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The most Italian of cities

Conjure up any image of Italy, and you can find it in Naples, arguably the most Italian of cities. Pizza, sunshine, scooters, football, and some of the world’s greatest art, all in the shadow of Vesuvius, mainland Europe’s only active volcano. Settled by the Greeks around 470 BC, the city has had an often troubled past, and the present is not without its troubles either – however, the infamous rubbish problems have been resolved, crime figures are down, and tourism is on the up.

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Accademia di Belle Arti

Accademia di Belle Arti

Famous The Neoclassical home of a Naples Art Institute

The Neoclassical home of a Naples Art Institute Editors' Note

Accademia di Belle Arti was built in the 17th century, originally as the San Giovanni Battista delle Monache convent. In 1864, architect Enrico Alvino gave this building a neoclassical facelift and added features including two noble lions guarding the front entrance and a grand staircase.

The Accademia di Belle Arti building is noted as being one of the most significant projects of the architect’s career. After Alvino’s death, his student Giuseppe Pisanti completed the project and signed the building’s monumental stairway in 1880. Today, visitors will be energized by the hustle and bustle of art students on a mission to create their masterpieces. There is a gallery on the first floor displaying a collection of 19th century Neopolitan artwork. Many of the works featured are by academy alumni, including watercolourist Gigante and sculptor Gemito.

Accademia di Belle Arti
Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, 107, Naples, Italy, 80138 Naples
+39 081 081444245