Borgo Marinaro is a small port and adjacent buildings (now mostly restaurants and yachting clubs) built into the eastern niche formed by the Castel dell’Ovo and the causeway that joins the castle to the mainland; it is protected by a breakwater. Essentially, it is what is left of the historic seafront of Santa Lucia.
Borgo Marinaro came into
existence at the end of the 19th century when
large sections of the old seafront were torn down to
make way for the new buildings of the risanamento, the
30-year urban renewal of entire sections of Naples.
Originally, as the name implies (“Sailors’ Quarter”),
the new area was meant to house the fisherfolk displaced
by the project. As it turned out, the project dragged on
for so many years that most of the local population
simply got tired of waiting and moved a few blocks
inland into streets that run behind via Santa Lucia and
up the Pizzofalcone hill. Via
Santa Lucia and via Chiatamone (see map) were originally
seaside roads but were relegated to the inside, forever
separated from the sea by an entire string of new
hotels, residences and office buildings built on
landfill and, themselves, overlooking the new seaside
roads of via Partenope and via N. Sauro. As a result,
Borgo Marinaro was taken over by facilities of the more
affluent, although there are still some fishermen who
operate out of the port.