The Archaeological Museum of Stabia “Libero D’Orsi” reopens to the public on 6 March 2024.

The Reggia of Quisisana, in Castellammare di Stabia, was built in the 13th century by the House of Anjou as a royal summer residence and sanatorium. Its current structure is due to the renovations carried out by Charles III of Bourbon (aka Charles III of Spain) between 1765 and 1790. The complex was built as a “hunting lodge and summer residence” and in the shape of an L, so that on one side it was possible to enjoy a magnificent view over the Gulf, and on the other it was better connected with Castellammare.
During the period that followed, the gardens were extended and renovated on the example of an English landscape garden. Large tree-lined walks, staircases, fountains and jeux d’eau exploited the luxuriant vegetation and the springs on the slopes of Mount Faito to create a spectacular scenery. The Reggia was so famous that it attracted many travellers and foreign personalities to the area. Its magnificence was celebrated by Hackert and Dahl’s watercolours and engravings as well as by the landscapes of the School of Posillipo.
In the early 2000s, after decades of neglect, the building was extensively renovated. The restoration works were ended in 2009 and brought back the palace to its ancient splendour. Inside it houses the Libero D’Orsi Archaeological Museum of Stabia where it is possible to admire a collection of works from the villas of the Stabia area. There are 507 finds now on display, including wall paintings, marble furnishings, ceramic and bronze furnishings. The path is integrated with educational technologies and multimedia devices that implement the physical and cultural accessibility of the works and contents. The complex’s warehouses have also been valorised, according to a new concept aimed at making them no longer just places of conservation but also of use and research, open to the public.

The site is owned by the Municipality of Castellammare di Stabia, which has granted part of the building on loan to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii for its institutional purposes.

See “Rules and advice for visiting” at the following link
In particular, unauthorized photographic services (for ceremonies or other ) are prohibited.

The entrance ticket can be bought on line on Ticketone web site (click here) or at the ticket office of the museum.




Maria Rispoli