Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

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Piazza San Domenico Maggiore information

Location
Naples , Italy
Address
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
Getting there
Metro: Dante
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Centre stage on this handsome square is the 18th-century Guglia di San Domenico . The work of Cosimo Fanzago, Francesco Antonio Picchiatti and Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, it honours its namesake saint for ending the plague epidemic of 1656. Unfaithful Maria d'Avalos and her lover Don Fabrizio weren't quite as lucky – Palazzo dei Di Sangro at No 9 is where Maria's jealous husband, Neapolitan musician Carlo Gesualdo, murdered the lovebirds in 1590.

More upbeat is the Gothic Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore , whose curious nave flanks the piazza's northern edge. See a face in the facade? You're not going crazy: it was an intentional add-on, created to liven the church's derrière once the piazza was created.