Piazzetta Nilo

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Naples , Italy
Via Nilo
Piazzetta Nilo
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You'll stumble across two local deities in this dusty little square. First up is ancient-Egyptian river god Nilo, whose marble sculpture Statua del Nilo was erected by the city's Alexandrian merchants, who lived in the area during Roman times. Questions shroud the Statua del Nilo, which mysteriously disappeared when the Egyptian expats moved out, before turning up headless in the 15th century. Renamed Il Corpo di Napoli (The Body of Naples), its great bearded bonce was added in the 18th century.

Opposite the statue, on the wall outside Bar Nilo, is the tongue-in-cheek Maradona shrine , dedicated to Argentine football player and ex-Napoli deity Diego Armando Maradona.

Stuck to an epic poem written in Maradona's honour is a small, wiry, black hair – 'Kapel Original of Maradona' reads the English label, a direct translation of the Italian Capello originale di Maradona . The small container is full of genuine Maradona tears…and shame on anyone who suggests it's only water.