Fuorigrotta district Naples

The Fuorigrotta district of Naples is separated from the rest of the city by the Posillipo hill. Together with the Bagnoli district, Fuorigrotta forms the Municipalità 10. The biggest attraction in the district is the Stadio San Paolo, where the Napoli football club plays its home matches.

Fuorigrotta district Naples

History and description

Crypta Neapolitana, Fuorigrotta district Naples
The entrance to the Crypta Neapolitana.

In Roman times, the part of the city now called Fuorigrotta was connected to the rest of Naples by a corridor. The name of this now disused corridor is Crypta Neapolitana.

Fuorigrotta was an important spa, which has been evidenced by the discovery of a building from the 4th century. The ruins of the spa are now incorporated into a university building.

The district was also important in that it formed the link between Naples itself and present-day Pozzuoli. Puteoli was an important port at the time.

Until the end of the 19th century, the area was mainly used for agriculture. From then on, the estates, farms and villas had to make way for workers’ houses.

This also led to the creation of better connections with the rest of the city. The Quattro Giornate Tunnel and the Galleria Laziale (or Galleria di Posillipo) were built, and a railway line was laid. The latter was later replaced by the current metro line 2.

San paolo Stadium Naples
The former San Paolo Stadion, on May 10th 1987, the day Napoli won its first scudetto.

In the 1930s, the wide Viale Augusto and the Mostra d’Oltremare were built. University buildings were constructed and the San Paolo football stadium was built. The stadium has since been renamed Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

After World War II, the district became increasingly built up. Especially in the 1970s, the area experienced a boom in construction work.

Mostra d’Oltremare

The Mostra d’Oltremare is a huge complex originally built during the Fascist era. In addition to exhibition pavilions, it includes a tropical aquarium and the Arena Flegrei, counted among the largest open-air arenas in Europe.

What to see in the Fuorigrotta district

Archaeological excavations Via Terracina

In Via Terracina one can visit ruins of ancient Roman baths. The complex consists of a thermal bath with a number of rooms that were probably used for commercial activities.

San Vitale church

San Vitale Naples

The current version of the San Vitale Church was built in 1952 on a site where, however, there already used to be a church dedicated to this saint before the year 1000. Two paintings by Luca Giordano can still be seen, namely “The Triumph of David” and the “Triumph of Judith.” The poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi used to be buried inside the church.

Centro di Sorveglianza dell’Osservatorio Vesuviano

The oldest volcanological observatory in the world was founded in 1841 by the King of the Two Sicilies, Ferdinand II of Bourbon.


Of note for nightlife is the complex that includes the Palapartenope and the Casa della Musica. This largest venue in southern Italy hosts concerts, dance evenings and sporting events.

Public transportation to/from Fuorigrotta

There are bus and metro as well as train connections to Fuorigrotta. Metro Line 1 (Leopardi, Campi Flegrei and Cavalleggeri d’Aosta) and Metro Line 6 (Mostra, Augusto and Lala) each have 3 stops in the district. From the Campi Flegrei stop, many buses leave for the center. From Montesanto there is a train to the Fuorigrotta, Mostra and Zoo-Edenlandia stops.

Fuorigrotta district, Naples

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