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Naples

Naples
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Our last full day in Naples was spent seeing some of the sights of Naples itself. Our first thought was to go somewhere that had a panoramic view of the city. This is what led us to the Castel Santí Elmo, a 16th Century castle on top of the Vomero hill to the west of central Naples.

Castel Sant'Elmo

Castel Sant'Elmo
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Not being too interested in actually climbing the hill ourselves, we went in search of the Funicolare Montesanto, a cable car that would take us to the top of the hill (for free, as our ArteCards were still in effect). After wandering around some not-very-well-marked side streets for awhile, we found the funicular station and made the ascent.

Via Tarsia
Via Tarsia
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Bob at Funicular Station
Bob at Funicular Station
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Waiting for the Funicular
Waiting for the Funicular
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Funicular Car
Funicular Car
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Inside the Car
Inside the Car
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Funicular Ride
Funicular Ride
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From the station at the top of the hill, it didnít take too much searching to find the castle, as itís very big, but there was a wall surrounding it which we had to follow for a little while (to the left and around a corner) before we found the way in.

Looking for the Way In
Looking for the Way In
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Probably This Way
Probably This Way
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At the ticket office (in a small building separate from the castle), they should have charged us half price because of our ArteCards, but instead they let us in for free Ė we werenít sure why, but we werenít going to argue. Then they pointed us to an elevator that would take us to the top of the castle.

Near the Entrance

Near the Entrance
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There isnít a great deal to be seen in the Castel Santí Elmo itself. The castle actually dates back to the 14th Century, but was reconfigured into its current six-pointed-star shape in the 16th Century. It has been used both as a fortification and as a prison over the centuries. On the top are some fairly nondescript buildings and an extremely ugly antenna of some sort.

Buildings on Castle
Buildings on Castle
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Ugly Antenna
Ugly Antenna
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In places along the walls there are tapered holes which would have been easy to shoot out from, but not so easy to shoot into from the outside.

Along the Wall
Along the Wall
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Arrow Hole
Arrow Hole
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But from the walls of the castle, there are magnificent views of Naples in all directions.

Naples
Naples
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Naples and Castle Wall
Naples and Castle Wall
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Madre del Buon Consiglio and Capodimonte
Madre del Buon Consiglio and Capodimonte
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Philip and Nella and Naples
Philip and Nella and Naples
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Finding Piazza Dante
Finding Piazza Dante
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Connie and Harbor and Vesuvius
Connie and Harbor and Vesuvius
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Points of Interest
Points of Interest
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Castel Nuovo and Galleria Umberto I
Castel Nuovo and Galleria Umberto I
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Galleria Umberto I
Galleria Umberto I
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Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito
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Coastline to West
Coastline to West
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Neighborhood to West
Neighborhood to West
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The Bay of Naples
The Bay of Naples
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Connie, Nella and Philip
Connie, Nella and Philip
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