Piazza del Plebiscito and Palazzo Reale
square metres, it is the largest in the city and one of the largest in Italy. Bounded on either side by the ...
Located in the heart of the historical centre, at the end of Via Toledo, with its surface area of over 25,000 square metres, it is the largest in the city and one of the largest in Italy. Bounded on either side by the famous colonnade, it is laterally enclosed by the Prefecture building and Palazzo Salerno, the Royal Palace and the Church of San Francesco di Paola.
The main façade of the Royal Palace, which opens onto Piazza Plebiscito, is 169 metres long. Here, from 1888, niches were opened where the statues of the main rulers of Naples were placed in chronological order, with the intention of representing a continuity of the Savoy dynasty with Neapolitan history.
Inside the Palace you can visit the Historical Apartment, now a museum, which is accessed via the grand staircase, a majestic work that Montesquieu described as the most beautiful in Europe. The Royal
Apartment consists of many rooms, including the Court Theatre, the Throne Room, the Room of Mariacristina of Savoy and the Royal Chapel, which contain prestigious art masterpieces by the most famous painters of the Bourbon period.
Since 1923, the Palace has also housed the National Library, dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy, which with over two million texts is the most important library in southern Italy and one of the first in the world. Its rooms were created to host