Fantastic Art and Cultural Attractions in Naples, Florida

Updated on 6 August 2017

Most people have heard of Naples in Italy, but did you know that there’s another Naples in Florida? The city is one of the wealthiest in the United States and famous for its unspoiled white sand beaches, known as the Paradise Coast. Outdoor activities like kayaking in the Everglades are extremely popular with visitors. There’s also a wealth of cultural attractions in Naples, with some of the best museums in Florida. Take a tour with us as we explore the highlights of this beautiful area.

Art in Naples

There are some fantastic artworks dotted around the city, including several sculptures by Israeli artist Ruth Bloch, at The Englishman Fine Art, like the Couple on The Wooden Bench. Over at the Mary Martin Gallery, you’ll find some striking contemporary pieces.

Even the hotels here have an arty vibe – the lobby of the Club Level Suites at Inn on Fifth is one example.


Naples Botanical Garden

Whether you’re into gardening or not, don’t miss Naples Botanical Garden. Founded in 1993, the gardens spread over 170 acres. There are lots of different themed areas to discover, including this tranquil Asian garden.

We were lucky to catch a fantastic exhibition called Origami in the Garden. Artist Kevin Box created gigantic metal origami sculptures, in collaboration with his wife Jennifer and other well-known artists such as Michael G. LaFosse.

naples_florida_origamiWe found a charming refuge from the sun at the Caribbean Garden.

naples_botanical_gardensThere’s also a 90 acre nature sanctuary with a birding tower – over 150 species have been spotted.

Whilst in the Children’s Garden, you’ll come across a very picturesque dolls house! Naples Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, and 8 am to 5 pm on Tuesdays. There’s a well stocked shop and café for refreshments.

The Philharmonic Center for the Arts at Artis-Naples

At Artis—Naples, art and music come together under one roof for the delight of locals and tourists. There’s a world class arts museum, The Baker, as well as the Naples Philharmonic. We attended a fantastic performance of the iconic Nutcracker ballet. Miami City Ballet breathed new life into this perennial favourite by including local children studying ballet in their dance troupe. Superb choreography by George Balanchine was matched by stunning costumes designed by José Varona – what a treat!


The Baker Museum at Artis Naples

You’ll also find The Baker Museum within Artis—Naples, considered to be the foremost art gallery in Southwest Florida and one of the best things to do in Naples.

Paul was impressed by this steel statue of Apollo by Tim Read.

This quirky artwork by Kevin Box is entitled Conversation Peace. We’d enjoyed his artworks at the botanical gardens, and there are more of them to discover at Artis-Naples until 23 April.

We were fortunate to attend a talk given by Kevin, where he explained the processes involved in creating origami sculptures. This particular artwork is by his fellow artists Michael G LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander. Something out of Nothing is composed of multiple hand-folded butterflies, to stunning effect.

michael_lafosse_artAnother exhibition that you should not miss is Robert Indiana: Now and Then. Whilst the name may not be familiar to everyone, his artworks definitely will be…

He is known as the man who invented love…being the creator of the iconic Hope and Love sculptures that you’ll find in New York, Montreal, Shanghai and many other locations.

robert_indiana_loveThere’s also a great permanent collection with an impressive glass chandelier by world famous artist, Dale Chihuly. It leads up to the permanent collection on the upper floors of the museum.

dale_chihuly_chandelierThis ornate piece shone brightly in the sunshine.

There are some impressive American paintings too.

Cultural attractions in Naples
Including my favourite, Persian Ceiling by famous sculptor Dale Chihuly – isn’t it breathtaking! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this tour of some of our favourite cultural attractions in Naples, they’re well worth a visit.
Which of the artworks do you prefer and why?

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  • I always love the fantastic art you put on your blog 🙂 (and your dresses are fab too!)
    Hope you’re well and having a great 2017 thus far x

  • I’d never heard of Naples but it looks like it has so much to offer! The art is super cool and to echo Frankie below you look stunning in your dresses.

    • Oh bless you, Angie, I bought all the dresses in Naples – great place for shopping! As for the art, we loved it

  • What a beautiful place. I had never heard of the American Naples. Great photos. Love your maxi dress in the photo at the top.

    Gemma x

  • There’s a Naples in Florida?! I was in Lake Buena Vista last summer and I thought that my trip – Disneyland! Universal Studios! Dat slow pace of life, drenched with dat humidity! – was the quintessential Florida experience. Mind blown! x

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    • Yes and this one has Italian restaurants that are no doubt as good as the ones in Italy…I’ll be sharing about those too so watch this space

  • Nina

    Such a beautiful place, amazing pictures. Looks like you had amazing time.
    Nina’s Style Blog

  • WhatWouldVWear

    These pics are so dreamy, babe! Love Naples too!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Nope. Never even heard of Naples, Florida! Haha. It looks so lovely though, and I love how some of the architecture mirrors the famous city in Italy. Loving that photo of you hanging out the window. 🙂


  • Never heard about this, but it looks so incredible!! 🙂

    Nati xx

  • I love how so many cities in America are actually just borrowed from Europe hehe. The botanical gardens look amaaaazing. Definitely adding this to my list!

    xx, Pia

    • There are a lot of places named after European cities, it’s true! The gardens are so beautiful, you’d love them

  • I must admit to never having heard of Naples in Florida until you mentioned you were visiting! The botanical gardens look like a wonderful place to immerse yourself in those beautiful colours and you’ve captured some fabulous shots Suze!

    • It definitely deserves to be better known. The gardens were really impressive and they’re adding even more attractions there.

  • I hadn’t heard of Naples in Florida, it looks like a brilliant place to visit for art though! I really like the Something Out of Nothing piece and Dale Chihuly must be the guy who did the glass ceiling in the Bellagio right? xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • I had no idea Naples had so much fantastic art and architecture! The origami cranes are incredible, I wish I could see them in person.

  • Radi

    So beautiful! I’ve got to visit Naples sometime. Every place definitely has its secret magical place.

  • Ellie Adams

    I’ve never heard of Naples in Florida Suze but what an amazing place filled with so much to do and see. I love discovering places I didn’t even know existed and now absolutely want to visit!


    • I’m glad to share it with you, Elle! Hope you’re well and enjoying the New Year

  • So much to see- and the art makes for some stunning photos!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I’d heard of Naples before but didn’t know it was such a hub for art and colour. Definitely want to visit here someday now.


  • Hayley Rubery

    I didn’t know there was a Naples in Florida too – it looks and sounds absolutely wonderful! The botanical gardens looks so dreamy!

    Hayley xo

    • Surprising isn’t it, and funnily enough they also have great Italian restaurants there – I will be writing about those very soon

  • You have captured Naples and the gorgeous art around beautifully! Looks like a gorgeous place to visit!


  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Such a beautiful city!! The Persian ceiling so Stunning!
    Adi xx

  • This place looks so cool, I love all of the artwork

  • Lucy

    We are visiting Florida in a few months and this will be a helpful guide to have on hand such great remonndations Lucy x (FoodieForce)

  • I wish I could beam myself to Florida right now! It’s just too freezing cold in Luxembourg these days…

  • I have never been to Naples. I had no idea it had so many attractions.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Spent a good 15 minutes looking at photos of those botanical gardens. Florida is such a gorgeous state and thanks to your posts, clearly a really diverse one, too. xx

  • Amazing place! Everything so colorful and magical! Charmed!

    Thanks @LuxuryColumnist:disqus