Museo di Capodimonte is an art museum located in the Palace of Capodimonte, a grand Bourbon palazzo in Naples. The museum is the prime repository of Neapolitan painting and decorative art, with several important works from other Italian schools of painting, and some important ancient Roman sculptures. It is one of the largest museums in Italy.
Capodimonte is far enough outside of the city center that the museum is tragically under visited. Access to the collection had been greatly reduced due to low attendance, but change has begun with new director Sylvain Bellenger who comes to Capodimonte from the Art Institute of Chicago. He was hired as part of Italy’s international search for 20 new museum directors to revitalize Italy’s best museums. His most impactful accomplishment so far—a shuttle bus that saves tourists the €30 ($33) cab ride up the Capodimonte hill.