Our last day in Naples wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Piazza Plebiscito and Castel Nuovo. After escaping to the Royal country home at Caserta it was time to see about city living. Piazza Plebiscito is the largest public square in Naples. Once upon a time cars were allowed to park in the square but no longer. The Royal Palace sits on the east end of the square and opposite is the Church of San Francesco di Paola.
We didn’t go into the Royal Palace. Partly because we were tired and didn’t want to mar the memories of the morning in Caserta. Seeing these last few monuments were just places to check off. It sounds terrible but does anyone have 100% enthusiasm for every major building, monument or ruin in a historic city? I did take pictures of all the former Kings of Naples which were too amusing.
The last to-do of the day was Castel Nuovo, the medieval castle started in 1279. The most important feature of the castle is the 15th century triumphal arch dedicated to Alfonso of Aragon.
You can walk around parts of the castle and see glimpses of the Bay of Naples. There’s a collection of religious reliquaries, chalices, monstrances and such, as well as paintings. Nothing stood out, plus we had Pompeii to conquer the next day!