- San Giorgio a Cremano
official_name = Comune di San Giorgio a Cremano
img_coa = San Giorgio a Cremano-Stemma.png
region = RegioneIT|sigla=CAM
province = ProvinciaIT (short form)|sigla=NA (NA)
Domenico Giorgiano[Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
mayor_party = Democratic Party [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
elevation_m = 56
area_total_km2 = 4.11
population_as_of = (31-12-2008 (ISTAT)
population_total = 50763
pop_density_footnotes = [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
population_density_km2 = 12.531
coordinates = coord|40|50|0|N|14|20|0|E|region:IT_type:city(48079)|display=it
gentilic = Sangiorgesi [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
telephone = 081
postalcode = 80046
mapx = #expr:40 + 50 / 60.0
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native_name = San Giorgio a Cremano
name = San Giorgio a Cremano
website = http://www.e-cremano.it/
San Giorgio a Cremano is a primarily
residential townand " comune" in the province of Naples, in the Campaniaregion of southern Italy. It is located on the foothills of Mount Vesuviusto the west of the volcano, and is approximately six kilometres to the south east of the centre of Naples. Most parts of the commune command excellent views of Mount Vesuvius, Mount Somma and the Bay of Naples.
San Giorgio a Cremano was first settled in the 10th and 11th centuries, and has since been fairly regularly affected by the
eruptionsof Mount Vesuvius. Along with Portici, Ercolano, Torre del Greco, and Torre Annunziata, San Giorgio a Cremano is one of the five traditional towns that were to be found heading south from Naples on the coastal road along the Bay of Naples. In the eighteenth century the comune had become an extremely popular tourist resort, and attracted wealthier residents and the aristocracy from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, before going into decline following Italian unification, although primary industries and agriculture have persisted within the comune from its foundation to the modern day.
By the nineteenth century San Giorgio a Cremano had been absorbed by the expanding urban conglomeration of
Naples, and it now has a population of 50,763 [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008] , making it the second most densely populated commune in Italy after neighbouring Portici, and one of the most densely populated areas in the whole of the European Union. San Giorgio a Cremano is served by the Circumvesuvianametropolitan railwaywhich connects it with central Naples, and is easily accessable by a number of major roads.
The name 'San Giorgio a Cremano' (literally "Saint George of the Cremated"), is a reference to the reverence with which the residents of the area in the tenth century held for the Vesuvius. The
superstitiousand devoutly religious locals saw an analogy between the firey eruptions of Vesuvius, and a dragonbreathing fire, and quickly adopted Saint Georgeas their patron saint, due to the legend of Saint George and the Dragonin which he slays the Dragon. The residents believed by adopting Saint George as their patron sainthe would protect them from the 'dragon' or the eruptions of Vesuvius.Palomba (1881).]
The term 'Cremano' is an ancient name for a strip of land between
Porticiand San Giorgio (the site is referred to as the 'Cupa di Cremano' and 'Pozzo di Cremano'). It derives directly from the latinword "crematum" which refers to the earth having been crematedby the lava flows of Vesuvius. Others believe though, that the name actually refers to "Cambrano", a shortening of "Cambarus" who was a Romanlandowner of the area in ancient times.Palomba (1881).] Another theory also believes it simply refers to the latin word "crambe", which means "Cabbage", speculating that cabbage crops may once have been grown in the area.
Residents of San Giorgio a Cremano are referred to as "Sangiorgesi". [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
The landscape of the region in which San Giorgio a Cremano is located has been drastically altered over time by the continuing eruptions of
Vesuvius. As a result, it is difficult to find evidence of pre-historic occupation in the area. It is known that from Romantimes, nearby Herculaneumand Pompeiiwere well populated settlements, and it is likely that some parts of the region were utilised for agriculture. There are suggestions that wine growingmay have been popular on the hills of the area.Palomba (1881).]
However the eruption of 79CE in which Pompeii and Herculaneum was destroyed, made much of the region in which San Giorgio is now located, and neighbouring regions, completely uninhabitable and no longer of any use for agriculture. This remained the situation until the
10th centuryCE. Until its reoccupation, the region was usually referred to as "Foris Flubeum", indicating that it was seperated from Naplesby the legendary ancient Sebeto River, which has now disappeared.Palomba (1881).]
The earliest post-Roman references to the region indicate that by the mid 700s
weavershad begun production in and around the area, and industry that persists to the modern era. The shirts and cloths produced in the Province of Naples soon gained an excellent reputation, and were often sought after by nobles throughout Europe.
993CE a small votive chapelnamed the "Capitiniano" was erected on a hill in the area, and dedicated to Saint George. It is believed that it is from around this time that the legend of the locals adopting Saint George as their patron saintto protect them from the 'dragon' of Vesuvius' eruptions was born. By the end of the 11th century, a churchhad been erected over the previous site of the chapel, and the first "Casale", or houses, were built nearby to the church.Tipografia Alfa (2002).] It is believed there was also a monastery, however no trace remains if this was the case. Very soon a cemeterywas also consecratednext to the church, and it is from around this time that records indicate the name "San Giorgio a Capitiniano" was first used to refer to the area.Tipografia Alfa (2002).]
It has been suggested that around 1200 is one of the likliest dates for the beginning of the origin of the local religious procession. Held on 23 April (or the first Sunday after), the patron saint's day of
Saint George, the procession involves the carrying of a statue of the saint, hoisted onto the shoulders of a group of the devotees, accompanied by loud music, songs, folk dancing, competitions of all kinds, and stalls with sweets and toys. The statue itself is a carved wooden depiction of the saint, originally mounted but the current one is without horse, and it is placed upon a pedestal which is surrounded by garlands of local flowers, and illuminated by candles. The statue was once also plated in silver, but repeated attempts at theft (the most recent in 1981) resulted in the metal being removed.Alagi (1990).]
The statue of a saint was carried in procession for many reasons, such as to fertilise the ground for crops and harvests, to protect from natural disasters such as the risks of drought, floods and further eruptions, and to defend the comune from fatal dangers such as enemies, wars, and plagues. The original route of the procession is not known, but is believed to have begun near the Capitiniano, with the trip not clearly defined, and amended according to the demands and needs of devotees participating.Alagi (1990).]
Some local scholars believe the procession may even have dated from as early as the 700s, but the wooden statue of Saint george that is carried, depicts him mounted on a horse, in the armour of a
crusader. The crusader image cannot date before 1200, and such imagery of Saint George as a crusading knight is thought to only date from the 1400s. It is believed that the wooden statue used in the procession cannot be earlier than 1600, although it is indeed possible the current statue may have replaced an earlier one that had been used in processions before this time.Alagi (1984).]
Over the course of the next few hundred years, houses were increasingly being built down the gentle slope of the hill towards the seaside "Cambrano", and the growing town was often being referred to as "San Giorgio a Cambrano" by the
14th century, which is confirmed in references from 1334, during the reign of Charles of Anjou. In this time, a better road, connecting San Giorgio with Naplesin the northwest was completed.Casucci (2001).]
By the late 14th century San Giorgio had grown into a town, and had two main residential zones, above and below the church. These were referred to as "di sopra" (above), and "di bascio" (below). At the same time, San Giorgio grew large enough to absorbe the nearby town of "San Aniello a Cambrano", and the centre of the new larger town remained the hilltop church venerated to Saint George. By the
15th century, this church had once again been rennovated, this time in high Gothic architecture, and incorporated three new naves.Alagi (1996).] Despite the improvements to the hilltop church, in 1570 the religious centre of San Giorgio was moved further downhill with the opening of the newly built church of " Santa Maria del Principio", around which a prosperous new town centresoon grew. Following the opening of the new church, the procession route was altered to begin at Santa Maria del Principio and run a more regular course through the streets to the hills and back down to the lower end of the comune, giving greater access to the residents to the processional route.Alagi (1990).]
Between 1140 and 1631 Mount Vesuvius had remained dormant for nearly 500 years, but a violent and sudden eruption in December 1631 was particularly devastating for San Giorgio a Cremano, destroying the new town centre and the sixty year old church of Santa Maria del Principio. The 1631 eruption was particularly violent, with several lava flows pouring down different faces of the volcano accompanied by torrents of boiling water, as well as throwing pumice and hot ash into the sky.Palomba (1881).]
Many historical documents, manuscripts and archives from the old church had been moved to the new church of Santa Maria del Principio, and were also lost in the destruction caused by the eruption. Ironically the hilltop church was not as badly damaged. However very few buildings in the town were spared, including another church, "San Giorgio Vecchio" and the Torre Ummarino - a newly constructed tower. It is not known how many people from San Giorgio, if any, were killed in the 1631 eruption, but records indicate the population was decimated. Whether this was from loss of live, or evacuation is unclear. It has been estimated though, that more than 3,000 people were killed throughout the region in the December 1631 eruption, and from the physical destruction within San Giorgio a Cremano, it can be surmised that many of the dead may have lived there.Palomba (1881).]
The 1631 eruption seems to have led to a re-invigoration of the locals' devotion to their patron saint, Saint George, and the tradition of the local procession is thought to have begun at this time. Saint George had originally been chosen for his reputation as the heroic fighter, an attribute that the devastated locals needed in their protector. The procession was definitely resumed soon after the eruption, and has continued uninterrupted into modern times. Following the destruction of the new church of Santa Maria del Principio, the route of the procession was again altered. The original statue was destroyed in the eruption, but they received as a gift from Emmanuela Caracciolo Pignatelli,
Duchess of Montecalvo, a new statue of St. George, in half bust, and that is the statue still venerated today.Alagi (1990).]
By 1670 the church of "
Santa Maria del Principio" had been rebuilt upon the ruins of its second incarnation, in time for the centennial of its original consecration. Once again the Church "Casale" and town houses had been repopulated, and the new town centre restored. The town experienced an economically prosperous period under the Spanish Kingdom of Naples. The economic prosperity continued under the Bourbon rulers, who had replaced the Habsburgs as the dynastic rulers of the Kingdom of Naples by the 18th centuryas a result of the War of the Spanish Succession. The rule of Charles III of Spain(1735-59) was a particularly successful period for the whole Province of Naples, including San Giorgio, as he invested heavily in the economy of the region.Alagi (1984).]
It was during this time that the town started to become a popular holiday resort for Neapolitan noble families. San Giorgio soon developed a reputation as a desirable town to live or holiday in, and became home to many wealthy residents who constructed many of the ornate villas in and around the town, some of which survive to this day. Some of these villas had elaborate walled gardens, such as
Villa Bruno.Città di San Giorgio a Cremano (2002).]
The Habsburg Spanish King
Ferdinand II of Aragongained control of the Kingdom of Naplesin 1559 under the terms of the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis, and Spanish migrants began to arrive in the south of Italy. During his rule in the late sixteenth century, the Camorrafirst made their presence felt in the Campaniaregion. Originally members primarily consisted of strong family clans that were closely related to Spanish Gardunacriminals.Fioretti (1984).]
However it was under the Bourbon rulers that the Camorra truly started to flourish throughout
Campania. By the nineteenth century the Bourbon monarchy were using Camorra clans as police, as soldiers in the army, and as members of the civil servicethroughout Naples, including in San Giorgio a Cremano.Fioretti (1984).]
In 1800 the parish priest Don Domenico de Somma announced there would be a double procession from that year onwards. The first was to take place in April, accompanied by music and detachments of
cavalryand infantry. During this procession, the statue was kept for a week in the church of San Giorgio Vecchio to allow it to be venerated by as many people who wished to. Then on the first Sunday in May, the statue was to be once again paraded throughout the commune, riding on a wagon, and accompanied by choir boys dressed as angels, who sang holy praises along with music; however the custom of two processions was abandoned in 1867.Alagi (1990).]
The rule of the
House of Bourbonwas generally popular throughout Naples, but especially so amongst the strongly religiousand royalistresidents of San giorgio a Cremano. However the French Revolutionreached the Kingdom of Naplesduring the rule of Ferdinand IV of Naples, who provoked by his opposition. Horatio Nelsonarrived in Naples to warn Ferdinand of the dangers of the revolution, but the Neapolitan King attacked Rome following its fall into French hands. When he was defeated by French forces in Rome, he fled back to Naples, and took the offer from the British there to take refuge in Sicily, leaving Naples in anarchy.cite news |url=http://faculty.ed.umuc.edu/~jmatthew/naples/Parthenopean_Republic.html|publisher=Faculty.ed.umuc.edu|title=The Parthenopean Republic|date= 7 October2007]
Despite efforts by some revolutionary thinkers, there was not much support for the
French Revolutionamongst the residents of San Giorgio a Cremano, as even the poorest families, such as the "Lazzaroni" lived comparatively comfortable lives by the standards of the time. The Bourbon monarchy was popular, and received little opposition. Despite this, the fall of the French monarchy, the successes of the revolution in other parts of Europe, and the abscence of King Ferdinand led to the creation of the Parthenopaean Republicin 1799, which incorporated San Giorgio a Cremano.cite news |url=http://faculty.ed.umuc.edu/~jmatthew/naples/Parthenopean_Republic.html|publisher=Faculty.ed.umuc.edu|title=The Parthenopean Republic|date= 7 October2007]
Very soon all of Europe was in revolutionary turmoil, and not long after the declaration of the Parthenopaean Republic, the
Carbonari, a secret societyof revolutionariesmoved into Naples, and San Giorgio a Cremano as well. Primarily opposed to the pro-Napoleonic policies of Joachim Murat, the Carbonari soon focused their attention on the gaining of political freedoms and the granting of constitutional rights and powers."It is not certain whether the Carbonari, as a political society, had its first organization in France or Italy." From the [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03330c.htm Carbonari] article in the Catholic Encyclopedia]
After the fall of
Napoleon, King Ferdinand IV of Naples resumed control of the Province of Naples and soon after the Congress of Viennaallowed him to re-unify the Kingdom with that of the Kingdom of Sicily, and he became King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. Although popular with artisans and merchants, most of the population of San Giorgio a Cremano were wealthier aristocrats, and welcomed the return of the King rather than siding with the Carbonari.cite news|url=http://www.onwar.com/aced/data/november/neapolitan1815.htm|publisher=Onwar.com|title=Austria Naples - Neapolitan War 1815|date= 7 October2007]
In 1848 the revolutionary fervour within the kingdom became widespread, and soon the
Sicilian revolution of independence of 1848broke out, although this affected the residents of San Giorgio very little.Scianò (2004).] Although unaffected by the revolutions of 1848, the area suffered badly from the Italian unificationtwelve years later. The creation of the Kingdom of Italy saw many of the area's wealthier residents moving north to be closer to the seat of national power, and although San Giorgio a Cremano remained a popular resort destination, the commune went into a long period of economic decline.Astarita (2000).]
With the northern Liberals in power, the north was increasingly developed in areas of industry and agriculture, with the south (Mezzogiorno) increasingly excluded from development and investment. Many of the fine houses and resorts of the region, some occupied for centuries, soon went without maintenance and fell into terminal decline.Astarita (2000).]
Mount Vesuvius again exploded spectacularly on both 1 May and 6 May in 1855. The lava began flowing towards San Giorgio a Cremano, but at a slow pace. The local parish priest at the time, pastor Don Domenico Baldari allowed the locals to seek sanctuary within Santa Maria del Principio. According to locals, the statue was placed between the comune and the slowly approaching lava, and the locals invoked the protection of Saint George, and Mary the Immaculate, and the lava approached to the outskirts of the town and then stopped. In honour of their being saved, the parishoners of Santa Maria del Principio held another procession in the presence of Cardinal Naples Sisto Riario Sforza.Fioretti (1984).]
The later part of the nineteenth century saw San Giorgio a Cremano revert to a subsistence agriculture economy, with much of the comune's needs being supplied locally. Although many of the villas were abandoned, or even if still occupied, went un-maintained, many of them did remain well looked after, and as a result survive to this day. Although on a much smaller scale than in the eighteenth century, the natural beauty and climate of San Giorgio a Cremano were such that tourism persisted to a lesser degree, and some of the resorts survived.Fioretti (1984).]
Little changed for the residents of San Giorgio a Cremano during the first half of the twentieth century. The population had stagnated, but the localised agrarian and weaving economies persisted.
During the dark days of
World War II, Mount Vesuvius erupted on 22 March, 1944. Santa Maria del Principio's parish priest Don Giorgio Tarallosi, repeated the offer of refuge within the church, and as in 1855 the statue of Saint George was used to protect the comune from the approaching lava. The lava reached virtually all the way to the steps of the church before stopping (at zone via Amendola). Another procession was added ten years later in honour of the 'miracle'. In 1968 under the parish priest Don Francesco Sannino the two processions of the first and second Sunday of May were reduced to one on the second Sunday of May. In 1972, with the parish priest Don Pasquale Ascione changed the main procession to the fourth Sunday of May.Alagi (1990).]
By the second half of the twentieth century, the central part of Naples could no longer withstand the post-war population growth, and residents began to increasingly move into neighbouring communes to the south, such as Portici or San Giorgio a Cremano. The large derelict residential areas of the former stately homes and apartments were ripe for development, and many fine homes were knocked down, often illegally, to make way for new housing developments. From 1951 to 1981 the population of San Giorgio a Cremano more than tripled.Dobran (2006).]
According to the Commerce Office of the Municipality of San Giorgio a Cremano, in 1970 there still existed 58
weaverswithin the comune. Although most of these were small scale production operations, the hand-made shirts and ties produced within the comune were considered to be of extremely high quality, and were exported throughout Europe, and even internationally. Although the weaving industry has since declined in the wake of cheap Asian imports, it still exists, and has been a major backbone of the local economy since the early 700s.Dobran (2006).]
Camorrawere once again at the forefront of the illegal building and development industry. The authorities soon realised what was happening, and the saw the risk to existing cultural heritage, and stamped down upon the illegal constructions, which the Camorra simply moved their developments from previously occupied land into either the red zones (areas where the government had banned development due to the dangers posed by an eruption) on the slopes of Vesuvius, or they developed housing on land which they had used previously for illegal waste dumping, often making the ground unstable, and unusable for development. Undercutting the tenders of other contractors, the Camorra would first excavate and sell the volcanic pozzuolana, used in the construction industry, and then refill the cavities with tons of refuse and toxic waste, often imported from northern Italy, before recovering the waste and selling the land illegally for housing construction and residential development. It has been estimated that this industry was worth upwards of 11 billion euro a year to the Camorra.Dobran (2006).]
This has led to an unfortunate situation in San Giorgio a Cremano, where some of the illegal developments have been left half built, leaving unsightly concrete skeletons, or land that had been cleared for development has been left unused, leaving open spaces in an increasingly crowded commune.Dobran (2006).]
Despite the illegal developments, many new legal apartment buildings were also constructed, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. The sometimes quite fine apartments of five or six stories were constructed along tree-lined widened avenues such as Via Guglielmo Marconi and Via San Martino, and the area soon became known affectionately amongst local residents as "Piccolo Parigi" ('Little Paris').Dobran (2006).]
San Giogrio a Cremano is primarily a residential commune; however, despite the large area of the commune that is occupied by high-density apartment buildings, small scale agriculture still prevails upon sections of private land.Dobran (2006).]
Like many parts of Naples, the commune of San Giorgio a Cremano has suffered badly in recent years from the crippling garbage crisis that has affected the whole city. Particularly during festive seasons such as Easter and Christmas, large piles of uncollected garbage have regularly been allowed to build up in the streets, creating an unsightly image and a serious health concern. As with other parts of the city, the frustration of local residents has sometimes boiled over in the form of them setting fire to the piles, which often contain chemicals and plastics that give off toxic fumes, creating a further health hazard, and posing a serious threat to firemen called to tackle the dangerous blazes. [CNN, [http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/01/07/naples.rubbish.background/ "Why Naples is drowning in garbage"] . Accessed online 21 August 2008]
In July 2008, San Giorgio a Cremano was selected by
Poste Italianeto be one of several communes around Italy to participate in an experimental pilot scheme in which citizens are able to apply for official certificates and documents using a 'digital stamp' system. [pubblicaamministrazione, [http://www.pubblicaamministrazione.net/e-government/news/1042/san-giorgio-a-cremano-sperimenta-il-timbro-digitale.html&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=7&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522san%2Bgiorgio%2Ba%2Bcremano%2522%26start%3D30%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN "San Giorgio a Cremano sperimenta il timbro digitale"] . Accessed online 15 September 2008]
San Giorgio a Cremano is located on the foothills to the west of the
Vesuvius. With a total area of convert|4.11|km2|sqmi|1|abbr=on, it is a fairly small, cramped comune which runs in a narrow corridor from the slopes of the volcano down toward the Bay of Naples. The highest point in the comune is 107 metres above sea level, and the lowest point is eight metres above sea level, giving an altimetric difference of 97 metres from the coastward side of the comune (west) to the inland side (east). The average height within the comune is 56 metres above sea level.
San Giorgio is also geographically surrounded by major roads on all sides. The coastal road of Corso San Giovanni follows the shoreline to the west of San Giorgio, and the
Autostrada(motorway) Napoli-Salerno (E45, which also becomes the A3) runs to the north-east of San Giorgio.
To the east, San Giorgio a Cremano faces the Vesuvius, which dominates the view in that direction. As the comune climbs gently uphill from west to east, many houses within San Giorgio are offered spectacular views over the
Bay of Naplesto the west. The main centre of Naplesis located approximately 6 kilometres to the north-west of San Giorgio. The town is bordered by Barrato the north, San Giovanni a Teduccioto the north-west, the Bay of Naplesto the west, Ercolanoand Porticito the south, and San Sebastiano al Vesuvioto the east. Nearby to the south is Ercolano, which is home to the famous archaeological site of Herculaneum, Pompeii's neighbouring Roman town, that was also destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79CE.
San Giorgio a Cremano, as with the rest of Naples is located at 40°N facing the
Bay of Napleson west side of the Italian peninsula. This location gives the region a typical Mediterranean climatewith mild, wet winters caused by the outer edges of polar fronts, and warm to hot, dry summers, due to the domination of the subtropical high pressure systems, according to the Köppen classification(Csa/Csb). The west coast tends to be slightly wetter than the east coast, with the southern 'Sirocco' wind bringing higher humidity and precipetation.
The proximity of the Bay of Naples sometimes moderates high summer temperatures with off-shore breezes, although temperatures in excess of 30°C are common in summer months, and July tends on average, to be the hottest month of the year. The warm temperatures and moderate to low precipatation led to the area's popularity as a tourist resort during the renaissance and in early modern times. Whilst Mount Vesuvius is susceptible to snow covers in winter that cause the temperature in the commune to drop into the low single digit figures, winters do tend to be quite mild, with sunny days commonly experienced.
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Cityscape, Landmarks and architecture
San Giorgio a Cremano is a primarily residential comune, meaning much of the cityscape is dominated by apartment buildings. However there are some notable features of the comune.
San Giorgio is home to five churches
Church of San Giorgio Vecchio, Church of Santa Maria del Principle, Church of Saint Anne, Church of St. Anthony of Paduaand the Ill Tempio della Madonna (Temple of the Madonna, Queen of the Lilies).
It is also noted by the high number of beautiful
villas(as listed below), the so-called "Vesuvian Villas", the most notable of which are Villa Bruno, Villa Vannucchiand Villa Pignatelliall of which were built by architect Ferdinando Sanfelice.
Various architectural types can be found throughout San Giorgio a Cremano, and the comune certainly represents a harmonic blend of several different eras of construction. Many new (sometimes incomplete and abandoned) structures sit alongside apartment blocks from the 19th century or earlier. Stark fascist era
modernist architectureis less common than within Naples, but can be seen.
Other Villas in San Girgio a Cremano include:
San Giorgio a Cremano has a population of 50,763 as of 2008 [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008] . This statistic comprised of 24,415 males, and 26,248 females. There are 15,840 families. 6,103 people from San Giorgio a Cremano are in full-time work within the commune, which is a total of 12.02%, and the most common form of employment is within the
service industry, which makes up 30.43% of all work within the comune. [Italia.indettaglio.it, [http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/campania/sangiorgioacremano.html San Giorgio a Cremano] . Accessed online 22 September 2008] The "comune" has a land area of convert|4.11|km2|sqmi|1|abbr=on, resulting in a population densityof PD km2 to mi2|12351, the third most densely populated comune in Italy (after Porticiand Casavatore), and one of the most densly populated local government areas within the whole European Union. [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
comunewithin the Province of Naples, San Giorgio a Cremano is run by a local council("Consiglio Comunale") that consists of a Mayor("Sindaco") and a committee of aldermen("Assessore communale"). The current Mayoris Domenico Giorgianoof the Democratic Party [Communi-Italiani, [http://en.comuni-italiani.it/063/067/ "City of San Giorgio a Cremano "] . Accessed online 22 August 2008] . The council meets at San Giorgio a Cremano City Hall which is located facing Piazza Vittorio Emanuele at the end of Corsa Roma, one of the main central streets of San Giorgio a Cremano.
Like all comunes of Italy, San Giorgio a Cremano is home to a
Carabinieribase. They are responsible for national security within the region. Crime prevention and detection duties are shared between the " Polizia di Stato" (State Police), and the " Polizia Municipaledi San Giorgio a Cremano" (Municipal Police) who are often referred to as "Vigili Urbani" (Urban Watch) and are known for their distinctive white helmets, which are similar is style and shape to the British police force's blue Custodian helmet.
Minor crime is a problem in San Giorgio a Cremano. The combination of low income and the continuing influence of
Camorraelements, mean that petty crimes are common throughout the Province of Naples, and San Giorgio a Cremano is no exception. Despite this, the residents of San Giorgio are very family and community oriented in general, and it remains a relatively safe comune in which to live. [Napoli Online, [http://www.napolionline.org/wiki/doku.php?id=camorra "Camorra"] . Accessed online 22 August 2008]
Although primarily a residential area, the commune of San Giorgio a Cremano has maintained a local textiles industry since the middle ages, possibly as early as the 700s. Threatened in recent times by cheap imported textiles from Asia, the local industry has managed to survive through the typical local economic support that can be found amongst Italian communities. Hand-weaving, as well as industrial textile industries are both still found in the comune, and shirts and ties of a high quality which are exported internationally are manufactured there. Likewise, small scale agriculture has resisted the pressure from high-density apartment developments, and small
orchards and farms can be occasionally seem dotted throughout the commune. One of the few remaining heavier industries is canning, and there are several canning factories within the comune.
San Giorgio also has a strong retail sector, located primarily along the Via Manzoni and Via De Lauzieres, and in the streets around the main square, Piaza Massimo Troisi and the Circumvesuviana station, many small retail outlets and fashion stores can be found. Streetside newstands, open-air fish-mongers and old-fashioned green-grocers are still a common site mixed in with modern convenience stores and supermarkets. Many residents prefer to do their shopping locally, rather than take the rail link into central Naples.
The commune of San Giorgio a Cremano has a typical Italian culture, similar to the rest of Naples. The commune is very community oriented, with the local football team well supported despite playing in a lower division. As with much of Italy, the residents of San Giorgio tend to be quite religious, and attendances at all of the commune's major
Roman Catholicchurches are quite high.
For festive occasions such as Easter, and Christmas residents can often be seen engaging in religious processions with great pagantry, the loud playing traditional music, songs, and folk dances. Dating back to at least the sixteenth or seventeenth century, but possibly much earlier, the procession forms and integral part of the religious lives of local residents.Simonetti (1983).]
A statue of
Saint Georgeis carried throughout the comune to bring good fortune, and ward of evils, but primarily to protect the comune from future eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. The processions are normally accompanied by local devotees of the Christian 'sect' of Saint George carrying the large statue of Saint George aloft at the head of the procession. It is said by locals that in the 1630s, the church of St. Maria del Principle received as a gift from Emmanuela Caracciolo Pignatelli, Duchess of Montecalvo, a new statue of St. George, half bust, and that is what they venerate today. However the statue depicts Saint George in crusader costume, so must date post-1200s. Whether the procession dates from the eighth century, or the sixteenth, it is now part of a long, well entrenched tradition embraced by local Sangiorgesi. Festive seasons form an important element of the calendar throughout Italy, and especially so for the locals of San Giorgio a Cremano. New Years Eve is greeted with spectacular displays of often high powered fireworksdisplay, and almost all residents engage is creating personal shows to great effect.
The commune has a vibrant nightlife, if slightly less subdued that downtown Naples. In San Giorgio a Cremano there are one major cinema, the Cineme Flaminio, and three theatres, Sonora Centro Musica, Associazione Teatrale Uno Spazion Per il Teatro, and Associazione Culturale Teatro Sanacore. There are also numerous live music venues, often in located in bars, and some abandoned buildings have been utilised as popular
rave, or underground music venues, sometimes illegally. There are many bars, restaurants and cafes which open very late, and driving around the commune in the evening to visit friends and check out bars is a popular pastime with young residents. This often has the affect that the central streets of San Giorgio are normally crowded and heavy with traffic in the late evening.
There is very little room for sporting facilities within the crowded commune of San Giorgio a Cremano, although some facilities do exist. A small stadium with a running track and grass field exists on Via Picenna. There is a popular artificial turf 5-a-side pitch located on Via Guglielmo Marconi. Next door to this pitch is a popular gymnasium. In Villa Bruno there is also a dedicated
Boccepitch, which is quite popular amongst older men of the commune.
The commune only has one major football team, known as Polisportiva San Giorgio a Cremano, who currently play in the
Eccellenza Campanialeague, equivalent to the sixth highest division in Italian football, or the second highest amateur league. The club was founded in 1926, and play there home matches in the local "R. Paudice stadium" on Via Sandriana known affectionately as "The Den", which has a gravel pitch, and grandstands on one side and one end of the pitch with a total capacity of 1,200. [Official Website, [http://www.sangiorgiocalcio.com/sgcalcio.htm Polisportiva San Giorgio a Cremano Official Website] . Accessed online 21 August 2008] Attendances for home matches are quite reasonable for the level of competition. San Giorgio play in all-maroon shirts, shorts and socks, and the club crest is a vertical oval shape with a maroon circle in the centre. Inside the circle is a depiction of Saint Georgeon horseback, above the circle is the name "San Giorgio" and underneath, the year of the club's foundation, "1926". [Calciodilettante, [http://www.calciodilettante.org/Almanacco_05_06/polisportiva_san_giorgio_a_crema.htm Calciodilettante Website] . Accessed online 21 August 2008]
San Giorgio a Cremano receives all the major Italian television channels as well as all of the major Italian radio stations. Quite often English language television signals that are broadcast from the nearby
NATObase can be picked up throughout the comune. All of the major Italian daily newspapers are available regularly in San Giorgio a Cremano. Some International newspapers such as International Herald Tribuneand the Daily Mail(English), Bildand Die Welt(German), and Le Monde(French), as well as some English magazines can often be found as well.
Film is an important part of the local culture, and the celebrated Italian comic actor
Massimo Troisi, originally from San Giorgio a Cremano, is commemorated in the first week of July when the Massimo Troisi Prize, a comic film festival is held locally in his honour. San Giorgio a Cremano is also home to the Nick La RoccaEuropean Jazz Festival.
folk musichas long been apart of the local traditions. Neapolitan music is distinctive, an very popular throughout the province, including within San Giorgio a Cremano.
Luca Giordano( 1635– 1705), famous and distinguished Baroqueartist. His house, and a chapel dedicated to him are located in San Giorgio a Cremano.
Bernardo Tanucci( 1698– 1783), politicianand statesmanof the Kingdom of Two Sicilies.
E. A. Mario( 1884– 1961), poetand songwriter.
Guglielmo Massaia( 1809– 1889), missionary who became a Catholic cardinal.
Filippo Botta; famous engineerand architect.
Giovanni Coppola( 1948– 1987), Catholic priestand scholar of local history.
Alighiero Noschese( 1932– 1979), a very popular theatreand television actor.
Massimo Troisi( 1953– 1994), famous actor, directorand screenwriter.
Giovanni Alagi, also a Catholic priestand scholar of local history.
Giacinto Fioretti, a famous local historian.
Maria Grazia Tarallo( 1866– 1912), a local Catholic nunwho became Beatifiedin 2006.
Saverio Russo, journalist.
Luigi Petrazzuolo, film actor.
Davide Nicosia, musicianand actor.
San Giorgio a Cremano is one of the most densely populated areas in Europe, and therefore space for housing is at a premium. As of 2008, there was 17,017 housing units within the commune's area of convert|4.11|km2|sqmi|1|abbr=on. Most residents of San Giorgio live in high density
apartmentbuildings, usually within complexesthat may consist of up to 50 apartments.
The main public transportation in San Giorgio a Cremano is by
autobusroutes 156 Piazza Garibaldi - Via Manzoni (San Giorgio a Cremano); 159 Piazza Municipio (Cercola) - Via Alveo (Ercolano); 175 palazza IACP (Pollena) - Via Brin; and 256 Piazza Garibaldi - P.tta Della Pace (San Giorgio A Cremano); as well as the Circumvesuvianarail lines 3 and 6, for which there is a stop in San Giorgio a Cremano. The neighbouring stations are Santa Maria del Pozzo to the northwest, and Cavalli di Bronzo to the south. Services between San Giorgio and Naples are regular and quite reliable, and with many residents commuting to Naples for work the station is often busy. Despite this, more residents prefer to travel by car than utilise either the rail or bus networks. The neighbouring stations are Circumvesuviana Cavalli di Bronzo-Villa Bruno to the south, and Circumvesuviana Santa Maria del Pozzo to the north-west.
San Giorgio a Cremano Station was opened on the original
Naples- Poggiomarinoline, but was unpopular and soon neglected. The station was soon after becoming very delapidated, and in major need of renovation. However it was improved with the electrification of the network, and again in the 1990s when major renovations were undertaken. The track area was widened, and a platform on Line 3 was added, with an overpass for access. Despite the improvements, the station is regularly the target for local graffittiartists, whose work on the station ranges from simple tagsto elaborate murals.
The station is built over two levels, with street level access and ticket hall, and a lower waiting room and platform access.
There are no local utilities providers in San Giorgio a Cremano, or indeed Naples. The major utilty suppliers in Italy have now officially all been privatised, but the majority of supply still comes from the old formerly state-run monopolies. Italians tend to be conservative in choosing suppliers, and so the old government suppliers still tend to be preferred by consumers unwilling to switch to alterative providers.
The major telecommunications provider throughout Italy is
Telecom Italia, which although now privatised, is protected from competitionby regulationallowing it to continue to monopolise the provision of such service. Telecom Italia is also a popular provider of mobile service under the brand banner of Telecom Italia Mobile, more commonly referred to as TIM, and also provides internet services under the brand Alice. TIM is also the primary holder of three Italian television stations, La7, MTV Italy, and QOOB. [Calciodilettante, [http://www.italian-property-today.com/utilities-in-italy.htm Italian Property Today Website] . Accessed online 3 September 2008]
The major electricity supplier is Ente Nazionale per l'energia ELettrica (ENEL), which although also privatised, is subject to strict governmental controls. It has an annual revenue of €38.153 billion, making it the third largest energy provider in the world. Electricity supply can be unpredictable in the Naples region, although has been more regular in recent years. Residential power supply generally provided between 1.5Kw and 6Kw, although commercial premised and industries are supplied at higher wattages. Most Italian homes run at 3Kw, which often results in blown fuses if too much demand is placed on the supply. Gas provision has slightly more choice for the consumer than electricity, but surprisingly tends to be more expensive. SIG and Italgas are the major suppliers, and most properties in San Giorgio a Cremano are connected to mains supply, although bomboli, or small protable gas canisters are still used by some residents. [Calciodilettante, [http://www.italian-property-today.com/utilities-in-italy.htm Italian Property Today Website] . Accessed online 3 September 2008]
Water is supplied through Azienda Comunale Energia e Ambiente (ACEA), and prices are fixed locally by the comune. Most residents in San Giorgio a Cremano have metered water supply. [Calciodilettante, [http://www.italian-property-today.com/utilities-in-italy.htm Italian Property Today Website] . Accessed online 3 September 2008]
There are 22 schools in San Giorgio a Cremano catering for the high population density. Of these there are 14 State, or government schools, and 8 are privates schools, most of which have religious affiliations to the Catholic faith.
Further Education facilities include the Scuola di Lingui ('British' Language School), L'Arcobaleno è una scuola materna, Istituto A.Manzoni Srl, Istituto Regina Mundi Suore Di Maria Ss.Addolorata, Istituto Tecnico Industriale, Liceo Scientifico Statale San Giorgio A Cremano, Pia Unione A.M.I., Scuola Materna, Scuola Materna I Cuccioli, Scuola Media Statale G. D Orso Presidenza, Scuola Media Statale Marconi, Scuole Pubbliche, Suore Di Carita' Materna Beatrice D'Amato, Scuola Auto Moto Nautica Di Manda Carla, Comune Di San Giorgio A Cremano Scuola Elementare, and Scuola Delta Di Vitiello Giulia & C. S.A.S.
San Giorgio a Cremano is not directly served by a university within the comune, but many students from within the comune attend one of the four major unitiversities located within Naples itself. These universities are:
University of Naples Federico II(Italian: "Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II"), Second University of Naples(Italian: "Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli"), Naples Eastern University(Italian: "Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"), Parthenope University of Naples(Italian: "Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"), and Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples(Italian: "Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa - Napoli").
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