The Archaeological National Museum of Naples

Built in late 16th century as a military barrack, the majestic palace one of the most important museums in the world. After the arrival of Charles of Bourbon as king of Naples in the 18th Century it was used to contain the Bourbon Museum and the Royal Library. Many masterpieces have been added over the years to the collection of the musem. On of the most important is th Farnese collection, inherited by Charles of Bourbon from his mother Elisabetta Farnese at the beginning of the 19th century. Here you can also have a close look to the archaeological findings from Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae. The Farnese Collection contains many wonderful sculptures from the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, like the Bull, which is the largest existing sculpture from Ancient Times, and the magnificent statue of Hercules. Visiting the gems collection you’ll be attracted by the Farnese Cup, which dates back to 150 BC. and it is considered to be the largest cameos of the world. Many of the mosaics displayed in the museum come from the House of Faun located in Pompeii. A guided tour in the museum is a must for every trip to Naples!

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