Napoli is rich in places where you can learn about the cultural aspects of the city. Among the most interesting ones stands out the Neapolitan architecture of which you can find several examples simply walking through the main streets of the city. Here is a brief guide to know 4 buildings and palaces where you can go to understand the wonder of Neapolitan architecture.
4 symbols of Neapolitan architecture
Palazzo Mannajuolo is in the elegant Chiaia district, at the corner of Via Filangieri and Via dei Mille. It is one of the most beautiful monumental historic buildings in the city and is famous for its helical staircase, filmed several times by great directors – the last example is Ozpetek with his “Napoli Velata”. In addition to the staircase, Palazzo Mannajuolo represents one of the greatest examples of Liberty architecture, as you can see from the 45 ° balconies as another of the great Art Nouveau architectures, the Rue Franklin one in Paris designed by the architect Perret. Palazzo Mannajuolo was designed by Giulio Ulisse Arata. From the same architect, you can also see Palazzo Cottrau – Ricciardi at Piazza Amedeo 8, reachable walking through Via dei Mille.
Palazzo dello Spagnuolo
Palazzo dello Spagnuolo was built by Ferdinando Sanfelice, one of the most industrious architects in the eighteenth century in Naples. It a Neapolitan architecture in the Sanità alley and, like Palazzo Mannajuolo, is famous for its stairs. The stairs of the Palazzo dello Spagnuolo are hypnotic. Defined as “hawk’s wings”, the double ramp creates a real plot in the façade.
Palazzo Doria D’Angri
This building is one of the most sumptuous of Neapolitan architecture. It is in the heart of the historic center, along Via Toledo, in Piazza 7 Settembre. Originally there was another palace then demolished. Afterward, in the same spot, was built this palace designed by Luigi Vanvitelli, the sculptor and architect who built the Royal Palace of Caserta, and by his son Carlo.
Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano stands out among the palaces of via Toledo. The particularity of this Neapolitan architecture is the large internal courtyard framed by a large eighteenth-century portal. Inside the majestic building there are permanent and temporary exhibitions and concerts.