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 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 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.
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.