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“away from most of the crowd, a small jewel”

Madre . museo d'arte contemporanea Donnaregina
Ranked #74 of 786 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In the historical heart of Naples, the three floors of the 19th-century Palazzo Donnaregina host the Madre · Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina: 7.200 m2 of exhibition spaces, with site-specific installations, as well as works from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The building, whose name comes from the Swabian Monastery of Santa Maria Donnaregina (13th century) was restored and refurbished as a museum to a design by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Veira in 2005. Today it offers to its public, next to the permanent and temporary exhibition paths, a library, a mediatheque, a bookshop/cafeteria.
Reviewed 16 February 2012

OK, most people go to Naples for the ancient stuff, but here is something in an area of Naples most foreign tourists ignore. In via Luigi Settembrini, 15 minutes uphill from the Central Station, less than 10 downhill from the Cavour metro station, at the top of the ancient centre, above Spaccanapoli. We found an apartment in this street for a week, great value.

This is a fairly new museum, product of the reform processes within the Naples city government, funding a bit variable as political leaders change. If taking a taxi ask for the Museo Madre [MOO ZAY-O MAR-DRAY], that's how locals refer to it.

And walk up the hill after the museum, then down via Duomo, and off to the right near the cathedral (Duomo = DWO-MO] into Spaccanapoli, and get lost in the centre of the world!

I made a little movie of a visit, using iPhone stills.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhpi1LcTey0

Thank Dennis A
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