An astonishing walk in the heart of a hidden Naples. With Marco Perillo, a young writer that makes us discover folk anecdotes and unusual ways.
RIONE SANITÀ: BEYOND THE HEAVY FAME
Even though the sad fame of degradation, the area Rione Sanità is a treasury of history. It is as a “suburb in the very center of the city”. With a very peculiar history: in the XVII century noblemen and wealthy citizens settled in the area and built beautiful and opulent baroque palaces and churches. The area was also usually crossed by the royal procession going to the Royal Palace of Capodimonte. But the path from the center to the royal palace was tortuous and narrow. So it was decided to build the Napoleon Course, an overhead road that would have made quicker the journey of the royals. Work began at the beginning of 1800 under king Giuseppe Bonaparte. But the result for the area was in some way disastrous: the bridge created a progressive isolation making the neighborhood unsafe.