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Plebiscito Square is the biggest of the city, and in our opinion, the most beautiful too. It is located in the center of the city and it’s very easy to reach it by public transportation; catch line 1 metro, get off in “Municipio” or in “Toledo” and walk for some metres.
Before giving you all the information about the square you should know that in Naples there are a lot of turistic attractions and they are very close to each other; if you have a map with you, you will see that Plebiscito Square is very close to the Umberto Gallery, and in front of the Royal Palace, very close to the San Carlo theatre and to the Nuovo Castle, and not far from the Promenade. Everything is very well structured in Naples, and step by step you will discover all its splendor.
Plebiscito Square has a semi-circular shape, its church, the San Francesco di Paola church was built in the XIX century by the order of king Ferdinando I. You can visit it everyday from 07:30 to 12:00, and from 15:30 to 18:00 and during the non-working days from 08:30 to 12:30. The church has a big arcade that ispires itself to San Pietro in Rome, while the shape remebers the Pantheon.
In front of the San Francesco di Paola church, you can find one of the most important historical places of the city: the Royal Palace, one of the four residences of the Borboni Kings of Naples during the Kingdom of the two Sicilies. You can visit it from Monday to Sunday except Wednesday.
This is the official website and here you can find all the details about the timetable and the prices of the tickets. Another important information that you need to know is that in the Royal Palace there is the National library of Naples that is really beautiful too.
In the middle of the square you will find two equestrian statues realized by Canova and Antonio Calì, that represent the king Carlo III, who started the Bourbon dynasty, and his son Ferdinando I.
There is a legend that narrates that if you try walking blindfolded from the door of the Royal Palace between the two statues in the middle of the square, you will never be able to. If you want to try it, all you need to do is walking 170 metres in straight line, starting from the door of the Royal Palace, and pass between the two equestrian statues. Nobody could do it until now.