Capodimonte’s collections are vast. They span some 900 years of art in Italy and beyond. There is the treasured Farnese Collection; the Royal Apartment with its exquisite porcelain collection; and the stunning tapestries of the Battle of Pavia in the Alfonso d’Avalos gallery. On the top floor, the Gallery of Contemporary Art features the photographic works of Mimmo Jodice and not to be missed, Andy Warhol’s Vesuvius.
Capodimonte’s most noteworthy collection, however, is the Gallery of Art in Naples from the 13th to the 18th Century, a chronological route through six centuries of Neapolitan and southern Italian art that occupies most of the second floor. This is where you’ll find Caravaggio’s Flagellation of Christ.
English style gardens surround the palace. A picture-perfect picnic spot, they have lovely views of the city. The expansive Royal Hunting Grounds and former Royal Porcelain Factory lie just beyond the park.
Due to budget cuts, some galleries have fixed entry times and others are by reservation only. Check the website in advance of your visit.
Capodimonte is a bit out of the way and can be tricky to reach by public transport. Take the Naples Sightseeing Capodimonte Museum Shuttle instead.