Duca di Martina Museum - Naples
The splendid holdings on the hill of Vomero were acquired by Ferdinand I of Bourbon as a summer residence for the Duchess of Floridia Lucia Migliaccio, his second morganatic wife.
Thus was born the exquisitely refined neoclassical villa, designed by the Tuscan architect Antonio Piccolini.
The villa and the surrounding parks were acquired by the state in 1919 and since 1927 the Ceramics Museum of the Duke of Martina has been housed here, which contains one of the most prestigious collections of Oriental and European decorative art.
The collection, which belonged to Duke Placido de Sangro di Martina, includes approximately six thousand objects that were produced by the "minor" arts: glassware, ivory, amber, lacquer, coral, tortoiseshell, enamels; porcelains and majolica are the most sighificant nucleus.
The Duke was a sophisticated collector and fervent connoisseur of applied arts, and purchased items in the antiques fairs of the European capitals from the 1800s onwards.
When he died the collection was inherited by his nephew Count Placido dei Marsi, who donated it the city of Naples in 1911.
In 1978 the collection was further enhanced by Riccardo de Sangro, heir to Martina dukedom, who left the Museum a further six hundred items including porcelain, majolica and furniture, that had also been part of Placido de Sangro's original collection.
The prestigious Section of Oriental Artc omprises in excess of a thousand rare items made in China or Japan, prevalently in porcelain, with some bronze, jade, lacquer and enamel.
18th century Chinese porcelain, "white and blue" or those known as the "green family", "pink or black family" depending on the dominating color of the enamel used, and numerous examples Japanese porcelain, "Kakiemon" and "Imari" styles: with one of the most significant and important collections in Italy for the high quality of the work and the richness of the products.
Naples, Via Cimarosa 77 (Villa Floridiana)
All days from 8.30 to 14.00
1 January from 14.30 to 19.30
Tuesday closed (except during the "Cultural Heritage Week")
15 August closed
EUR 2,50 Adults
EUR 1,50 for European Union members between 18 and 24 years old
Free Entrance for European Union members under 18 and over 65 years old
10% discount with Campania Artecard
EUR 1,50 Entrance reservation
Ticket office close one hour before Museum closing time
The Duca di Martina Museum is a site of CAMPANIA ARTECARD circuit
How you can get there from the Hotel
From Via del Parco Margherita (on the right of the Piazza Amedeo subway Station) take the Chiaia funicolar and get off at Cimarosa stop (last stop): the Museum of Duca di Martina is Via Cimarosa in Villa Floridiana, exiting from the funicolar Station on the right.