Plebiscito Square is undoubtedly the most important square in Naples, however, unlike many other major European square, despite the crowds that daily runs here, is not overrun with kiosks and vendors. In this way, Plebiscito Square is for the eyes of tourists as a magical place, a huge space surrounded by the Royal Palace and the San Francesco di Paola Church.
Why visit Plebiscito Square?
To visit Plebiscito Square is a must in the itinerary of every tourist who decides to visit Naples. We try to understand why.
First, Plebiscito Square is a pedestrian link between the historic center of Naples, Via Roma (the shopping street of Naples) and the sea with the views of Mount Vesuvius. Also, visit Plebiscito Square allows us to discover, at least from the outside, the Royal Palace, the San Martino Castle, the San Francesco di Paola Church.
From Plebiscito Square with very few steps you can reach: Trieste e Trento Square, the San Carlo Theatre, the Umberto I Gallery, the Maschio Angioino, the Royal Palace, Castle of the Egg. In short, it is quite easy to understand how this square has always been a crossroads for tourists of all kinds.
What to do in Plebiscito Square?
Once you arrive in the square you can have a coffee and enjoy a babà in one of the most popular bars in Naples, drink a lemon granita in a acquafrescaio (a typical local shop) and of course admire the view of monuments, palaces, popular neighborhoods, shining sea, all perhaps under a warm sun.
And now a little bit of history.
This square is one of the largest squares in Italy, with a surface of over 25,000 square meters and it’s the ideal place for events and concerts of all kinds.
Plebiscito Square was always an irregular space in which were held the festivals of the city of Naples with what were called Fest Machines. Only since 1600, with the construction of the Royal Palace, the square was regularized by the work of important architects.
In 1800, however, with the advent of the Napoleonic period, the square face changed again and became what we know now and we can admire.
The name of Plebiscito Square was chosen on 21 October 1860, when a plebiscite had decreed the annexation of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies to the Kingdom of Sardinia.
In 1963 with municipal ordinance the square became a parking until 1994, on the occasion of the G7 summit, when junta Bassolino restored the square dignity. Since then is a pedestrian square.