The outlying areas of the city of Naples, with all honesty, are always at the center of media attention for facts of crime or for the low quality of life. It is a delicate subject. Speaking of the negative media bombardment of the national mass media, from which the international media then draw news, is a structured speech that maybe we will develop on our blog with various insights.
In this section, which offers a quick description of what you can see in Naples, I really want to emphasize that the outskirts of Naples are not only those that show you in the report or in the TV series Crime so popular with the international public. I invite you to visit them, with confidence and serenity, because you will be able to live a unique, true experience. With your eyes you will understand how you live in the suburbs of Naples and how many beautiful things there are to see.
Below I describe the eastern suburbs: Ponticelli, Barra, San Giovanni a Teduccio, only reading will surprise you ...
The historical and scenic wealth of Barra is due to the Miglio d'Oro, an area that connects precisely the Neapolitan neighborhoods of Barra and San Giovanni to Torre del Greco passing through San Giorgio a Cremano, Portici and Ercolano. It is called "golden" due to the massive presence of splendid Vesuvian villas built starting in the 1700s when Charles of Bourbon ascended the throne of Naples in 1735 and was enchanted by the beauty of the landscape and the mild climate of the Vesuvius Riviera commissioning the construction of the Palace of Portici. The panorama of the Gulf of Naples with a view of Capri, Ischia, and Procida the prestige of the presence of the royal residence, caused many other nobles decided to move along the Golden Mile by building villas and rococo and neoclassical gardens by architects of the caliber by Luigi Vanvitelli and Ferdinando Fuga.
The Vesuvian villas surveyed and protected by the Vesuvian villas of the Golden Mile are 122. In Barra there are 11 Vesuvian villas of the Golden Mile including:
- Villa Mastellone or Mastellone Palace of the Dukes of Limatola
- Villa De Cristoforo
- Villa Finizio (home of the great archaeologist Bernardo Quaranta)
- Villa Diana
With its 75.097 residents, Ponticelli, is the second most populated district in the city. Historical documents testify to the presence in the area of ancient Roman settlements and Phoenician religious influences that have come to light in recent years. In the first half of the thirteenth century the expansion of the town also saw the construction of the oldest Vesuvius basilica-sanctuary: the Basilica sanctuary of Santa Maria della Neve, which will later be embellished with a large number of works of art. After the earthquake in Irpinia in 1980, Ponticelli welcomed displaced persons from Naples and the province to various districts. The poverty following the earthquake and the lack of work led the district to live a long period of social hardship.
At a distance of 30 from the earthquake, both with public initiatives (the hospital of the sea, the first health project financing started in Italy). that private, the district is experiencing today a plan of urban and economic redevelopment. Worth noting is the beauty, hidden and not known to many, of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Neve with particular reference to the first Sunday of August each year where the patron saint of the neighborhood, the Madonna della neve, is celebrated. The event has been recognized as an intangible heritage of Italy.
Visiting Ponticelli also means seeing with your own eyes the artistic revaluation of the neighborhood thanks to the Mural Park: A destination for many tourists and fans of street art, as well as workshops for children and young people, set for television and film productions and more that is slowly recreating self-esteem in the residents. In 2017 the first six major works were included in large social and cultural programs:
- “Ael. Tutt'egual song' e criature” di Jorit AGOch
- “A' pazziella ‘n man e' criature” di ZED1
- “Lo trattenimento de' peccerille” di Mattia Campo Dall'Orto;
- “Chi è vuluto bene nun s'o scorda” di Rosk&Loste;
- “‘A Mamm’ ‘e Tutt’ ‘e Mamm'” de La Fille Bertha,
- ”Je sto vicino a te” di Daniele Nitti.
The works received mixed support from public bodies, previsited and not-for-profit both local and national. II Parco dei Murales has been presented to the public several times and is the first suburban destination to have been inserted on the portal of the International Airport of Naples - Capodichino.
San Giovanni a Teduccio
San Giovanni a Teduccio has been aggregated to the city of Naples under fascism. The area was once home to the most important Mediterranean canning industry, the Cirio and the first railway industry in Italy, serving the Naples-Portici section, with the famous factory di Pietrarsa. The factory ceased its activity in 1975, but in the following years it was transformed into a railway museum. As for Ponticelli, also in San Giovanni a Teduccio there is a strong redevelopment of the territory.
Not only do we find the Railway Museum , but in San Giovanni with the Federico II University there is the first European development center App IoS of Apple.Other to the interest on the territory of a multinational like Apple to artistically revitalize the neighborhood in February 2017 in via Taverna del Ferro, at the so-called Bronx, the Neapolitan artist Jorit has created the largest mural in the world dedicated to Diego Armando Maradona and titled "Diego". The artist, the mural was created to bring beauty into the neighborhood and attracted the attention of important newspapers, TV networks and Maradona itself.
I suggest you do the tour of the suburbs just to experience the beauties in person that this part of Naples offers and to show that our suburbs are not just Gomorrah!