Piazza del Plebiscito: the fulcrum of Naples
DOBEDOO – Piazza del Plebiscito is a large public square in central Naples, situated at the end of Via Toledo, just overstepped Piazza Trieste e Trento.
Located in the Historic Centre of the city between the seafront and Via Toledo, Piazza del Plebiscito has a 25000 mq surface and it is presented as one of the largest squares of the city and of Italy: for this reason this square is one of the best place for the major events.
We can metaphorically divide Piazza del Plebiscito in two distinct parts: the first one starts at the base of the basilica and it follows a semicircular conformation, while the second one – below the hemicycle closure axis – has a rectangular shape given by the curtains of the Twin Palaces along the short sides and by the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) profile along the long side.
In the middle of the square there are two equestrian statues representing Carlo III di Borbone (Charles III of Bourbon) and his son Ferdinando I.
Once in the square for the Neapolitans it is a must to challenge themselves in crossing blindfolded the square starting from the entrance of the Palazzo Reale: the first who can reach the centre of the equestrian statues wins the challenge and everlasting fortune. Obviously without cheating!