The Italian Neo-Borbonici dream of the days of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, when the Bourbons governed Naples, considered resplendent and dignified at the time. Viva the wannabe revolution?
Europe often seems so far from local politics. But are they really? The connections may run deeper than first meets the eye. We discussed this broad topic with local Neapolitan politicians and activists, these are the thoughts they shared.
Picture a beautiful city with perfect weather. Sprinkle it with some of the best works of the Italian Renaissance and Roman and Christian monuments. Put that city on the Mediterranean. Let it have the second port by number of passengers globally. Don’t forget the world’s most popular gastronomy. Top it up with cheap prizes and welcoming people.
World-class tourist destination, right? Wrong.
Naples. The simple utterance of the word evokes images of corrupt mafioso, unimaginable poverty and dangerous neighbourhoods. But what lies beyond the stereotypes? Five European journalists went on the ground to uncover the thriving informal economy, find Europe in its chaotic streets, rendez-vous with eccentric separatists, discover its lost potential as a tourist destination and citizens creating revolution through books to paint a more accurate portrait of beautiful and misunderstood Napoli.