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  • Writer's pictureLuc Citrinot

Pompeii art at Naples Archaeological National Museum.

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

You probably saw them in some books, in a TV documentary or even used for an advertising. The figure of Goddess of flowers Flora, the portrait of a couple of Jupiter transformed into a bull to kidnapp nymph Europa.

All are world-known masterpieces reflecting Pompeii arts. And they are visible inside of Naples Archaeological National Museum (Museo Archaeologico Nazionale di Napoli). Located in a former royal riding school built 500 years ago, the collection was set by King Charles III of Bourbon. The king wanted to show the new archaeological findings in Herculaneum and Pompeii after their destruction were buried by the Vesuvius eruption of 79.

Altogether, five floors of exhibiting spaces show treasures with the highlight being Ancient Rome art. Sculptures, paintings, mosaics, jewels or objects of daily life, they bring back the wealth of Pompeii life. If you do not feel chocked, pay a look to a special section dedicated to erotic arts in Ancient Rome! Sex fantasy has been around for 2000 years !

The museum is definitely a must-see, especially if you lack time no time to visit the Pompeii site...

Visiting The museum is open from 09.00 am to 7.30 pm except on Tuesday. Entrance ticket costs 10 euros but they are discount for students or children and for Artecard holders. They are regularly special late-opening events with a reduced ticket price at €2. Check information under

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