Castel Nuovo, known as Maschio Angioino, is a medieval and Renaissance castle built by Charles I of Anjou in 1266, after having ascended the throne of Sicily and made Naples the capital. It is one of the symbols of Naples, with its grandeur, its own five huge cylindrical towers and its strategic position.
It hosts various cultural events, is the seat of the Civic Museum and also offers a nice itinerary among its rooms, prisons, chapels and much more.
Here is all the information you need to better organize one visit to the Maschio Angioino in Naples.
- Hours and prices
- What to see and how to visit Maschio Angioino
- Where is it and how to get there
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
- from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 19:00, the ticket office closes one hour earlier. On Sundays it closes early at 14:00 pm, and sometimes it is possible to visit the courtyard, the Palatine Chapel, the Sala dei Baroni, the Sala dell'Armeria and the Sala della Loggia for free.
- Best time to avoid queues: on opening
- € 6,00 full
- Reductions: € 3,00 reduced
- Free: under 18, and other authorized categories. For more info view the pdf file on free admission methods
What to see and how to visit Maschio Angioino
The visit to the Maschio Angioino in Naples includes an itinerary that contemplates the places where the Castle is divided, namely:
- civic Museum, with the Jerace Collection on the first floor (Sala Carlo V); on the second floor the Pinacoteca with works ranging from the th to the th century and on the third floor the Sala Novecento, with sculptures and paintings from donations and collections of the Municipality of Naples.
- Palatine Chapel, frescoed by Giotto and his pupils with stories from the Old and New Testament and other wonderful paintings.
- Chapels of Purgatory and of San Francesco da Paola, where you can admire Baroque decorations and frescoes.
- Hall of the Barons, is the most important room, frescoed by Giotto and illuminated by the suggestive light coming from the balcony called "Trionfale".
- Prisons, are located in the basement and consist of the crocodile pit, where the condemned who had received very severe penalties were carried, and the prison of the Barons, in which there are four coffins without inscriptions.
- Torre del Beverello, you can visit by reservation on site / Every hour from 9:30 to 16:30 with a maximum of 20 people at a time.
- Armory room, here there are archaeological remains of the Roman age.
- Monumental Courtyard, on which several portals open.
- Sala della Loggia, elegant room where events and rituals are held.
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: it is located in the port area, in Piazza Municipio and can be easily reached on foot being in the center - Get directions
- By bus: line R2 Piazza Municipio stop
- By tram: line 1 Piazza Municipio stop
- By metro: line 1 Municipio stop
- In funicular: Central Funicular, Augusteo stop
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 9:00 am;
- Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Naples 3-day city card (Campania Artecard) and benefit from discounts and concessions, travel on public transport belonging to the UnicoCampania Consortium;
- Minimum time: allow a minimum of 90 minutes for the visit. The ideal would be to be able to dedicate 2 hours of time;
- Take part in a tour: there are three routes available that you can participate in with an expert guide, namely the mystical tour, the religious one and the "practical" one, in which you are harnessed to go down into the basement. The latter is a lot of fun for children!
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The construction of the Maschio Angioino began under the reign of Charles I of Anjou and over time it became a center of culture where famous people stayed, including Giotto, Petrarch e Boccaccio. The Aragonese succeeded the Angevins, who transformed the medieval castle into a modern and elegant fortress.
A curiosity: the name Maschio Angioino, given to Castel Nuovo, derives from the fact that in the Middle Ages the Maschio was the main tower of a castle, the most protected one. Therefore "Maschio" indicates the role of fortress that Castel Nuovo played in Naples.
The Castle currently is seat of the Civic Museum and various cultural events, however, as anticipated, it also offers a beautiful path that winds between the Armory Room, the Palatine Chapel, the Charles V Room and the Loggia, the prisons, the Sala dei Baroni and the Tower.
We recommend using the audio guide or taking part in a tour with the experts available, to better understand every aspect of the building (the cost is separate, about € 10,00) and to book in advance to climb the Tower.