Capodimonte Royal Site: The first woods, park and palace of the Bourbons of Naples


Francesca Capano
University of Naples Federico II



Publisher: FedOA Press (Federico II University Press). 

Series: UrbsHistoriaeImago. Storia e immagine dei territori, dei centri urbani e delle architetture. 

Pages: 169. 

Language: Italian; English.


Abstract: Capodimonte was the first Palace of Neapolitan Dinasty “Borbone”, but it was neglected due to the rise of Portici and Caserta’s Royal Palaces, therefore, it was built very slowly. It was completed only a century after the laying of the foundation stone (1738). After so long times, which saw the succession of several architects aiming the leadership to the royal site, some of them were quite famous among the most representative figures of Architecture and Art History in Naples, across Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries.

The Royal Site was originally meant as Hunting reserve nearby the Capital and significant place of rest for the young Carlo di Borbone (Charles of Bourbon), who two years later decided to build a Royal Palace too. That decision was intended to amend the territorial aspects of Neapolitan northern hill, also to influence the urban layout before the unification of Italy. This study, based on a careful documentary and iconographic research, highlights the complex development of the palace and its park which are still paying a high price for the most controversial aspects of the project and its execution, emerged since the beginnings.

Author Biography

Francesca Capano, University of Naples Federico II

Francesca Capano, architect and historian of architecture and cities, PhD in History of Criticism of Architecture, has been collaborating since 2002 at Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sull’Iconografia della Città Europea (CIRICE) at Naples University Federico ll. She has received national scientific awards (ASN 2012) and was the holder of History of Architecture courses and History of the City in graduate programs for Engineering and also Architecture-Engineering at Neapolitan University. She took part in national and international conferences, also published many essays and two monographs, among which: Caserta, La città dei Borbone oltre la Reggia (1750-1860) / Caserta, The Bourbon city beyond the Royal Palace (1750-1860), Napoli, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane 2011; Misura e rappresentazione della capitale, Territori e città nelle carte di Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni e Luigi Marchese / Measure and representation of the capital, Territories and Cities in the maps by Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni and Luigi Marchese, in ‘Il Mezzogiorno e il Decennio’: architettura, città, territorio’ / The Southern Italy and the Decade: Architecture, the City, the territory, edited by A.Buccaro, C.Lenza, P.Mascilli Migliorini, Napoli, Giannini Pubblishing 2012; Gli archivi fotografici per la Storia dell’Architettura e del Paesaggio / Photographic Archives for History of Architecture and Landscapes, in “Eikonocity” no. 1, 2016.

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