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The Villa Floridiana is a large park in the Vomero quarter in Naples, southern Italy. It overlooks the western Neapolitan suburbs of Chiaia and Mergellina.

Villa Floridiana
Villa Floridiana
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The Villa Floridiana on the Vomero hill in Naples.
General information
StatusPalace now used as a museum, National Gallery
TypeVilla
Architectural styleNeo-Classical
LocationNaples, Italy
Construction started1817
Completed1819
ClientFerdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Technical details
Floor count2
Design and construction
ArchitectAntonio Niccolini
Invalid designation
Official nameVilla Floridiana
TypeNon-movable
CriteriaMonument
State PartyItaly

The villa 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.[1]

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.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Legler, Rolf (1990). Der Golf von Neapel (in German). Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag. ISBN 3-7701-2254-2.

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