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The Majestic Royal Palace of Naples: History, Splendor and Secrets of a Royal Residence

In Naples, on the impressive Plebiscito Square, where the ancient meets the contemporary, the Royal Palace stands as a monument of the royal heritage of the city. This architectural juwely invites its visitors to immerse themselves in stories about monarchs, intrigues and artistic uniqueness. 

The Royal Palace of Naples: Where Majesty Meets the Metropolis

Architectural Evolution

The Royal Palace's foundation dates back to the early 17th century, envisaged as a royal residence for Philip III of Spain. Over the centuries, successive rulers expanded and renovated the palace, resulting in a fascinating fusion of architectural styles. From Spanish austerity to French Rococo pomp, the palace's design reflects the eras it has passed through and the dynasties it has hosted.

Hall of Mirrors and Lush Interiors

Inspired by the grandeur of Versailles, the palace boasts a breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, a testament to Neapolitan craftsmanship and opulence. In addition, impressive state rooms with murals, chandeliers and unique interior decoration tell stories of polite extravagance. Each room with its costly details offers a glimpse into the lives of those who once graced these halls.

Museum

The royal apartment inside the Royal Palace is accessible to the visitor via a majestic double staircase, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. The Royal Apartment and its many other rooms, such as the Court Theatre, the Throne Room or the Royal Chapel, now serve as a museum. Here you can admire masterpieces by the most famous painters of the Bourbon period such as Guercino, Andrea Vaccaro, Mattia Preti, Massimo Stanzione, Francesco De Mura, Battistello Caracciolo.

Historic Courtyard and Facade

The main facade of the castle, which opens onto Piazza Plebiscito, is decorated with statues of the most important kings of Naples. These were set up in chronological order to present the Savoy dynasty with the Neapolitan history.There are also numerous outdoor areas that you can visit: the Court of Honor, the Carriage Yard, the Belvedere Courtyard and the Hanging Gardens, which offer a great view of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. From the courtyard of honor there is an entrance to the Royal Gardens, a park full of statues, avenues and small labyrinths.

The National Library

In 1919, Victor Emanuel III of Savoy transferred the Royal Palace to state ownership. Thus, the National Library was created, from which the entire Courtyard of honor can be viewed. The Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III is one of the most important libraries in Italy. With rare manuscripts, books and valuable documents, it is a treasure trove for scientists and history buffs.

 

Highlights of Royal Palace of Naples

  • The Royal Chapel: A spiritual oasis, this chapel showcases exquisite frescoes and religious artifacts, symbolizing the intertwining of monarchy and faith over centuries.
  • Historical Apartments: A stroll through these rooms is a journey through time, revealing glimpses of daily royal life, political maneuvers, and epochal celebrations.
  • Rooftop Views: Ascend to the palace's higher levels, and Naples unfurls beneath, from bustling streets to the azure Bay of Naples, offering a panorama of urban and natural beauty.
  • Throne Room: A room that has witnessed countless declarations and decisions, its grandeur encapsulates the might and majesty of the Neapolitan monarchy.
  • Royal Gardens: A serene retreat, these gardens are a blend of manicured greenery, ornate fountains, and sculptures, offering a tranquil contrast to the city's hustle. 

 

Opening hours of the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale di Napoli)

Royal Palace
Daily: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Closed: Wednesdays.
Also closed on: January 1st, December 25th.
The last admission is at 7:00 pm.

The Time Gallery
Daily: 14:30 am – 7:00 pm
Closed: Wednesdays.
Also closed on: January 1st, December 25th.
The last admission is at 6:00 pm. 

Caruso Museum
Daily: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Closed: Wednesdays.
Also closed on: January 1st, December 25th.
The last admission is at 1:00 pm. 

Royal Gardens
November to January:
Daily: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
February: 
Daily: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm 
March and October: 
Daily: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
April and September: 
Daily: 9:00 – 7:00 pm
May to August:Daily: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
The Garden is closed in case of inclement weather. 

Hanging Gardens 
Access without guide (duration 15 minutes):
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:15 pm
Saturdays: 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
Sundays: 3:15 pm 

Access with guide:
Saturdays: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:15 pm
Sundays: 11:00 am, 11:45 am, 12:30 pm

Carriage Hall
Daily: 09:00 am – 7:00 pm 

 

Reservation for the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale di Napoli)

No reservation needed.

 

Restrictions for Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale di Napoli)

  • Accessibility: The attraction is wheelchair accessible. 

 

 

How to get to the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale di Napoli)

Metro: L1 to stop Toledo

Bus: ANM R1 stop on via San Carlo / ANM R3 stop on via San Carlo / ANM C4 stop on piazza Trieste e Trento 

 

Address of Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale di Napoli)

Address:
Piazza del Plebiscito, 1, 80132 Napoli NA, Italien

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The Royal Palace of Naples is not only a remarkable building; it embodies the many dynasties, starting with the Spanish in the early 17th century up to the Bourbon kings and the Savoy family. The palace is a museum and contains one of the most extensive libraries in Italy. The costly interior decoration of the royal family as well as the paintings, murals and sculptures of the most famous artists of his time can be admired by the visitor. The National Palace is one of the most historic and magnificent buildings in Naples and an absolute highlight on your city trip.

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