The palace of spirits

Palazzo donn'Anna

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Why locals love it?

This is one of the most celebrated buildings in Naples, full of history and legends. It’s said that the ghosts of two lovers whose romance failed live here. Its architecture and location overlooking the sea are striking. There are plenty of surprises inside, including kayaks available for rent and a cave where old artisans build wooden boats.

Why you should visit it

This palace isn’t a typical tourist attraction – public visits aren’t even allowed! Try to ask the caretaker to let you in so you can experience something truly unforgettable: an unfinished structure without windows where you can feel the magic of the sea.

Special tip

There are no opening times – your best chance of getting inside is in the morning (plus, the light is best then).

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2 Comments

This building is absolutely beautiful, I appreciate the history behind this historic building but I feel like its worth mentioning to all new comers to Naples that if you are looking to enter the building you can not. It is private property so all you are able to do is admire its beauty from the outside. Also, I would like to add that parking is difficult to find but the area is safe and all though I would not put this at the top of your bucket list, if you had time, I would plan a small trip out of your day to admire this 15th century Villa.
Chelseyray local January 26, 2017
my family lived in naples from about 1880 to 1933. my great grandfather was the presbyterian minister for naples, and his sister lived in an appartment in the palazza donn'anna, and my aunt was born there in 1928. she was called mary jane holme. my family
Ann traveller July 4, 2017

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