from santa lucia to mergellina

The beach occupied by the fishermen of Santa Lucia, the variegated universe of trades (sellers of sulphur spring water contained in pottery amphoras, the “mummare” [rounded terracotta flasks], “ostricaro fisico” [seafood stall]…) and the humble houses wedged in between aristocratic palaces overlooking the sea became separate worlds after the Risanamento of 1884 [see Chiaja] and the land reclamation of the early twentieth century. This process was completed with the construction of a double row of buildings dividing Santa Lucia from the sea.
The place-name derives from the church of Santa Lucia a mare, a legendary reminder of the presence of the niece of the Emperor Constantine (306-337) on the coast of Naples after she escaped from a shipwreck. The church, which was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, contains the wooden statue of St Lucy dating to the eighteenth century.
Standing in the sea on the islet of Megaris, Castel dell’Ovo abounds with legends and historys worthy of its stunning natural setting [see Chiaja]. The castle’s name (literally “Egg Castle”) derives from the medieval legend of an egg that was secretly kept in an iron container: it acted as a…

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    castel dell’ovo

    Opening hours: 9.00 am-7.00 pm; sunday and holidays 9.00 am-2.00 pm; winter 9.00 am-5.00 pm; sunday and holidays 9.00 am-2.00 pm | Address: borgo marinari | phone: 0812400055 | website: www.comune.napoli.it | Email: casteldellovo@comune.napoli.it

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    borgo marinari

    Address: borgo marinari

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    piazza dei martiri

    Address: piazza dei martiri

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    villa comunale

    Address: piazza vittoria napoli

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    via caracciolo

    Address: via francesco caracciolo

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    mergellina

    Address: via mergellina

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    fountain of sebeto

    Address: largo sermoneta napoli

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    villa pignatelli – museo diego aragona pignatelli cortes

    Opening hours: 8.30 am-14.00 pm | Address: riviera di chiaia, 200 | phone: 081669675; 0817612356 | website: http://pignatelli. napolibeniculturali.it | Email: pignatelli.artina@ arti.beniculturali.it

its poetry was a continuous show of countryside and sea; and mergellina, where the green hillside merged with the blue of the bay, seemed to be its festive symbol...

[benedetto croce, 1919]

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