A martyr and Maradona: Naples’ powerful and sporty patron saints

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Like most of the residents of Naples, taxi driver Gianmarco has a picture of the city’s patron saint San Gennaro stuck to his car windscreen. “Without his protection, our lives would be almost unimaginable,” he says, steering the vehicle along the seafront, from where you have a magnificent view of the hilly Italian city, its castles and the deep blue Gulf of Naples. Neapolitans venerate their city’s patron saint, who died as a martyr in 305 AD. San Gennaro is believed to have answered people’s prayers in 1631, halting the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and saving Naples from destruction. “The cit…

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