Royal Palace Naples

Visit Royal Palace Naples

Naples’ Royal Palace was built on behalf of the Spanish Viceroy Fernandez Ruiz de Castro. It was the residence of Spanish and Austrian viceroys until 1734 when, following the creation of the Kingdom of Naples, it became a royal residence of the Bourbon. After the unification of Italy in 1861 the Palace was occupied by the Savoy:  they chose it as the Neapolitan residence, until Vittorio Emanuele III decided to donate the building to the State.

The plan of the building was realized by the architect Domenico Fontana. The map was subjected to few changes during the centuries: the old Palace (first Spanish viceroy‘s residence) was demolished, and in 1760 a new wing was made.
The Palace is in late Renaissance style, except for the façade which has hints of classical style, such as columns and other decorative elements. On the façade there are eight alcoves that accomodate as many statues of some of the most important Kings of Naples: Roger the Norman, Frederick II of Svevia, Charles I of Naples, Alfonso I of Aragon, Charles V of Hamburg, Charles III of Bourbon, Gioacchino Murat, and Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy.
The first floor is reached through a monumental staircase decorated with marble and stucco. Here there are some of the most representative areas of the Palace, including the Royal apartments, the Court Theatre, the Throne room and the Palatine Chapel dedicated to the Holy Mary.
The Theatre of the Court is located in place of the Royal Room, which was used for receptions and exhibitions. The Royal Chapel was built by Fontana, so it was always intended for religious services. It is in Baroque style, and the altar is a masterpiece in marble with golden refinement. For a short term it was also headquarters to the School of Neapolitan music. These two environments, the Theatre and the Chapel, were compromised by bombing in World War II, so its present appearance is the result of restoration work carried out afterwards.
The building hides inside beautiful hanging gardens with plants of both local and exotic species.

 

The new wing currently occupies the National Library “Vittorio Emanuele II”, which houses a collection of 1.5 million volumes, including rare medieval manuscripts and Papyri from Herculaneum.

INFORMATION
Historical apartment – open daily from 9:00 at 20:00
Ticket price: 4.00 €; 2.00 € reduced.

Yards and gardens – open free to the public every day from 9:00 at 19:00

* CLOSED on Wednesday, 25 April, 1 may, Christmas, new year, mid-August.