A tourist haven by day and hangout by night, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore is the centre of the Centre and for some Napoletani, the centre of the universe, or of the Universities, as the case may be. Dominated by the apsidal side of San Domenico Maggiore, the church from which the Piazza takes its name, and the spire dedicated to the same saint, the piazza is beautifully framed by centuries old palazzi on three sides.
Along Vico San Domenico Maggiore, the alley that leads to the Sansevero Chapel (Veiled Christ), is Palazzo Corigliano, seat of the Orientale University’s department of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean. On the west side of the piazza is Palazzo Petrucci, home to the Michelan Star restaurant, Ristorante Palazzo Petrucci.
For a caffè, aperitif or a light snack and a bit of people watching, grab a seat at any one of the piazza’s outdoor caffè’s. But if it’s the perfect pastry you are searching for, head to the south side of the piazza for one of Scaturchio’s world famous Sfogliatella, Babà or Zeppole San Giuseppe.