San Paolo Stadium, The Sporting Heart of Naples

 

Founded in the eighth century BC by the Cumans, a Turkic nomadic people, Naples was one of the most important Italic colonies of Magna Grecia, exerting a significant commercial, cultural and religious influence on the surrounding peoples since ancient times. The city then he formed an autonomous Duchy in the thirteenth century and became the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under the Bourbons, thanks to which it experienced a long period of social and economic development culminated in a series of civil and technological firsts, including the construction of the first railway in Italy.

Despite the significant decline of the modern times, Naples is still one of the main European cultural centers: it is also home to the oldest state university on the continent and it has been one of the cradles of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment in our country, but also a global benchmark in the field of visual arts and opera music. It is the origin of a distinctive form of theater, a world famous song and a unique culinary tradition that includes foods become global icons such as pizza or mozzarella, and its historic center is one of the Unesco World Heritage. To describe the beauty and history of the capital of Campania hundred pages would not be enough, but among all these wonders one above all certainly is particularly dear to the Neapolitans, always known for being great fans: the San Paolo Stadium.

Opened in December 1959 and initially named as the Sun Stadium, he later became known among superstitious Neapolitans like St. Paul, to celebrate the tradition according to which the patriarch would have reached the Belpaese docking at the area of the current district of ​​Fuorigrotta, where exactly is located the structure.

Third in Italy for capacity after the Meazza in Milan and the Olimpico in Rome, with more than 60,000 seats, it also includes an athletic track to 8-lane, three multipurpose gyms, a boxing gym, a fitness one and a gym of fight free and oriental martial arts, which make the San Paolo the main multi-sport facility in the city.

Maybe not the most beautiful or ancient attractions that can be admired in Naples, but it is certainly one of the most loved by the Neapolitans, always enthusiast soccer fans. Among the most important of the Peninsula, the San Paolo is a temple of Italian football in the background of one of the most amazing cities in the world.