When the chaos of the city and the noise of the traffic is too intense, there is just one place in Napoli that makes me feel good; Villa Floridiana and the Duca di Martina Ceramic Museum. Since I was a child I used to come to this unique park which has a stunning view of the gulf. Situated in the middle of the Vomero hill, this villa was the summerhouse of the duchess of Floridia, Lucia Migliaccio, wife of King Ferdinand of Bourbon of the kingdom of the two Sicilies.
When the estate was purchased by the king in 1816 there was already a building there, which was turned into a neoclassical villa by the architect Antonio Niccolini in 1817-19. The villa has a garden of a large green space and walks through wooded areas. There is a viewing area at the back of the house down a large stone staircase which gives an amazing view of the city and the gulf. There is also a cafe and a large pond full of terrapins!.
In 1911 the villa acquired the applied arts collection of Placido de Sangro, duke of Martina. This consisted of glass, ivory, corals and above all, a large porcelain and majolica collection. There are rare pieces from the 16th century to the early 18th century from porcelain factories in France, Germany, Japan and China.
Official website: Museo Duca di Martina e Villa Floridiana.
via Cimarosa 77 / via Aniello Falcon,e 171 - 80127 Napoli
Tel.: +39 081 578 17 76
Tickets for the Ceramic Museum: € 4 / Concession € 2 / Free entry for under 18
Free entry every first Sunday of the month.
Opening hours Museum and Park: Mon - Sun 08.30 - 19.00
Museum closed on Tuesdays.