Royal Palace of Naples
Latest update: 26 February 2022
Dominating Piazza del Plebiscito in central Naples at 169 metres long, the Royal Palace of Naples was designed by Domenico Fontaine in the Renaissance style and building work started in 1600.
The façade was completed in 1616 while frescoes and other decorations were completed in 1644 but the palace received additional improvements in the 18th and 19th centuries. A fire damaged the building in 1837 and the architect Gaetano Genovese repaired it in the neoclassical style.
The Royal Palace of Naples was the royal residence and seat of power in southern Italy for three centuries; first the Spanish, then Austrians, Bourbons and the House of Savoy. In 1919 part of the palace became a historical museum called, Museo del Palazzo Reale, and visitors can marvel at the furnishings, tapestries, porcelain and other artworks.