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Castellammare di Stabia

Castellammare di Stabia () is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania region, southern Italy. It is situated on the Bay of Naples about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Naples, on the route to Sorrento.

History

Castellammare di Stabia lies next to the ancient Roman city of Stabiae, which was destroyed by the Vesuvio eruption in A.D. 79. The castle the city takes its name from was erected 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 22 January 1863, and the current name on 31 May 1912.

Excavation of Villas

The excavation of Roman villas preserved by the Eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 is currently underway.

Sport

The local football team, SS Juve Stabia, currently plays in Italian Serie B 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.

Notable people

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