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“Great museum, palace and park”

Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte
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Private Tour: Capodimonte Museum in Naples
Ranked #30 of 494 things to do in Naples
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Owner description: This 18th-century museum houses magnificent collections from such renowned artists as Masaccio, Titian, Raphael, El Greco and Bruegel, including the immense Farnese collection.
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great museum, palace and park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Originally put off by it's location, I was glad to have made the effort to visit it.

As per my travel guide's suggestion I paid the additional €5 for the audioguide, as at the peak of summer I didn't want to spend all day inside the large museum. Note when we visited, the third floor contemporary art exhibitions were only opened at a set time that day so I'm sure other visitors that came earlier/later in the day would have been sorry to miss it. Although warhol's vessuvias wasn't on show when we went sadly. It also seemed like a number of the rooms were also closed.

As with other attractions in napoli it was difficult to find other parts of the exhibition, e.g. print and drawings room. Although some of this confusion may have been caused because of exhibits being closed perhaps?

This didn't matter too much as taking in the gardens is a highlight of the attraction and not to be missed.

Several buses run from piazza garibaldi to the museum and taxis from the piazza would cost roughly €20-25. However, the napoli sightseeing bus runs past it so it may be worth visiting it on a day when you take that tour.

1 Thank Michelle M
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“Right up there with the Louvre, Prado, Met.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

I must admit I was embarrassed having never been to Naples' Museo di Capodimonte. I consider myself a museum junky. What an incredible place and pleasure. It has some of the best art on the planet and I felt it was the best museum I have ever been to. The reasons are plentiful. It is located in an actual palace, so the rooms are ornate and have architecturally pleasing proportions. The art work is carefully placed on the walls so that it never overwhelms or tires the eye. Benches in the middle of each room allow for rest and contemplation. One of the most incredible experiences is the placement of each room with the doorway in exactly the same place so you head straight for Carivaggio's Flagellation of Christ. The effect is overwhelming as you get closer and closer to it. I found the museum and the lovely park which surrounds it to be very calming, allowing for the beauty and emotional impact of the art to truly sink into my soul. A must see!!!

Visited May 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Who closes a museum on a Wednesday?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

It's my fault for assuming it would be open middle of the week, but if your traveling to Naples for Caravaggios, do NOT go on a Wednesday- the Pio Monte Della Misericordia Church is ALSO closed on Wednesdays!

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Verbier, Switzerland
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“Some fine paintings.. Caravaggio, Titian, Bruegel, also Goya. Well worth visiting but not a front rank gallery?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

If you like old Western art this gallery /museo is well worth a visit, but it is not a front rank example. Highlights are a major Caravaggio painting, a marvellous work, a number of Titians, two important late works by Bruegel the Elder, a couple of Goyas, a room of large tapestries telling of the French king’s capture at Pavia c1515, and a comical preposterous portrait of Napoleon. The gallery is not easy to reach, installed in a large old building high up on the hill behind the old town and therefore some distance from the other Naples highlights. However it sits in a pleasant park very popular with recreating Neapolitans, including at last two informal games of cricket. There is a useful small bar / café.

Visited July 2014
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Berkeley, California
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““Don't take the R4 bus - there are better buses””
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Great museum. Don't miss it. But if you are on public transit, note that while the tourist office and map sites may tell you to take the R4 bus there,that can be somewhat confusing. It is much easier to take the 2M or 178 (more frequent, less crowded, more reliable, and drops you right at the park gate) which both leave from near the archeological museum. Ask for a transit map at the tourist center (though it is old, so it doesn't show the new metro stops!!! Buses are shown well)

Visited June 2014
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