The opulent home of the Bourbon monarchs
Once the official residence of the Bourbon kings, the sumptuous Royal Palace is now a museum, carefully restored to its former glory.
Watching over the grand Piazza del Plebiscito at the heart of the Old Town in Naples, The Royal Palace was completed in 1620, and was initially home to the Spanish Viceroy, at a time when the city was part of the Spanish Empire.
Carlos III, as King of Naples and Sicily, took up residence in 1734, and in 1808 the palace became the property of Joachim Murat - Napoleon's brother-in-law - who embellished the building with lavish Neoclassical furnishings.
The Royal Palace has been a museum since 1919, and is still one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Naples, and an unmissable highlight for those visiting the city during a private yacht charter in Italy.
The Royal Palace has been a museum since 1919, and is still one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Naples
The magnificent marble staircase, known as the Staircase of Honour, immediately commands attention and is one of the most photographed areas inside the palace.
Ascend the stairs and explore the richly adorned Royal Apartments, including the Throne Room and the Royal Chapel, filled with Baroque paintings, intricate tapestries, polished marble and grand chandeliers.
Also worth a look is the beautiful private theatre, created in 1768 and the hanging gardens, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.
The palace also houses the National Library, whose treasures include 2000 papyri excavated from Herculaneum, while the adjoining Teatro San Carlo, built in 1737, is the oldest continuously active opera house in the world.
If you are visiting Naples during your superyacht charter, the Royal Palace makes an easy and rewarding excursion. Start planning your crewed yacht vacation now, by taking a look at all luxury yachts available for private yacht charter on the Amalfi Coast.
Royal Palace of Naples
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