Museo Archeologico Nazionale : Michelin's recommendations
The Greco-Roman sculptures come from Pompeii and Herculanum and the Farnese collection, inherited by Charles III, from his mother, Elizabeth Farnese. The most beautiful pieces are the magnificent statue of Hercules, the enormous Farnese Bull, from the Caracalla baths in Rome, and the Artemis of Ephesus, whose many breasts are a reminder that the goddess deserved to be the Patron Saint of the corporation of wet nurses! Amongst the very varied mosaics, two small realistic scenes by Dioscourides de Samos are worthy of note, along with the mosaics found in Pompeii in the house of the Faune and the battle of Alexandria The villa Pison at Herculanum belonged to the father-in-law of Caesar, we made his home into a veritable museum. Some 800 papyrus formed the library, Bronze statues, astonishingly full of life, decorated the villa's peristyle. You will also find fine collections of ivory and silver work including a splendid blue vase. The portico, the ekklesiasterion and the sacrarium of the temple of Isis are partially reconstructed. The frescoes on the walls depict still lifes related to the cult of the Egyptian goddess. Finally, the key of the entire visit: the superb frescoes from Pompeii, Herculanum and Stabies. The diversity of the styles and colours makes it possible to imagine the decorative wealth of the Roman interiors. The subjects are often inspired by mythology, tragedy or epic poems and bordered with architectural perspectives, friezes of love, satyrs and menades.
- Address : Piazza Museo Nazionale 19 I - 80135 Napoli80135Napoli
- Phone : 081 442 2149
- Prices : 6.50 €
Opening hours :
- daily except Tue 9am-7.30pm - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec