Royal Palace of Naples

Royal Palace of Naples – Staircase © Maria Sannino

Let’s experience the life of the Neapolitan Kings during the Kingdom of Naples

In the heart of the monumental area of Naples the majestic Royal Palace stands as a symbol of power of the different dynasties which ruled the Kingdom of Naples in the past.

This beautiful dwelling was built in 1600 by order of the Spanish viceroy Fernandez Ruiz de Castro. The palace was inhabited by the viceoirs of Spain, by the Austrian kings, by the Bourbons Kings of Naples and even by the kings of the Savoy family as kings of Italy. The last Italian Savoy king, Vittorio Emanuele III, was born in this palace.

The Royal Palace is divided into different areas: the Royal Apartments, the Theatre, the Chapel, the Royal Gardens and a huge Library with its special sections like the Accademia Herculanensis where the famous petrified papiri scrolls from the Villa of the Papyrus of ancient Herculaneum are actually researched by scientists.

The monumental staircase, all decorated in marble, is leading to the Royal Apartment on the first floor. To the right there is the Theatre decorated with statues depicting the Muses, an artwork by the artist Angelo Viva. The Royal Chapel, to the left, is embellished with an altar decorated with precious stones, a masterpiece made by Dioniso Lazzari. 

The Royal Apartment still contains a few splendid Gobelins and Neapolitan arazzi (tapestries) placed on the walls of the large rooms whose ceilings are frescoed by notorious artists such as Francesco De Mura, Belisario Corenzio or Battistello Caracciolo with episodes of the most important events of the different royal families. 

The pieces of furniture brought to Naples by the French kings, Joachim Murat and Carolina Bonaparte during the Neapolitan decade are very interesting. 

Numerous and very beautiful are the canvases painted by Andrea Vaccaro, Pedro de Rubiales, Johann Liss and Mattia Preti among others.

Duration 1hrs 30 mins

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