Villa Pignatelli

History

Villa Pignatelli is a prestigious monumental villa located along the Chiaia Riviera. The structure, with adjoining park, is one of the most significant examples of neoclassical architecture of the city. It houses the Museo Principe Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortés and the Museo delle carrozze di villa Pignatelli. The villa before becoming property of the Italian State in 1955 was inhabited by noble families, powerful and extremely rich.

Commissioned in 1826 by Baronet Sir Ferdinand Richard Acton, after Acton’s death in 1841, the villa was purchased by the Rothschild family of German bankers, who lived there until 1860. In 1867 the German family saw its fate linked to that of the Bourbons of Naples, who were removed from the city as a result of national unity. So the villa was sold to Prince Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortés, Duke of Monteleone. The Pignatelli were nobles very refined in tastes and in ways so much that they transformed the place into a cultural meeting point between intellectuals and high Neapolitan and European aristocracy. The Pignatelli were then the last owners of the villa remaining there to live from 1897 until 1955, when the donation of the structure to the Italian State was completed.

Schedule

from Wednesday to Monday

From 9:30 to 16:00

Tuesday

Closed

Info

Price

Full price

€ 5,00 museo / € 2,00 parco

How to get there

Address

Riviera di Chiaia, 200, 80121 Napoli NA

Public transport

From Piazza Garibaldi take metro Line 2 and get off at Piazza Amedeo, then 6 minutes walk.

From Naples Airport take Alibus and get off at Piazza Garibaldi, then take metro Line 2 and get off at Piazza Amedeo, then 6 minutes walk.

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