It is sadly true that, despite the many wonders and attractions of the historic centre of Naples, a lot of the buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage Site are in a sorry state of repair. Formerly beautiful Palazzos are run down with little sign of repair work. Churches are locked, damp has eaten into the walls and netting is strung along roofs protects passers by from falling masonry. And there is a lack of money, and will, to do anything about it.
Here the BBC’s Rome correspondent looks into the issue:
Millions of euros have been promised for renovations but is this enough to restore the heart of the city and make the most of its past?
Picture via UNESCO.