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Villa Floridiana, Naples

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Take a stroll through Villa Floridiana, a large, lush park overlooked by a picturesque, 19th-century Neoclassical residence. Originally built as a vacation property for King Ferdinand I and his wife, the park and villa are decorated by planted oaks, pines, palms, cypresses and a large selection of flowers in the gardens--the work of Friedrich Dehnhardt, director of the botanical gardens. The park offers views of the nearby bay, and wide paved pathways intertwine among dense trees. A grand staircase leads you the front door of the residence, which today houses a museum of Italian art. Villa Floridiana is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Naples Edition.
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  • The Villa Floridiana is the real green lung of the Vomero hill, a former hunting lodge of King, devoted to his mistress and future wife. A beautiful park with lots of tall trees and a monumental neoclassical building now used as a Museum of ceramics. A wonderful pratone opposite the entrance to the Museum, where it is nice to relax in the Sun. A wonderful lookout with stunning views of the Gulf of Naples, where you see Vesuvius, Sorrento and Capri, which seem so close you can touch with your hands. A café okay but nothing great. The painful notes come from many paths shut off and closed to public use. As well as the path that leads to the circular temple at the end of the belvedere where was beautiful dangling on the face blank in sweet company. Closed even the feint caves that recall the covered walkways of the Park Guell in Barcelona. A waste, which I hope will be returned to its former glory not so far.
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  • The villa Floridiana is situated on the Hill, at the heart of Vomero. A walk in this park is to immerse yourself in another dimension, leaving behind the traffic, the smog, the chaos of the big city, and enjoy the tranquility, the scent of plants, lawns, tree-lined streets. Walking, walking you descend down the Hill until you come to a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy the spectacle of the entire Bay, from punta della Campanella at Vesuvius, Capri in front, and up to Posillipo. It's called Floridiana in honor of the Duchess of "Fay", the Sicilian Lucia Migliaccio, mistress of the King of Naples, Ferdinand of Bourbon and later married the latter when she became a widower after the death of the Queen. As a wedding present, Ferdinand gave the bride a villa located on the Vomero hill, little more than a country house, and entrusted the restoration to the Tuscan Architect Antonio Niccolini. The villa remained privately owned by the heirs of the Duchess until, in 1919, was finally purchased by the State: the villa in 1920 became Duca di Martina Museum that houses collections of ceramics, porcelain, pottery and glass, enamels, minor productions corals and ivories of Placid di Sangro, Duke of Martina.
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  • Villa Floridiana and its Park in Vomero are easily reached by funicular. The Park would be nice though is largely cordoned off because of the danger of falling trees. The playground for children is also protected with barriers and access temporarily closed but an inscription "but when reopen? Ever? " Makes us think that the temporary became permanent. The Park is home to a colony of cats well groomed you are a great treat for animal lovers and kids. The cafeteria inside the Park is well managed and has tables that offer great views over Capri. At Belvedere, a small fountain with tub accommodates an incredible amount of turtles. This place would have a huge potential if it were properly valued and well maintained.
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  • Beautiful view
  • At present it is far too neglected. Many areas are pretty much a bunch of Scrubs harshened. Belvedere practically nullified the neglect to plants and fences that have been applied. To act immediately to return the pomp and the potential at a place originally beautiful.
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  • It was once larger. Now it's closed in part because it was dangerous. But anyway a nice green place in a very densely populated district
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  • The reopening (even partial) has finally given an acceptable size. We wait trusting openness of space still closed
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