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The MUSEUMS of Naples


Naples is one of the largest and most enchanting cities in the Mediterranean. The great cultural heritage of the city is made up of numerous historical, archaeological and artistic evidence. It is full of art and museums, everywhere you can find a place telling a story about the old ages.

National museum of Capodimonte:
The national museum of Capodimonte, is the most important museum of southern Italy. It tells the history of the Neapolitan painting and houses the Farnese’s and Borgia’s collection. Among the most important painters in the museum are: Botticelli, Pieter Bruegel il Vecchio, i Carracci, Correggio, El Greco, Francisco Goya, Francesco Hayez, Lorenzo Lotto, Mantegna, Masaccio, Parmigianino, Raffaello, Tiziano, Battistello Caracciolo, Jusepe de Ribera, Artemisia Gentileschi, Luca Giordano, Simone Martini and Caravaggio. Furthermore on the third floor we find the contemporary art section; it is the only historic museum in Italy to have a contemporary section.

National museum of S. Martino:
The museum was opened to the public in 1886 after the unification of Italy by the will of the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli. The spaces were designed to collect evidence of life in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Very interesting is the naval section, which includes various models of real boats. There is also a “gulet” donated by Sultan Selim III to Ferdinand IV of Bourbon.

Royal Palace of Naples:
The royal palace was built by the will of the Viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro by Domenico Fontana. It looks impressive on Plebiscito square and is surrounded by other important buildings such as the Basilica of St. Francesco of Paola. The present rooms are preserved as in the days of the Spanish domination, while some floors are used as art galleries.

National Museum of Naples:
The National Museum of Naples is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in the world if not the most important in the section dedicated to the Roman era. It is also the second most important museum in Italy after the Turin one for the Egyptian section. The building, built in 1585, had different destinations before becoming an archeological museum. The palace has a high architectural significance: it is one of the largest and most imposing palaces in Naples.

These are just some of the museums of Naples, a small but very significant part to understand the artistic and cultural heritage of the Naples.


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