Villa Doria D'Angri
Via Francesco Petrarca, 80, Napoli, 80123 NA, Italia
Naples and music is definitely a perfect match. Wagner himself – enjoying the view of Naples from the Villa Doria d’Angri, where he was a guest in 1880 – found here his inspiration to compose his Parsifal, one of the most important opera of all time!
The Villa Doria d’Angri has been built at the beginning of nineteenth century commissioned by Marcantonio Doria, the prince of Angri, but it has been accomplished just after 15 years for an amount of 100.000 ducats, a huge amount of money!!
Its architecture is definitely SOOPER! Outside it has a small gothic tower and an octagonal pagoda with some bells hanging from the ceiling, which will make you feel China is not that far away from Naples. Inside, instead, its Chinese rooms together with its furniture – entirely in Pompeian red style – create a mix of colours with the see on the background you cannot miss; 4 huge columns, which remind the temples in ancient Greece, characterize the entrance.
Since this villa looked too poor to the Prince, he enriched it with a “small” English style garden of just 12.000mq, in which you will find fountains with mythological characters, water tricks and super rare plants. This villa is one of the branches of Parthenope University, but also it hosts a maritime museum which counts more then 160 kinds of ships.
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