Pio Monte della Misericordia

3) Pio Monte della Misericordia

The Pio Monte della Misericordia is a small church located on the Via dei Tribunali in the historic center of Naples. It houses a small but significant art gallery that is open for public viewing.

The Pio Monte della Misericordia was founded by a group of seven Neapolitan nobles in 1602. It was called the charity brotherhood and was located in a small church near the stairs that led to the Cathedral of Naples. The brotherhood performed many charitable deeds like feeding the hungry, providing interest free loans for the poor, ransoming Christian slaves, visiting prisoners and burying the indigent dead. The church soon became too small for the charitable activities of the brotherhood and was demolished to make way for a new larger building designed by Antonio Picchiatti. It was constructed between 1658 and 1678. The brotherhood still exists and donates money to schools and hospitals, today.

The Pio Monte della Misericordia has many valuable works of art. The most famous work is Caravaggio's magnificent work called the Seven Acts of Mercy which is regarded as the single most important painting in Naples. It is found above the altar of the church. Besides this masterpiece, impressive works by Carlo Sellitto, Fabrizio Santafede, Luca Giordano and Battistello Caracciolo form part of the gallery.
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Church of the Spirito Santo

4) Church of the Spirito Santo

Church of the Spirito Santo dates back to the sixteenth century. It was decorated with sculptures by Michelangelo Naccherino. There are paintings by such Italian artists as Francesco de Mura and Fedele Fischetti. The church is famous for its dome. It is the most elegant in the city.
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Gesù Nuovo Church

5) Gesù Nuovo Church (must see)

The Gesu Nuovo Church is managed by the Society of Jesus today and was initially built as a lavish residence. The unique exterior with diamond shaped stones has symbols believed to be a music score engraved upon them.

The Gesu Nuovo Church was built as the home of Roberto Sanseverino, Prince of Salerno in 1470. It was purchased by the Jesuits for 45,000 ducats in 1580 and turned into a church. Conversion of the building began in 1584 under the directions of renowned Jesuit architect, Giuseppe Valeriano and was completed in 1601. Although dedicated to Jesus and Mary of the Immaculate Conception, it has always been called the Gesu Nuovo Church.

The Gesu Nuovo Church is not only known for its unique exterior but also for its lavish interiors. It has the shape of a Greek cross with 11 chapels. The columns and altars are all covered with marble. Treasures inside the church are the fresco depicting the Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple by Francesco Solimena behind the façade and the frescoes depicting the life of the Virgin by Massimo Stanzione. The high altar was designed by F. Giuseppe Grossi was created by Neapolitan artists and covered with rare marbles, bronze and precious stones. Another treasure is the bas relief reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper by Gennaro Calì.
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San Pietro Martire Church

6) San Pietro Martire Church

The San Pietro Martire Church is attached to a Dominican abbey and is located near the port in the downtown area of Naples. It was founded by the Angevin Dynasty to serve the poor people who lived in the neighborhood.

The San Pietro Martire Church was constructed in 1294 under the orders of Charles of Anjou. Initially it was a small building that could house about 13 monks. Later it was expanded and a belfry designed by F.A. Picchiati was added in 1650. The structure was completed only in the 1750s. When Napoleon’s brother in law, Joachim Murat ruled Naples, the abbey was closed and reopened again once the reign of the Bourbon dynasty was restored. It was finally closed during the unification of Italy in 1864. The church remains an important place of worship in the city.

The San Pietro Martire Church was badly damaged during World War II. In 1953, the grounds were converted into a tobacco processing factory. The building was completely restored in 1979. It now houses the faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Naples. The church has become a university chapel and the old abbey houses university lecture halls.
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San Francesco di Paola

7) San Francesco di Paola (must see)

The church of San Francesco di Paola is a neoclassical style building flanking the west side of the Piazza del Plebiscito, the largest square in Naples. It lies directly opposite the royal palace.

The church of San Francesco di Paola was commissioned by Joachim Murat, King of Naples as a monument to Napoleon Bonaparte, his brother in law. It was expanded by Ferdinand I and converted into a church when he recovered the throne of Naples after the defeat of Napoleon. The building was designed by Leopoldo Lapera and was completed by the architect, Pietro Bianchi in 1846. The church was dedicated to St. Francis of Paola who lived in an abbey on the site of the square in the 16th century.

The church of San Francesco di Paola has a 58 meter high dome resembling the pantheon of Rome. It is located above the altar and is supported by 34 thick columns that have a height of eleven meters each. The main portico is supported by a semicircular row of white Doric columns. There is another front portico with six Ionic columns supporting the roof. It is a basilica and an active place of worship today and a popular venue for weddings.

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.
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
Nightlife Walking Tour in Naples

Nightlife Walking Tour in Naples

Naples is a city with an exciting and diverse nightlife. There are different types of venues, clubs and bars, catering to a variety of tastes. The crowds at the discos are usually made up of young students who come from the many universities in Naples. There are streets packed with small wine bars. This self-guided tour will take you through the most seductive nightlife of Naples.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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 sights of Naples.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
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 Pignatelli and Castello Aselmeyer are arguably the neighbourhood’s main attractions, however as you wander its streets you’ll see that there is much more to it. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular places in Chiaia.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

Capodimonte Hill is very rich and full of unique attractions. It rises above the lower part of Naples and offers panoramic views of the sea, the islands and the volcanoes. The unique Royal Botanical Garden and the famous Capodimonte Palace are set on this hill. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular sites of Capodimonte:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Naples for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Naples has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Naples, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.