Villa Floridiana

Naples, Italy

The Villa Floridiana dates from 1816 when Ferdinand I of the House of Bourbon, King of the Two Sicilies, acquired the property. Between 1817 and 1819 the architect Antonio Niccolini reconstructed the building and the surrounding gardens. The director of the Botanical Gardens, Friedrich Dehnhardt, planted oaks, pines, palms, cypresses and a large selection of flowers in the gardens.

The King then donated the property as the site for a vacation residence to his morganatic wife, Lucia Migliaccio Partanna, duchess of Floridia, from which the villa has taken its name. The neoclassical residence and surrounding gardens were built between 1817-19. The Villa currently houses the National Museum of Ceramics, Naples.

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Founded: 1816
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Evgenia S (2 years ago)
Nice park. If you'd like just to walk there it's free of charge. Inside there's a ticket office but it's fir those who would like to visit the museum. I didn't expect much from the ceramic museum but its collection is really good. Also there is a place with a great view
Lazar Zivanic (2 years ago)
Notning special to see park was nice but you can’t explore too much because there is to many sings stop not for walking and others
Liv Morris (3 years ago)
Gorgeous walk through the park, we didn't go inside the building but the gardens are lovely. The view at the end is incredible too of most of Naples. The closest Metro stop is Amedo or Vanvitelli
larrysbeard (3 years ago)
Beautiful palace with a spectacular view of the harbor of Naples located in a lovely park. The ceramic collection was not at all what we expected. This is not a collection of Italian earthen wear but a very high-end collection of porcelain both from China and Europe focusing on the development of porcelain art in Europe. This is a major and important collection of porcelain if you're interested. We spent two hours at the museum and didn't even get to the Asian collection.
Patrick Kreidler (3 years ago)
Asked for ice coffee, got sometjing improvised - one with too much sugar, one with basically just cold milk. Looks fancy and nice, but lacks quality.
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