On returning to Naples from Herculaneum, we found ourselves to be not quite out of energy, so we decided to visit the
The building housing the Capodimonte Museum was built starting in 1738 as a royal palace for Charles of Bourbon. It
was designed with the display of artworks in mind, as Charles had an extensive collection (he had inherited the famous
Farnese collection of art and antiquities from his mother). Other works were acquired over the years, and the
collection on display now includes works by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini and El Greco.
The metro lines donít go anywhere near the Capodimonte, but the buses do. Weíd noticed a bus stop near the National
Archeological Museum the previous day, so we got off the metro at the Museo stop and walked over to the bus stop. As
it turns out, several different buses stop there, so we looked at the posted lists of stops for the different numbered
buses until we found one that was heading to the Capodimonte and boarded the proper bus when it eventually showed
up. We didnít have to pay, as bus travel was included in our ArteCards. The bus travelled up the Via Santa Teresa
degli Scalzi for a mile or so, and we got off at the Via Capodimonte. At this point we found ourselves at a ďTĒ
intersection, and the signs were less than clear as to which way the museum was. As it turned out, either direction
wouldíve worked, but we chose to go right, and were rewarded with an entrance to the grounds a couple of hundred yards
around the bend (with a welcome gelato shop across the street from it).
Charles of Bourbon had also been fond of hunting, and there were extensive grounds around the palace that he used for
this purpose, grounds which are now a park. Fortunately we entered at a point near the museum, so we walked over to
it and paid our admission (half price, thanks to ArteCard) and entered.
We found the art collection to be as impressive as advertised, as were the royal apartments that were open to the
public (there were also some modern art pieces in some of the royal apartments which didnít seem to fit with their
surroundings, but were undoubtedly placed there by people more expert than us). Our guide book indicated that
photography was against the rules in the museum, but we didnít see any signs to this effect. But we didnít see
anyone else taking pictures, so we didnít either. Except for Nella, who was making extensive use of her Flip video
camera. And eventually Bob, who did a little taping with the HD camcorder.
After leaving the museum, we returned on the bus to the Archeological Museum stop, noting some probably-common sights
which struck us as interesting.
Madre del Buon Consiglio Church
Supermarket with Shower Curtain Entrance
Roadside Gas Station
Philip and Connie on Bus
From there we walked back to the hotel, and again everybody was pretty much on empty. After resting a couple of hours,
everyone but Philip went out in search of dinner. We found a place around the corner called Carmelaís which had
interesting and enjoyable food. Then, pleasantly full, we returned to the hotel to recharge for what would be our last
full day in Naples.