Royal Palace, Naples

Royal Palace, Naples (must see)

The Royal Palace is located opposite the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola on the Piazza Plebiscito. It was used as a residence by the Bourbon kings who ruled Naples between 1730 and 1860.

The Royal Palace was commissioned by the Spanish viceroy in Naples, Fernando Ruiz de Castro in 1600 to host Philip III of Spain on a planned visit to Naples. The king, however, never made the visit. The present palace was designed by architect, Domenico Fontana for the Bourbon kings in the 17th century. It was greatly expanded and embellished during the reign of King Ferdinand II. The most recent refurbishment was after the damage caused to the structure during World War II.

The Royal Palace houses the National Library of Naples, several city offices including the tourist office and a small museum today. A magnificent double staircase takes visitors up to the former royal apartments with their lavish furniture and furnishings. The Royal Chapel has a large 18th century Nativity scene that is regarded as the building’s art treasure. The National Library of Naples has an impressive collection of papyrus scrolls found during excavations at Herculaneum and a 5th century Coptic Bible. The western façade of the palace that faces the Piazza Plebiscito has statues of many of the kings from different dynasties that ruled Naples from the twelfth century.

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Sight Name: Royal Palace
Sight Location: Naples, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Naples, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Creating your own self-guided walk in Naples is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Naples Museums Walking Tour

Naples Museums Walking Tour

Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world and has an incredible past. The city went through a multitude of civilizational changes that have left their mark, something you can see in the city's museums. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums that will show you what remains of Pompei and Herculaneum, and other great world historical sites:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Naples: Chiaia District Walking Tour

Naples: Chiaia District Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour

Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles