Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza del Plebiscito, popularly known as Piazza Plebiscito, is one of the largest and most popular squares in Naples. The square was named after Plebiscite taken on October 2, 1863, which brought Naples under the unified Kingdom of Italy. Exquisitely nestled close along the Gulf of Naples, it is enclosed by the Royal Palace on the east side and the Church of San Francesco di Paola on the west side. Massive colonnades extend to both sides, exuding a spectacular charm that will melt your heart. A must-visit during your Naples Vacation, Piazza del Plebiscito is a blissful reminiscent of the Pantheon of Rome. Indulge into the exquisiteness and the magnificence of the square, where you can spend hours enjoying the stunning view.
During the early 19th century, Murat who was the king of Naples, planned and started constructing the building and the square as a tribute to the emperor Napoleon. After the emperor was dispatched, the throne of Naples was restored by the Bourbons. King Ferdinand I continued building it, but transformed it into a form of church. It was dedicated to Saint Francis of Paola. On special occasions, the square is used for spectacular open air concerts. Some of the most renowned artists have performed here such as Maroon 5, Sting, Massimo Ranieri, Elton John, and Muse.
Piazza del Plebiscito Today
Today, Piazza del Plebiscito is a prominent Neapolitan landmark and is a premier destination on every tourist’s itinerary. With a massive 25,000 square meter open air arena set lying exquisitely between the city and the sea, it is the canvas of contemporary art with a pedestrian street, park, playground and pass-through. It serves as the backdrop for fantastic New Year Eve fireworks show and as the stage for some of the most prominent names in music such as Elton John, Pino Daniele, Andrea Boccelli, Sting, and Massimo Ranieri to just name a few. The E-Street Band and Bruce Springsteen performed here in May 2013.
During your Naples holiday, don’t miss to visit Piazza del Plebiscito, enjoythe view of Castle Sant ‘Elmo and San Martino Charterhouse on Vomero Hill. Make sure that you add this location to your itinerary if you wish to take back home a memory worth reminiscing. For nearby locations, you can visit Municipio, the City Center, Castel Nuovo, Biblioteca Nazionale of Naples, Greek Orthodox Church of Naples and Galleria Umberto I.
How to Reach Piazza del Plebiscito?
If you are looking to travel by bus, take R1, R2 and R3 to Galleria Umberto. Central Cable Railway Line also connects the sightseeing attraction on Via Toledo. You can also take Alibus to Naples Molo Beverello Port, from where Piazza del Plebiscito is only at a few minutes walking distance. There is no entry fee for Piazza Plebiscito and is open daily.