I suppose it was our fault for coming here on a cold, grey day in late February, but our first impression as we entered the palace was of a chilly, gaunt, draughty, rundown, abandoned government building - and then we found that two major sections of the museum would be open only to conducted tours and not until several hours after our arrival. At least there was a cafeteria! There are certainly some great works of art here and there are explanatory story cards (In Italian and English) in every room, which was a real help. But once one has seen the real star pictures one finds that the emphasis is heavily on neapolitan artists who are not all of the highest quality and we found ourselves becoming increasingly picky about what we looked at. To our surprise we hugely enjoyed the Palace staterooms of the Bourbon monarchs - gorgeously over the top and a sparkling contrast to the dreary appearance of the ground floor approach!
Two tips: If you are approaching by car from the tangenziale you will come to a T-junction where
you MUST take the left turn despite a sign pointing right to 'Museum Main gate'! And if you want to walk in the famous gardens make sure you look for them to the left as you approach the museum - the rest of the park is pretty dull and ill-kept
Like all other historic and cultural sites run by the State it is free to EU citizens over 65 - wonderful!
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