Castellammare di Stabia
is a comune
in the province of Naples
region, southern Italy
. It is situated on the Bay of Naples
about 30 kilometers southeast of Naples
, on the route to Sorrento
Castellammare di Stabia lies next to the ancient Roman city of Stabiae
, which was destroyed by the Vesuvio
eruption in 79 CE. The castle the city takes its name from was erected in around the 9th century on a hill commanding the southern side of the Gulf of Naples. It was restored during the reign of Frederick II
of Hohenstaufen and enlarged by King Charles I of Anjou
The comune, previously called Castellamare, assumed the name Castellammare on January 22, 1863, and the current name on May 31, 1912.
The local football team, SS Juve Stabia
, currently plays in Italian Serie C1 and is one of the oldest football teams in Italy, having been created in 1907.
The "Romeo Menti" stadium where SS Juve Stabia plays is dedicated to Romeo Menti
, who played for SS Juve Stabia in 1945 and died in the tragic 1949 Superga air disaster
, when a plane crash killed most of the players of Torino FC
Castellammare was the hometown of Gabriele Capone, father of Al Capone
. Other people born here include:
- Mario Merola, Neapolitan singer
- Luigi Denza, author of the famous song "Funiculì, Funiculà".
- Gennaro Iezzo, soccer goalkeeper.
- Luigi Vitale, soccer midfielder.
- Fabio Quagliarella, soccer striker.
- John Serry, Sr. (1915-2003), American musician, composer, arranger and educator. Born as Giovanni Serrapica, his parents were raised in Castellamare di Stabia and Gragnano.
- Romeo A. Serrapica (1921-1995), American commercial artist, photo illustrator, Cooper Union alumnus. Parents born and raised in Castellammare di Stabia and Gragnano. Younger brother of John Serry, Sr.
- Raffaele Viviani (1888-1950), author, playwright, actor and musician