Probably the highlight of our sojourn in Naples was visiting the Archaeological Museum. We hopped off the bus here for several hours which were just wonderful.
First of all, this entire region is really old. There is loads of old stuff to house here. But the really important raison d'etre of the museum is that anything of quality that could be found in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum were moved here.
Not recently of course. The Farnese family of the 16th century were popes and had a taste for antiquity so moved anything and everything that he could (statues, sculptures, mosaics, etc.) to his palaces in Rome. Once Bonaparte invaded Italy in the last years of the 18th century, Italy's map was redrawn but one thing that remained was the Kingdon of the Two Sicilies which passed under the control of Murat, his great cavalry commander. Murat took back all these wonders and put them into his palace which ultimately morphed into this fantastic museum.
Included too is a 'naughty' room where all those artifacts found in Pompeiian brothels are displayed. In past days, only the bigwigs could view these delights. Later on, just men. It is now open to all over the age of 18. Interesting sculptures, toys, trinkets, paintings and things couldn't really be identified. As this is a smut free zone, I will leave the details to your imagination.
|The young Augustus when he was still called Octavian|
|Uncle Julius with a very generously sculptured profile|
|One of the most famous mosaics from Pompeii|
|This is a painting taken from the wall of a house in Pompeii. The Romans painted directly onto the plaster which is why so few paintings remain. This is red hued due to the heat of the big day in 79 AD.|
|The famous bull sculpture (room size from one single piece of marble apparently) reminds us why adultery is a bad thing. If caught you get chained to a wild bull by your children like this God from antiquity.|
|Hercules after his 11th labour needed a rest so leaned on his big stick. I had a cold drink and pizza.|