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FUORIGROTTA district

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Fuorigrotta neighborhood is located in the western area of the city of Naples and it is the most populated one

 

It takes its name from its location outside the cave that links it to the neighborhood of Piedigrotta. Until the Fascist regime it was an agricultural district and it developed fully in the following years. Today it is the seat of the main sporting structures, such as the San Paolo stadium, the third bigger soccer stadium in Italy, the Scandone swimming-pool, the CUS Napoli, a sport system for university students; but also leisure facilities, like the amusement park Edenlandia, the zoo and the Space Maxicinema, the largest multiplex cinema in Italy. But the neighborhood is also full of facilities reserved for events, fairs, concerts and conferences, such as the Mostra d’Oltremare, one of the main Italian trade fair locations in which there is the Arena Flegrea, a venue for concerts while the Palapartenope, another venue for concerts, is just nearby.

 

Fuorigrotta is also known as a University District for the presence of some major universities. Noteworthy is the fifteenth century San Vitale Martyr church, where the poet Giacomo Leopardi’s remains were temporarily buried, to be later moved to the Vergiliano park in Mergellina area, close to Virgilio’s cenotaph. Inside the church there are an eighteenth century presepi and two paintings of the famous painter Luca Giordano, one representing the triumph of David and other one the triumph of Judith. Fuorigrotta is very well served by several means of transport like three railway lines, the Cumana, Line 2 and Line 3 of the underground and various buses that connect different areas of the city. Furigrotta borders on Bagnoli district, the name of which name probably derives from Balneolis since it housed some spas in ancient times. Since the beginning of the ‘900 it has been a famous Southern Italy industrial center for the presence of active steel mills that discontinued in the late nineties. In the 90’s the installation of the Città della Scienza, first interactive science museum in Italy together with various other events have contributed to the requalification and remediation of area . Noteworthy also the Race-course of Agnano, the largest in Italy and the ancient Baths of Agnano that during the Roman times were very famous for the therapeutic properties of the hot sulphureous water, typical of the volcanic area of the Neapolitan territory. From Bagnoli along the uphill road Via Coroglio, from which you can admire a beautiful view of the northern outskirts of Naples, Capo Miseno and Procida and Ischia islands, you get to the residential district of Posillipo. Along this road you get to the Grotto of Sejanus, a 780 meter long Roman tunnel, carved into the tuff.

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