Portici

Italy

There are plenty of places to see and visit around Portici. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Portici is a region where hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. 

Portici is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy. It is the site of the Portici Royal Palace.

Portici, town, Campania regione, southern Italy. It lies on the Bay of Naples, southwest of Vesuvius (volcano) and just southeast of Naples. As a medieval fief Portici was owned by various princely families before passing to the Kingdom of Naples. It was completely destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631. Italy’s first railway (Portici-Naples) was inaugurated there in 1839. Portici’s most famous landmark is the ornate royal palace, begun in 1738 by Charles of Bourbon, king of the Two Sicilies (later Charles III, king of Spain), which houses the agriculture faculty of the University of Naples and relics from the nearby archaeological site of Herculaneum.

Portici is on the Naples-Salerno railway and has a small but busy port. Fishing and agriculture (apples, pears, olives, nuts, and hemp) are carried on, and wine, fertilizer, and silk are produced. Pop. (2006 est.) mun., 57,059.

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 HerculaneumSan 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 and 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 fishingsilk-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.

In March 2008, Boeing opened a research centre for advanced materials under an agreement with the Italian aerospace company Alenia.

Contact

Municipality of Portici
email
protocollo@pec.comuneportici.it
address
Via Campitelli 1, 80055 Portici NA
phone
0817862111