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The Royal Palace is an opulent former palace in the heart of Naples. The stylish building was originally constructed in 1616 for the Spanish rulers in Naples. It later housed the Bourbon Kings who ruled over the Kingdom of Naples in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, you can walk through the rooms and see gold furnishings, frescoes by Italian artists and sculptures and paintings. The palace’s marble double staircase is a great spot for a photo. Outside, wander the Royal Gardens and Royal Chapel.
The Royal Palace’s centuries-old grand interior has been well-preserved, making it a perfect place to stroll around and enjoy the grandeur. It’s a good idea to use the audio guide, which is included in the small admission fee and available in English, for a commentary as you make your way around. Ascend the double staircase, made from white marble, to the Royal Apartment. Walk from room to room and see marble patchwork floors, gold chandeliers and gold reliefs lining the ceilings. The throne room contains a royal throne from about 1850.
Visit the National Library inside the palace. The library contains portions of an early Coptic Bible as well as the philosophical writings of a resident of Herculaneum in the first century A.D. Herculaneum was destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius eruption of A.D. 79.
The palace facade includes the statues of the eight kings who ruled over Naples from the 12th century to the unification of Italy. Find these on the palace’s west side, facing Piazza del Plebiscito, the largest square in the city. The sculptures were all created by different artists and give insight into the notable variety of rulers in Naples.
The Royal Palace is located in the heart of Naples. There is a bus route from the central station at Piazza Garibaldi to the palace, which is open Thursday to Tuesday, from morning until evening.
Located in Historical Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Lungomare Caracciolo. Castel dell'Ovo and Via Chiaia are also within 10 minutes. Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 18 minutes by foot and Toledo Station is 22 minutes.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and Spaccanapoli. Naples Underground and University of Naples Federico II are also within 15 minutes. Porta Nolana Station is 5 minutes by foot and Piazza Garibaldi Station is 6 minutes.
This family-friendly Naples guesthouse is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Santa Chiara and Sansevero Chapel Museum. San Gregorio Armeno Church and Galleria Umberto are also within 15 minutes. Dante Station is 6 minutes by foot and Toledo Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Historical Center, this apartment building is steps from Via Toledo, Galleria Umberto, and Teatro di San Carlo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Castel Nuovo are also within 5 minutes. Toledo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dante Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Historical Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castel dell'Ovo, Royal Palace, and Teatro di San Carlo. Galleria Umberto and Molo Beverello Port are also within 1 mi (2 km). Toledo Station is 21 minutes by foot and Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 21 minutes.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monastery of St. Clare and Spaccanapoli. Port of Naples and University of Naples Federico II are also within 10 minutes. Dante Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toledo Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Naples City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Molo Beverello Port, Galleria Umberto, and Teatro di San Carlo. Royal Palace and Santa Chiara are also within 15 minutes. Toledo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Dante Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Historical Center, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Spaccanapoli, Piazza del Plebiscito, and Via Chiaia. Galleria Umberto and Teatro di San Carlo are also within 15 minutes. Toledo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Montesanto Station is 10 minutes.