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The Villa Pignatelli in Naples.
|Location||Largo Principessa Rosina Pignatelli, 201 - 80121 Napoli, Italy|
|Type||Art museum, Historic site|
|Website||Museo Pignatelli official website|
The Villa Pignatelli is a museum in Naples in southern Italy. The villa is located along the Riviera di Chiaia, the road bounding the north side of the Villa Comunale on the sea front between Mergellina and Piazza Vittoria. It was built for Ferdinand Acton in 1826, as a neo-classical residence that would be the centerpiece of a park. The central atrium was moved to the front of the building and Doric columns still catch the eye of the viewer from the street 50 yards (46 m) away. The property has changed hands since construction: in 1841, it was bought by Carl Mayer von Rothschild of the German family of financiers; in 1867, it passed to the Duke of Monteleone, Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes, whose widow then willed it to the Italian state in 1952. The villa maintains the gardens in front of the building, and houses a coach museum and a collection of French and English vehicles from the 18th and 19th centuries.