Completed in 1282 for the first ruler of the Angevin Monarchy, Charles I of Anjou, it was dubbed Castel Nuovo, the New Castle, lest it be confused with the other two castles resident in Naples at the time, Castel Capuano and Castel dell’Ovo. Unfortunately however, the King died before he ever moved in, and the castle was left to his son Charles II along with the Kingdom of Naples.
Today, Castel Nuovo plays host to weddings, concerts, cultural events and temporary art exhibits. It is also home to city offices and the Museo Civico, the Municipal Museum at Castel Nuovo, a collection of works including sculptures, paintings and frescoes dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries. And, the castle sports some fantastic views of the bay and makes for a great photo op from the sea.