Piazza Vanvitelli is a square in Naples located in the Vomero district. It is dedicated to the great architect Luigi Vanvitelli, whose works include the Royal Palace of Caserta and the Foro Carolino. The square has an octagonal plan and in it there are two main streets of the district: Via Alessandro Scarlatti and Via Bernini, which identify the two axes on which is articulated the urban plan Hippo that structure the entire district. This, together with the presence of the metro station of the same name, make it the heart of the neighborhood and the center of the nightlife of the district.
The square, dedicated to the great architect Luigi Vanvitelli, was born in the eighties of the nineteenth century. In fact, in 1885 the new district of Vomero was designed, which provided for an orthogonal arrangement of the streets. The intersection point of the main axes of the new district was Piazza Vanvitelli. The square is considered the heart of the Vomero because of its architectural beauty and the importance it has for the neighborhood. Since the opening of the metro station, Piazza Vanvitelli has become a meeting place for many young people of the city, mostly from the north of the city, connected to the Vomero by the same metro.
The symbol of the square is the historical clock of the Ente Autonomo Volturno, one of the twelve public clocks survived the bombings of the Second World War of the twenty-one installed between 1931 and 1933 in the most important streets of the city. Since 2008, ten of them have received a conservative restoration, moving from green to metallic grey as well as the restoration of the original dial to Arabic numerals that since the seventies bore Roman numeration. To the southeast of the square is the Vanvitelli Gallery, a commercial gallery built in the 1970s.