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“Great Experience for Small Admission Fee”

Palazzo Reale di Napoli
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This palace is grand and can be seen from many vantage points in Naples. The facade facing the Piazza del Plebiscito contains niches with former kings of Naples and the enormity of the building is really apparent from this approach. The palace was begun in 1600 specifically for a visit to Naples by King Philip III of Spain, though he never visited. It was worked on for over two centuries and was finally finished 1843. Unfortunately, many of the baroque furnishings and interiors were destroyed in an early nineteenth century fire, so much of what can be seen today dates to the heavier Empire period.

The 30 or so public rooms and royal apartments of the Bourbon Kings of Naples on view are none-the-less splendid and can be seen for a few euro. Tours are self-guided unless you like to use an audio device. Visitor begin with one of the grandest stair halls of all time and ascend to the royal apartments. The first to be seen is the glittering Teatrino di Corte, the court theater built in 1768. From there, visitors move from one audience chamber to another, to the throne room, and finally to private apartments for the king and queen. The Sala di Ercole is one of the largest rooms and is truly magnificent. The Capella Palantina is absolutely beautiful and has treasures and vestments on display in glass cases. Don't miss the Neapolitan creche figures on display to the left of the main altar.

I'm not sure what attracts me to royal palaces, but I've seen a lot of them. This palace is, of course, steeped in history and shouldn't be missed. It's really a great experience for such a small admission fee.

5  Thank redeco
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Palace seems like a little Verssailles. The City of Naples must inform more about it! This Palace was where the King of 2 Sicilias lived! a very important place for Italy and Europe. The Palace's administration must open the terrace ( after repair), and the other rooms that were not available ate the time, June 2013. I was born in Naples, and I was very impressed.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Based on this palace's history, one would expect that it would live up to its rivals in other European cities such as Vienna. Despite its beauty inside, with amazing frescoes, wallpapers, works of art etc., the place looked very poorly managed. It was dusty all over, with little or no furnishings (mostly empty rooms really - I wonder where did all of the furniture go?), very apparent wear and tear everywhere and overall it looked at the brink of a slide to oblivion. It's a shame, it has such an amazing location with beautiful views, rich history of "tenants", beautiful architecture and decoration and yet it is being treated like a random villa or something. If this place was not in Naples, I am sure it would be treated as a real gem...

2  Thank FannyV_Athens
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Palazzo Reale is really worth a visit with only a few euro admission. We had visited Naples a few times in the past and we always neglected this palace. Thanks to Trip Advisors review, we did go in this time and agree that the palace is very beautiful.

2  Thank Hing2013
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Grab an audio guide and wander past the bizzare empty cupboards/shelves to the most amazing staircase. Climb the stairs to see absolutely stunning rooms which you can wander in uninterrupted.

3  Thank Lis and family D
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