Nicely Naples

Naples

Naples

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.

The Royal Palace, Naples

The Royal Palace, Naples

Church of San Francesco di Paola, Naples

Church of San Francesco di Paola, Naples

Piazza Plebiscito, Naples

Piazza Plebiscito, Naples

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.

Roger the Norman, Royal Palace, Naples

Roger the Norman, Royal Palace, Naples

Frederick the II of Swabia, Royal Palace, Naples

Frederick II of Swabia, Royal Palace, Naples

Charles I of Anjou

Charles I of Anjou

Alfonso V of Aragon, Royal Palace, Naples

Alfonso V of Aragon, Royal Palace, Naples

Charles V, Royal Palace, Naples

Charles V, Royal Palace, Naples

Charles III of Spain, Royal Palace, Naples

Charles III of Spain, Royal Palace, Naples

Gioacchino Murat, Royal Palace, Naples

Gioacchino Murat, Royal Palace, Naples

Vittorio Emanuele II, Royal Palace, Naples

Vittorio Emanuele II, Royal Palace, Naples

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.

Castel Nuovo

Castel Nuovo

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!

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