This is Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, named because of the plebiscite signed here in 1863 which saw Naples - for good or bad - become part of a unified Italy. The church you can see here is that of San Francesco Di Paola, which has a concrete dome similar to that of Rome's Pantheon. To the right, just out of sight, is the Gran Caffé Gambrinus, the Galleria Umberto, Teatro San Carlo and the Royal Palace. The square is a short walk to the beautiful Bay of Naples and also has glimpses of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. It is one of my favourite places in all of Naples, and no visit to the city is complete without it.
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photoray (9849) 2014-04-19 6:54
Beautiful golden lighting enhancing the magnificent neo Roman architecture, the elaborate and numerous columns curving across the panorama, and the temple like entrance with circular dome dominating. And a bonus with the lion statue residing in the left foreground, though disheartening to see the graffiti vandals with no respect nor human values.
Don't eat too many chocolate bunnies,
and have an excellent Easter,
dkmurphys (45829) 2014-04-19 7:17
Very beautiful night image with one of the iconic places of Napoli. Well taken.
I wish you a joyful Easter!
Romano46 (16578) 2014-04-19 7:22
Ciao cara Lisa
un ritorno alle tue lontane origini con questo notturno di Napoli dalla gestione non facile per le forti differenze di luce tra un punto e l'altro della piazza.
Il soggetto è quello che io ritengo il più rappresentativo luogo di Napoli per quanto riguarda il suo aspetto architettonico.
Colori e composizione impeccabili.
Una particolare nota di biasimo per il cretino che si è divertito a scarabbocchiare la base della statua del leone: merita il primo premio nella classifica degli idioti, anche perchè alla fin fine i soldi per la pulizia del monumento usciranno in piccola parte anche dalle sue tasche.
Un abbraccio ed un sincero augurio per le festività pasquali
snunney (78789) 2014-04-19 8:57
Great night time capture of this fantastic architecture that sweeps its way round the frame. Nicely exposed and with perfect details.
I am off to Milan next weekend for a couple of days to celebrate my 67th! Any suggestions for me?
Noel_Byrne (20085) 2014-04-19 9:01
This is some place, imperial design of the best example, and chocolate kudos for such a clear and beautiful night shot. (I can't take these so have all the more appreciation for them) I love the long sweeping viewpoint leading into the scene, and with a lion sitting ther guarding the entrance to the scene perfectly. I like tycoons expression, a lot of times I find these stones lions to be a bit strange looking, like somebody told them a dirty joke in church and they are trying to hold in the laughter. This guy though, he's very serious and looks like he is all about the guarding.
The statue on the roof in front of the dome looks like a pretty creepy character too, like something just rose from the grave is is viewing the city he will roam.
Lovely place, and especially for me as I don't see many shot of the city of naples, so thanks for that.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter, filed with family, happiness and of course, chocolate.
Best wishes from the soggy rock, I'm home now from the wonders of franfurt. All those skyscrapers are well worth seeing, but to balance it out I had to go and visit a 5000 year old passage tomb in Co Meath. I'm gonna post an image up later with you in mind, as I know you like a good set of standing stones and these ones are old, like oldly oldlingotn old!
P.s. not one pair of lederhosen did I see, I feel I've been misled by the German tourist board,
Giustiniani (2415) 2014-04-19 9:04
une superbe vue nocturne de la Piazza de Plebiscito. Bon choix du POV et excellente qualité d'image.
cornejo (27427) 2014-04-19 10:28
Hi Lisa, great night shot of this interesting circular building with a nice lighting, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
carlo62 (26856) 2014-04-19 13:06
il leone sembra fare la guardia a questa grandissima corona, una corona che da regalità alla città di Napoli, tutta dorata, così come l'hai fotografata tu.
Buona Pasqua a tutta la tua grande famiglia
seres76 (507) 2014-04-19 13:42
It's very beautiful night shot. Thanks...
lousat (71411) 2014-04-19 15:51
Ciao Lisa,spettacolo architettonico in cui la tua classe si vede,prospettiva surround ed esposizione perfetta come i dettagli,un nuovo omaggio a Napoli davvero ben fatto.Buona Pasqua a te e famiglia e complimenti! Luciano
Didi (54665) 2014-04-19 17:04
Interesting curved building
Good lights control in the black hour
I failed to clean the tags under the lion :)
emka (72254) 2014-04-19 23:45
Ciao cara Lisa, No wonder this place is so close to your heart. It is very beautiful and you present it at all its best. Marvelous night shot. Splendid architecture, nice composition with the lion. I wish you and your family Happy Easter. Big hugs to your Mum and best wishes for a recovery
marabu61 (7213) 2014-04-20 3:35
This is indeed a very attractive place with this impressive row of columns. Perfectly framed with the statue of the lion as focal point. A pity though that it has been spoiled by graffiti. Unfortunately there is no respect any more for the belongings of others or the cultural heritage.
have a great day and happy easter
siudzi (31777) 2014-04-20 11:35
What a beautiful night capture of this charming old square! Like the POV you selected to achieve a fantastic perspective and a scene full of interesting elements. Excellent image! Happy Easter to you and your family!
pili51 (739) 2014-04-20 13:49
Amazing photo. The composition is just wonderful. You have great control of the highlights here, no over-exposure and marvellous detail. The curved colonnade provides great perspective and depth, and your viewpoint balances the close-up lion and the church's cupola. This is a colossal architecture shot.
TFS and happy Easter!
grigand (19361) 2014-04-20 14:20
un'immagine bellissima colta al meglio, perfetta l'esposizione e la compo, PS: da proprio fastidio quella scritta fatta da un'ignorante incivile , purtroppo hai colto un'amara verità, di ignoranti e incivili ce ne sono e restano impuniti !
Waylim (24954) 2014-04-21 11:19
Sorry, been away for a little while and was busy. this is a glorious night shot, love the golden light. Great control of the exposure, not an easy shot I don't think with such strong contrast, but as we know you are becoming a master of the night shot, like creature of the night, you have learned to capture the mood so well, thought it is not a mighty gundle, the lion stay very still as if wating for its prey, glad you were spared by it :)
fabbs99 (15675) 2014-04-21 23:44
Excellent presentation of the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples.Very well captured in limited lighting.Keep sharing.TFS.
batalay (34575) 2014-04-22 5:30
In the thumbnail version of the photo I saw the curved colonnade, and initially wondered whether it might not have been the Piazza San Pietro in Rome. Of course, the full version of the shot and your wonderful note explains that it is the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples. Excellent light control as usual, complementing the very good composition. The latter, however, reveals the artwork of a local graffiti artist that is not so welcome.
Warm regards from Istanbul, where I have been visiting for a week, ostensibly to give a talk on World Arts Day... Leonardo's birthday.
Gigidusud (13151) 2014-04-22 7:51
Splendida notturna delle famosa Piazza Plebiscito con un ottimo POV su questa bellissima architettura. Interessante la tua nota, complimenti
Kielia (22913) 2014-04-23 8:27
excellent night shot with a fantastic atmosphere and very interesting colors. The photographer’s perspective is excellent. I also appreciate your note. Congratulation!
ktanska (23912) 2014-04-23 11:59
These are much less famous than landmarks of Rome. To be honest I have no knowledge of Naples, and still this looks awesome. Grand classic architecture well illuminated and exposed.
I'm not thrilled of that graffiti, but that's sign of the times.
danos (82665) 2014-04-25 2:16
well chosen the POV as we can see the whole architectural style of San Francesco Di Paola,with the lion on the foreground to be a good focal point of the image.I like the excellent light and colour management as the beauty of the place.
ikeharel (51473) 2014-04-25 7:04
Only the lion can tell who did smeared graffiti on his
pedestal... but besides this, the place is marvelous archi.-design, intriguing for photography, and especially at night. Superbly taken shot, no excess of bulbs-glare on the 15 sec. exp.
Cheers, have a great weekend,
macjake (51374) 2014-04-25 22:43
i would have placed a bet of $100 that this was in Rome! You totally caught me off guard with this one.
maybe i'm seeing double or something b/c i sware this is in Rome too?
Well, this just makes Naples that much more interesting.
fine post with the smart wrap-around compo...it always works well that way.
and whats Naples without a bit of grafitti eh? Haha
see you around
Silvio1953 (115095) 2014-04-26 5:36
Ciao Lisa, La mamma degli imbecilli è sempre incinta anche a Napoli ed i suoi figli sanno anche scrivere, per il resto favolosa notturna di uno dei luoghi magici di questa città, grande esposizione, bravissima, buon week end, ciao Silvio
npecanhuk (60160) 2014-04-26 12:10
I remember seeing that building and taking some pictures of it back in 1999!
I really enjoy this night picture of it!
Special regards to the exposure, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
adores (33924) 2014-05-27 15:20
Good to see a night shot of this place, just a pity to see people are writing on the statue. It's a very good night shot, with good pov and exposure.