Museo di Capodimonte

#8 in Best Things To Do in Naples, Italy
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Via Miano, 2

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Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
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Originally commissioned in 1738 as a hunting lodge for Charles VII, king of Naples and Sicily, this grand palace took more than a century to construct. These days, it serves as a museum, hanging works by names like Titian, Sandro Botticelli and Michelangelo da Caravaggio, among other well-known Italian and Neapolitan artists, as well as Andy Warhol. 

Some travelers say the works housed here can feel monotonous, and one visitor notes that the placards describing the works of art are only in Italian. Still, most say that the view from the palazzo is magnificent, as is the surrounding park. 

The museum is located north of the city center, meaning you'll need to take a city bus or cab to get there. There is also a tourist shuttle bus that will take you right to the museum. You can catch it at eight different stops (you'll be able to spot it right away as it's a big red bus). What's more, the cost of your round-trip transportation (12 euros, or around $13.50) also includes the museum entrance fee. If you do not arrive by hop-on, hop-off bus, general admission costs 8 euros ($9) or 4 euros ($4.50) for visitors between 18 and 24. The property is open Thursday through Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find out more about the Museo di Capodimonte by visiting its website.

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Although recent visitors say a walk on Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli is a definite must-do, they recommend steering clear during the weekends when it gets "extremely crowded." Some also cautioned that vendors trying to hawk their goods can be a bit pushy, so be prepared to say a kind but firm "no, grazie" a time or two.

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