The Museum and Royal Wood of Capodimonte are located on one of the hills that surround the city of Naples. The Palace has one of the most important art collections in Italy and is set in the middle of a park of rare beauty and botanical diversity.
Capodimonte has enchanted kings and queens, writers and artists, and ambassadors and travellers from all over the world. Visiting the museum is like flicking through an art history textbook, while its wood is a huge green lung that looks out onto the city and the gulf.
Originally an 18th century hunting reserve for Charles of Bourbon, “Capo di Monte” was a royal residence for three dynasties. The museum has hosted art collections ever since the king transferred the Farnese Collection, inherited from his mother Elisabeth, here from Rome. Over time the collection has been enriched with works from Neapolitan churches and convents and by the donations of private collectors, and it was also an integral part of the Grand Tour of Italy.
The National Museum of Capodimonte was opened to the public in 1957 with what was a very modern exhibition at the time. The Royal Wood was expertly designed by architect Ferdinando Sanfelice. The ancient buildings still visible today include the Real fabbrica della porcellana - the royal porcelain factory - which was already producing what is still known as Capodimonte Porcelain in 1743.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR VISIT TO THE MUSEUM AND ROYAL WOOD OF CAPODIMONTE
Capodimonte has many different souls and all are worth a visit. The three floors of the museum look back on the last 700 years of European art with works ranging from Caravaggio to Andy Warhol, Titian to Raphael, and Botticelli to Kounellis. Walking through a mix of lavish environments and private spaces, you will be able to admire paintings, works of art and furnishings, porcelain, arms, silks and tapestries.
Getting lost among the paths and clearings of the Wood that embraces the Palace is just as enjoyable. The 134 hectare park is home to over 400 plant species and 16 historic buildings - residences, country houses, workshops, depots and churches - which together make it one of Italy’s most beautiful parks.
Whether you are on your own or with the family, a trip to Capodimonte will take your breath away. Admiring the splendour of the museum or walking in its elegant gardens is an experience to share when you get home.
from Thursday to Tuesday 8.30 - 19.30
More info about Galleries opening hours
1 January, 25 December
Wheelchairs are available for visitors with varying abilities.
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Via Miano 2, Napoli (NA)