The aim is to increase the number of international visitors to the Museo di Capodimonte and the adjoining Bosco park by organizing two new shore tours, The Treasures of Naples: Capodimonte and the treasure of San Gennaro and Cycling in the Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
The Museum houses one of Italy’s most impressive art collections, with works from the 13th century to the contemporary period, while the Bosco park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site on account of its incredible variety of botanical species from all over the world, is one of the country’s biggest.
Guests on Costa Fascinosa, which arrived in Naples Friday as part of a 7-day Western Mediterranean cruise, were the first to partake in the new shorex. The guided tours will be available to passengers on five Cosat ships visiting Naples in the coming 18 months: Costa Fascinosa, Costa neoClassica, Costa Mediterranea, Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa.
Museo and Real Bosco di Capodimonte director Sylvain Bellenger said: 'The Museo di Capodimonte is Italy’s number two art gallery and definitely one of Europe’s Top Ten. Our goal in this project is to make it instructive and informative for Italians and foreigners, attracting them here where they can appreciate brilliant examples of artistic schools, visions and techniques from medieval to modern times. Capodimonte, with its grounds extending 140 hectares, is a place where you can spend the day, enjoying the constant interplay of art and nature.'
Costa Cruises sales & marketing director Carlo Schiavon commented, 'with this initiative, Costa Cruises wishes to lend its support to the ambitious goal of the Ministry for Cultural Affairs and Sylvain Bellenger, namely the discovery or rediscovery of the splendid cultural legacy of Capodimonte.'
The two new tours will be promoted on board in a video showing the magnificent natural scenery and artistic heritage on display at Capodimonte. Both tours end with food and wine tasting of typical local products.