Why visit the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples? I’ll give you the most valid reason: the Treasure of San Gennaro is the richest treasure in the world, or rather, the richest treasure known in the world. In fact, according to studies done by a pool of experts who analyzed all the pieces of the collection, the Treasure of San Gennaro would be richer than the English treasure of the crown of Queen Elizabeth II and the treasure of Russian Zar. Why the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples is so popular? Because it’s not a treasure belonging to a family, a dynasty or to an individual, the Treasure of San Gennaro belongs to the people of Naples.
Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples, the story of the treasure
San Gennaro is the patron saint and protector of Naples and the Neapolitans are the devotees to Him for centuries. Between 1526 and 1527, Naples was afflicted by various problems (the war between Spain and France, the plague and a violent eruption of Vesuvius) and the people decided to make a vow to San Gennaro: if Him had protected them, the Neapolitans would erect a new and larger chapel inside the Cathedral. In my visit the guide told me that there is a real contract between Neapolitans and San Gennaro. Where did they get the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples? From that year the citizens every day continue to pay homage to the San Gennaro with gifts and precious. Later prime ministers, kings, viceroys, nobles, artisans and common people payed homage to the Him constituting the richest treasure the world.
How is the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples?
The museum area is over seven hundred square meters and exhibits works in the rooms below the Chapel of the Treasury, for a number of collections of art including jewelry, statues, busts, fine fabrics and paintings of great value.
Inside the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples there are ancient documents, precious objects, silver, jewelry, paintings of inestimable value that, over the centuries, kings, popes, illustrious men or common people have donated for the devotion to San Gennaro.
How to get to the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples?
In this travel blog I highly recommend you to walk up to the museum, the streets are easy and full of interesting views. Starting from Port’Alba, behind Dante Square, walk in Tribunali Street and you’ll arrive to the square of the Cathedral of Naples.
But you can reach the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples even starting from Piazza del Gesù, passing the Monastery of Santa Chiara following Spaccanapoli. From here you reach Duomo Street and then the Museum.
But you can reach the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples also by Metro with Line 2 and get off at the stop “Cavour” or with Line 1 at the stop “Museum”. From here you need to walk Foria Street until Duomo.
The ticket price is 5 Euros with the possibility of discounts. For more information visit the official site.