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  Alexander (left) and Darius (right)
by iandsmith

Forget Italy-wide, on a world-wide scale this place rates. Forget the fact that whenever you choose to go there part of it will be closed. Forget the fact that by the time you get to Naples you've probably already seen some of the greats. This is worthy of your time.
The sculptures alone should entice you in. Only the Bargello came close to the works displayed here in these ex-military barracks and university seat. Remodelled in 1790 to house the works being unearthed in Pompeii and Herculaneum (Ercolano) it also has many other famous collections, most notably the unequalled Farnese.
An earthquake in 1980 caused heavy damage to the collections and dust and debris littered the rest which ultimately led to the museum being revitalized.
One of the wings has the aforementioned mosaics and frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum and, in a closed gallery which you can easily view by booking when you pay your entry fee, there is the infamous erotic collection.
Now, if you don't wish to see homosexuality, buggery with animals and sculpted penises then you should avoid this area. Amazing things like wind chimes in the shape of five penises with three chimes suspended beneath will confront you. It obviously doesn't put too many people off if the crowds waiting for each tour are anything to go by!
A plus is that you get a muti-lingual guide for this section.
The rest of the Roman stuff you can just stroll around (they have audio guides) and view at your leisure.
Perhaps the most famous fresco is that of the battle of Issus in 333BC where Alexander defeated the Persian King Darius. This came from the Casa del Fauno in Pompeii.

Address: Piazza Museo Nazionale 19

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  • Written Apr 25, 2003
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