This paper focuses on the modernization of government apparatuses carried out by Charles III, following his ascension to the throne of the Kingdom of Naples. This reformist process had a reference model: the reforms brought about in Spain by Charles’ father, Philip V, who gave a key role to the army officers involved in administration. This choice was functional to the policy aiming at recomposing the royal patrimony by reabsorbing tax revenues, which had been alienated in the past: it was an attempt to decrease the importance of the vía judicial in government apparatuses and, simultaneously, to increase the significance of the vía ejecutiva. The experimentation of the military nature of territorial administration in the Kingdom of Naples was tested, by Charles III, in the Royal Sites, that were feudal domains of the King.
Keywords: Kingdom of Naples; Bourbon Reformism; Intendant; Military Nature of Territorial Administration.