Campania Felix has become the "Land of Fires," as it is popularly known. When people travel here, they see continual columns of smoke and flames, signs of the garbage that is torched in the countryside.
For almost eight years I've lived under police protection because of Gomorrah, a book I wrote when I was 26 that exposed the activities of the Camorra, a criminal organization operating out of Naples.
In the notorious district of Scampia in northern Naples, drug and arms wars rage wildly and clan bosses reign supreme. One day per year, however, the children take center stage for a colorful and lavish Christian celebration that comes just before Lent.