In 1815, King Ferdinando returned to Naples after ten years of French rule, accompanied by his second wife. Lucia Migliaccio, Duchess of Floridia, was given this splendid villa and garden. In the 1920s, it was purchased by the Italian government; the park was opened to the public, and the villa became a museum. The park is a favourite spot for walkers and joggers, and there's a memorable view from the terrace at the bottom of the garden.
The museum's basement showcases ceramics from China's Ming and Qing dynasties, along with a Tang drummer on horseback in room 24. The Meiping vase in the shape of a phoenix is particularly rare. The collection of Japanese porcelain includes pieces from the Edo period (1603-1867).
The ground floor has majolica pieces from the Middle Ages onwards. Room 21 has a walking stick with a glass top; inside it is a portrait of the King's second wife (wags joked that this was the only way he could get the unpopular lady into the court).
The first floor is dedicated to European ceramics. There's an early 18th-century picture frame from Sicily in room 2; some local biscuit pieces, two dishes from the royal dinner service, and the fine Capodimonte Declaration by Gricci in room 5; some splendid Meissen porcelain in room 6; pieces by Ginori (including Three Putti with a Goat) in room 9; china from Sèvres and Saint-Cloud in room 10; and an odd Meissen clock-cum-inkstand in room 14.