One of the greatest collections in Europe
The Capodimonte Museum boasts over 47,000 works of art, spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Nestled above the city overlooking the Bay of Naples in a magnificent palace of 150,000 square feet, the collection features masterpieces by Masaccio, Raphael, Titian, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Parmigianino, the Carracci, Caravaggio, Ribera, and Artemisia Gentileschi.
History of the Museum
Capodimonte is the legacy of four great European dynasties: the Italian aristocratic Farnese family, the Bourbon Kings of Naples and Spain, the Italian Savoy Monarchy, and the family of Napoleon Bonaparte. King Charles of Bourbon began construction of the palace in 1738 to display the exceptional Renaissance and Baroque Farnese Collection, inherited from his mother. Charles and his heirs vastly expanded the collection, especially in the decorative arts. Both Napoleon’s brother and brother-in-law took the palace as their primary residence. When Italy unified in 1861 the palace passed to the Savoy Kings of Italy, who used it to project their power in Southern Italy. Following World War II, an ambitious project transformed Capodimonte into a public museum in 1957.
Visit the Museum
Getting to the Museum and Royal Park from the historic center of Naples is easy.
Visitors can take the Capodimonte Shuttle from Piazza Trieste e Trento, the site of Naples’s famous San Carlo Opera House and Gambrinus Cafe. The shuttle makes stops at Piazza Municipio, Piazza Dante, and the Archeological Museum.
Combined museum-shuttle tickets are €12.00 for adults and €6.00 for riders ages 5–25. The shuttle is free for children under 4.
Take bus C63 from Piazza Dante for the Porta Grande entrance at Via Capodimonte 24
Take bus 168 or 178 from Piazza Dante for the Porta Piccola entrance at Via Miano 2
The museum is open everyday, except Wednesdays, from 8:30am to 7:30pm.
Visit the Capodimonte website for more information.