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  • Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte: This picture gallery is one of Italy's finest, holding paintings from the 13th century onward. The catalog looks like a book on art history, complete with all the famous names of Italian art and many members of the Flemish school. Regular special exhibits draw visitors from all over Italy, Europe, and the world. If you want to avoid standing in line for hours, make sure you reserve in advance for these events; they are always hugely popular.
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale: Even if you are only mildly interested in archaeology, you should not miss this unique museum, which holds the largest collection of ancient Roman artifacts in the world. Created in the 17th century, this is where the best finds from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other local sites are on display. The huge quantity of frescoes, statuary, and precious objects has greatly benefited from a reorganization, which was finished in 2005.
  • Museo Nazionale della Ceramica Duca di Martina: Housed in the elegant Villa Floridiana up in Naples's Vomero neighborhood, this rich ceramic collection includes the most important assemblage of Capodimonte porcelain in the world.
  • Museo Campano: This museum in Capua has a tall order, as the repository of the history and culture of the whole Campania region. It does a great job, though, with its several collections, covering the whole ancient history of the area, from the Oscans (about 6th c. B.C.) to the Renaissance. It has a magnificent collection of parchment and illuminated manuscripts.
  • Museo Diocesano: Salerno's Cathedral Museum is not large, but it houses a number of priceless masterpieces that date from Roman times to the Renaissance and baroque periods. It includes a unique collection of ivory carvings, a fine picture gallery, and a rich collection of illuminated manuscripts.
  • Museo del Sannio: Housed in the atmospheric cloister of Santa Sofia in Benevento, this is a small but well-rounded collection of artifacts from local sites. It includes the largest collection of Egyptian art found at one Italian archaeological site, a local temple.
  • Museo Irpino: This modern museum displays a collection of artifacts found in the rich archaeological sites in the outlying region of Avellino. The objects date as far back as 4000 B.C., long before the Romans (or even the Greeks) came to the region.
  • Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei: Housed in the picturesque Aragonese Castle of Baia, this is another great treasure-trove of Roman and Greek art within Naples's outlying suburbs.

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