Piazza del Plebiscito. The main square in Naples – what to see, church, Royal Palace


If you love art and you are visiting Naples, you can not miss a visit to the beautiful Piazza del Plebiscito that between the Royal Palace and the Basilica of San Francesco da Paola offers a magical atmosphere for all lovers of beauty and culture.

Piazza Plebiscito - image from WikipediaThe square is advisable to reach it from the subway stop “Toledo”, which in addition to being a valuable piece of contemporary architecture of the city, is not far from the square and the walk that awaits you will still be pleasant, thanks to the presence of shops, historic buildings, and bars where you can enjoy a delicious Neapolitan espresso. In short, Naples will not disappoint you!

once you get to the square

Once you arrive in the beautiful Piazza del plebiscito you will find yourself between the historic Royal Palace, and the monumental architecture of the Basilica of San Francesco da Paola. In the middle also the famous bronze horses designed by sculptor Antonio Canova and made in the ancient Righetti Foundries (now in the complex of Villa Bruno) in San Giorgio a Cremano (NA).

Between the two sculptures you can play a game that made famous the same Piazza del Plebiscito, try to bandage near the royal palace, do a few rounds on yourself to confuse ideas and try to cross the space between the two horses, even letting a friend guide you. Needless to say, you probably won’t! And this for the particular irregular shape of the square that makes this action particularly complicated. Come on, try it!

In the neighbourhood of Piazza del Plebiscito there are several activities to try, let’s try to make a small list of them:

  • Visit the Royal Palace, its apartments and hanging gardens (for a fee)
  • Explore the courtyards and gardens of the Royal Palace, (free of charge)
  • Visit the National Library of Naples, and visit its splendid monumental halls (free of charge, accessible from the Royal Palace courtyard)
  • Visit the beautiful Basilica of San Francesco da Paola, jewel of Italian Neoclassicism
  • Go and see the historical photographic archive of Parisio, under the porticoes of the church
  • Go the historic Caffè Gambrinus to taste typical sweets of the Neapolitan gastronomic tradition
  • Walking towards the sea, descending from the Belvedere
  • Visit the ancient San Carlo Theatre, the oldest in Italy with adjoining museum (accessible for a fee from the Royal Palace)