Nine thousand square meters of greenery and more than 60 botanical families to represent the beauty of the territory and its history. A living museum of spontaneous growing Mediterranean vegetation
As the most important collections of a museum, here the botanical varieties represent the beauty of a place, its history and the wisdom of those who brought them together, in a unique and fascinating embrace.
We are in the Botanical Garden of Portici that occupies a portion of the park of the Reggia, commissioned by King Charles of Bourbon in 1738. A green area at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, born partly on top of the lava flow from the famous eruption in 1631.
The gardens - nine thousand square meters of green - were built both upstream and downstream of the royal residence overlooking the Gulf of Naples. In the upper garden, from which you can admire an incomparable view of Sterminator Vesevo, there is the botanical garden, since the Royal School of Agriculture was founded in the Reggia (1872), which today is the Agricultural Department of the University of Naples Federico II.
A botanical garden of seven thousand square meters, with numerous architectural and artistic grafts that make the walk enjoyable even for those who visit the places not only with a scientific purpose: marble busts and fountains, theme beds, pools with aquatic plants "furnish" the green areas”, keeping alive the memory of the ancient gardens.
The inventory of the collections includes more than 60 botanical families: an immense patrimony on which the director Riccardo Motti supervises with constant care, aiming at the valorization and scientific divulgation.
Divided according to a systematic order, the botanical exhibition is organized by geographical distribution and environmental typologies: there are raised conifers, flora of the Mediterranean, but also magnolias and plants from Central and South America, Australia, South Africa and of Eurasian origin.
The famous Serra Pedicino houses a collection of epiphytic plants (plants that live on other plants), while a stone structure houses the Primula palinuri, typical of Campania, Basilicata and Calabria.
Adjacent to the historic garden and in the shadow of the oaks, the fern garden is one of the most fascinating corners of the Garden. From here you can reach a palm grove that houses twenty-five different species and specimens of Plumeria and Grevillea robusta.
The greenhouse of the "succulent" plants, improperly called "fat", is the real jem of the Garden. Over four hundred species coming from the African and American deserts: Cactaceae, Aizoaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Didieraceae and Apocynaceae. Above all stand the carpelliferous and staminifera of Welwitschia mirabilisnd out, a desert plants perfectly which adapted in the Botanical Garden.
The structured and anthropic green of the historical garden, which today is a botanical garden, perfectly interacts with the view of the spontaneous and wild nature of the surrounding forest: a living museum of spontaneous Mediterranean plant formations.
The Garden hosts numerous gatherings, meetings, and events of scientific and informative nature. Among these we point out "Mediterranean and surroundings" that this year will celebrate its fifteenth edition. It’s a two-day event, held in May, dedicated to the market of plants and products for natural well-being, with educational activities, games, guided tours and shows for adults and children. For the occasion, the splendid Herculanense Museum is open, revisiting the original museum vocation of the Reggia and the charming collection of agricultural machinery can be visited.
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Brunori Sas is Dario Brunori, songwriter from the province of Cosenza. In 2009 he enters the Italian musical universe, borrowing the name of his family’s construction company: Brunori Sas. Since then he’s never stopped collecting awards and successes. At the Augusteo Theater he presents his fourth work, 'Everything ok at home’, within a tour that is being sold out throughout Italy.
Teatro Augusteo. Piazzetta Duca D’Aosta, 263, Naples. T: 081414243 www.teatroaugusteo.it
Solo exhibition of the Campania artist Angelo Casciello. On display twelve sculptures representing classical gods and mythological figures. A journey through history and modernity. Works in iron, in their natural state or painted, robust metal structures alternate with thick, monolithic masses with a totemic and deeply archaic appearance.
Until 23 May
Antiquarium and Villa Imperiale, Pompei www.pompeiisites.org
For the first time in Naples, a multimedia exhibition that allows visitors to dive into Van Gogh’s paintings thanks to an innovative 3D mapping projection system. The artist's works take visitors on a video journey of approximately one hour in which the observer becomes an integral part of the picture, in a unique sensory experience thanks to images and sounds that amplify the emotional aspect of the journey.
Until 25 February
Basilica di San Giovanni Maggiore. Rampe San Giovanni Maggiore, Naples
Solo exhibition by Monika Natalia Mazur. “I paint what I see around me. I’m interested in everything that is human, people with their grimaces, women who have been cheated on, myself with all the scars that life has left me with. Each of these marks, on my skin and on my canvases, speak about the beauty of people who transform their vulnerability into strength".
Until 15 February. Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 7pm; Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Free entry.
Morrison Fine Art Gallery. Via Montesanto, 52, Naples
Solo exhibition by Santiago Cucullu. His artistic research has focused, over the years, on the process by which an episode linked to one’s personal, social and political experience is transmitted to those who have not been part of it through an aesthetic experience. On display wall drawing and ceramics with writings taken from word games and street slang.
Until 2 March. Monday to Saturday from 3pm to 8pm.
Galleria Umberto Di Marino. Via Alabardieri, 1, Naples. T: 0812142623 www.galleriaumbertodimarino.com
An exhibition that tells the story of the Istituto Luce, one of the largest cultural enterprises in the country, a repository of memories, secrets, dreams of Italy in the twentieth century and beyond. On display large panels organized according to a chronological and thematic order, on which special video installations are projected than twenty screens. With an interesting section dedicated to Naples.
Util 11 March. Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 7pm. Free entry
Convento di San Domenico Maggiore. Vico San Domenico Maggiore 18, Naples. T: 081459188
A population that changes history. The most important exhibition ever made on the Lombards. Over 300 works displayed, more than 100 museums and lending institutions, over 50 researchers involved, 32 sites and Lombard centers represented in the exhibition, 58 funerary equipment fully displayed, 17 original videos and multimedia installations, 4 Lombard crypts opened for the first time to the public.
Until 28 March
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Piazza Museo Nazionale, 19, Naples. T: 0814422149 www.museoarcheoologiconapoli.it
First solo exhibition in Italy by the Portuguese artist Joana Escoval. His sculptures in copper, brass, gold and silver chemically react with air, wind, water and sound waves: "A draft passes through the room and all things seem perfectly still. As soon as the air passes through the space everything comes alive, everything in some way, lives".
Until 20 February. Tuesday to Friday from 5om to 7pm; Saturday from 12pm to 2pm.
Galleria Acappella. Via Cappella vecchia, 8/A, Naples.T: 3396134112 www.museoapparente.eu
Solo exhibition by Giovanni Giaretta, author of The Nightshift, a hypnotic collection of videos tackling the relationship between perception and projection as well as hinting at the suspension of disbelief which is inherent to cinema. All the works exhibited here capture our gaze without constructing any narrative. They just show what they are: attempts to create illusions, tricks for the eye.
Until 17 March
Galleria Tiziana Di Caro. Piazzetta Nilo, 7, Naples. T: 0815525526 www.tizianadicaro.it