The flashy dress and strutting posture of a guappo, or street-corner boss. Note the flared trousers. Naples, 1850s.

De Crescenzo

Salvatore De Crescenzo, the most notorious camorra boss of the 1860s.


In 1899, audiences from the slums of Naples flocked to see The Foundation of the Camorra, a play by Edoardo Minichini. Camorristi also came in large numbers to see their rituals acted out on stage. (Image reproduced by kind permission of the National Library of Naples.)