Built in 1738 for the Neapolitan aristocrat Marchese Moscati, this palazzo is famed for its external "hawk-winged staircase," believed to follow the design of star architect Ferdinando Sanfelice and decorated with sumptuous stucco and a bust and panel at the top of each flight. The palace was at one point owned by a Spanish nobleman, Don Tommas Atienza, thus the name "dello Spagnolo." In the left corner of the courtyard in the back, a nondescript metal door leads to a
tunnel running all the way to Piazza Carlo III—another example of the Neapolitan underground. The palace was recently immortalized in Passione, John Turturro's excellent film about Naples and music, each distinctive green archway filled with a nubile Neapolitan beauty gyrating to "Come facette mammeta" (loosely translated as "How my mother made me").
Via Vergini 19, Naples, 80137, Italy