Museo Pignatelli

Museo Pignatelli information

Naples , Italy
Riviera di Chiaia 200
+390 81 761 23 56
Getting there
Bus: C24 to Riviera di Chiaia
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adult/reduced €2/1
Opening hours
8.30am-2pm Wed-Mon, last entry 1pm
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When Ferdinand Acton, a minister at the court of King Ferdinand IV (1759–1825), asked Pietro Valente to design Villa Pignatelli in 1826, Valente whipped up this striking Pompeiian lookalike. Now the Museo Pignatelli, its aristocratic collection includes sumptuous furniture, decorative arts, royal hunting whips, as well as paintings and busts from the Banco di Napoli's extensive art collection.

Bought and extended by the Rothschilds in 1841, the villa became home to the Duke of Monteleone, Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes, in 1867, before his granddaughter Rosina Pignatelli donated it (and its treasures) to the state. Permanent collection highlights include a fine collection of local and foreign porcelain in the Salotto Verde (Green Room), and a leather-lined smoking room. You'll find the Banco di Napoli's treasures in the basement, its collection of mainly 17th- to 19th-century Neapolitan works including Francesco Solimena's masterpiece painting Agar e l'angelo (Hagar and the Angel; 1695–99). The first floor hosts around three temporary exhibitions annually – a recent show focussed on vintage Japanese photography.

The adjoining Museo delle Carrozze contains a collection of 19th- and 20th-century carriages but remains closed indefinitely.