Royal Footsteps – The Borbons
Devoted by the people, loved for their perseverance in making Naples, the richest and strongest city of that time. The Bourbon family were convinced that this pearl of the Mediterranean had to be a jewel. 5 royal palaces, a land bearing its name – Ferdinandopoli – a moral slap for Versailles, a great number of primates, full state crates,, Neapolitan people were never so proud and happy. A king, a leader, a paladin. A Neapolitan man.
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Naples, during the centuries, has been land of conquest for the most important European dynasties , but, the rules who permitted to reach the maximum glory, has been, with no doubts, the Bourbon kings.
It’s not a casuality, that in the Plebiscito’s Square, even all the monarch statues are situated on the frontage of the royal palace, Ferdinand IV and his father Charles are poses, on horseback, in the middle of the square.
In just over a century of Kingdom, Bourbons, have made Naples the second most populous city in Europe and it could be proud for many world records: Naples has been the first city to have the running water in the houses, the first to introduce the free vaccination against smallpox for its inhabitants, and more and more that you could only discover by tracing the footprints that the kings left in the city.
We absolutely have to start from the majestic Royal Palace, built with precious marbles and, inside, the stairwell was defined by Montesquieu, the most beautiful staircase in the world. Further, among the records of the Kingdom, a short walk from the palace, Charles ordered the construction of that, today, it’s the oldest theatre in Europe and which bears his name: the San Carlo Theatre, a masterpiece of acoustics and beauty that dazzles the eyes and delights the soul.
Charles III was an insatiable king, so he wanted a palace all for himself, a place of wonders that dominated the city from the top: the Royal Palace of Capodimonte which surprises thanks to its immense rooms and its furnishings but, more importantly, for the treasures of art and fine porcelains that it keeps, a pity not to admire them.
The sovereigns also owned a large number, 22 to be exact, of summer residences and hunting lodges. One of the most important is undoubtedly the Portici Palace, a splendid example of eighteenth-century architecture and, to facilitate the achievement of the palace, is precisely here, from Portici to Naples, where was born the first Italian railroad line, October 3th 1839. This record is showed by the fascinating Pietrarsa Museum, walk on board.
Only the greatest architects and sculptors worked for the Bourbons and the great work of Luigi Vanvitelli is proved by the imposing Reggia of Caserta, built to compete with the Versailles Royal Palace and, in fact, it has nothing to envy. The palace is immersed in a park of 120 hectares, where the water is the true protagonist , brought up there thanks to the Carolingian aqueduct, built ad hoc. And, not far from the Royal Palace, Ferdinand gave birth to the Real Colony of San Leucio, where a prestigious fabric factory was set up to serve autonomy to a colony community named Ferdinandopoli.
The Bourbons, therefore, had a long look to the future, and for this reason Ferdinand conceived the first Real Botanical Garden, founded as an autonomous institute for scientific, educational and technical purposes, and the king, for his great return on the throne of Naples, also wanted to inaugurate the Astronomical Observatory, on the hill of Capodimonte. Yet, our King did not forget the past, indeed made it even more glorious after the discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum and he decided the foundation of the National Archaeological Museum, where, among hundreds of thousands of ancient finds, the Farnese collection is preserved.
The trip into the Kingdom of Naples, that then become the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, could continue again and again, and after retracing the legendary steps we are sure you will shout with us: “Hurray the King!" – “Evviva ‘o Re!”
- Exclusive and private guided tour, (1 to 12 people);
- Professional travel guide in Italian or in English, Spanish, French, German;
- Private pickup service is included in the basic package for those who complete the entire day’s journey;
- Information service h24 starting from the booking confirmation;
- Support service throughout the journey;
- Accessible routes throughout the tour and for all sites, excluding some that will be reported at the time of booking.
- All kind of foods and drinks;
- Tickets for selected sites or museums (1 site for "half day tour" and 2 sites for "Full Day tour";
- Pick-up service for the half day tour
- Everything not expressly stated in the entry "the price tour includes”.