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Piazza del Plebiscito


Piazza del Plebiscito is the biggest square of Naples (25000 square meters) and it is located at the base of the hill of Pizzofalcone. Its name refers to the plebiscite of 1860, which had established the annexation of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies to the Kingdom of Sardinia. The peculiarity of this square is its shape: it has a semi-circular part which is delimited by a colonnade, and a rectangular part, which is delimited by the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace). Behind the columns there is the beautiful neoclassical dome of the basilica of San Francesco di Paola: it is light blue, which refers to the color of the sea. The basilica is fronted by some equestrian statues which are unique in their kind: two examples are the ones of Carlo III e Ferdinando I.

A curiosity relating to Piazza del Plebiscito is that a series of underground tunnels and corridors extends right under the basilica.


Piazza del Plebiscito è la più grande piazza di Napoli (25000 metri quadrati) e si trova ai piedi della collina di Pizzofalcone. Il suo nome si riferisce al plebiscito del 1860, che aveva stabilito l’annessione del Regno delle due Sicilie al Regno di Sardegna. La peculiarità di questa piazza è la sua forma: ha una parte semicircolare delimitata da un colonnato, ed una parte rettangolare, delimitata dal Palazzo Reale. Dietro le colonne vi è la bellissima cupola neoclassica della basilica di San Francesco di Paola: è di colore azzurro, riferita al colore del mare. La basilica è fronteggiata da statue equestri uniche nel loro genere: due esempi sono quelle di Carlo III e Ferdinando I.

Una curiosità relativa Piazza del Plebiscito è che, proprio in corrispondenza della basilica, si estende una serie di cunicoli e corridoi sotterranei.

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