Rione Sanità, neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor (Demotix)

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendorNapoli (Italy), 29/12/2013  – Rione Sanità (Literally “Health Alley” in Italian) is a neighbourhood in Naples, part of the Stella quarter. Was originally established as a home for noble and rich families of Naples’ aristochracy the area eventually turned into one of the most infamous and degraded of Naples.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

It is located north of Naples’ historical centre, adjacent to the Capodimonte hill.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

The statue of St. Vincenzo Ferrer, O’Monacone, in the church of Santa Maria. The saint was historically “adopted” by the Camorra.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

The busts of San Gennaro, Masaniello and the ball of the football team of Napoli in the church of Santa Maria.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendorThe settlement in Rione Sanità was originally established as a home for noble and rich families of Naples’ aristochracy (As witnessed by palazzi such as Palazzo Sanfelice and Palazzo dello Spagnolo) .

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendorThe dramatic situation of the area has attracted volunteer and humanitarian efforts, such as those of the Comboni Missionaries that have been operating for years in support of Rione Sanità’s population.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendorOn the road between scooters and clothes hanging.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendorOn the peeling walls can still read the names of some former players of the football team of Napoli, the Italian champion in 1987.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

An old murals depicting the famous football player Diego Armando Maradona.

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

Rione Sanit neighbourhood in Naples between degradation and splendor

 – Demotix, 29/12/2013

 

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