Naples Luxury Restored Boutique Hotel, Palazzo Doria For Sale

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  • 6 Beds
  • 8 Baths
  • 12,378 sqft
In the historic center of Naples, at the junction between Via Toledo and Via Sant’Anna, right at the corner of Piazza 7 Settembre, Romolini is proud to represent the sale of the piano nobile of the ma
In the historic center of Naples, at the junction between Via Toledo and Via Sant’Anna, right at the corner of Piazza 7 Settembre, Romolini is proud to represent the sale of the piano nobile of the majestic Palazzo Doria d’Angri. Inside, the 18th-century building features many reception rooms (including the stunning and jaw-dropping Gabinetto degli Specchi), each beautifully decorated with masterworks by notable artists of the 18th century.
Located in a very prestigious and convenient position in the center of the city, a few hundreds of meters from the harbor, the palazzo is provided with all the services in the vicinity and has quick and easy access to many shops and boutiques.
Leaving Naples, the most interesting centers of Campania, including the beautiful and stunning towns of the Amalfi Coast, can be reached in less than two hours by car (Caserta, Vietri, Mondragone, Positano, Amalfi, Formia, Cassino, Sperlonga…). With a ferry one can also reach the unique isles of the Campanian Archipelago (Capri, Procida, Ischia, Nisida and Vivara).
The airport of Naples is just 6 km from the property and can be easily reached with a shuttle service. The airports of Rome (Ciampino and Fiumicino) are also easily reached in just over two hours.

The ground floor of the palazzo (not included in the sale) is fully occupied by shops and boutiques. One can enter the building from the huge door on the façade, which then leads to the two internal courtyards.
Via a monumental staircase, one reaches the piano nobile (1,150 sqm – 12,374 sqft). Here the palazzo features some beautiful reception halls, each finely embellished with frescoes and sculptures. The most peculiar hall is without a doubt the Gabinetto degli Specchi (the Mirror Hall), a room frescoed by Fedele Fischetti and made extremely bright by the light bouncing off the many mirrors placed on the walls. The other rooms on the floor include a huge kitchen, ideal in case one wants to set up events, several sitting rooms and living rooms and six stunning bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The history of this palazzo began in 1749, when the Genoese nobleman Marcantonio Doria bought a 16th century palazzo in the heart of Naples. In 1755 a second house was bought right next to the previous one.
Doria’s idea was to build a family palazzo in Naples which would take the place of the two units. In 1760 the houses were being demolished when Marcantonio suddenly died without seeing his dream fulfilled. His work lived on with his son, Giovanni Carlo Doria, who tasked with the design the architect Luigi Vanvitelli (by then pretty old, but still highly regarded for his monumental work in the Royal Palace of Caserta).
When Luigi died, in 1773, the project was passed into the hands of other architects (Ferdinando Fuga and Mario Gioffredo) before being taken over by Carlo Vanvitelli, Luigi’s son.
The construction went on undisturbed until 1778: by this year, the building had already trespassed its intended borders and the work was halted. The Doria family was forced to buy the neighboring plot of land to be able to place the four columns of the façade and complete the palazzo. The idea of opening a second entrance door on the side was initially proposed but quickly abandoned, and a new doorway was opened at the rear of the palazzo instead.

In the first half of the 19th century, the Doria tasked the architect Antonio Francesconi (who had already left his signature on the family’s residence in Posillipo) to rework the interiors of the property to convert it into a private dwelling.

On September 6, 1860, Francis II of the Two Sicilies left Naples and moved to Gaeta and Capua, where he hoped to reorganize his army to face Giuseppe Garibaldi. The following day (September 7, which is also the square’s name today), the Hero of the Two Worlds entered Naples with his men, and the Spanish garrison refused to open fire. Once inside Palazzo della Foresteria, Garibaldi spoke to the citizens of Naples: “You have the right to rejoice in this day which is the beginning of a new age not just for you, but for the whole Italy, of which Naples is the best part. It is truly a glorious and holy day, in which the people moves out of their state of servitude and enters the ranks of a free nation. I thank you for your welcome, not just in my name but in the name of Italy, which will be with your help free and united”.

Garibaldi moved then to Palazzo Doria, from whose balcony he spoke again. This scene is portrayed in the famous painting Ingresso di Garibaldi a Napoli il 7 settembre 1860 by Franz Wenzel Schwarz (1860). On the same subject, the work by Schwarz also allows appreciating the palazzo in its original state: the building featured on the façade the Doria coat of arms and a crowning with eight marble statues. During World War II, Allied bombs irreparably damaged the building’s façade, completely destroying the coat of arms and six of the eights statue.

The palazzo features a trapezoidal plan, with the main façade placed on the short side and oriented towards the square. This façade, in a typical Neoclassical fashion, is split into three levels: the lowers one features the entrance door, marked by four Doric columns supporting the balcony above; the central level features Ionic half-columns, framing three windows (the central one gives access to the balcony); the upper floor (the most damaged) once sported the Doria coat of arms and the statues which have been destroyed in World War II.
The sides of the palazzo, less visible and interesting from an architectural perspective, are much simpler in shape and only feature a series of gabled windows.
The rear of the building, right in front of Palazzo Carafa di Maddaloni, still features the secondary entryway which was then closed just a few years after its creation to put an end to the long-lasting quarrel between Doria and Carafa.
Seen from above, the palazzo boasts two internal courtyards, a hexagonal one (which clearly recalls a similar one, octagonal in shape, found in the Palazzo Serra di Cassano in the San Ferdinando neighborhood) and a rectangular one, connected by a vaulted passageway.

Inside, the palazzo is decorated in typical 18th-century fashion: one can admire several paintings by Fedele Fischetti (among which the beautiful one in the Gabinetto degli Specchi, portraying the return of Lamba Doria after the victorious battle of Curzola against Venice). Particularly interesting is the Gabinetto degli specchi (the Mirror hall) on the first floor, where one can see paintings by Francesco Solimena (1657 – 1747) and decorations by Girolamo Starace-Franchis (1730 – 1794). The private chapel on the piano nobile was embellished and painted by Giovanni Maria Griffoni (1750 – 1798).

The palazzo, in excellent condition, is one of Naples’s jewels and is a notable reference point for those who are interested in the history of the Italian Risorgimento. The building, thanks to its generous size and beautiful internal finishes, is perfect as a location for events and meetings.
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Romolini Immobiliare was founded in April 2004 by Riccardo and Marta Romolini on the basis of their ten years’ expe
Romolini Immobiliare was founded in April 2004 by Riccardo and Marta Romolini on the basis of their ten years’ experience in real estate.
Riccardo and Marta are a married couple with three children, who have a deep and long-standing love for their area. Thanks to their attitude, dedication and consummate professionalism, they immediately attracted the most discerning international clientele. From the very start, they have specialized in the sale of historic properties and their determination allowed the company to quickly grow, to the point that today it proudly represents the sale of some of the most exclusive properties in Italy.
The staff at Romolini Immobiliare is made up of Italians who speak fluent English. They take pride in their personal and customized service to clients, as well as in their comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the area in which they operate, offering the best advice a buyer could ever hope to receive.
After years of work and successes, in December 2008 Romolini Immobiliare has been chosen to become an Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for Tuscany and Umbria.

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