Museo Archeologico Nazionale, La Sanita, and Nearby

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It's only fitting that the Museo Archeologico Nazionale—the single most important and remarkable museum of Greco-Roman antiquities in the world (in spite of itself, some observers say)—sits in the upper decumanus, or neighborhood, of ancient Neapolis, the district colonized by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Happily, it's open all day (its core collection, that is). But if two hours are your limit for gazing at ancient art, nearby you can discover some of the lesser-known delights of medieval and Renaissance Naples, along with the city's lush botanical gardens. Along the way are churches that are repositories for magnificent 15th- and 16th-century art and sculpture.

If you're feeling intrepid—and not carrying anything of value—you might like to deviate into La Sanità, one of Naples's most densely populated and uncomfortably lawless neighborhoods, still studded with legendary palaces and gilded churches as well as the fascinating Cimitero delle Fontanelle.

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Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Also known as MANN, this legendary museum has experienced something of a rebirth in recent years. Its unrivaled collections include…

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Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità

Dominican friars commissioned this Baroque, Greek cross–shape basilica, replete with majolica-tiled dome, in the early 17th century. The church acts…

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San Giovanni a Carbonara

An engaging complex of Renaissance architecture and sculpture, this church is named for its location during medieval times near the…

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