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Top 5 (+1) Squares to Visit in Naples

February 27, 2015
Enrico Catani

Considered one of the most fascinating cities in whole Italy, Naples holds innumerable historical and artistic treasures that visitors can discover: monuments, buildings, bridges, roads... And, last but not least, squares! Those, in particular represent the authentic souls of the city, where people used to meet since from the foundation of the city.
It's not an easy task to choose a favorite square in such a gorgeous city: each has its own history and identity. So here is a list, made by ItalyXP, of the best 5 (+1) squares in Naples that you cannot absolutely miss if you visit this city!

1. Piazza del Plebiscito

In Naples, this wonderful and immense square is much loved by citizens and tourists who visit it every day, is an undisputed symbol of the city. A wonderful place, known throughout the world for its size, so big that it can accommodate large concerts or events. Until the early 90s this treasure was reduced to being a mere and miserable parking, but now, fortunately, things have changed; has recognized the highly artistic, historical and architectural and you can admire it in all its glory without cars around.
Positioned in the heart of the city, Piazza del Plebiscito is a place of connection with both the shopping streets, with both the waterfront, ideal for long walks along the sea. Highly recommended to walk to the center of the square and look around, you will be fascinated by the "outline" of this square: see many other magnificent attractions like the Royal Palace, Castel Nuovo and the Galleria Umberto I and the frame, make this place unique and very characteristic.
What makes splendid Piazza del Plebiscito, besides its size and its frame, is its structure. Ancient and beautiful, composed of the basilica and the colonnade that take us back to Roman times, and just in front of the basilica are two majestic equestrian statues, which raise even more the high level of this fantastic place.

2. Piazza Dante

This historic square can be considered as a solemn and almost sacred place, one of the most popular and busiest city. This ancient square was originally called "Largo del Mercatello" and although it was outside the walls of the city was, as now, very busy and always full of people. This is due to the fact that where markets, fairs, outdoor theaters and even a riding school.
The building has a curved structure, large and airy. At the top there are 26 white statues representing the virtues of Charles III of Bourbon, and give a very serious nature and the great square. At the center is a small clock tower that has a lower cavity in which it ought to be a statue of the sovereign. In the center of the square is an imposing and majestic giant statue of the poet Dante Alighieri.
The square has recently undergone work to enable the subway line 1 to have a stop right here in the heart of the city active and moving. So why not stop passing to admire this historical square? Well connected to the rest of the city by subway, or starting point for long walks to the center of Naples.

3. Piazza Gesù Nuovo

Piazza del Gesù Nuovo is definitely one of the most picturesque squares and features of the historic center of Naples is not large and impressive as Piazza del Plebiscito or Piazza Dante, is considered to be in fact more like a small square typical and familiar, but no less important or beautiful. Visited by many tourists who take it as a reference point for visiting the city, its central location makes it connected to many other attractions.
The element that makes it instantly recognizable is the giant obelisk Immaculate, about 40 meters high, with white marble pyramid structure. The square also for its complex structure can be reached exclusively on foot, constitutes an entire pedestrian area.
The square is named after the Church of Gesu Nuovo, an unmissable attraction as it represents one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Naples, admirable for its facade with three large portals and ashlar black diamond point. To attract attention and make unique Piazza di Gesù Nuovo, and are not just churches and the spire, but also the magnificent palaces that overlook it and surround it. If you love art and architecture, but also of what is traditional and typically you can not not love this lovely square.

4. Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

San Domenico Maggiore is a truly wonderful place, one of the most important in Naples. Famous for being lively and very characteristic, located in the historic heart is easily accessible. It's close to many other attractions, inevitable and a nice pass to this open space, admire and breathe the air of Naples and Campania. What characterizes San Domenico Maggiore is the giant obelisk and the old church from which the square is named.
The huge church makes the unique square and grandiose: built at the end of the thirteenth century in its interior has both Gothic elements is baroque, a fascinating mix caused by the changes that were made during different eras. We are talking about then a jewel of art, not only for its structure, but also for what it holds inside, are indeed splendid frescoes by Caravaggio and Pietro Cavallini.
The obelisk is located at the center of the square and it is magnificent: it has a pyramidal shape as the obelisk of the square of Gesù Nuovo, but is embellished with bas-reliefs, all to look in detail, with bright marble and various medallions. At its end the solemn statue of San Domenico.

5. Piazza Trieste e Trento

One must be careful when we passing this square, as it's very often confused with the adjacent Piazza del Plebiscito... So, be careful, as we're talking about two different and unique attractions.
Piazza Trieste e Trento recognize it for the small but fine fountain, called by the Neapolitans jokingly "fountain of the Artichoke", which has around him many famous bar where it's really enjoyable drink, maybe a typical Neapolitan coffee, delicious ice cream, and allows to relax watching the wonders that are around.
The beauty of this small square, is in fact in his surroundings: The Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto I, the church of San Francesco di Paolo with its majestic colonnade and many other beautiful buildings. All these constructions memorable and grandiose make this square the center of Naples neoclassical and unification.
Piazza Trieste e Trento is therefore not only an open space to get to the most famous Piazza del Plebiscito, but it is also worth a visit and living. We are not in front of a famous attraction and vibrant as the others, but we are faced with an interesting and fascinating symbol of Naples that reflects an era of the city and which has a high historical value.

(+1). Piazza Bellini

This square is much loved by the Neapolitans, and it is impossible not to fall in love right away, it is a place that you live to 100%, both day and night, in summer and winter. It is a place always active, meeting point, characterized by large numbers of people passing and stops in the many bars, clubs and restaurants to eat well and have fun.
Piazza Bellini, especially in the evening, boasts a lively nightlife: music and delicious cocktails attract young people who meet here, and open space make this one of the most attractive and vital to the whole city.
By day it is still a busy square, a bustle of workers and the students wake up every morning, but not only. You can come across many street artists who choose this place to work and show their works: painters, sculptors, designers and poets.
A place that can seem almost a retreat from work and stress, where you can find the peace and the time to devote to yourself and your friends, to eat and drink together until late at night, immersed in the authentic Neapolitan atmosphere.

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