The Biology Hall in the Ignazio Cerio Museum
The Biology Hall in the Ignazio Cerio Museum

The Biology Hall

This is one of the museum’s most interesting sections. For the most part, the material exhibited here was gathered in Capri, prevalently, various examples of the island’s marine fauna. In order to conduct this research Cerio designed a special dredger which captured various forms of flora and fauna as well as incoherent sediment from the sea bed surrounding Capri up to a depth of some 500 meters. This activity which was subsequently developed during the oceanographic studies by Krupp and Lo Bianco, attracted the foremost scholars of Malacology of the time including Tommaso Di Maria Alleri, the Marquis of Monterosato, and Raffaello Bellini. Already at the time, these studies led to a more in-depth knowledge of not only the fauna of land molluscs but that of marine molluscs in the Gulf of Naples as well as their bathymetric distribution.  At the same time, Ignazio Cerio also became involved in studying land fauna and promoted studies on the blue-tinted lizard of the Faraglioni of which the Museum has a few fluid preserved specimens. This particular variety of saurian, is characterised by cobalt tinged scales on their backs and their bellies are a garishly vivid Sevres Blue. This species of lizard was the cause of heated scientific controversy as regards to its systematic position, the reasons for its bluish colouring and its systemic position and the evolutionary implications.

Among the other marine and land organisms gathered by Cerio or for which he promoted studies, the Museum has interesting specimens of sponges, echinoderms including sea urchins and starfish, arthropods and Cnidarians including large colonies of red coral. Additionally, the Museum also boasts a rare herbal collection of some 200 species of plants from the island however, owing to the fragile nature of this collection, it can only be observed by scholars.

The Ignazio Cerio Museum, overlooking the Square of Capri, houses fossil, mineral, prehistoric, classical archaeology finds, as well as those related to the island’s fauna and flora.


Opening hours

Tuesday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday, Sunday and holidays - closed


Full price - 4,00 €
Reduced - 2,00 €, ages 18 to 25
Free - Capri residents, children and young adults under the age of 18, tour guides with licenses, Ministry personnel, I.C.O.M. members, journalists with their press documents.

  • Last admission 15 minutes before closing.
  • Groups can book a guided tour with aperitif on the terrace. For more information, please contact -
  • The museum is inaccessible for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.