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The Royal Palace of Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples, a web page dedicated to the Royal residence of the Napolitan city with suggestions and lot of photos.

The Royal Palace of Naples, short introduction

The Royal Palace of Naples is a historic building located in Plebiscite Square (Piazza del Plebiscito), in front of the Basilic of Saint Francis of Paola. The building of the Royal Palace was commissioned by the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, the works began in 1600 and the work was completed in 1858 with modifications and extensions made by the Royal Bourbons family.

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Royal Palace of Naples: Infos & Prices 

Buying the ticket it is possible to visit the Royal palace of Naples, included rooms and the gallery of time, a permanent museum located inside the Bourbon stables. To visit the hanging gardens you need to buy an extra ticket. More information on  ecm.coopculture.it  web site.

 

Info, ticket and timnetables on the Beniculturali web site

Contacts: +39.081.5808255

 

How to reach the Royal Palace of Naples:

  • by car open Google Maps to reach "Gran Garage Incoronata" one of the multi-storey car parks in the area.
  • by Metro Line 2, get off in Toledo Station, then walking trough Via Toledo, direction Plebiscite square
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La galleria del Tempo nelle scuderie Borboniche

The Gallery of Time, an exhibition located inside the Bourbon Stables. It is a permanent exhibition and allows the visitor to learn about the city of Naples through a history that goes from the Greco-Roman period to today.
The Gallery of Time, an exhibition located inside the Bourbon Stables. It is a permanent exhibition and allows the visitor to learn about the city of Naples through a history that goes from the Greco-Roman period to today.

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The Royal Palace of Naples and the grand staircase

Inside the Royal Palace of Naples there is a majestic grand staircase, defined in 1729 by Montesquieu, a French philosopher and politician, as the most beautiful in Europe.
It was made entirely of marble from a project by Gaetano Genovese between 1651 and 1666. On the walls one finds plaster sculptures and the vault is decorated with white stucco with decorations and coats of arms of the kingdom of the two Sicilies. In the middle part of the vault we can admire the Savoy crusader shield, the coat of arms of the Savoy which, after the unification of Italy in 1861, replaced the previous coat of arms of the Bourbons.

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The Royal Palace of Naples and the apartments

Inside the royal palace of Naples, after climbing the grand staircase and reaching the upper floor you immediately find the court theatre, after which we find the royal apartments, with the rooms of the kings, queens and the throne room. Here we find several environments with decorations, paintings and tapestries that make this area unique.

What are you waiting for? scroll the page to reach the image gallery.

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The Royal Palace of Naples and the throne room

On the upper floor of the royal palace of Naples, passing the first five rooms we immediately find the throne room, with a baroque and neoclassical styles ceiling with 12 female figures representing the various provinces of Naples and Sicily. The chandelier made with Bohemian crystal. On one of the walls, in front of the throne, there is a portrait of King Ferdinand I of the two Sicilies which indicates, with the forefinger of his hand, the Basilic of Saint Francis of Paula. Among the other paintings in the Throne Room we can also find that of King Vittorio Emanuelle III born in the palace in 1869.

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The Royal Palace of Naples: The Hanging Gardens

On the external side, facing the sea, one finds the Hanging Gardens, built in the 17th century. Initially called the Belvedere gardens, a terrace facing the sea, from which there is a breathtaking view facing the sea and Vesuvius.

The visit to the hanging gardens is scheduled only on weekends, on Saturdays and Sundays with a guided tour of approximately 40 minutes. Please to have more infos see the ecm.coopculture.it web site.

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The Gardens of the Royal Palace of Naples

The royal palace of Naples, the gardens
The gardens of the royal palace of Naples already existed in the Angevin period, in fact that was the green area of the New Castle. Then with the project of the Royal Palace by Domenico Fontana, they were fenced off and the building of the Royal Palace was built on them.

Access to the gardens is free and you can pass through the courtyard of the Royal Palace.

A few pictures about the Royal Palace of Naples

Royal Palace of Naples, brief history

The Royal Palace of Naples was the historical residence of the Spanish Habsburgs, then later of the Napoleon Bonaparte and then the Bourbons. The Royal Saint Charles theatre building, located partly on Trieste e Trento square (Piazza Trieste e Trento), is also part of it.
The construction of the royal residence made in Baracco and Neoclassical style began in 1600, when the viceroy of Naples Fernando Cruz de Castro decided to build a royal palace on the occasion of a visit by King Philip III of Habsburg. Unfortunately, the sovereign of Spain never went to the city of Naples.
From that moment, it was the seat of the viceroys of Spain of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and for a short period (from 1713 to 1734) of the Austrian Habsburgs, then it was the seat of the Napoleon Bonaparte and then Spanish Bourbon dynasty.

Among the builders of the Royal Palace of Naples we can remember Domenico Fontana, Gaetano Genovese and Luigi Vanvitelli.
When the Bourbons came to the throne the Palace was extended and medicated, it was enlarged towards the sea, the internal courtyards, the hanging gardens were built and the royal apartments were modified.

In 1737 work began on the construction of the Royal Saint Charles theatre and it was inaugurated in 1768, during the wedding of King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon and Maria Carolina of Austria.
The last works ended in 1858, bringing the entire royal palace of Naples to the appearance we see today.

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