In Praise of Maternity in Campania
One of the most important museums in Italy is located in Capua. The ancient capital of Campania houses in the wonderful Palazzo Antignano a collection of exceptional historical value but still too little known.
The flagship of the Museo Campano are the rooms dedicated to Matres Matutae, women sitting with one or more children in their arms. Look closely at these unique tuff statues, moving in representing with simplicity the mystery of life.
Another excellence of the Capuano territory is the Basilica of Sant'Angelo in Formis. Built on the remains of a temple of Diana, it is called “in formis” for the numerous aqueducts that stood in the area to bring drinking water to Capua. Enter and admire the pictorial cycle on three levels created by the Campanian masters with colors so vibrant that they seem barely painted.
Capua has also given birth to illustrious characters, the most famous being Pier delle Vigne. If the name tells you anything, it is because at school you read Song XIII of Hell: here, Dante travels through the forest of suicides and has a long dialogue with the advisor of Frederick II.