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This was the nearest square to our hotel, with a useful Metro station and several restaurants, so it was inevitable that we would spend a fair bit of time here. But it?s also worth a visit as a destination in its own right as the buildings on the east side of the square are particularly eye-catching.

In the north east corner is the striking Port? Alba, one of the city?s ancient gates, which leads into the historic district. To the right of this is an elegant semicircular building designed by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli in 1765 to honour King Charles Third ? the 26 statues on the balustrade apparently represent the king?s virtues. Before then the square was known simply as Largo del Mercatello (Market Square) but it was rechristened "Foro Carolina," after the King?s wife. The statues of Dante, sculpted by Tito Angelini, were added in the 19th century and the square re-named again. Today it?s slightly scruffy and a favourite meeting place it seems for Naples? youth, but the elegance of the design is still clear.

(The website below has some good photos but is only in Italian)

Directions: On the east side of Via Toledo just as it turns into Via Pessina ? lots of buses run along here or you could catch Metro line two.
Website: http://www.danpiz.net/napoli/architettura/Dante.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 25, 2007
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