NAPLES - MUSEUM
Pickup usual at 8am in Naples or 9am in Sorrento (surrounding) . The tour brings us into the city of Naples.Naples is the capital of the region of Campania and of the province of Naples. The city is known for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,800 years old. Naples is located halfway between two volcanic areas, the volcano Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, sitting on the coast by the Gulf of Naples. You will make an sigthseeing drive to admire the best view over the bay of Naples to Mt Vesuvious and the other site of the bay- Sorrento peninsula. Then you will get into the center where you will have free time to walk around a bit and make some shopping if you want. Here you will also have the opportunity to taste the tipical neapolitain Pizza for lunch and/ or make the italian Caffe in a raditional bar or an ice-cream (gelato).... After that you will go to visit the archeological museum of Naples: the building was completed in the first years of the 17th century, making use of a structure erected some years earlier. It was inaugurated in 1615 as the "Palace of Royal Studies", the seat of the university of Naples. When the university moved elsewhere in 1777, King Ferdinand IV commissioned the architect Ferdinando Fuga to restore and adapt the building to accommodate the Bourbon Museum and Royal Library. It continued to undergo modifications, most notably the addition of a second storey on both flanks of the central edifice. At the turn of the century the sumptuous Farnese collections of pictures, books and antiquities were moved in from the Capodimonte museum and the various royal residences, to be followed by the finds from Pompei, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Thus by 1816 the "Royal Bourbon Museum" could boast the combined riches of the Farnese collection and the Vesuvian antiquities.