The city palace of the Kings of Sicily now serves as a museum. You can visit the royal apartments and the fantastic marble staircase. There are exhibitions on porcelain, the royal clock collection, sculptures, paintings of the ruling family and a Neapolitan nativity scene from the 18th century. The Museo di Palazzo Reale is still more like a palace than a museum. The monumental architecture with the throne room, the court theater and the Gardini sul Golfo are worth seeing.
The Museo Nationale della Ceramica (Porcelain Museum) is located in the beautiful Villa Floridiana of the Prince of Martina. The beautiful villa is located in a large garden between the Vomero and Chiaia districts. The entrance is on Via Domenico Cimarosa, where the stations of the Funicolare di Chiaia and Funicolare Centrale cable cars are located. The Museo Duca di Martina is also worthwhile for its beautiful garden and the view of the Gulf of Naples with the island of Capri in the background.
The Archaeological Museum of Naples houses the most valuable pieces that were found during the excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Museo Archeologico Nazionale also shows a model of Pompeii and beautiful mosaics from the two submerged cities on Vesuvius. A very nice building with great finds. The large sculptures on the ground floor are particularly worth seeing.
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The former monastery building towers over Naples, on the mountain next to the fortress. The beautiful courtyards and cloisters of the Museo nazionale di San Martino are worth seeing. The best is the view from up here over the city to Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. The museum has different themes, boats and carriages are exhibited. Further topics are pharmacy, opera and Christmas cribs. The San Martino art collection features Italian paintings by Francesco Hayez and sculptures by Pietro Bernini.
The Capodimonte Museum houses the famous collection of paintings by the Farnese family. In the former Palazzo Reale there are paintings by Titian, Botticelli, Raffael, Caravaggio and El Greco, among others. The Museo e Gallerie nazionali di Capodimonte was built as the summer residence of the Kings of Sicily on the mountain above the old town of Naples in 1740. Behind the former castle is the spacious park Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
The Museo civico di Castel Nuovo is located in the former port fortress Maschio Angioino. In the chapel from 1307 there are frescoes by Giotto that are worth seeing. There is a collection of paintings in the south wing. The Castel Nuovo is also a very interesting museum because of the structure. Numerous architectural details make the visit of the old fortress worthwhile, which also served representative purposes.
The Museum of the Diocese of Naples is located opposite the Episcopal Palace in the former Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuovo convent. The Diocesan Museum shows Christian paintings and sacred handicrafts from the property of the church. The lavishly restored rooms of the museum are also worth a visit. Behind the baroque main church there is a Gothic choir (photo).
MADRE is the abbreviation for Museo d'arte contemporanea Donnaregina. Madre is a museum of contemporary art in the former Palazzo Donnaregina built in the 19th century. The palace was bought by the regional government of Campania and converted into a museum by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Veira. The "Madre" was opened in 2006. The museum organizes temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and displays works of its own collection.
Museums in Naples
Naples has many artistic treasures to offer, such as the kings of Naples and Sicily, who brought famous artists and architects to the city and the archaeological sites around the Gulf of Naples, Pompei and Herculaneum. Not to be missed is the Archaeological Museum of Naples and the painting collection of Capodimonte.