|visiting Villa Mombelli,Livorno|
First time cruisers in the Mediterranean usually visit the Vatican Museums when in Rome, see Pompeii when their ship docks in Naples and from Livorno travel to Florence’s great museums.
For repeat visitors who have the chance to delve deeper and make a more leisurely visit here is my personal list of the best museums to visit.
These smaller, intimate museums and art collections are often housed in former private homes, thus offering a truer feel for the place, its history and how peopled lived in the past.
|Tarquinia Palazzo Vitelleschi|
Near Civitavecchia - The Port for Rome
Tarquinia- Etruscan Museum in Palazzo Vitelleschi. Tarquinia is a medieval hill town located a short bus ride from Civitavecchia port. Its frescoed Etruscan tombs dating from 800 BC earned Tarquinia UNESCO heritage site status. The Museum is housed in a Renaissance palazzo in the city center while the painted tombs are located a short distance away. Bookshop.
|Mappamondo room, Caprarola, photo F. Pignatale|
Caprarola - Palazzo Farnese, about 1 hour drive inland from the port of Civitavecchia, is a magnificent pentagon shaped palace built for a Renaissance cardinal and lived in by an eccentric American family in the early 1900s. Today it wows visitors with frescoed saloni and gardens. To read more about Caprarola use the search box at the top of the page.
|fountain of Hercules, Palazzo Farnese Caprarola|
Palazzo Doria Pamphili on Via del Corso is a private palazzo of 300+ rooms which also houses an extensive collection of art belonging to the noble Doria Pamphili family. Bookshop and nearby café.
|entrance to Villa Mombelli,Livorno|
Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori, Villa Mombelli (Via S. Jacopo in Acquaviva,65) is a bit on the outskirts of the town but easily reached by bus from the port area. The villa contains paintings of the Macchiaioli (1855-1900) School, especially Giovanni Fattori. Architectural details and furnishings of Moorish, Baroque and Renaissance styles. Bookshop and quiet, cool park.
|ceramic putti on stairway, Villa Mombelli|
The small chapel museum Cappella San Severo in the back streets of old Naples contains the famous sculpture of the veiled Christ and others by Giuseppe Sanmartino.
|Villa San Michele, Anacapri|
Villa San Michele, atop the island at Anacapri, was once home to Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe. The villa contains his collection of Roman statuary, mosaics and works of art and offers magnificent views over the Bay of Naples. Villa San Michele
On the island where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled, Villa San Martino evokes the Empire period with furniture and art that belong to him.
|bedroom, Villa San Martino, Elba|
|Villa San Martino, Elba|
|statue of Paolina Bonaparte|
The Sicilian Regional art gallery located in newly restored 12th century palazzo in Ortygia gives Antonella da Messina’s Annunciation (1474) pride of place along with stone sculptures. Palazzo Bellomo
|courtyard of Palazzo Bellomo, Siracusa|
Hope you find this article helpful for planning your next cruise in the Mediterranean. Check my website and books for more information about travel in Italy.
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