Blog 2020Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Naples at the time of Covid-19

As all of you know, at this time, Italy is on lockdown since several days because of the Coronavirus infection. So Naples is, of course. As photojournalist, specialized in the travel press, my job has always been to record the beauty of the world. This time I haven’t been asked to travel to the other side of the world but to document, in images, how this lockdown changed Italy. In this case, Naples. So, with all the permissions needed and being aware to reduce my time outside as much as possible, I wandered around. And I discovered a city that I would have never imagined to see. Naples, famous for being one of the liveliest spot in the world, funny, humorous and noisy is wearing a mask. But this time it isn’t the Pulcinella mask, the classical character that originated in “commedia dell’arte”, jolly bungler, singing songs and playing the mandolin. This time is more a Pierrot mask with a tear falling on his cheek. So sad, empty, silent looks like a stage with no actors. People in the streets walks far from each other and barely cross each other’s eyes. The following pix are just a small sample of a “work in progress” to discover an unexpected city living in fear.
Please note that this is still a “work in progress”. I will update this post as soon as I have new images

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – the Duomo as seen from above

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – view over the city and the Gulf from via Orazio

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Partenope totally empty

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – murale of Banksy, “Madonna con la pistola” in Gerolomini square

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – church of San Nicola al Nilo in via S. Biagio dei Librai also known as Spaccanapoli

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Santa Chiara. The “panaro”, the basket, is the old way to load and unload small items in the crowded spaces of the old city. Now it is the time of solidarity

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – clothes to dry with the italian flag displayed

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – along Spaccanapoli, local resident have placed a statue of Virgin Mary to ask protection against the virus

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – scene in Piazza Bellini. A very nice old man, having nowhere to go, sits on a public bench and poses for the picture

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Piazza Dante

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Castel dell’Ovo and the “Lungomare” of via Partenope

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Partenope with the buildings facing the sea. In the distance, topping the Vomero hill, San Martino castle

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Partenope, totally empty

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – viaPartenope, totally empty. In the distance the Posillipo hill

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Caracciolo, totally empty

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Caracciolo, totally empty

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Scarlatti, Vomero. In the distance, via Cilea.

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – the central via Toledo, once named via Roma

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – the central via Toledo, once named via Roma

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Trieste e Trento. The The Fontana del Carciofo or Fountain of the Artichoke is a monumental public fountain in central Naples, right in the middle of Piazza Trieste e Trento, just adjacent to the Piazza del Plebiscito which can be seen in the background

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – empty metro station, Vanvitelli stop, during Coronavirus lockdown

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Municipio with the installation of 100 iron wolves by the Chinese artist Liu Ruowang

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Municipio with the installation of 100 iron wolves by the Chinese artist Liu Ruowang

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Gallery Umberto I

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Trieste e Trento. The Fontana del Carciofo or Fountain of the Artichoke is a monumental public fountain in central Naples, right in the middle of Piazza Trieste e Trento, just adjacent to the Piazza del Plebiscito which can be seen in the background

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Gallery Umberto I

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – castle of Maschio Angioino with a statue to Giuseppe Mazzini in the foreground

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Funicolare Centrale, totally empty during peak hours

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Municipio with the installation of 100 iron wolves by the artist Liu Ruowang. In the background Palazzo San Giacomo, the City Hall. On the top of the Vomero hill, the Certosa di San Martino

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Municipio with the installation of 100 iron wolves by the Chinese artist Liu Ruowang

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Maradona saint

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – a flag found in via San Gregorio Armeno with a famous sentence by Eduardo De Filippo

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – San Gaetano square is located in the heart of the historic center of Naples, near the decumanus major, today via dei Tribunali. Its name is due to tomb of San Gaetano kept inside the Basilica of San Paolo Maggiore, which is seen in the background, overlooking the picturesque square along with the basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore. The statue is dedicated to the saint on a marble base of the seventeenth century and it was built in 1664 by Cosimo Fanzago as a vote for the escaped plague epidemic of 1656. The metal statue of the saint is shown intent to turn his arms towards the faithful.

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – “cornetti” hanging in the narrow alley of Decumani

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via del Fico al Purgatorio, a narrow alley at the Decumani

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Piazza Plebiscito with the Royal Palace

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Carlo Poerio as seen from Piazza dei Martiri

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via dei Mille, Chiaia

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – San Gennaro with mask, murale

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Partenope

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Nazario Sauro with Capri island in the distance

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – checking on passers-by

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via San Sebastiano in the very heart of Naples is famous for its activity due to the many stores selling musical instruments due to the proximity to the Conservatory

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – the metro stop in piazza Municipio. Outside, Palazzo San Giacomo, the City Hall

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Maschio Angioino facing south-est with via Acton completely empty

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Piazza Borsa also named Giovanni Bovio square with the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – church of San Domenico Maggiore in the same square

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via San Gregorio Armeno, a votive chapel

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – via Duomo, the Cathedral

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – University Federico II in corso Umberto I

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Royal Palace in piazza Plebiscito. In the background, topping the Vomero hill, Castel Sant’Elmo and certosa di San Martino

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – piazza Dante

 

Italy, Naples: March 2020 – Empty city during lockdown due to Coronavirus – Piazza del Gesù Nuovo. The Guglia dell’Immacolata is a monument that stands in the square in front of the church of Gesù Nuovo. It is the tallest and most ornamental of three such “plague columns” in Naples. Putatively, it was built to invoke the Virgin Mary’s protection from the plague

20 responses to “Naples at the time of Covid-19”

    • Grazie mille. Mi fa piacere mostrare una Napoli così diversa. Forse più bella, non lo so. Ma che a me fa impressione. Napoli è viva per la sua gente, chiassosa, confusionaria, indisciplinata, per la maggior parte, ma che è l’anima di queste strade e di questi palazzi che ora sembrano morti.

  1. È sempre stata una grande Capitale Europea e dimostra la sua capacità di rispettare, Noi che siamo ribelli per natura, le disposizioni del Governo !!!! Uniti ce la faremo !!!!! FORZA ITALIA

  2. Sono foto molto belle. Napoli senza nessuno per strada , che urli e la imbratti di tutto un po’ da il meglio di se. Ma vuoi vedere che è proprio l uomo la nota stonata del pianeta?

    • L’ho pensato anche io mentre ero in giro. Sicuramente siamo troppi, non solo a Napoli, naturalmente. Su questa terra. E chissà che epidemie come questa non servano, se pur dolorosamente, a riportare in equilibrio le cose.

  3. Foto bellissime che danno il giusto merito a una città meravigliosa, troppo spesso bistrattata, che ho imparato a conoscere e amare nei 4 anni in cui ci sono stata per lavoro.

    • Grazie per le belle parole riguardo alle foto, Patrizia. E’ di sicuro una città fotogenica. Ma la gente, quella effettivamente, va vissuta dal vero…

  4. La città più bella del mondo, mi manca da morire. Spero di poterla vedere ancora.

    Per favore, la foto di San Domenico Maggiore è stata scattata da un terrazzo o fatta con un drone? Grazie

  5. Naturalmente il tuo genio fotografico e’ in piena evidenza cosi’ come la tua emozione per il soggetto, trasmessa splendidamente attraverso le immagini. Rimossa la “distrazione” dell’elemento umano, la bellezza, il fascino, la storia di questa straordinaria citta’ emerge ancora piu’ chiara. Vederla cosi’ e’ quasi come riscoprirla, per poi amarla con piu’ forza e rispetto. Grazie per aver condiviso questi scatti magistrali. A presto!

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