This is a wonderful Renaissance style area, dating back to the 17th century. It was the residence of the Spanish Viceroys. Also you can found the royal gardens which are full of tree-lined avenues, shaded by magnolias and Holm oak trees, with rare plants, statues and “secret gardens”.
The Royal Palace of Naples is one of four palaces that the Bourbon Kings of Naples used during their rule of the Kingdom of Naples (1730-1860): one is in Caserta, another on the Capodimonte hill overlooking Naples, and the third (now the site of the agricultural department of the University of Naples) is in Portici on the slopes of Vesuvius.
The Royal Palace is on the site of an earlier building meant to host King Philip III of Spain, who however never made the trip. The architect chosen for that palace was Domenico Fontana. The building was put up on the site of an even older Spanish viceroyal residence from the early 16th century. The royal residence was moved to Caserta in the 18th century, as that inland town was more defensible from naval assault than Naples.
Today the palace and adjacent grounds house the San Carlo Theater, a museum, the National Library of Naples and a number of city offices, including those of the regional tourist board.
The Royal Palace is located in Piazza Plebiscito and they are open Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun & holidays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We discovered it whilst just walking around and investigating the place making up time before our ship departed again. The magnificently decorated halls and rooms contain the original Bourbon furniture, paintings, statues and porcelain. The Palace also houses the National Library which has several collections, including approximately 2,000 papyri uncovered at Herculaneum.
This is the Museum of the seventeenth-century Royal Palace where all the furniture, sculptures, porcelain and paintings belonging to the Bourbon dynasty are kept. The “Palace’s Sacred Art” Collection can be seen in the palace chapel.
One of the most under-rated attractions in southern Italy. The Reggio in Caserta is a palace of 1200 rooms with the most fantastic gardens you have ever seen. Easy train ride ( 30 mins) from Naples, but very few non-Italians seem to visit.
Royal Palace: Located in Piazza Plebiscito, tel. 413-888. Open Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun & holidays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Entry fee: 5,000 euro. To get there: Bus 102 or 501, trolley 1, or Metropolitana to Montesanto and walk. The magnificently decorated halls and rooms contain the original Bourbon furniture, paintings, statues and porcelain. The Palace also houses the National Library (tel. 402-842) which has several collections, including approximately 2,000 papyri uncovered at Herculaneum.