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splendor and squalor

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  • "In 1685 Naples was as populous, as noisy, and as dirty as it is now. Even then it was a little battered, and from the summit of the town its crumbling medieval fortresses looked out over the harbor. Up the hill from the waterfront swarmed a jumble of splendor and squalor, of magnificence and filth. Palaces with the stench of the gutter rising to their very cornices bounded broad sunlit squares or concealed narrow alleys that were then as much out of bounds to the respectable rich as they were to the Allied soldiers of 1944.

    Domenico Scarlatti, Ralph Kirkpatrick (1953)

    September 29, 2008