The Monasteries Tour
The Certosa of San Martino in Napoli, the Certosa of San Giacomo in Capri and the Certosa of San Lorenzo in Padula are three symbolic places of the universal history and of the religious, architectural and artistic imaginary of Campania. The three monasteries represent fundamental stages of a journey made of art and history and the rediscovery of the so-called « minor sacred sites ».
Located on the hill of Sant’Elmo, in Naples, the Certosa of San Martino is the triumph of the Baroque. The carriages, the boats and the pinacoteca of the « Quarto del priore » are displayed among the museum sections, in addition to an extraordinary collection of Neapolitan nativity scenes.
The foundation of the Certosa di San Giacomo, in Capri, dates back to the second half of the 14th century. It was built at the behest of Count Giacomo Arcucci, Grand Camerario of Queen Giovanna I d’Angiò, it houses the museum dedicated to the German painter Karl Diefenbach.
The Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula, in the province of Salerno, is the most extensive monastic complex in southern Italy. The Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula, in the province of Salerno, is the most extensive monastic complex in southern Italy. In 1998 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. It is divided into two large areas, one is destined for the livelihood activities of the Carthusian community, and the other encloses the spaces reserved for the community life of the monks and the cloistered environments gathered around one of the world’s largest cloisters.