Our beautiful waterfront was born as Corso Caracciolo, born from filled in the sea by resolution of the City Council of May 18, 1872. In those days Luigi Del Monte was mayor but probably the resolution had been prepared a few months earlier by the previous mayor, Paolo Emilio Imbriani, one of the protagonists of the history of the “Risorgimento”. He is also remembered by another choice bordering on the incredible, as evidenced by a sort of popular song of the time: “An ancient saying and proverb says: all streets lead to Rome; Imbriani, your very different one, does not lead to Rome but leads to Aversa”(Seat of the famous asylum). Imbriani had changed the toponym of via Toledo to that of via Roma, the protests were numerous and it was a real offense to the popular conscience and to history, disregarding those who, like Viceroy Pedro da Toledo, that road, together with many positive reforms, he had wanted and created that beautiful road in 1536. An offense “removed” only in 1980 with the (right and proper) return to … Toledo. In the same years some local politicians, moreover, had planned an even more serious destruction: the demolition of Castel dell’Ovo, demonstrating the total lack of love for historical memory. Returning to Caracciolo, we ask ourselves how many cities in the world have dedicated a road to a high official who had betrayed his king, his oath and his homeland (Neapolitan) anyway, reasons for which, moreover, he would have been sentenced to death according to laws in force all over the world. Passed to the Franco-Jacobin army, he cannonade the people (Neapolitan) who in June 1799 was taking back the city after about five months of republic that had cost over 60 thousand victims of the Neapolitan-Christian-Bourbon side. The toponymy remains an important element for the collective memory and they understood it well, moreover, those Savoy who covered the Bourbon coats of arms in the San Carlo Theater, tore the lilies from the gates of the Royal Palace, took possession of the names of wonderful streets like that Corso Maria Teresa became “Vittorio Emanuele”. This is how the identity and pride of an entire people is canceled. And beyond the names of streets and squares, what is most striking is the usual distance between rulers and governed, between ruling classes and people and the choice of the name of a street becomes the paradigm to highlight the absence of a sense of belonging. in the mayors on duty (more or less for 160 years), an absence that becomes in many (too many) cases the inability to adequately represent and defend their land. And so, from Caracciolo we arrive at Beatles of today and Naples can “boast” streets named after the English singers and not the great kings who made its history (example for all that Ferdinand II for which thousands of signatures have been collected several times). It will be one of the first things we will ask the next mayor, albeit with an appropriate and good dose of skepticism.
*president Neoborbonic Movement