The mightymedieval castleSant’Elmo,standshighand dominates the city, the Bayand the roads, with itsyellowTufffrom Naples,Vomerohill.The storystarringthePaturciumHillandthe Sant’Elmo Castle isa fascinating story,made ofinheritances, sieges andrevenge.The fortress,has always beenthe ambition anddesireof Kings and Queens,bothfor its strategic positionand itsextension.On the Hill, at firstthere was a NormanWatchtower,calledBelforte.It was in1329thatRobert theWiseordered the constructionof a building:the PalatiumCastrum.Contendedandbesiegedin the CastlelivedQueen JoanI of Naples, Charles ofDurazzo,Alfonso of Aragon, Emperor CharlesV.
In1587,tochange the fate of the castle wasa thunderboltthat fellin the powder room, causinga huge explosionthatblew upa substantial partof the fortress.Aftera short period ofdisabitazione,the castle became a military prisoninwhichcellswerelocked upalsothe philosopherTommaso Campanellaand Giovanna diCapua;Francesco Mario PaganoandGennaroSerra di Cassanoat the time of the French Revolution.
Watch itfrom afar,as well as enteringinside, it feelsto perceivethe Sant’Elmo Castlealmostas if it werean external realitythat embraces andmonitors andprotectsas ifwasinfatherlyattitudetowardsthe whole city andeveryoneinside itsplanta six-pointedstar.Currentlythe Sant’Elmo Castlehouses the Museum ofNaplestwentieth centurycollectingsculptures, graphicsand paintingsmade byNeapolitan artistson the ‘900.Among themajor rolesthatthe Sant’Elmo Castleoccupiesin the urban contextof the Neapolitan,is that ofthe multipurpose centrewhichaims toreduce the distanceto the cityand wideninterest in artand culture intoto,bycommunicatingandintersectthe various arts.A projectthat has taken shapeandhas established itselfover the years thankstoshows and eventsofall kindsand,in particular, gavethe possibility to the Neapolitansto live andbeinvolved and activecitizensof their city.
The Museo del Novecentoisopen dailyexcept Tuesday;access isper hourfrom9:00.Last entryat18:00;
On Tuesdaythe Sant’Elmo Castle isopen forvisits tothe parade ground,the stands and pedestrianwalkways.
full price: €5.00
Timetables and ticket prices may vary from event to event and/or current exhibitions.
Free forEUcitizensunder18yearsandthe first Sunday of each month
from abroadandfrom mobile phones, Monday to Saturday9:00–13:30and14:30–17:00
school groups: €5.00
opening hours: on request
languages:Italian,English, French, Spanish, German