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Capodimonte Museum

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    Charles of Bourbon (Carlo di Borbone) decided to build a hunting retreat on the Capodimonte hill in 1738.

    From 1758 to 1806, Charles of Bourbon transferred the historical and artistic treasures of the Farnese collection inherited from his mother Elisabetta to the Neapolitan palace.To this impressive collection he added works the Bourbon family had collected at their palace in Rome.

    During the French occupation from 1806 to 1815, the edifice became a residence. The rooms of the Palazzo were furnished to accommodate the new sovereigns, and all the art work and antiques were brought to the Palazzo degli Studi building, which would later become the National Archaeological Museum.

    In 1920, the palace passed from the Crown to the State. In 1957, the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, one of the most important Italian museums, opened to the public.

    The Farnese collection, started by Alessandro Farnese (later Pope Paul III), has two branches: the Roman collection and the Parmesan collection. It was inherited by Charles of Bourbon, and was enriched over the course of two centuries with important acquisitions from the Bourbon age, forming what now is named the “Collezione Borbone.”

    The museum also preserves a series of paintings coming from Neapolitan churches, among them two Caravaggio masterpieces, one of them the famous Flagellation of Christ.

    You will have the opportunity to admire paintings from the Ligurian - Provencal school, from 15th century Tuscany and Verona, from the Emilia and Veneto schools of the 16th , 17th, and 18th centuries, as well as works by mannerists and Flemish painters of the 15th and 16th centuries and a rich collection of painting from the Neapolitan school (15th – 17th centuries).

    The second floor of the museum hosts a collection of works by well-known and celebrated contemporary artist, forming an exciting contrast to the historical collections.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We made a special visit to see the much-promoted Caravaggio exhibition. What a con. Some of the Caravaggio pictures were just posters!. There were originally only five anyway we discovered, but at least one and the one we wanted to see “Saint John the Baptist”...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Charles B
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We stopped off here from the City Sightseeing tour and fortunately it was free entrance for the day. It was very hot inside, but the art work and building is absolutely stunning. It would take you a good day or more to look around properly...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank elledee2013
    Reviewed 21 April 2019 via mobile

    Coming from Rome we are familiar wi Capitoline museum, Borghese Gallery and Vatican museums. Capodimonte collections have nothing to envy. The Palace is very interesting, rooms and works of art are nicely displayed with plenty of room to get around. you have a Royal Palace...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank armida907
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    30 June 2019|
    Response from armida907 | Reviewed this property |
    Quickest and easiest is a cab ride but also public buses from Archeological museum to Capodimonte. Enjoy your time
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