We continue our journey to Naples with another important cultural attraction: the Royal Palace of Naples.
The Royal Palace of Naples (in italian Palazzo Reale di Napoli) is a must in the itinerary of every tourist, not only for its beauty, but also for its strategic location. In fact ,it’s very close from Caste of the Egg, from the old town and it’s practically adjacent Plebiscito Square.
How to get to the Royal Palace of Naples?
As just said, the building is basically an almost obligatory stop becaus it is located along a main street, Roma Street (in italian Via Roma) precisely, however, if you decide to reach the Royal Palace of Naples by public transport you could reach it from the Central Station by bus R2, and from the airport with the Alibus get off the bus at the Municipio Square stop.
A bit of history of the Royal Palace of Naples
The palace was built as a vice-regal palace in the seventeenth century by Domenico Fontana on commission of the Viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro, VI Count of Lemos. The palace was built in the same place where it insisted another viceregal residence, built fifty years before by the Viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo.
The construction operations were carried out simultaneously with the regularization of a large wide. That large wide became Plebiscito Square.
In 1616 the construction of main facade was completed, and the courtyard was completed too. Around 1620, they were also completed some interiors of the palace, painted by Battistello, Caracciolo, Giovanni Balducci and Belisario Corenzio.
In 1734, with the domination of Carlo of Bourbon, Royal Palace of Naples became the Bourbon royal residence.
The Royal Palace of Naples was constantly enriched with new decorations, frescoes and works of all kinds.
In 1888, at the behest of King Umberto I, the exterior of the Royal Palace of Naples was decorated with statues of the past kings of Naples: Ruggero il Normanno, Federico II di Svevia, Carlo I d’Angiò, Alfonso I d’Aragona, Carlo V d’Asburgo, Carlo III di Borbone, Gioacchino Murat e Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia.
What time to visit the Royal Palace of Naples?
The Royal Palace of Naples is open every day from 9 to 20. It’s losed on Wednesdays and on the following days: January 1, April 25, May 1 and December 25, unless special openings. The ticket office closes one hour earlier. The cost of the ticket, at the time of writing of this post, is 4,00 Euros with some reductions for students and seniors over 65 years. The courtyards and gardens are freely visited, with the exception of the roof garden.
What to see in the Royal Palace of Naples?
The richness of this building is such that I decided to write another post, click here to read it.
In short, in the Royal Palace of Naples you can admire the Court Theatre, the Stairway of Honour, the Hercules Room, the Royal Chapel, the Royal Apartment and the Roof Garden.
For more information visit the official website.