Palace of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

The Palace of Capodimonte –Reggia di Capodimonte, is a grand Bourbonpalazzo in Naples, Italy, formerly the summer residence and hunting lodge of the kings of the Two Sicilies. It today houses the National Museum of Capodimonte and art gallery of the city. “Capodimonte” means “top of the hill”, and the palace was originally just outside the city, which has now expanded to surround it, and somewhat cooler than the city in summer. In the early twentieth century, the palace became the residence of the Dukes of Aosta. Then in 1920 it became the property of the Italian state. In 1950 it became a museum, with many of the exhibits being returned from the National Museum. The first and second floors house the National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale).Elsewhere in the palace the royal apartments are furnished with antique 18th century furniture and a collection of porcelain and majolica from the various royal residences. The famous Capodimonte Porcelain Factory was just adjacent to the palace; it was started in 1743 by the Bourbon King Charles.

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