The name may derive from a contraction of "secondo" (second) and "miglio" (mile) since the area was at the second milestone on the old road to Capua. Alternatively, the name may derive from the Roman family name "Secondili." The area was a feudal holding in the Middle Ages and not incorporated into the city of Naples until the Fascist period.
Secondigliano is relatively modern, the result of extensive building in the 1970s and 1980s,as a result of Law 167 (1962) and by the public housing institute IACP -Istituto Autonomo Case Popolari, (Law 865, 1971). The area has been the focus of studies and analysis because of the initial difficulties of settlement of a part of the settled population moved from the historic city
The area has enormous social problems similar to those in adjacent communities: high unemployment, truancy and drop-out rate from school, drugs and the pervasiveness of the organized crime group, the Camorra. Secondigliano is the site of one of the most important maximum security prisons in Italy. The prison appeared in the 2012 documentary feature The Triplet.
Notes and references
- Andriello, Barbareschi, Virgili et al. "Trasformazioni urbane e domanda di integrazione spaziale: il caso della 167 di Secondigliano", LAN, Napoli, 1986
- Day, Michael (1 November 2012). "Naples: A city where life is cheap". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
- (in Italian) Story of Secondigliano
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