Portici (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpɔrtitʃi]; Neapolitan: Puortece [ˈpwortə(t)ʃə]) is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy. It is the site of the Portici Royal Palace.

Puortece  (Neapolitan)
Royal Palace of Portici
Coat of arms of Portici
Location of Portici
Portici is located in Italy
Location of Portici in Italy
Portici is located in Campania
Portici (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°49′11″N 14°20′28″E / 40.81972°N 14.34111°E / 40.81972; 14.34111
Metropolitan cityNaples (NA)
 • MayorVincenzo Cuomo
 • Total4.52 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
29 m (95 ft)
 (30 June 2019)[2]
 • Total53,801
 • Density12,000/km2 (31,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
80055, 80052
Dialing code081
Patron saintCyrus
Saint day31 January
WebsiteOfficial website


Portici lies at the foot of Mount Vesuvius on the Bay of Naples, about 8 km (5.0 mi) southeast of Naples itself. There is a small port. To the south east is Ercolano, formerly Resina, which occupies the site of ancient Herculaneum. San Giorgio a Cremano is another town nearby.


The city was completely destroyed by the Eruption of Vesuvius in 1631, but was rebuilt. Charles III of Spain, King of Naples and Sicily, built a royal palace in the town between 1738 and 1748. After Garibaldi defeated the Bourbons in 1860, the palace was turned into the Portici botanic gardens and the Royal Higher School of Agriculture. It once contained the antiquities from Herculaneum, which have since been moved to Naples.


The inhabitants were historically engaged in fishing, silk-growing and silk-weaving up to the beginning of the 20th century. Later a more diversified economy emerged, with industry and trade as main pillars.[citation needed]

Vincenzo Cuomo is the mayor. In 2009, he banned shops from displaying Christmas decorations because shopkeepers were subject to extortion to buy Camorra (mob) sold decorations.[3][4]

In March 2008, Boeing opened a research centre for advanced materials under an agreement with the Italian aerospace company Alenia.[5]

Notable peopleEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Portici". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 118.
  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Infos at npr.org
  4. ^ Infos at online.wjs.com
  5. ^ Infos at ft.com
  6. ^ Ruggiero Cappuccio, Fuoco su Napoli

External linksEdit

  Media related to Portici at Wikimedia Commons