Lonely Planet review
For Continental grandeur, it's hard to beat Piazza del Plebiscito. Whichever way you look, the view is impressive. To the northwest, vine-covered slopes lead up to Castel Sant'Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino; to the east, the pink-hued Palazzo Reale shows off its oldest facade. And to the west stands Pietro Banchini's neoclassical facsimile of Rome's Pantheon, the Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola .
A later addition to the columned colonnade of Joachim Murat's original 1809 piazza design, the church was commissioned by Ferdinand I in 1817 to celebrate the restoration of his kingdom after the Napoleonic interlude. Standing guard outside are Antonio Canova's statue of a galloping King Charles VII of the Bourbons and Antonio Calí's rendering of Charles' son Ferdinand I.
At its northern end, Piazza Plebiscito spills onto Piazza Trieste e Trento , the city's buzzing heart and home to its most glamorous cafe, Caffé Gambrinus – a fabulous spot to slip on those shades, join the poseurs and eye up the passing parade.