Piazza San Domenico

History

Along the way of Spaccanapoli you arrive in one of the most important places of the city: Piazza San Domenico Maggiore. The square was the eastern boundary of the Neapolis Greek walls and takes its name from the church that can be glimpsed behind the obelisk. The square was commissioned by the Spanish king Alfonso I, who also owes the grand staircase to the side of the basilica. Saint Domenico Maggiore is surrounded by ancient noble palaces and is the crossroads that allows you to reach all the most important monuments of the historical center of Naples and the main alleys that characterize it in all its folklore. At the center of the square is located the obelisk of San Domenico, a sculptural work of Baroque origin and the second taller in the city. The historic center of Naples is wonderful during the day, with the sun illuminating the city and the traditional open shops reminiscent of a nativity scene, street performers, cheerfulness and singing. The friendliness of Neapolitan during the day drags anyone who visits Naples for the first time. Naples at night instead is charming, eventful and above all always awake and alive. Numerous dining outlets like Sorbillo, Vesi and Da Michele pizzerias coffee stores and bars are open until late night. A ghost story — Near Saint Domenico Square it was killed the noblewoman Maria D’Avalos from her husband, Prince Charles. The reason for the murder was an illicit affair with the Duke of Andria, Fabrizio Carafa. The legend said that on the nights of full moon it is possible to spot the ghost of the woman screaming and sobbing.





Tips

It’s the center of Spaccanapoli, stop for a break: the time and the right place for a coffee or a dessert

How to get there

Address

Piazza San Domenico, Napoli NA

Public transport

From Piazza Garibaldi take metro Line 1 and get off at Università. Then 7 minutes walk.

From Naples Airport take Alibus and get off at Piazza Garibaldi. Take metro Line 1 and get off at Università. Then 7 minutes walk.

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