The Castel Nuovo (“New Castle”) is a 13th century castle in Naples that also serves as the seat of the Museo Civico, which houses a collection of artworks from the 14th to the 20th centuries. The castle is also known by the name Maschio Angioino.
Castel Nuovo Naples
Opening hours Castel Nuovo Naples
Opening hours: From 09:00 to 19:00. The ticket office closes at 18.00. Closed on Sunday. (During the Covid crisis, the Green Pass is required).
Entrance fee: 5 Euro.
History Castel Nuovo Naples
The history of the castle dates back to the time of Charles I of Anjou, who wanted to establish the center of his kingdom in Naples. The city therefore had to be better secured and he not only had the walls around the port and the city itself extended, but also a Franciscan monastery converted into the current Castel Nuovo.
It was given the name “New Castle” since two other castles (the Castel dell’Ovo and the Castel Capuano) already existed in Naples. Construction had taken mar five years, from 1279 to 1284.
After the construction of the castle was completed, it became a popular place among artists and none other than Giotto painted much of the interior.
Its present appearance is partly the result of a major rebuilding by the Aragonese and partly the result of a restoration that took place in the first half of the 20th century. Many of these renovations were necessary after damage done by wars, sieges or fires.
In 1443, Alfonso I issued a decree regarding the renovation. An important part of the work was led by the Spanish architect Guillermo Sagrera.
In the 16th century a wall was built around the castle. This was demolished between 1871 and 1939. However, it was decided to leave the oldest part of the monument intact.
Today, in addition to the City Museum, there are some municipal offices in the Castel Nuovo.
The Castel Nuovo is also called Maschio Angioino. This is a bit misleading since there is not much left of the castle built by the Anjou.
What to see
The triumphal arch above the entrance to the Castel Nuovo is located between the Torre di Mezzo and the Torre di Guardia. This arch commemorates the victory of the Aragonese when they invaded the city in 1443. Several artists have worked on it.
Address and public transport
The address of the Castel Nuovo is Piazza Municipio – 80133 Naples (tel. +39 0817955877). Bus: 140, N1, N3, R1, R2.