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he architectural splendour

A handful of kilometres away

of a glorious past echoes

from the Royal Palace of Caserta

today, in the Campania

and from the self-congratulator y

region, in works that blend beauty

pomp of the House of Bourbon,

and function, challenging the future.

this recently inaugurated station

A recent example of this mindset is

placidly watches as the number

the high-speed train station of Napoli

of passengers that cross its halls

Afragola,

as

grow ever y day. And it has a

a masterpiece by genius architect

huge potential that yet needs to

Zaha Hadid, recently departed. The

be exploited. A Gate to Southern

same hand that designed the

Italy and a strategic hub for

maritime

Salerno

increasingly integrated mobility, a

added a sinuous touch here, to

container and a meeting point, a

abstractly remind us of a modern

catalyser destined to requalify the

train in motion. It determines

surrounding urban areas and to

the geometr y of the space, it

promote the touristic, economic

draws the itinerar y followed by

and productive resources of the

travellers by means of luminous

territor y. A work of art at the

and

universally

terminal

welcoming

admired

of

which,

ser vice of the Campania region

suspended on rails, wink at the

and of southern Italy, reser voirs

Vesuvius

of ancient and modern art, of

and

spaces the

province.

Neapolitan

culture, and of histor y.

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Reggia di Caserta

“IT’S IMPORTANT THAT OUR TIME, TOO, LEAVES ITS OWN MARK. THERE IS A NEED FOR CONTEMPORARY, AND WHEN IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND WELL MADE, IT NEEDS TO PROMOTE IT”

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La Freccia - settembre 2017  

In copertina: Open Campania, sui binari della cultura

La Freccia - settembre 2017  

In copertina: Open Campania, sui binari della cultura