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A "Casale"

The term "casale" --clearly related to 'casa' (house)-- means "large farmhouse". Many of the ones that used to dot the outlying areas of  Naples--such as the one in the photo-- have fallen into ruin simply because the areas are no longer "outlying" --they are now part of the city. The photo shows one such example (called the "Tower of Ranieri" by the locals) at the Posillipo end of a very busy street named Via Manzoni. The structure has been "restored" into a monument to remind us that the area was once nothing but farmland.

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