Italy 2015

Everyday Naples

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini

For 2500 years, Naples has had a vibrant, complicated history.  It was more populous and richer than most other European cities and much prized by foreign imperialists.  The Norman, Angevin, Bourbon and Spanish royal families all were important, but did not integrate well with the fundamentally Greco-Roman people of the area.  In the 19C, the unification of Italy caused the south to be most heavily taxed and oppressed.  Naples was the city most heavily bombed by the US during WWII.  The mafia wars have not helped.   Daily life presents many problems, but people defeat it with humor and humanity.  Naples’ natural setting is beautiful. The ancient, narrow streets are paved with cobblestones and have many secrets. 

Naples’ rich cultural past is apparent on its streets.  There remain richly carved doors for former houses and charities.  The old blends in with the new.

The streets of old Naples are busy and stores spill out into them to sell everything.  The people are very friendly and helpful.

There is street art in some areas.  Ferns also grow in the cracks between the old stones of buildings.  Naples has a very human feel.

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