Palazzo dello Spagnolo

History

The Spanish Palace was erected in 1738. The realization of the monumental double-ramped staircase, defined as “hawk’s wings”, was conceived as a sort of meeting place, in which a real social life took place. Frequent were the visits of Charles III of Bourbon, who in the palace changed horses to take cattle, the only animals able to bring it up to Capodimonte along the steep Via Vergini.

At the end of the century it was bought by a nobleman of Spain, Tommaso Atienza, whose nickname the Spaniard is the reason why the palace is called in this way today. The palace is perhaps the most valuable example of civil architecture in Neapolitan Baroque style, thanks above all to the exemplary grandeur of the main staircase with double ramp, which forms the internal facade of the building, and main architectural feature of the Neapolitan Baroque.

How to get there

Address

Via Vergini, 80137 Napoli NA

Public transport

From Piazza Garibaldi take metro Line 2 and get off at Piazza Cavour, then 3 minutes walk.

From Naples Airport take Alibus and get off at Piazza Garibaldi, then take metro Line 2 and get off at Piazza Cavour, then 3 minutes walk.

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