Royal Palace of Naples
Beautifully tucked away in central Naples, the Royal Palace of Naples is one of the most renowned tourist attractions here. One of the four exquisite residences of Bourbon kings during the bygone era of Kingdom of Two Sicilies. It is worth exploring the architectural splendor to make your vacation in Naples more memorable. With an intriguing history and mind blowing architectural splendor, the palace is situated in Piazza del Plebiscito, the largest and most elegant square in Naples. It is beautifully bound by the domed church of San Francesco Di Paolo and the splendid curve of Doric columns.
The history of the Royal Palace of Naples dates back to the 17th century when renowned architect Domenico Fontana gave exquisite shape and exuberance to the building. By 1616, the façade was fully built, and by 1620, the splendid interior design was artistically frescoed by Giovanni Balducci, Battistello Caracciolo, and Belisario Corenzio. However, it was only by 1644 that the designing of the Royal Chapel of Assumption was fully completed. With the rule of Charles III of Spain in Naples, the palace became the one of the royal residences of Bourbon kings from 1734 onwards.
Further renovation and modernization of the palace happened during the era of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. In 1768, the massive hall was rebuilt to include a court theater. During the second half of 18th century, a new wing was added, which became the National Library Vittorio Emanuele III in 1927. Further additions and neoclassic furnishings and decorations carried on during the early 19th century. However, the palace met subsequent damages during World War II bombing and military occupation. Today, the palace stands as an epitome of unmatched architectural efficacy and royal exuberance, narrating the tale of the bygone era.
What to See at the Royal Palace of Naples?
The Royal Palace of Naples embraces you in elegance and warmth, with surprises and awe-inspiring experiences galore. One of the most prominent icons that will first catch your glimpse is the massive building, beautifully located in Piazza del Plebiscito, the largest square in Naples. The series of statues personifying the prominent rulers of the dynasty is one of the key highlights of the palace, which are displayed chronologically in the order in which they have ruled the city. An exquisite double staircase leads you up to the royal apartments, which now stands as the palace’s museum.
The spectacular 18th century nativity scene in the Royal Chapel of Assumption is a complete no-miss. The palace also houses the National Library, which presents umpteen papyrus scrolls found at archeology site of Herculaneum, and the historic remains of a 5th century Coptic Bible. To make your tour to Naples most wonderful and memorable, exploring the efficacy and rich culture of the Royal Palace of Naples is a must.
How to Visit?
The CS bus that heads to Piazza Trieste e Trento will take you to the Royal Palace of Naples.
Ticket and Opening Hours
The palace is open from Sunday to Tuesday from 9 am to 7 pm, and again from Thursday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm. It remains closed on Wednesdays. Admission fee is €5.50.