Maschio Angioino, the Castel Nuovo

The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo, Castel Nuovo, Naples, Italy (Photo by Luca Aless)
The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo

The "New Castle" in Naples was built in the 1200s

Though the core Maschio Angioino, or Angevin Dungeon, was built in the 13th century, the grand entrance arch wedged between two massive 15th-century bastions is pure Renaissance.

This unique adaptation of a triumphal arch was grafted onto the castle to commemorate Alfonso I of Aragon's arrival in the city in 1443.

The highlights inside—not stellar, but interesting—include:

  • The statues and frescoes from the 14th and 15th century in the tall, narrow Cappella Palatina.
  • A middling collection of paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries.
  • The huge Sala dei Baroni, the grand hall where Naples' City Council still meets under a wonderfully cross-vaulted ceiling.
  • The baroque Cappella delle Anime al Purgatorio, or Chapel of Lost Souls in Purgatory, built around 1580-81. The altar was used to administer the sacraments and last rights to prisoners condemned to death.
  • The excavated floor of the Armory Hall, now covered in glass you can walk on, showcasing the ancient flooring and several medieval burials.
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  • The Maschio Angioino, or Castel Nuovo, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Luca Aless)
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  • The castle as seen from the Certosa di San Martino, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)
  • The courtyard, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Richard Nevell)
  • The courtyard and Palatine Chapel entrance, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Sailko)
  • The Sala dei Baroni, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Lalupa)
  • The ceiling in the Sala dei Baroni, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta)
  • Human remains under the Armory floor, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro)
  • The Cappella Palatina, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by Richard Nevell)
  • Madonna in trono col bambino by Francesco Laurana in the Cappella Palatina, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Madonna and Child by Domenico Gagini in the Cappella Palatina, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro)
  • A late 15C Tabernacle by Domenico Gagini in the Capella Palatina, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro)
  • Cappella delle Anime al Purgatorio (Chapel of the Lost Souls in Purgatory), Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro)
  • Scene from the life of St Anthony the Abbot by the Third Master of Casaluce, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Garibaldi entering Naples (before 1920) by Franz Wenzel Schwarz, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Adoration of the Magi (1519) by Marco Calabrese, with a portrait of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, as the magi on the right, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Portrait of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, as one of the Magi in an early 16C The Adoration of the Magi by Marco Cardisco, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
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  • Christ and the Samaritan by Luca Giordano, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Terracotta Portrait of Giambattista Vico by Francesco Jerace, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
  • Pescatore, or Fisherboy, by Vincenzo Gemito, Castel Nuovo, Italy (Photo Public Domain)
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How long does Castel Nuovo take?

Spend about 30-40 minutes here.

Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).