The Villa Comunale is the most prominent and visible park in Naples. It is one of the main historical parks of the city, and it surely is one of the places to see in Napoli.
The park is a few steps away from the Riviera di Chiaia and from Via Caracciolo, the waterfront of the city. If you cross the Villa or if you walk following its limits, you arrive at Mergellina, another of the most famous and iconic quarters of Napoli.
The Villa Comunale of Naples, history
The Villa Comunale of Naples is also known as Villa Reale, Real Passeggio di Chiaia, Villa Nazionale. It was built by the Viceroy Duke of Medinacoeli but only in 1697 the first trees were planted and 13 fountains were installed. The fountains draw a path that leads to the Neapolitan crypta, a 711-meter-long tunnel in the Posillipo hill.
In the second half of the 1700s, the beach area was also used for strolling. Over time, Carlo Vanvitelli and Stefano Gasse have also contributed to expand and refine the design of this important park.
Villa Comunale of Naples, attractions
Stop and take a look at fountains such as the so-called fountain of the Paperelle and the fountain of Santa Lucia. Among the statues dedicated to illustrious men, those of Giambattista Vico (sculpted by Leopoldo di Borbone) and Pietro Colletta (Giulio Monteverde) are some of the ones to pay attention to.
The monuments to visit are the circular temples dedicated to Torquato Tasso, Virgilio, and the casina Pompeiana.
How to go to the Villa Comunale of Naples, and timetables
The opening hours of the Villa Comunale in Naples are 7 am-10 pm, from 1 November to 30 April; from 7 to midnight from May 1st to October 31st.
To get to the Villa Comunale by subway, take metro line 2 and get off at Piazza Amedeo station.