The Royal Palace of Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples is a palace, museum, and historical tourist destination located in central Naples, southern Italy.

It was one of the four residences near Naples used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1734-1860): the others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and the third Portici, on the slopes of Vesuvius.

Statues of kings of Naples

In 1888, King Umberto I of Savoy made changes to the western façade side of the building (fronting on Piazza del Plebiscito), by displaying in niches a series of statues of prominent rulers of Naples since the foundation of the Kingdom of Naples in the 12th century. The statues are displayed in chronological order, based on the dynasty of each ruler. The series starts with Roger the Norman (sculpted by Emilio Franceschi), and ends with Vittorio Emanuele II, the tallest statue and the last to be added (sculpted by Francesco Jerace).

The other figures represent:
  • Frederick II Hohenstaufen (by Emanuele Caggiano)
  • Charles I of Anjou (sculpted by Tommaso Solari)
  • Alfonse of Aragon (sculpted by Achille D'Orsi)
  • Emperor Charles V (sculpted by Vincenzo Groan)
  • Charles III of Spain (sculpted by Raffaele Belliazzi)
  • Joachim Murat (sculpted by Giovanni Battista Amendola)

None of the statues refers to the Bourbon dynasty, not even Charles of Bourbon, who is actually engraved with the name of Charles III.


Location: Naples, Italy
Address: Piazza del Plebiscito 1

848 0824 08 +39.06.39967450 (from abroad and from mobile phones) 
Monday to Friday 9-18 and Saturday 9-14 additional pre-sale cost € 1.50 
Service by Società Cooperativa Cultura 

full ticket 
€ 4.00 
for visitors over the age of 24 
reduced ticket 
€ 3.00 
for European citizens aged 18-24 with a document 
free ticket

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