Castles and Queens

The privileged position of the Fiorentini Residence will immediately make you feel the noble weight of the city’s history. As the old capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Naples is today the European city with the greatest number of Royal Castles and Palaces. Our advice is to take some time to visit these treasures; you won’t regret it.
Royal Palace
Located in the nearby Piazza del Plebiscito, the imposing complex includes the gardens (recently re-opened to the public after a restoration), the San Carlo Opera House and the historic National Library. It was the residence of the Spanish viceroys and the Bourbon dynasty and today it is mainly used as a museum. It was built in 1600s, to reach its final appearance in 1858 and you can discover its history and curiosities strolling along the 169 meters of the main façade, where eight rulers are represented in the niches. Then enter the courtyards and the majestic grand staircase, climb towards the royal apartments, it will be a walk through history that will amaze you.
Royal Palace of Capodimonte
The royal palace of Capodimonte, built in 1738 at the behest of Charles of Bourbon, is today one of the most important and famous museums in the world. It hosts furnishings, porcelains, weapons, tapestries and numerous paintings by the most famous Italian and Neapolitan artists, from different eras and of different fame, in addition to the famous Farnese collection. It’s worth a visit to walk in the beautiful forest that surrounds it and in what were once the royal apartments. A little curiosity: do not miss the private spaces of the royalty, the porcelain sitting room will leave you speechless.
Castel dell’Ovo

It is the first castle built in Naples, which dates back to the Norman era. Symbol of the city, it is a fortified citadel built on the remains of the so-called Villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullus of the Roman era, in which the last Roman emperor Romulus Augustus was imprisoned in 476. Used as a residence by the Normans and by Alfonso of Aragon, it is one of the most beautiful and evocative castles of Naples that rises on the islet of Megaride where, according to legend, the helpless body of the siren Partenope ashore.

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Castel Nuovo
Also known as Maschio Angioino, it is a historic Medieval and Renaissance castle, which dates back to 1279 and was erected at the behest of Charles of Anjou, and one of the symbols of the city of Naples. You can admire the external triumphal arch, with its bas-reliefs and its interiors, with the Hall of Barons from the famous octagonal vault planned by the Spanish architect and sculptor Guillem Sagrera. The Civic Museum is also located in the complex, with the palatine chapel and museum routes on the first and second floors.
View of the Certosa di San Martino from Castel Sant'Elmo, Vesuvius in background, Napes, Italy
Castel Sant’Elmo
Built in 1329, in the Angevin era, and known as Belforte, the mighty Castel Sant’Elmo, with its star-shaped structure with characteristic walls in yellow tuff, dominates the city of Naples from the San Martino hill. From its terraces, the panorama extends 360° over the entire area around Naples. In its interiors you will be able to appreciate all the beauty and strength of its structures up to the Piazza d’Armi, from which you can enjoy a unique view.
Naples, city of the seven castles
In ancient times Naples was so called because it was the only city in the world to boast in its borders seven castles: Castel Dell’Ovo, Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Castel Sant’Elmo, Castel Capuano, Castello del Carmine, Castle of Nisida and the Forte di Vigliena. These were placed so as to create a powerful defence system of the Gulf of Naples against attacks from the sea. The Aragonese Castle of Baia must be added to the list; it is not far away, in a strategic position on the Gulf of Pozzuoli, which allowed a very wide control, preventing the approach of enemy fleets and eventual landing of troops that wanted to march on Naples by surprise.
Castles and Queens
The privileged position of the Fiorentini Residence will immediately make you feel the noble weight of the city’s history. As the old capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Naples is today the European city with the greatest number of Royal Castles and Palaces. Our advice is to take some time to visit these treasures; you won’t regret it.
Royal Palace
Located in the nearby Piazza del Plebiscito, the imposing complex includes the gardens (recently re-opened to the public after a restoration), the San Carlo Opera House and the historic National Library. It was the residence of the Spanish viceroys and the Bourbon dynasty and today it is mainly used as a museum. It was built in 1600s, to reach its final appearance in 1858 and you can discover its history and curiosities strolling along the 169 meters of the main façade, where eight rulers are represented in the niches. Then enter the courtyards and the majestic grand staircase, climb towards the royal apartments, it will be a walk through history that will amaze you.
Royal Palace of Capodimonte
The royal palace of Capodimonte, built in 1738 at the behest of Charles of Bourbon, is today one of the most important and famous museums in the world. It hosts furnishings, porcelains, weapons, tapestries and numerous paintings by the most famous Italian and Neapolitan artists, from different eras and of different fame, in addition to the famous Farnese collection. It’s worth a visit to walk in the beautiful forest that surrounds it and in what were once the royal apartments. A little curiosity: do not miss the private spaces of the royalty, the porcelain sitting room will leave you speechless.
Castel dell’Ovo

It is the first castle built in Naples, which dates back to the Norman era. Symbol of the city, it is a fortified citadel built on the remains of the so-called Villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullus of the Roman era, in which the last Roman emperor Romulus Augustus was imprisoned in 476. Used as a residence by the Normans and by Alfonso of Aragon, it is one of the most beautiful and evocative castles of Naples that rises on the islet of Megaride where, according to legend, the helpless body of the siren Partenope ashore.

Castel Nuovo
Also known as Maschio Angioino, it is a historic Medieval and Renaissance castle, which dates back to 1279 and was erected at the behest of Charles of Anjou, and one of the symbols of the city of Naples. You can admire the external triumphal arch, with its bas-reliefs and its interiors, with the Hall of Barons from the famous octagonal vault planned by the Spanish architect and sculptor Guillem Sagrera. The Civic Museum is also located in the complex, with the palatine chapel and museum routes on the first and second floors.
Castel Sant’Elmo
Built in 1329, in the Angevin era, and known as Belforte, the mighty Castel Sant’Elmo, with its star-shaped structure with characteristic walls in yellow tuff, dominates the city of Naples from the San Martino hill. From its terraces, the panorama extends 360° over the entire area around Naples. In its interiors you will be able to appreciate all the beauty and strength of its structures up to the Piazza d’Armi, from which you can enjoy a unique view.
Naples, city of the seven castles
In ancient times Naples was so called because it was the only city in the world to boast in its borders seven castles: Castel Dell’Ovo, Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Castel Sant’Elmo, Castel Capuano, Castello del Carmine, Castle of Nisida and the Forte di Vigliena. These were placed so as to create a powerful defence system of the Gulf of Naples against attacks from the sea. The Aragonese Castle of Baia must be added to the list; it is not far away, in a strategic position on the Gulf of Pozzuoli, which allowed a very wide control, preventing the approach of enemy fleets and eventual landing of troops that wanted to march on Naples by surprise.
Castles and Queens
The privileged position of the Fiorentini Residence will immediately make you feel the noble weight of the city’s history. As the old capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Naples is today the European city with the greatest number of Royal Castles and Palaces. Our advice is to take some time to visit these treasures; you won’t regret it.
Royal Palace
Located in the nearby Piazza del Plebiscito, the imposing complex includes the gardens (recently re-opened to the public after a restoration), the San Carlo Opera House and the historic National Library. It was the residence of the Spanish viceroys and the Bourbon dynasty and today it is mainly used as a museum. It was built in 1600s, to reach its final appearance in 1858 and you can discover its history and curiosities strolling along the 169 meters of the main façade, where eight rulers are represented in the niches. Then enter the courtyards and the majestic grand staircase, climb towards the royal apartments, it will be a walk through history that will amaze you.
Royal Palace of Capodimonte
The royal palace of Capodimonte, built in 1738 at the behest of Charles of Bourbon, is today one of the most important and famous museums in the world. It hosts furnishings, porcelains, weapons, tapestries and numerous paintings by the most famous Italian and Neapolitan artists, from different eras and of different fame, in addition to the famous Farnese collection. It’s worth a visit to walk in the beautiful forest that surrounds it and in what were once the royal apartments. A little curiosity: do not miss the private spaces of the royalty, the porcelain sitting room will leave you speechless.
Castel dell’Ovo

It is the first castle built in Naples, which dates back to the Norman era. Symbol of the city, it is a fortified citadel built on the remains of the so-called Villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullus of the Roman era, in which the last Roman emperor Romulus Augustus was imprisoned in 476. Used as a residence by the Normans and by Alfonso of Aragon, it is one of the most beautiful and evocative castles of Naples that rises on the islet of Megaride where, according to legend, the helpless body of the siren Partenope ashore.

Castel Nuovo
Also known as Maschio Angioino, it is a historic Medieval and Renaissance castle, which dates back to 1279 and was erected at the behest of Charles of Anjou, and one of the symbols of the city of Naples. You can admire the external triumphal arch, with its bas-reliefs and its interiors, with the Hall of Barons from the famous octagonal vault planned by the Spanish architect and sculptor Guillem Sagrera. The Civic Museum is also located in the complex, with the palatine chapel and museum routes on the first and second floors.
Castel Sant’Elmo
Built in 1329, in the Angevin era, and known as Belforte, the mighty Castel Sant’Elmo, with its star-shaped structure with characteristic walls in yellow tuff, dominates the city of Naples from the San Martino hill. From its terraces, the panorama extends 360° over the entire area around Naples. In its interiors you will be able to appreciate all the beauty and strength of its structures up to the Piazza d’Armi, from which you can enjoy a unique view.
Naples, city of the seven castles
In ancient times Naples was so called because it was the only city in the world to boast in its borders seven castles: Castel Dell’Ovo, Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Castel Sant’Elmo, Castel Capuano, Castello del Carmine, Castle of Nisida and the Forte di Vigliena. These were placed so as to create a powerful defence system of the Gulf of Naples against attacks from the sea. The Aragonese Castle of Baia must be added to the list; it is not far away, in a strategic position on the Gulf of Pozzuoli, which allowed a very wide control, preventing the approach of enemy fleets and eventual landing of troops that wanted to march on Naples by surprise.