Portici

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Portici
Comune
Comune di Portici
Coat of arms of Portici
Coat of arms
Portici is located in Italy
Portici
Portici
Location of Portici in Italy
Coordinates: 40°49′11″N 14°20′28″E / 40.81972°N 14.34111°E / 40.81972; 14.34111
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Naples (NA)
Frazioni Bellavista
Government
 • Mayor Nicola Marrone
Area
 • Total 4.52 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Elevation 29 m (95 ft)
Population (30 September 2012)
 • Total 55,365
 • Density 12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)
Demonym Porticesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80055, 80052
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Cyrus
Saint day 31 January
Website Official website

Portici is a town and comune of the Province of Naples in the Campania region of southern Italy. It is the site of the Portici Royal Palace.

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1][2]

In March 2008, Boeing opened a research centre for advanced materials under an agreement with Alenia.[3]

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