The Golden Mile

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In 1738, King Charles of Bour­bon com­mis­sioned the build­ing of the Reg­gia di Por­tici, in­tro­duc­ing the fashion, among Neapoli­tan no­ble­men, of con­struct­ing res­i­dences at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Many of the city’s wealthy no­ble classes built el­e­gant dwellings along the stretch of the Royal Cal­abria road that con­nected Naples to the south­ern­most prov­inces of the king­dom. To­day, the sur­viv­ing es­tates are col­lec­tively called the ‘Ve­su­vian Vil­las. Specif­i­cally, this term cov­ers 121 of them which are pro­tected by a spe­cial foun­da­tion that was es­tab­lished to re­cover them from the rav­ages of the pre­vi­ous 250 years.

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