May opens up the doors of Enel’s Archive


May of Monuments opens up the doors of Enel’s Historical Archive. The most anticipated cultural event held in Naples in the spring will take place from April 28 to June 4 and will be called ‘O Maggio a Totò’ (A homage to Totò), fifty years after the death of the great Neapolitan actor.

Organised by the City of Naples, the initiative aims at rediscovering city places, buildings and monuments. Enel’s Archive - which preserves more than 13,000 metres of papers, photographs, technical drawings, footage and manuscripts – starts off from Milan in 1883, where the Santa Redegonda power generation facility was built, acknowledged as the first power plant in Europe, and moves along until the present time, dwelling on the birth and growth of Enel. Among the many interesting exhibited items, the first coin counter that goes back to the 1940s and Ugo Tognazzi's recipe book, published on “Enel Illustration”, the Group's former house organ.

Enel’s Historical Archive will stay open over the five weekends of ‘May of Monuments’, with free guided tours of its exhibition, entitled ‘An Evergreen Story’. An exhibition path that, through projects, photographs and historical films, will narrate the evolution of the various types of green energy (hydroelectric, geothermal, photovoltaic, wind power) in the Italian electrical industry. Renewable sources have been the main source of power generation from the early 20th century until the 1970s, when around 70% of the energy was hydroelectric and 4% geothermal. Consequently, the four natural elements (water, earth, air and fire) are not only central in energy production, but also in  the landscape and architecture.

The free guided tours (to be previously booked) will be available from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 1pm on Sundays, with up to 15/20 people visitors allowed per group. For reservations and contacts you can send an email to or call the number 081.3674213.