Rua Catalana was born in 1343 when Queen Joanna I of Anjou granted the Catalan tinsmiths their own road to boost trade in the Kingdom of Naples.
Since then, along the narrow Rua Catalana fanciful copper coffee pots, lamps and street lamps transform a simple alley in the Porto District into a fantastic setting.
At the beginning of the ‘80s there were about twenty tinsmith shops that worked every day for a clientele still lively and interested in protecting this ancient craft, today there are only six.
A craftsmanship that therefore risks disappearing for lack of manpower and young apprentices. However, in 1997 Rua Catalana saw the rehabilitation of its workshops where poor materials are worked with the techniques of the tinsmiths: an ancient “craft” that has become tradition, tradition that has become art, thus becoming a workshop-quarter declared a World Heritage Site.
Riccardo Dalisi, Neapolitan artist and architect, was the author of this process of awareness raising. He contributed by designing the illumination of the street with lights supported by sculptures made in the workshops of local artisans. The lamp called “Napolino” was born and with its articulated supporting arms it represents the activity that takes place in the workshops, leading the visitors in the paths of this original open air museum.