The Museo Archeologico Nazionale is one of the world's leading collections of Greek and Roman artifacts. These types of archeology museums often don't do much for me. The archeology museum in Istanbul, for instance, is also considered one of the world's finest collections -- but I thought it was a snoozer. It could just be that I'm more into Greek/Roman statues and relics, etc. than I am their Ottoman counterparts. But I thought the exhibits I saw here (and many rooms were closed -- which I understand is a common phenomenon) were super cool.
|The famous Toro Farnese (Farnese Bull)|
|The Farnese Atlante -- a statue of Atlas holding a globe|
The Museo di Capodimonte is also worth a visit. It's on the grounds of a huge park/palace that is an oasis of green in the dense crowded city. The art collection is huge and includes at least a couple of show-stoppers, including an impressive Caravaggio.
|Massaccio's Crocifissione (Crucifixion)|
Whatever you do, do not miss the Cappella Sansevero. This is a very small church that is filled with wonderful sculptures. The centerpiece of it all -- literally and figuratively -- is the Cristo Velato (Veiled Christ), a jaw-dropping depiction of Jesus covered by an incredibly realistic veil. Downstairs, there are also a couple of spooky human bodies stripped of their skin, but with all their blood vessels preserved and intact. I need to read up more on these bodies and on the man who created/preserved them, Raimondo di Sangro. The church does not allow pictures. Sorry.
Likewise, no pictures are allowed in the Pio Monte della Misericordia. This small church houses another beautiful Caravaggio masterpiece. When I visited, there was only one other person in the church. You could just sit down and stare at Le setts opere di Misericordia (The Seven Acts of Mercy) for as long as you like.
Napoli is also sprinkled with churches and statues that are too numerous to mention, but that are cool to look at. Keep your eyes open as you wander around. The Duomo, in particular, is impressive.
|Inside the Duomo|