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When it comes to coral in Campania, there's no question: Torre del Greco is the quintessential place for working with it. We're on the sloped of Vesuvius, right in the centre of the Gulf of Naples. The natives of Torres took their boats (and their courage) and travelled first to the sea around Corsica and then as far as the African coast to collect their raw material. It was an extremely lucrative trade for Torre del Greco, dubbed "the kingdom's gold sponge" by Ferdinand IV of Bourbon for the enormous revenue generated by the hunt for the red stone.