When the early European settlers arrived in about 1887 they likened the seven-mile stretch of sugar sand beach to that of the beautiful Italian peninsula of Naples, Italy. Walter N. Haldeman, the owner of the Louisville Courier-Journal, purchased land and founded Naples, and he was the first to protrude a 600-foot fishing pier out into the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1905, one could purchase a beach lot for just $125.00. Prices have increased since then, but Naples is still the best deal if you’re looking to settle into a pristine paradise that is world-renowned for its beaches, golf courses, restaurants and lifestyle. Today, Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and is visited by people from all over the world.
Over the past decade, the arts have transformed Southwest Florida into one of the state’s most cosmopolitan areas. Audiences delight in our performing arts scene, where talented local actors bring life to Broadway favorites and new plays at intimate community playhouses. Click on the photo for a full schedule of the 2023- 2024 Broadway Searies at the Barbara Mann Center.
February 27-March 3, 2024 The Tina Tuner Musical
The Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Artis – Naples) is the premier performing arts hall in Southwest Florida, hosting more than 400 events a year including world-class dance, opera, classical and popular music and Broadway musicals. The Phil features four art galleries and two sculpture gardens. The Collector's Corner offers an outstanding variety of art and rare gifts for sale.
Fine arts lovers will enjoy a host of exceptional galleries and studios. The galleries are bursting with brilliant renderings of the picturesque local environment, unique wildlife and breathtaking sunsets. In addition to the natural selections, you’ll find a wide variety of modernism, cubism, impressionism and abstract arts.
The Sugden Community Theatre is the home of The Naples Players, a community theatre located in the City of Naples in Southwest Florida. Our actors light up the stage with musicals, comedies, dramas, children's' theatre, original plays and much more. From the artful to the thought-provoking, The Naples Players provides affordable quality entertainment.
For 20 years, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall has played host to the most popular shows and performing artists in the country. Cats, Mama Mia!, The Producers, Movin’ Out. You name it, they’ve had it. And if the show you’re looking for hasn’t played yet, chances are, it will.