The Correale di Terranova Museum is a bit different from most other museums. It is in a beautiful, big villa not far from the beach in Sorrento. Even though that is beautiful enough to bring people there, the best thing about the great house is the art collection that is hidden inside.
The private collection of the Kuriala family is on display at the Correale di Terranova Museum, which is in the family villa, which could also be called the palace of the Kuriala family. Yes, you guessed right. This is a very wealthy family whose name is well known in this part of Italy. Pompeo and Alfredo Corriella, the heirs of this successful family, own the museum and the beautiful property where it is located.
Wealthy family members collected local art from Naples for years and used it to decorate their many homes in Sorrento, Naples, and other places. In 1924, the family members thought it was a shame that all this beauty should be kept private. They decided to show the public the many works they had made.
Inside the vast villa, there are 3 floors with 24 different shops. The displays are set up by topic and in order of when they were made. Southern Italian artists made a lot of paintings and other works in the 18th and 17th centuries.
In one of the halls, there is a vast collection of porcelain that includes pieces made in almost every good European factory. There is also a beautiful collection of old and expensive furniture. It’s not for nothing that it’s known as the best small (private) museum in Italy.
But it’s not just what’s in the beautiful museum. The villa itself is vast and has well-kept gardens all around it. This property is so beautiful that a famous Italian opera even came to perform there. There are sometimes even more opera performances there.
The place has a great view of the Bay of Naples and the beautiful building, the wealth of art, and the beautiful gardens. This is probably why some couples rent the beautiful place and have their weddings there.
Every day of the week except Monday, the museum is open. The price of a museum ticket is 8 euros.