Portici

Portici (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpɔrtitʃi]) is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy. It is the site of the Portici Royal Palace.

Portici

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Location of Portici
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Location of Portici in Italy
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Portici (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°49′11″N 14°20′28″E
CountryItaly
RegionCampania
Metropolitan cityNaples (NA)
FrazioniBellavista
Government
  MayorVincenzo Cuomo
Area
  Total4.52 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Elevation
29 m (95 ft)
Population
 (30 September 2012)[2]
  Total55,365
  Density12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Porticesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
80055, 80052
Dialing code081
Patron saintCyrus
Saint day31 January
WebsiteOfficial website

Geography

Portici lies at the foot of Mount Vesuvius on the Bay of Naples, about 8 km (5.0 mi) southeast of Naples itself. There is a small port. To the south east is Ercolano, formerly Resina, which occupies the site of ancient Herculaneum. San Giorgio a Cremano is another town nearby.

History

The city was completely destroyed by the Eruption of Vesuvius in 1631, but was rebuilt. Charles III of Spain, King of Naples and Sicily, built a royal palace in the town between 1738-1748. After Garibaldi defeated the Bourbons in 1860, the palace was turned into the Portici botanic gardens and the Royal Higher School of Agriculture. It once contained the antiquities from Herculaneum, which have since been moved to Naples.

Economy

The inhabitants were historically engaged in fishing, silk-growing and silk-weaving up to the beginning of the 20th century. Later a more diversified economy emerged, with industry and trade as main pillars.

Vincenzo Cuomo is the mayor. In 2009, he banned shops from displaying Christmas decorations because shopkeepers were subject to extortion to buy Camorra (mob) sold decorations.[3][4]

In March 2008, Boeing opened a research centre for advanced materials under an agreement with Alenia.[5]

Notable people

Notes and references

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Portici". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 118.

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