San Carlo all’Arena district Naples

Although the San Carlo all’Arena district is not located in the actual city center of Naples, it is home to some of the main tourist attractions of the capital of Campania. It is the second largest district of the city in terms of population.

San Carlo all’Arena district Naples

Useful information

Together with the Stella district, San Carlo all’Arena forms the Municipalità 3 of Naples. The nearest metro stop is Museo.

History and description

In 1734, when Charles of Bourbon took over the reign of Naples, he started reorganizing the center of the city. A new Royal Palace was built on the Capodimonte hill to the west of the district. The gardens of this palace contained a porcelain factory, which was very important for the development of the neighborhood.

Just as important was the construction of the Via Foria.

What to see

San Carlo all'Arena Church Naples
San Carlo all’Arena Church

The main square of the district is called Piazza Carlo III, named after the first Burgundian King of Naples. The largest and most striking building in this square is the Real Albergo dei Poveri, or “Royal Guest House for the Poor,” which was founded by the Burgundians.

The district itself owes its name to the San Carlo all’Arena Church.

The Capodimonte Museum is one of the most famous and interesting museums in the city. It is located in the Capodimonte Park.

The Botanical Gardens of Naples are also located in the district.

The Ponti Rossi (“Red Bridges”) are the ruins of an ancient Roman aqueduct and give this part of the district its nickname.

San Carlo all’Arena district Naples


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