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The same rainy day, the same Via dei Tribunali, the same atmospher...

This columns are in a street(Cardini) that cross the Via dei Tribunali(the main Decumani). They are told to have belonged to Nero's summer palace. Times, they're changing...

A bit more history. Extract from the web:
"The history of Naples is written in its architecture; every monument is a piece of history, a link to one of the many dynasties that have governed here. UNESCO has declared the urban value of Naples to be "heritage for humanity". It is running from the 7th century BC to the present.

The historic centre of the town is practically an open-air museum. It is an architectural and artistic overview of 25 centuries, beginning with the Greco-Roman founding and the ancient walls, the ruins beneath San Lorenzo Maggiore and the Greek method of dividing the city into a grid of cross-streets, the "Decumani" and "Cardini"; the panorama of history then sweeps through centuries of construction of churches, grand houses for the aristocracy, monasteries and fountains. The layout of the historic centre of Naples is ancient and founded on two main axes: roads running east to west (the Decumani) were crossed at precise right angles by the north-south roads (the Cardini), forming rectangular blocks (the Insulae).
The Central Decumanus corresponds to today's "Via dei Tribunali", so called because it ends at Castle Capuano, premises of the municipal courts since the 1500s. There is an extraordinary concentration of buildings and churches along this axis, truly a stratification of cultures: the ancient Greco-Roman ruins beneath the church of S. Lorenzo Maggiore and the Duomo; the monastery of the Girolamini; the music conservatory S.Pietro a Maiella; and the Pio Monte della Misericordia with its famous art gallery.
The historic centre of Naples shows it historic importance in the large buildings that were once the homes of Neapolitan aristocracy. Palazzo Carafa di Maddaloni, Palazzo Marigliano and Palazzo Filomarino are but a few examples. Waling along these streets, it is difficult not to peek beyond the mammoth entrances and into the beautiful courtyards of these buildings, which are mostly from the 1500s.

To be in Naples means to be totally overwhemed by the chaos that rules here, but that is what makes the city a colourful and living metropolis; each moment in the daily routine has its own hectic charm to it."

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