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National Archaeological Museum (Photo Courtesy: Jeffmatt)

Largely devoted to fascinating discoveries from Pompeii, Herculaneum, Boscoreale, Stabiae and Cuma, the museum was established by the Bourbon king Charles VII in the late 18th century to house the rich collection of antiquities he had inherited from his mother,Elisabetta Farnese. The museum also houses Egyptian relics and epigraphs, the ground-floor Farnese collection of colossal Greek and Roman sculptures includes the Toro Farnese (Farnese Bull) and the muscle-bound Ercole (Hercules). Do not miss the Secret Chamber where erotic paintings and texts are kept from the days of yore are still preserved.

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