Museo di #Capodimonte is the largest #museum in #Italy , housed in a palace built for the #Bourbon rulers of the Kingdom of #Naples and #Sicily . Because the museum is enormous, these are few things to know when planning your #trip . The red-and-gray palace was the Bourbons' country refuge, and the property is now a public #park . Don’t be surprised to see #Neapolitans throwing tennis balls for their dogs and kids playing #football right in front of the museum entrance. Just beyond the stables where the State Police’s horses are kept is the entrance to the Royal Forest of Capodimonte. Once a #hunting park, it's full of grassy fields, five major walking paths, and almost a hundred secondary paths to explore dotted with sculptures and fountains. Start with the #Farnese Collection on the second floor. King Charles of Bourbon inherited the collection from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese. Paintings, antiquities and #cameos were wasting away in storage until it was decided that a whole new palace should be built to display it. Don’t miss Parmigianino’s “Antea,” a haunting portrait of a young woman (likely the artist’s mistress) adorned in jewels and a ferocious stole. Her gaze might remind you of descriptions of Ferrante’s Lila. The third and fourth floors contain knockout pieces by artists from #Masaccio to #Raphael to Andy #Warhol . In a city whose history is marked by great artists and violent revolutions, two paintings stand out; Caravaggio’s "Flagellation of Christ" (where the foot of a tormentor against Christ’s Achilles’ tendon can raise neck hairs) and Artemisia Gentileschi’s famous "Judith and Holofernes." Throughout the museum, but especially the second floor are the #royal apartments where it’s not hard to imagine Queen Maria Carolina (Marie Antoinette’s big sister) nibbling on pastries. Vast salons are outfitted with mirrors, crystal chandeliers, decorative patterns that crawl from floor to ceiling and portraits of Bourbon monarchs in powdered wigs.
How to get to Capodimonte museum? Take the bus or shuttle-bus from Archaeological Museum or from Piazza Dante, just few steps from our apartment #interno16holidayhome
Ranked No. 5 among all franchises in entrepreneurs 2018 franchise 500 list, RE/MAX is now also a top 10 franchise in the publication’s Top Global Franchises list for the first time. At No. 7, RE/MAX is the highest ranked real estate franchise and joins the rank of McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and other international franchise giants.
🇮🇹 Squinting in Sorrento - first stop on the Amalfi Coast. A little bit unbelievable
Not pictured: subtle ant infestations in my accommodation, not being able to sleep due to proximity to loud heated arguments in Italian. Couldn’t even tell you what they were yelling about 🤷🏽♀️ #sleeplessinsorrento
#traveltips Almost skipped Sorrento thinking it’d be way too crowded with tourists. It was busy, but far less so than Amalfi, plus it was stunning. July 2018
If driving along the coast, it’s before Positano and Amalfi - maybe drop in if you’re heading down the coast from #Naples !