Standing proudly to the west of Piazza del Plebiscito, the enormous dome, columned portico and long colonnades of the San Francesco di Paola Basilica make it worthy competition of the Royal Palace of Naples which stands opposite it across the square.
Inside the impressive Neoclassical building, you'll find the church richly decorated with sculptures and exquisite altarpieces. The 173-foot tall (53 metre) dome crowns a circular nave surrounded by 34 Corinthian columns, likening it to the Pantheon in Rome: truly a sight to behold!
Impressive & unmissable
Thanks to its spectacular architecture, unparalleled location and sheer size, the San Francesco di Paola Basilica is one of Naples' most important tourist attractions, and it's well worth a visit if only from the outside while exploring its neighbouring monuments.
We recommend paying a visit to the Piazza in which the church is located at day and at night, or passing by at sunset, because the Basilica is illuminated with colourful lights at nightfall, making for a beautiful alternative perspective on its architecture.