Naples … what do a friendly mythical giant, a not-so-friendly looking sea-creature and actress Glenn Close have in common? Familiar faces and stunning sculptures at the National Archaeological Museum

When in Naples a trip to the National Archaeological Museum is an absolute must. Here, some of the greatest treasures excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum are on public display after being lovingly restored. Below are photos (and accompanying quips that I just couldn’t resist) of some of the Museum’s grand exhibits.

Amazing scale

Amazing scale

Not everyone seemed impressed by the scale of the sculptures on display

Not everyone seemed impressed by the scale of the sculptures on display

Eros with probably the most evil looking dolphin ever sculpted

Eros with probably the most evil looking dolphin ever sculpted

What a lovely pair of ... feet you have. One visitor (right) trying not to stare at the obvious - and weirdest - part of Artemis (Diana) of Ephesus. Titillating

What a lovely pair of … feet you have. One visitor (right) trying not to stare at the obvious – and weirdest – part of Artemis (Diana) of Ephesus. Titillating

Now that's a water feature. Stunning Roman water spouts

Now that’s a water feature. Stunning Roman water spouts

Young Caracalla clearly not impressing older Caracalla (left)

Young Caracalla clearly not impressing older Caracalla (left)

... or anyone else (far left)

… or anyone else (far left)

It was at this point my puerile sense of humour kicked in and I just couldn’t help but notice how some of the statues looked remarkably like certain modern day celebrities and characters.

Hollywood actress Glenn Close

Hollywood actress Glenn Close

Hogwarts' favourite friendly giant Hagrid (and ironically this piece was absolutely colossal in size)

Hogwarts’ favourite friendly giant Hagrid (and ironically this piece was absolutely colossal in size)

Reporter and ex-BBC newsreader Michael Buerk

Reporter and ex-BBC newsreader Michael Buerk

Surely one must agree that the resemblance here to controversial football legend Ron Atkinson is uncanny

Surely one must agree that the resemblance here to controversial football legend Ron Atkinson is uncanny

Ganimede making friends with Gonzo

Ganimede making friends with Gonzo

Before I left, I spotted this empty display case and wondered what could have been here that was sent to London weeks before to help celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

What instantly came to mind was this:

Londinium Wenlock, 21st Century AD

Londinium Wenlock, 21st Century AD

The museum is next door to Museo station on red metro line 1, or five minutes walk from Cavour station (turn right out of the station) on blue line 2, one stop direct from Garibaldi. If you have an Artcard it can be used at the museum for free/discounted entry depending on the card you have and how many times you have used it to date.

TLT x

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