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Called nuovo (new) to distinguish it from the older Castel dell'Ovo, this castle is better known locally as the Maschio Angioino (Angevin stronghold). It was built in 1279 by Charles of Anjou and used by subsequent Angevin monarchs as a royal residence and fortress. It also became a centre of arts and literature, attracting such illustrious characters as Petrarch, Boccaccio (some of the best tales of the Decameron are set in Naples) and Giotto, who, in around 1330, frescoed the main hall and chapel.

The castle has housed Naples' museo civico since 1992. The museo civico is housed on two floors. The first contains paintings from the 15th through to the 18th century, with much local colour; the second 19th- and 20th-century works by Neopolitan artists. There's also a fine bronze door, commissioned in 1475 by the Aragonese to commemorate their victory over the Angevins (the embedded cannonball probably dates from a sea battle off Genoa in 1495, when the door was being shipped to France). Don't miss the views from the fortress towers, accessible by lifts.

Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

Address

Piazza del Municipio

Transport Bus 151, R2, R3, Metro Line 2

Telephone 081 795 5877, 081 420 1241

Open 9am-7pm Mon-Sat; 9am-2.30pm Sun. Last entry 1hr before closing.

Admission €5; free under-18s, over-65s.

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