San Carlo all'Arena

The recently (2006) restored façade of the Albergo dei Poveri in Naples.

San Carlo all'Arena is a district of Naples, the regional capital of Campania, located north-east of the historic centre of the city[1]. This quarter (quartiere) is named after the Church of San Carlo all'Arena and it constitutes - together with district Stella - Naples' third municipality. The district is centered on the Bourbon Hospice for the Poor located in Piazza Carlo III, a square named after Charles III the first Bourbon king of Naples.

Monuments and Places of InterestEdit

Church of San Carlo all'ArenaEdit

San Carlo all'Arena is a Roman Church located in via Foria after which the entire district is named. The name of the church itself derives from the street in which it was originally built, Via Arenosa (sandy street), formed by the debris left in the wake of the rivers coming from the hills .

Botanical Garden of NaplesEdit

The Botanical Garden of Naples is a facility owned by the University of Naples Federico II which houses thousands of plant species. It was founded at the beginning of the XIX century - when the city was under the French domination - with the purposes of "public instruction", "multiplication of beneficial species,[...] agriculture and [...] industry", as established in the founding decree dated 1807 and signed by king Joseph Bonaparte. [2].

Bourbon Hospice for the PoorEdit

The Bourbon Hospice for the poor is a former public hospital built in the XVIII century and designed by the architect Ferdinando Fuga. Its original purpose was to accommodate the poor and sick, however nowadays it is occasionally used to house exhibitions, conferences or concerts.

Palace of CapodimonteEdit

The Palace of Capodimonte was built as royal residence by the Bourbons and today it houses the National Museum of Capodimonte, in which we can find the works of many great Italian artists, such as Raphael, Tiziano, Masaccio, Simone Martini and Caravaggio. The Palace is located in the Real Bosco, a public park born as hunting reserve, that surrounds the Palace and that overlooks the city and its Gulf[3].


  1. ^ Viviani, R.; Lezza, A. (2010). Poesie. I tascabili. Guida. p. 131. ISBN 978-88-6666-047-7. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ Botanical Garden of Naples Retrieved 27 October 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte Retrieved 27 October 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External linksEdit

  Media related to San Carlo all'Arena (District of Naples) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°52′17″N 14°15′34″E / 40.87139°N 14.25944°E / 40.87139; 14.25944