"They called the" Valley of the tombs ". It's, Although Egypt is far, is perhaps the right denomination for these incredible Tuff canyon splitting la collina dei Colli Aminei and glide up to piazza Cavour and via Foria crossing the Virgins and health. Here, long before a huge quarry became a giant charnel house (the Fontanelle cemetery), and before that Christians would lead the catacombs which would have hosted the martyr Gennaro, the Greeks came to give a final farewell to their loved ones. For an obscure reason, This piece of land – which was then, Obviously, far outside the walls – was elected for sacral ritual funeral venue. "
So, in the book "subterranean Naples", the author (Antonio Piedimonte) introduces the path dedicated to Greek-Roman funerary tombs discovered, already in 1685, in the heart of Rione Sanità.
This territory has always been, somehow, dealing with the sacred. And the sacred bear witness not only the catacombs and the many, some admirable, churches that meet wandering in the neighborhood, But even the memory of holy people who lived in different times. The Holy Martyr Patron Saint Gennaro, n |. Severus (Holy Bishop that, on the principle of the 5th century ad. C., constructed his tomb, then place of miracles, where is now the church dedicated to him, below the Hill of Capodimonte), n |. Alphonsus Liguori, Holy piety (author of the text of "Tu scendi dalle stelle" and "Quanno nascette Ninno").
And it is thanks to popular piety that, in this region as in other places of the historical center of Naples, the sacred has been handed down and originally humanized, in the many shrines, in the cult of "capuzzelle" and "pezzentelle" and anime, yet, in the many manifestations of art crib. But popular piety has many times manifested, often in ways affected, in the noble sentiment of pity of man with man. Over time, have sprung up so, also in this area, hospices, admissions, crates and group home: places where you are given and, even today, you from concreteness to one of the fundamental principles of civil society and called "solidarity".