As you can imagine from the title of the post, today I will talk about Dante Square in Naples, the center of the historic center of the capital of Campania.
It is one of the main squares in Naples, called Largo del Mercatello until 1588, it was the place where there was one of the two city markets, the largest and oldest was in the Market Square.
For us travelers Dante Square in Naples is a focal point not only for its beauty, in fact it will allow us to quickly reach most of the attractions, hotels, and here there is also a metro station, Line 2 (Dante stop).
Some information on Dante Square in Naples
The current appearance of the square is only the fruit of a very long processing time of the original project. Dante Square in Naples was redesigned following the design by the great architect Luigi Vanvitelli, between 1757 and 1765, who realized on commission of Carlo of Bourbon the “Foro Carolino”.
The Carolino Forum is therefore the main attraction of the square. The building has two features curved wings, on the top there are twenty-six statues representing the Charles III virtues (three are by Giuseppe Sammartino, author of the Veiled Christ), as well as a later period clock.
At the center of the square stands a large statue of Dante Alighieri, work of Tito Angelini and Tommaso Solari junior sculptors, inaugurated in July 13, 1871, the date on which the square changed the name in Dante Square (in Italian Piazza Dante).
In Dante Square in Naples there are also four churches: Immacolata degli Operatori Sanitari, Santa Maria di Caravaggio, San Domenico Soriano and San Michele a Port’Alba.
Dante Square in Naples, the center of the old town
But the square is not important just to admire the works listed above. In fact, Dante Square in Naples divides in two a shopping street, the two roads now are called Via Pessina and Via Toledo leading to Plebiscito Square and the Royal Palace.
In the adjacent of Dante Dante we can find everything that a tourist could want in Naples: pizza, baba, puff pastries, coffee.
From Dante Square in a few minutes you can reach the National Museum, the Fontanelle Cemetery, San Gregorio Armeno, Spaccanapoli, the Santa Chiara Church, the Chapel of San Severo. In short, the center of the old town.
That’s why Dante Square in Naples is a must and it’s necessary in each itinerary.