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A group of vigilantes has stepped in to restore forgotten historical sites in Naples’ Vergini neighbourhood.

Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it.

Greek cemeteries, Roman ruins, medieval castles, Renaissance churches… it’s more than one city can maintain, and some sites will inevitably crumble – unless passionate locals take matters into their own hands.

I met one of these restoration vigilantes on the metro. By day, Maria Corbi, an expert in art history, manages the art installations found in 11 subway stations that double as public galleries. But by night (and evenings and weekends) she’s a founding member of the SMMAVE Association, which is currently restoring an abandoned church in the neglected district of Vergini Sanità.

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http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170309-a-city-with-too-much-history-to-handle

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