The Royal Palace
At the end of the 16th century, the king Philip III of Spain planned to come and visit the city. On this occasion, especially in order not to make a bad impression, the viceroy Fernando Ruiz de Castro commissioned Domenico Fontana to build this astonishing palace. Although the king changed his mind and did not go to Naples, it just took some years for the building to be completed. The main façade is incredibly impressive and is composed of eight recesses housing statues of Neapolitan kings, such as Roger II of Sicily and Victor Emmanuel II, each one of them made by a different sculptor.