Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples

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    Piazza Plebiscito

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 5, 2012

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    Piazza Plebiscito is one of the largest squares in the city. It is named for the plebiscite taken on October 2 in 1860 that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy. It is bounded on the east by the Royal Palace and on the west by the church of San Francesco di Paola with colonnades extending to both sides.
    The church is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome. The façade is fronted by a portico resting on six columns and two Ionic pillars. Inside, the church is circular with two side chapels. The dome is 53 metres high.

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    Piazza del Plebiscito

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    The whole area is now for pedestrians only. On the East is the Palazzo Reale and on the West is the 19th century San Francesco di Paola, which was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The Colonnades on both sides of the church remind one of St. Peter's Square in Rome as well.

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    Piazza del Plebiscito & surroundings

    by toonsarah Written Nov 25, 2007

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    Having spent a morning exploring the historic centre of Naples we felt in need of a change so caught a bus from Piazza Dante to the area around the Piazza del Plebiscito. This seemed a popular place among the locals for a Sunday afternoon stroll, so we joined them.

    This is the largest square in the city – a vast cobbled expanse, the scale of which can be easily appreciated thanks to the sensible chaining off which prevents cars from crossing the space or worse, parking on it. Be warned though – the chains don’t prevent the ubiquitous scooters from using it as a short cut, so keep your eyes open!

    The eastern side is dominated by the grand Palazzo Reale. This houses a museum featuring paintings and period furniture, and also the Biblioteca Nazionale. We didn’t go in however, but instead continued our walk to the far side of the square from where we had a wonderful view of the bay, with a marina in the foreground and Vesuvius brooding over the city – an ever-present reminder of Naples precarious location.

    Returning through the square we admired the elegant church of San Francesco di Paolo on its opposite side, before settling in at the Art Nouveau Caffé Gambrinus for our afternoon refreshments – see my separate Restaurant tip about this.

    Palazzo Reale & Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples Horse and carriage, Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples View of Vesuvius from near Piazza del Plebiscito

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    Piazza del Plebiscito

    by Santini738 Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Piazza Plebiscito is the largest square in Naples. It is named for the plebiscite taken in 1860 that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy.

    In the first years of the 19th century, the King of Naples was Murat (Napoleon's brother-in-law). He planned the square and building as a tribute to the emperor. When Napoleon was finally dispatched, the Bourbons were restored to the throne of Naples.

    Ferdinand I continued the construction but converted the finished product into the church one sees today. He dedicated it to Saint Francis of Paola, who had stayed in a monastery on this site in the 16th century. The church is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome. The façade is fronted by a portico resting on six columns and two Ionic pillars. Inside, the church is circular with two side chapels. The dome is 53 metres high.

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    Piazza del Plebiscito

    by rsleisk Updated Jun 11, 2007

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    An impressive looking piazza that would have looked better if it were not for all the graffiti. Piazza Plebiscito is the largest square in Naples. It is named for the plebiscite taken in 1860 that brought Naples into the unified Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy.

    It is bounded on the east by the Royal Palalace and on the west by the church of San Francesco di Paola with the colonnades extending to both sides.

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    Via Medina Fountain of Neptune

    by rsleisk Written Jun 11, 2007

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    There are very few fountains that have traveled as much as this one. Apparently, this fountain started out at the port when it was built in the 1500’s. It was commissioned on the order of Enrico de Guzman, the Spanish viceroy at the time and was situated so that it faced his residence. The Neptune design was done by Giovanni da Nola and the two satyrs were done by Pietro Bernini.

    In 1629, it was moved up to Piazza Plebiscito. Then, in 1634, it was moved down to the sea at Santa Lucia where it was in such danger of being exposed to artillery fire that it was moved up to via Medina more or less where it is today. In 1647 it was repaired after being damaged as bits and pieces were taken away as souvenirs. In 1659, it was moved again, this time to Calata San Marco about two blocks from its current location. In 1700 it was moved back to via Medina to be nearer to the main road leading down to the port. At that time sea horses and tritons were added to the statue. In 1898 it was moved to Piazza Borsa on Corso Umberto near the Stock Exchange. That square is currently the site of construction for the new Naples Metro underground train line, so in 2001 the statue was moved back to via Medina where it was in 1640.

    The statue's current location is described as temporary and it is to be returned to Piazza Borsa when they finish the metro station in that square. So grab a slice of pizza at Trattoria Medina and view this beautiful statue before it moves again.

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    Piazza del Plesbiscito and Via Toledo

    by Robert_Hun Updated Sep 25, 2005

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    This area provides the most to see and do.
    1. Piazza del Plesbiscito: a huge square in front of the royal palace (Palazzo Reale) with an excellent view on the gulf and the Vesuvius.
    2. Via Toledo: the main walking street of the city with vibrant life and lots of shops.
    You can find the port (Porto Beverello), the Castel Nuovo, the "narrow-street quarter" and the funiculars to the Vomero hill in this area.

    Piazza del Plesbiscito Palazzo Reale Castel Nuovo and Castel San Elmo (on the hill) One of the typical narrow streets
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    Piazza Plebiscito

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2005

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    The heart of Naples is Piazza Plebiscito, the biggest square in the city, bounded by the magnificent Royal Palace and the neo-classic church of San Francesco di Paola.

    On opposite sides of the square stand two buildings: Palazzo Salerno and Palazzo della Prefettura which has on the ground floor the renowned Café' Gambrinus, one of the oldest, most famous and most patronized cafés of Naples.

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    Piazza Plebiscito

    by Polly74 Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Piazza Plebiscito has become the symbol of the recent renovation of Naples in the 1994, when it recovered its representative function on the occasion of G7. Since then, the piazza is a pedestrian area designed for the enjoyment of tourists and dwellers; every now and then here are played concerts and happenings or shown large installations of contemporary art.
    Piazza Plebiscito was given its present name on the occasion of plebiscite held here on October 1860, by which Naples and the whole Southern Italy ratified their annexation to Piedmont Kingdom by Savoy. Before the piazza was called "Largo di Palazzo" (wide space in front of the Palace) because it faced main facade of the Royal Palace.

    After the Bourbon's return, Ferdinand IV King of Naples (I as King of Two Sicilies) decided to keep those works, but turning their celebrative significance to advantage of the restoration of monarchy. So he made built in the middle of the colonnade (in front of the Royal Palace) the Basilica dedicated to San Francesco di Paola, not only because he was traditionally loved and venerated by the Neapolitans, but also for the reason that he was the founder of the convent destroyed in order to make place for the Napoleonic forum.

    The church, built between 1816 and 1836 following the project by Pietro Bianchi, is an imitation of the Pantheon in Rome. It has a circular plan and is covered by an hemispherical dome with a lacunar made of stone.

    In the focuses of the ellipse that defines the line of colonnade, they were placed two equestrian statues made of bronze.

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    Central Square

    by Beograd Updated Dec 15, 2004

    This is a central square, I am only sorry that I didn't have the official guide to explane everything. Across this unique building that reminded me of the White House is the Opera House.

    As you, probably, can see in the back are a few buildings painted in dark red and gray. Those are colors of Naples.

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    Map

    by Beograd Updated Dec 15, 2004

    This is the map that is placed on the left from Gambrius. It'll help you get around... I think...
    Anyways! This is a map. :))

    But seriously, if you do not have a guide, it is wise to have a map!

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    Piazza Pleblicito and Chiesa...

    by sargentjeff Written Oct 16, 2002

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    Piazza Pleblicito and Chiesa Francesco di Paola
    Beautiful Piazza in the heart of Naples. It's located close to the bay and includes the Royal Palace and Teatro San Carlo, where operas are performed, as well

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    There are many churches,...

    by Pinky81 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There are many churches, castles, museums, ruins and other interesting places to see in and around Naples. Very ancient churches are located in 'San Gregorio Armeno' (nearby Naples Cathedral), which is a very magic, mysterious and enigmatic place.
    Piazza del Pebliscito is the most popular square of Naples. There you can visit the Royal Palace and a very suggestive church. A few metres away there is Naples Riviera (Via Caracciolo) along which there are gardens, shops, bars and restaurants.
    There are amazing landscapes (Vesuvio and Naples gulf with its 3 islands), which can be seen from the high side of the city (Posillipo and Vomero).
    A day trip to one of the islands (Capri, Ischia and Procida) is a great experience. There are ferries that leave the port several times a day and it takes not longer than one hour to reach any of the islands. Capri is without doubt the most popular of them and that is the reason why its bars, restaurants and hotels are very expensive. If you decide to go there be ready to do lots of walking as there is a mountain in the island and the centre of the town is at the top of it; it is, however, reachable by public transports but then you will miss beautiful sights that can be seen by walking up the mountain.
    The ruins of Pompei and Ercolano are simply amazing and are easily reachable by train from the central station. I really advise you to go there, it will be a wonderful experience!!
    You can also go to Sorrento by train. It takes about 1-1 1/2 hours. It is a very nice town by the seaside. Gardens, beaches and shops that sell unique handmade products characterise this amazing place.
    -Picture of Pompei-

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    Equestrian Statue of Victor Emmanuel II

    by hquittner Updated Jan 20, 2014

    This statue is at the center of the Piazzo del Municipio surrounded by gardens. It was erected in 1897. The heroic statue of King Victor is set in a plumed hat and cape while set on a prancing horse.

    King Emmanuel II Close View of Castel Nuovo Victor Emmanuel to right
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    People watching spot!

    by bonio Written Apr 30, 2013

    A lovely city centre square to linger in and people watch, a favourite occupation on our travels these days!

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