Museo del Tessile e dell’Abbigliamento Elena Aldobrandini


Despite the lack of information in English, this petite textile and fashion museum is a good bet for those after a lesser-known treat. Swoon over a beautiful selection of mid-20th-century gowns, including creations by late Neapolitan fashion great Emilio Schuberth, 'tailor of the stars' and mentor to Valentino. The work of Campania's equally famous Livio De Simone and Fausto Sarli is also showcased, alongside vintage millinery, gloves, and 18th-century ecclesiastical garb.

The museum is tucked away inside the Fondazione Mondragone, established as a 'retreat for noble matrons and virgins' in the mid-17th century. To access it, head through the gates and into the palazzo's courtyard. Enter the building through the glass door on your right and take the lift to the 1st floor.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Naples attractions

1. Palazzo Mannajuolo

0.13 MILES

Commissioned by entrepreneur and engineer Giuseppe Mannajuolo, this distinguished palazzo was built between 1910 and 1911. It's one of the city's finest…

2. Via Chiaia

0.17 MILES

Join the perma-tanned for a spot of window-shopping on this popular pedestrianised strip. Linking Piazza Trieste e Trento with Piazza dei Martiri, it's a…

3. Piazza dei Martiri

0.26 MILES

If Chiaia is Naples' drawing room, then Piazza dei Martiri is its chaise longue. The square's centrepiece is Enrico Alvino's 19th-century monument to…

4. Galleria Borbonica

0.28 MILES

Traverse five centuries along Naples’ Bourbon Tunnel. Conceived by Ferdinand II in 1853 to link the Palazzo Reale to the barracks and the sea, the never…

5. Palazzo delle Arti Napoli

0.28 MILES

Housed in the 18th-century Palazzo Carafa di Roccella, PAN offers a hit-and-miss programme of temporary art exhibitions. The focus is mainly on modern and…

6. Basilica di San Francesco di Paola

0.33 MILES

The undisputed star of Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples’ largest square, is the Basilica di San Francesco di Paola, a later addition to the colonnade that…

7. Chiesa di Santa Teresa a Chiaia

0.33 MILES

Designed by baroque architect and sculptor Cosimo Fanzago, this melon-hued show off was built between 1650 and 1662. After suffering damage in an…

8. Galleria Lia Rumma

0.34 MILES

Since opening her gallery in 1971, Lia Rumma has garnered a reputation for discovering the next big names in art. The gallerist and collector helped…