The city palace of the kings of Sicily, whose capital Naples was, now serves as a museum. You can visit the royal rooms and the fantastic marble staircase.
The "Museo Nationale della Ceramica" (porcelain museum), is located in the beautiful "Villa Floridiana" of the Prince of Martina.
The former monastery of San Martino dominates the city on a hill top above Naples. The monastery has beautiful courtyards. From up here you have the best view over Naples, the majestic Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples.
The Museum Capodimonte houses the famous art collection of the noble family of "Farnese". In the former "Palazzo Reale" there are also paintings of Tizian, Bellini and El Greco.
Frescoes and sculptures are exhibited in the chapel of the fortress. In the south wing of the "Castel Nuovo" there is a collection of paintings.
The Museum of the Diocese of Naples is located opposite the Episcopal Palace in the former convent of Santa Maria Donnaregina Nuovo. The Diocesan Museum displays Christian painting and sacred crafts. The elaborately restored rooms of the museum are also worth a visit. Behind the baroque church 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.