- Wandering the Historic Center. As is the case in Venice, just wandering in the historic center of the city is one of the most interesting activities. And it’s absolutely free.
- Browse “Christmas Alley”. Naples is famous for the local craftsmen who make nativity scenes, so their shops – open year-round – are a fun way to experience Christmas anytime.
- Gesù Nuovo Church. This enormous church on the Piazza del Gesù is a converted former 15th century palazzo. The interior is very much a church, however, and all ornate Baroque.
- Cloister of Santa Chiara Monastery. Also on the Piazza del Gesù is the Santa Chiara Monastery, which is particularly noted for its beautiful majolica-covered 18th century cloister and garden.
- Duomo. Naples’ main cathedral, or Duomo, was actually once two churches put together – Santa Restituta and and Santa Stefania. Santa Restituta is the only historic church that remains, but the Duomo surrounding it was started in the 12th century.
- Castel dell’Ovo. The “Egg Castle” is one of two castles in Naples, but this one is free to enter. The city’s Ethno-Prehistory Museum, housed inside the Castel dell’Ovo, is free to get into. Other parts of the castle are taken up by other exhibits, and the entry fee varies depending on the exhibit. Note that the Ethno-Prehistory Museum isn’t always open, so you might want to check at the Naples tourism office first.
- Museum of Human Anatomy. Not only do you get to see early 19th century wax models of thins like kidneys, stomachs, and bladders, you also get an entire museum section for “malformations” – including a one-eyed head and a two-faced head – preserved in alcohol.
- Museum of the Sea. The “Museo del Mare” is a treasure trove of historic instruments used to navigate on the ocean, as well as a whole section dedicated to documents like historic maps and atlases.
- Museum of Musical History. The music conservatory in San Pietro a Majella houses a museum full of antique musical instruments, and if you’re even more musically-interested the conservatory also has a library of material related to composers who lived in Naples.
Free things to do in Naples