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Naples – Sanita – Roman erotica at the Archaeological Museum

Posted in Campania, Italy, Naples, Sanita with tags on March 30, 2015 by gannet39

If you go out of the north entrance of the Galleria Umberto (see Piazza Dante post) you will see the National Archaeological Museum over the street.

On the ground floor you can see a lot of mildly interesting statues from the Farnese collection, although I did quite like the bizarre creatures being petted by the statues either side of the main staircase. Please click on the photos to get an expanded slideshow.

On the upper floors are collections of artifacts from Pompeii and Ercolano, including many wonderful mosaics.

If you’re fortunate Il Gabinetto Segreto (‘The Secret Room’) will be open.

This is where all the more risqué finds are kept that show what a liberated lot the Romans were.

I do wonder whether some of these are fake or not. My dad is an archaeologist so maybe he’ll comment below.

The history of the Secret Room is interesting in itself.

Whether it is open to the public or not is a kind of social barometer, indicating the values of the people in power.

Entrance to the museum cost me €6.50 in 2011.

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