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Piazza Plebiscito, Naples

Piazza Plebiscito - Naples, Italy
Piazza Plebiscito
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Neighborhood: Chiaia
Overview

Formerly called Largo di Palazzo, as location of the royal seat, many festivals took place here that animated Naples. The current name of the square refers to the plebiscite of 1860, when the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies consented to the annexation to the Italian state. In the 17th Century, the square was renovated, but Napoleon brought about more radical and glorious changes to the square in the 19th Century that gave it the allure that remains unchanged today. The suffocating buildings were demolished and in their place, two prestigious facilities were built: the palace of the prefecture and the Palace of Salerno. Murat built thirty imposing Doric columns that make a perfect semicircle; at the center of the colonnades stands the basilica of San Francesco di Paola, commissioned by Ferdinand I. At the center of the square, there are two equestrian statues of Charles III of Bourbon and of Ferdinand I. The first is signed by Antonio Canova, the second by Antonio Calì. Today, Piazza Plebiscito, for its vast size and beauty, remains the preferred set of many of Naples grand events.

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